Teaching Individual/Agent-Based Modeling

This course will not be offered in 2019.

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This is a summer course primarily for college professors and instructors who want to add individual-based modeling to their teaching and research skills.

Individual-based (or "agent-based") models (IBMs, ABMs) are a popular new technique for understanding how the dynamics of a complex system emerge from the characteristics and behaviors of its individual components and their environment, but they also have important advantages for real-world management problems. 

Currently, it is not easy for most professors to teach students how to use IBMs. This technique requires skills that few of us have training in, and until now, there have been no textbooks. This course will introduce Agent-based and Individual-based Modeling: A Practical Introduction (2012; Princeton University Press), a textbook designed for classes in which even the instructors are new to IBMs/ABMs.