Earlier we posted about an intermediate-level course on integrating the results of agent-based modeling project on integrating model results into a publication. Another course, this time on teaching with agent-based modeling, is being offered at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA. From the website:
The course is designed primarily for college professors and instructors who want to add individual-based modeling to their teaching and research skills.
Individual-based (or “agent-based”) models (IBMs, ABMs) are a popular new technique for understanding how the dynamics of a complex system emerge from the characteristics and behaviors of its individual components and their environment, but they also have important advantages for real-world management problems.
This course is taught by Steven Railsback, Volker Grimm, and Steve Lytinen. Like the other course, this course primarily makes use of the NetLogo platform, although it appears that no prior familiarity is required for this course. Arcata is in the beautiful coastal redwood country of Northern California, a great destination for a summer short course. Applications close April 6 or when course is full.
Featured image: Redwoods north of Arcata.
Looking for ways to make the most of your models? The Technical University of Dresden (TUD) is hosting a 9-day course called “Learning and Gaining from your Model: A Course in Analysis, Application, and Publication of Individual/Agent-Based Models”, to be held in the eastern mountain town of Holzhau. From the flyer:
The course will develop skill and experience in the analysis and application of individual- and agent-based modeling to scientific problems. Analysis topics include debugging, parameterization, sensitivity analysis, and robustness analysis. Model application topics include handling uncertainties in data, designing simulation experiments, and statistical analysis of results. Guidance for publishing will be provided by instructors who edit prominent modeling journals. The course will provide a short introduction to model development and implementation, but its focus is on the steps after your first model version is running. This course is intended primarily for grad students and researchers who have at least an early version of their model and seek guidance on finishing, analyzing, and doing science with it.
The course makes use of two software packages discussed regularly on this site, NetLogo and R, and you would be expected to have some familiarity with NetLogo. Of course, you could use some of the materials in our tutorials section to get up to speed. The goals of this course seemed to be aimed less at teaching technical skills than productively making use of them.
This is a great opportunity to learn from some well-known (and published!) folks in the field: Uta Berger, Steven Railsback, and Volker Grimm. And as a bonus, it’s an opportunity to visit the Pfund Dresdener Molkerei: the most beautiful dairy in the world!
For more information or to apply, visit TUD’s course webpage.