Summer Program in Agent-based Modeling

July 27-August 4, 2020 
Humboldt State University, Arcata, California USA

This intensive summer program is intended to provide participants with resources and an environment for rapid progress designing, implementing, and learning from agent-based (individual-based) models. The program will combine lectures, exercises, and independent work guided by two leading experts in agent-based modeling. While benefitting from the ~20 previous short courses presented by its instructors, this program will be unique in its focus on the participants’ own modeling projects.

The program is intended primarily for researchers (faculty, graduate students, professionals) who are in the early phases of a modeling project or who seek help getting an existing project on track for completion. The program will also be open to participants whose main interest is learning about agent-based modeling in general, especially in preparation for teaching their own modeling courses; such participants will be expected to develop their own simple project during the course.

The instructors, Volker Grimm and Steve Railsback, are most familiar with ecological modeling but welcome participants from other fields. To provide ample personal attention, the program will be limited to 15 participants.

The program will take place on the campus of Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. The campus and town provide a relaxed setting, low-cost lodging, cultural amenities including thriving dining and beverage scenes, and natural amenities such as the adjacent redwood forest and nearby beaches. The schedule includes one day off for excursions.

The deadline for applications is April 12. The course fee is anticipated to be $900, not including transportation or lodging, but we are making on-campus lodging available. See Travel for more information.

We are aware that the COVID-19 situation is making travel very uncertain. The policy of Humboldt State's College of Extended Education & Global Engagement is now to fully refund registration fees for anyone prohibited from traveling. If travel restrictions become widespread, we will attempt to hold the agent-based modeling program on-line instead of in person. We encourage anyone interested in the program to complete the application process, and we will provide updated information in April to those selected to participate.

For further information on course content and format, e-mail Steve Railsback.