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This chapter provides an introduction to agent-based modelling of socio-technical systems. The challenges faced by actors in various infrastructure sectors are illustrated with a range of problems in the way they are operating today and how they may evolve over time. These problems are not easy to solve because such systems have many components and levels, involving different parties who all primarily pursue their own local objectives in a dynamic environment and regulatory regime. Adopting a socio-technical system view implies that a social network of actors and a physical network of technical artefacts together form a complex adaptive system: a multi-actor network determines the development, operation and management of the technical network, which in turn affects the behaviour of the actors. Simulating the system with the agent-based modelling approach and conducting “in silico” experiments helps in understanding this complexity and provides decision support for steering these complex socio-technical systems.
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