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Modeling interdependent socio-technical networks: The smart grid—an agent-based modeling approach

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Author: Worm, D. · Langley, D.J. · Becker, J.
Source:Oren T.Kacprzyk J.Koziel S.Leifsson L.Obaidat M.S., Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 319, 87-100
Identifier: 520195
doi: DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-11457-6_6
ISBN: 9783319114569
Keywords: Informatics · Agent based modeling · Interdependent socio-technical networks · Smart grid · Computational methods · Economics · Intelligent systems · Agent-based model · Electricity networks · Financial networks · Network behaviors · Scientific modeling · Smart grid · Socio-technical networks · Supply and demand · Smart power grids · Defence Research · Defence, Safety and Security · Operations Modelling · SBA - Strategic Business Analysis · ELSS - Earth, Life and Social Sciences


The aim of this paper is to improve scientific modeling of interdependent socio-technical networks. In these networks the interplay between technical or infrastructural elements on the one hand and social and behavioral aspects on the other hand, plays an important role. Examples include electricity networks, financial networks, residential choice networks. We propose an Agent-Based Modeling approach to simulate interdependent technical and social network behavior, the effects of potential policy measures and the societal impact when disturbances occur, where we focus on a specific use case: the smart grid, an intelligent system for matching supply and demand of electricity.