2017 Dresden summer course in agent-based modeling
The Dresden University of Technology announces their 11th annual summer
course in individual/agent-based modeling. The 2017 course will be a
non-beginners course, intended primarily for graduate students and
researchers who have been developing their own models and seek guidance
on finishing, analyzing, and doing science with the models. The
instructors--Uta Berger, Volker Grimm, and Steve Railsback--have many
years of experience using and teaching agent-based modeling.
The overall goal of the course is to guide researchers through the
process of completing and publishing research based on individual-based
models. We expect participants to have at least a working draft model
before the course starts. Instruction will be via lectures, exercises,
and independent work under close supervision of the instructors. Topics
will include software testing, parameterization, analyzing model
sensitivity and robustness, designing simulation experiments, and
publishing model-based research.
While the instructors are ecologists, participants in any field are
welcome. Instruction will use NetLogo software and the textbook of
Railsback and Grimm (2012; "Agent-based and individual-based modeling: a
practical introduction", Princeton University Press), but modelers using
other software platforms will be able to participate fully.
The course will be 20-28 July 2017, in a small village outside Dresden
(Germany). To provide a high level of instructor interaction, course
size is limited to 25 participants.