Course Details and Schedule

This multi-session course will help you learn how to design, build, test, debug, and experiment with agent-based models. Agent-based modelling (ABM) plays an important role in ecology, climate change, collective animal behaviour, economics, sociology, and many other sciences. The first part of every session will be presentations and exercises. The second part will be to support students building models of their choice. In the fifth session you will learn how to design and document a model. Techniques for incorporating data and geographical information into models will also be discussed.

See below for course schedule

Key topics
  • Design of agent-based models
  • The ODD (Overview, Design concepts, and Design Details) protocol
  • Adding data to models
  • Incorporating geographical information into models
Course information
Intended audience Anyone interested in agent-based or individual-based modelling
Prior knowledge It is recommended that students take all the sessions in this series as each session builds on the knowledge gained in previous sessions.
Resources Notes and resources will be available online
Format Presentation with practical exercises
Further information See:
Where next? Come to the follow-on session Agent-based modelling (ABM): Debugging, verifying and validating (session 6)
Taught using:
Windows 7

Course provider: IT Learning Programme


Frequency: This course runs once a year subject to teacher availability. Express an interest in future dates for this course.