"Introduction to Spatial Agent-Based Modeling 2020"
This 5-day short course will serve as an introduction to the theory and practice of spatially explicit agent-based modeling (ABM). Participants will learn the essential theoretical background and technical expertise needed to conceptualize, build, and analyze their first agent-based model. This course will guide them through the basic phases of the ABM research process: formulating a research question, specifying a model, creating a simulation, and interpreting the output. The course combines lectures with hands-on model-building sessions where participants will build a model using NetLogo to acquire basic and intermediate programming skills. More advanced students are welcome to build a model in a programming language of their choice. This will be an intensive, week-long immersion in ABM concepts and methods with reading and short writing assignments each day, and a ‘final project’ consisting of a simple model and standardized documentation to be published in the OpenABM repository. Learn more.