Keynote talk by Wilfried Elmenreich at PRO-VE 2011:
Self-organizing phenomena can be found in many social systems, either forcing collaboration or destroying it. Typically, these properties have not been designed by a central ruler but evolved over time. While it is straightforward to find examples in many social systems, finding the appropriate interaction rules to design such systems from scratch is difficult due to the unpredictable or counterintuitive nature of such emergent and complex systems. Therefore, we propose evolutionary models to examine and extrapolate the effect of particular collaboration rules. Evolution, in this context, does not replace the work of analyzing complex social systems, but complements existing techniques of simulation, modeling, and game theory in order to lead for a new understanding of interrelations in collaborative systems.