Researchers at UCD


Pablo Lucas

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Sociology
Newman Building
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 716 8492


Dr Pablo Lucas is a Lecturer at the University College Dublin, Ireland,
with research focused on computational social science, particularly
experimental design using agent-based models and data analysis.

His education include reading for a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSc)
focused on evolutionary networks, a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and a Doctor of
Philosophy (PhD) focused on agent-based simulations using models of social behaviour.




Association: European Social Simulation Association (ESSA), Function/Role: Member
Association: UK Society for AI Simulation of Behaviour (AISB), Function/Role: member
Association: International Network for Social Network Analysis, Function/Role: Member
Association: EU COST action on Peer Review, Function/Role: member
Association: European Association for International Education (EAIE), Function/Role: Member
Association: Brazilian Association for International Education, Function/Role: Member



Book Chapters

Edmonds, Bruce; Lucas, Pablo; Rouchier,Juliette; Taylor, Richard (2013) 'Human Societies: Understanding Observed Social Phenomena' In: Edmonds, Bruce, Meyer, Ruth (eds). Simulating Social Complexity A Handbook. DE: Springer. [Details]
Lucas, Pablo; Payne, Diane (2012) 'Usefulness of Agent-Based Simulation in Testing Collective Decision-Making Models' In: Diana Francisca Adamatti, Graçaliz Pereira Dimuro, Helder Coelho (eds). Interdisciplinary Applications of Agent-Based Social Simulation and Modeling. US: IGI. [Details]
Marinetti, Claudia; Moore, Penny; Lucas, Pablo; Parkinson, Brian (2011) 'Emotions in Social Interactions: Unfolding Emotional Experience' In: Petta, Paolo; Pelachaud, Catherine; Cowie, Roddy (eds). Emotion-Oriented Systems The Humaine Handbook. US: Springer. [Details]
Lucas, Pablo (2010) 'Effects of Adding a Simple Rule to a Reactive Simulation' In: Takadama, Keiki; Cioffi-Revilla, Claudio; Deffuant, Guillaume (eds). Simulating Interacting Agents and Social Phenomena, Agent-Based Social Systems. US: Springer. [Details]
Lucas, Pablo; Aylett, Ruth; Cawsey, Alison (2007) 'Affective Adaptation of Synthetic Social Behaviour' In: Paiva, Ana; Prada, Rui; Picard, Rosalind (eds). Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. US: Springer. [Details]
Lucas, Pablo (2014) 'An Adaptation of the Ethnographic Decision Tree Modeling Methodology for Developing Evidence-Driven Agent-Based Models' In: Bogumił Kamiński, Grzegorz Koloch (eds). Advances in Social Simulation, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing. US: Springer. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Lucas, Pablo; de Oliveira, Angela C.M.; Banuri, Sheheryar (2014) 'Effects of Group Composition, Group Size, and Beliefs in a Public Goods Game'. Jasss-The Journal Of Artificial Societies And Social Simulation, . Available Online [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

Lucas, Pablo (2011) 'Usefulness of simulating social phenomena: evidence' AI & SOCIETY . [Details]

Conference Publications

Lucas, Pablo; Payne, Diane (2012) Integration of the Challenge and Exchange Models of Decision-Making into an Agent-Based Simulation European Conference on Complex Systems, Université Libre de Bruxelles [Details]
Lucas, Pablo; Payne, Diane (2012) Integration of Decision Modelling and Agent-Based Modelling COST Action MP0801: Physics of Competition and CoNFLICT Annual Meeting [Details]
Lucas, Pablo; Payne, Diane (2011) Irish Healthcare System: Primary Care Teams Innovation Policy Simulation for the Smart Economy [Details]
Lucas, Pablo (2011) Issues pertaining toPolicy Assessment and Simulation Modelling European Conference on Complex Systems, Policy Modelling track [Details]
Lucas, Pablo (2010) An Evidence-Driven Modelling Methodology 3rd World Congress on Social Simulation. Scientific Understanding of Societal Processes and Dynamics [Details]
Lucas, Pablo (2012) Informing Microfinance Policy-Makers through an Agent-Based Modelling Lifecycle Complexity and Social Simulation Seminar [Details]
Lucas, Pablo; Payne, Diane (2012) Primary Care Teams: Network Data Collection and Decision-Making Health Service Executive, Irish Government [Details]
Lucas, Pablo; Payne, Diane (2013) Understanding Primary Care Team networks and outlooks Innovation Policy Simulation for the Smart Economy [Details]
Lucas, Pablo; Payne, Diane (2013) Community-based multidisciplinary teams, how they do or do not work Universitas 21 Health Sciences Group [Details]
Lucas, Pablo; Payne, Diane (2014) Community-based multi-disciplinary Primary Care Teams in Ireland First European Conference on Social Networks [Details]

