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Short Course On Agent-Based Modelling & Simulation

Date: 12th - 16th September 2022

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Application periode has ended, all applicants have been informed about the review result.

Coordinating university:Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW)

SPACES project:EMSAfrica

Course description:

The content of this interdisciplinary course is tailored according to the individual needs of the participants. The course will introduce the participants to:

- Multi-agent modelling & simulation using MARS
- Sharpening your individual research question
- Establishing conceptual models
- Implementing MARS models
- Creating and running agent-based simulation scenarios
- Working with temporal and spatial data, and
- Deriving value from simulation runs.

If requested, aspects of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning can also be incorporated.

Learning methods:

- Seminaristic lessons
- Hands-on experimentation in small groups
- Presentations
- Group discussions

Expected learning outcomes:

Participants who have successfully completed this module should:

- have gained practical experiences in working in international and interdisciplinary teams
- have acquired an overview about agent-based modelling and how/when to apply this paradigm
- be capable of designing and implementing basic MARS models

Target group:
This course is aimed at (Southern African) PhD Students, post docs, lecturers and scientists from a variety of disciplines, with a general interest in the SPACES II programme research themes.

Additional Information:

South African participants’ travel, accommodation and basic catering will funded. The following criteria will be used to select South African participants:

  • Personal motivation letter that articulates how the course will benefit the participant especially in terms of their academic development
  • A supporting letter from an academic mentor
  • South African National Research Foundation’s diversity and gender criteria

Course coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Clemen (HAW)

Course teachers:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Clemen, Mars Group, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences);
Prof Dr. Karen Bradshaw, Rhodes University;
Dr. Ulfia Lenfers, Mars Group, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences

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