A CCP for Agent Based Modelling and Simulation

-- RobAllan - 1 July 2010

A separate Wiki will be used for further discussion, see http://www.softeng.rl.ac.uk/wiki/abm-ccp

Future Research Directions in Agent Based Modelling

in association with the NeISS project, MASS (Leeds) and the FLAME modelling group (Sheffield/ STFC).

There is no charge for attending this workshop - [registration is now closed]. If you know other people who might be interested, please let them know.

Organisers: Rob Allan (STFC), Paul Richmond (University of Sheffield), Chris Greenough (STFC)

Venue: SR1.16, House No. 11-14, Blenheim Terrace, Leeds LS2 9HX. See http://www.teachingspace.leeds.ac.uk/room_details.asp?ID=1-01-086-2702-01-116

Date: Tuesday the 15th of June 2010

Time: 9:30am-4pm

Notes from the Workshop

Background paper now includes notes from the workshop and links to the presentation material: http://www.grids.ac.uk/Complex/ABM_CCP.pdf


There are many applications of agent based technology in the mathematical, biological, physical and social scientific communities. Multi-agent systems are very complex applications to program, implement and optimise for large populations of agents. The optimisation of agent interactions and the management of initial data and outputs for large scale simulations are but two areas that need research and development efforts.

There are clearly many areas within agent based methods that might benefit from such activity: serial and parallel implementation of agent based applications, verification and validation of agent based models, standards for the exchange of agent based models to name a few.

During this one day workshop we aim to explore the state of the art in agent based modelling and simulation from both the computational science aspects and its applications. We will identify issues with current methodologies and implementations and consider future directions appropriate to tackle research into complex dynamical systems using agent based modelling on high performance computers.

For some background information see http://www.grids.ac.uk/Complex/ABMS/ .


9am - Coffee available. Presentations (of around 20 mins each) starting at 9:30:

  • Peter McBurney - the challenges to computer scientists arising from ABMS slides (PDF)
  • Richard Sibly - agent based modelling techniques and validation slides (PPT)
  • Michael Luck - issues and challenges in agent based modelling slides (PDF)
  • Mike Holcombe - X-Machines in FLAME and applications in systems biology slides (PPTX)
  • Andrew Crooks - geo-spatial modelling/ crowd modelling slides (5MB PDF)
  • Alex Voss - issues with multi-threaded parallelisation and application of Repast Simphony to modelling the population of Taiwan slides (PPT)

12:30 - 13:00 lunch

3pm Tea, cakes and discussion. Some possible discussion topics:

  • Issues of applications to large and complex systems.
  • Performance of ABMS - parallelisation technology.
  • Verification and validation of models.
  • Statistical inference for agent-based models.
  • Representation and standards for model exchange.
  • Future application areas.
  • Consideration of a Collaborative Computational Project in ABMS

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1. Weetwood Hall: Weetwood Hall is a University-affiliated hotel. - Price: Around 60-70 a night depending on what type of rooms are available - Website - http://www.weetwood.co.uk/ - Contact details:

Weetwood Hall Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5PS West Yorkshire

T: 0113 230 6000 F: 0113 230 6095 E: sales@weetwood.co.uk

2. Cliff Lawn Hotel:

The Cliff Lawn Hotel is very close to the main University campus, and is a less expensive alternative to Weetwood.

- Website - http://www.clifflawn-hotel.co.uk/index2.html - Contact details:

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The Park Plaza Hotel is immediately across the road from Leeds City Rail Station, which makes it a more ideal hotel for those traveling by train.

- Website - http://www.parkplaza.com/leedsuk - Contact details:

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4. Met Hotel (former Metropole)

Met Hotel is very close to Leeds City Rail Station

Web: http://www.methotelleeds.co.uk/ includes an on-line booking facility.

King Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, LS1 2HQ

Rooms from 55 per night.

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