Working Paper

Dobrzyński, Maciej; Lucas, Pablo; Malki, Issam (2014) Variability of contributions to public good in the presence of punishment. Working Paper [Details]
Lucas, Pablo; Sena, Vania (2014) Cooperation amongst European Union Seventh Framework (EU FP7) participants. Working Paper [Details]
Lucas, Pablo; Malki, Issam (2013) Revisiting the antisocial punishment across societies experiment. Working Paper Available Online Link to full text [Details]
Lucas, Pablo; Edmonds, Bruce (2013) Modelling endorsements amongst microfinance clients using an ethnographic decision tree model. Working Paper [Details]
Lucas, Pablo (2015) Structural Analysis of Networks in Indian Schools. Japan: Working Paper [Details]


Research Interests

Dr Lucas has been invited to several conferences worldwide
and is supervising PhD students in Ireland and overseas.
Furthermore Dr Lucas has worked in the following research projects :

- Humaine Network of Excellence, Work Package 3 and 7, in Edinburgh, Scotland
  Visiting researcher in 2005 at the Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Vienna

- Simulating the two way dynamics of norm innovation (EMIL) in Manchester, England
  Visiting researcher in 2009 at the World Institute for Development Economics Research in Helsinki, Finland
  plus Swiss Federal Institute of Technology , Zurich, and National Autonomous University of Mexico.

- Innovation Policy Simulation for the Smart Economy (IPSE), in Dublin, Ireland
  Consultant on agent-based modelling for the Where The Rain , from 2011 to present in Bonn,
  Germany, project by the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS)

- School Achievement and Student Networks : Values affirmation exercise in India.
Visiting researcher at the Institute of Developing Economies, Japan External Trade Organization

- Primary Care Teams in Canada, University Health Network and University of Toronto. 
Visiting researcher at the Toronto Western Hospital.

- European Commission - Research: networks of The Seventh Framework Programme 7.
Visiting researcher at the University of Ljubljana.


Teaching Philosophy

The summary of my teaching philosophy is to lead on the constructive development and exchange of knowledge.

Modules Coordinated

201600   SOC30380     Sociology: Social Dynamics and Networks
201600   SOC40640     Sociology: Social Simulation: Methods and


Internal Collaborators

Dr Diane Payne         : social network and simulation models

Dr Brendan Drumm   : challenges in reforming healthcare
Dr Maciej Dobrzynski : sigmoidal patterns in socio-economic data 

External Collaborators

Dr Cheryl Cott
Dr Sara Guilcher
Topic: network analysis amongst healthcare professionals

Dr Seiro Ito , Institute for Developing Economies
Dr Nobuhiko Fuwa , Waseda University
Dr Takashi Kurosaki , Hitotsubashi University
Dr Yasuyuki Sawada , University of Tokyo
Topic: Values affirmation exercise in Indian schools
Dr Issam Malki , University of Westminster , England
Topic:  robustness analysis of behavioural economics experiments

Dr Wim Naude , Maastricht School of Management
Topic: teaching and developing research methods

Dr Bruce Edmonds , Manchester Met. University
Dr Cathy Urquhart , Manchester Met. University
Topic:  quantitative and qualitative aspects of social simulation
Dr Sheheryar Banuri , World Bank , United States
Dr Angela de Oliveira , University of
Topic: simulation model of individual behaviour in public goods

Dr Gregor Petrič , University of Ljubljana
Topic: healthcare networks in Slovenia

Dr Luka Kronegger   , University of Ljubljana
Dr Vladimir Batagelj , University of Ljubljana
Dr Anuska Ferligoj    , University of Ljubljana
Topic:  FP7 networks