Computational Social Science Research Colloquium /Colloquium in Computational and Data Sciences – Agent-based Modelling for Everyone – Ken Kahn
Computational Social Science Research Colloquium /
Colloquium in Computational and Data Sciences
Ken Kahn, Senior Researcher
University of Oxford
Agent-based Modelling for Everyone
Friday, October 19, 3:00 p.m.
Center for Social Complexity Suite
3rd Floor Research Hall
All are welcome to attend.
Abstract: Agent-based models (ABMs) can be made accessible to a wide audience. A wonderful example is the Parable of the Polygons (https://ncase.me/polygons/) based upon Schelling’s segregation model. The challenge isn’t simply to provide an interactive simulation to the general public but to convey how the model works and what assumptions underlie it. The speaker has been involved in three efforts to do more than make the models but understandable but also to enable people without computer programming experience to get a hands-on understanding of the process of modelling. One project attempted to model the 1918 Pandemic in a modular fashion so learners could understand and modify the model. Another was the Epidemic Game Maker which was created for a Royal Society science exhibition. Finally a generic browser-based system for creating ABMs by composing and customising pre-built “micro-behaviours” will be described. All of these systems will be demonstrated.
Bio: Ken Kahn is a researcher at the University of Oxford. He led the Modelling4All Project (modelling4all.org) for ten years. He built the Behaviour Composer which provides a high-level interface to NetLogo.