Trust-Based Networks and Robustness in Organisations

The aim of the workshop is to explore the possible integration of existing models of trust-based networks and their further development towards real-world oriented implementations. There is a growing body of research on trust-based networks in different disciplines (sociology, economics, computer science, physics). The workshop will bring together a pool of experts in trust-based networks from these fields.

Several on-going research projects at the national and European level deal with trust in networks from the point of view of security. However, rather fewer have considered trust in other
contexts. In order to restore the balance, this workshop will focus only on trust-based networks in the following specific contexts:

– agents evaluating opinions/expertise in virtual communities and e-markets on the basis of trust;

– agents participating in organizational networks where trust is necessary to get work done cooperatively.

The first context is related to the efficiency of recommendation systems, while the second is related to the robustness of organizations.

In other words, we are deliberately not focusing on issues of identity (how to ensure that an agent really is who it claims to be) or on reputation (how an agent comes to believe that trust is warranted) and we instead concentrate on how to enable agents to profit from the
information or effort that they share with other agents. The workshop will be structured into two parts: a first part with

presentations and general discussions and a second part with working groups focusing on specific topics. Two-page-long written reports from each working group will document the activity and will be merged in a final report. Further, the output generated from the TW shall be used to design future calls for proposals within the FET Unit. Eventually, collaborations between participants initiated by means of the TW, may serve as nuclei to form consortia for further grant applications.

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