Over the last few years, the island of Lesbos has been significantly impacted by the refugee crisis, and government officials and NGOs continue to work together to improve the conditions and serve the needs of the ongoing tide of hopeful immigrants.
After interacting with local stakeholders, our research team will meet together for a week to develop (at least) four computational models that can shed light on the complex dynamics involved in the migration of peoples of different faiths into contexts that are often characterized by secularization.
16 members of the MODRN project team will work in small groups to explore four phases of the immigration process: (1) the displacement of refugees, (2) the initial integration of immigrants in a host country, (3) second-generation immigrant integration, and (4) the longer-term processes of acculturation once an ethnic or religious group settles within a larger population.
Our goal is to construct multi-agent artificial intelligence models, with architectures based on the integration of empirically validated theories of intergroup religious conflict and acculturation, which can be used to simulate the relevant social dynamics within an "artificial society."
If successful, these simulations will help policy-makers (governments, NGOs, etc.) to evaluate and adjudicate between competing policies for promoting healthy and peaceful intergroup interactions throughout the various phases of the immigration process.