During the fall and spring semester the Computational Social Science (CSS) and the Computational Sciences and Informatics (CSI) Programs holds weekly seminars where students, faculty and guest speakers present their latest research. These seminars are free and are open to the public.
For CSI, the seminars take place in Exploratory Hall, Room 3301 on Mondays from 4:30 p.m. to 5.40 pm.
For CSS, the seminars take place in Center for Social Complexity Suite which is located Research Hall, Level 3. The seminars start at 3:00 p.m. and normally last until 4:30 p.m. For a list of past CSS seminars click here.
In addition we also host ad hoc seminars relating to guest speakers and students dissertation proposals/defenses which don’t fall under our normal seminars.
If you would like to join the seminar mailing list please email Karen Underwood.
COMPUTATIONAL SOCIAL SCIENCE FRIDAY SEMINAR
Niloofar Jebelli, MAIS-CSS Student
George Mason University
Urban Development Through the Lens of Agent-Based Modeling
Friday, December 15, 3:00 p.m.
Center for Social Complexity Suite
3rd Floor, Research Hall
Abstract: Cities are ever changing and growing phenomenon with many underlying complexities. Through its life cycle, a city experiences various forms of dynamics. Models allow for a better understanding of such complexities and dynamics. The model presented in this talk simulates the dynamics of certain processes such as: an urban market, agent interactions in that market, urban growth, sprawl and shrinkage and gentrification. The purpose of this model is to understand the behavioral pattern of the agents and demonstrate the life cycle of a city based on individual agents’ actions. This model is significant in its integration of various subsystems creating a larger system while observing developers’ behavior. Specifically, the model explores some well-known issues, including the Smith’s rent-gap theory, Burgess’s concentric zones model of urban growth, and Alonso’s bid rent theory. The main results from the model show that the agents move to and reside in properties within their income range, with similar neighbors. This is one of the first models that provides a new lens to explore urban development.