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Title: Progress on Agent Based Modelling of Daily Activity


1
Progress on Agent Based Modelling of Daily
Activity
  • Andy Turner
  • http//www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/people/a.turner/

PhD Presentation 2009-02-09, School of Geography,
University of Leeds
2
Outline
  • Introduction
  • Aims and Objectives
  • Specification
  • Strands of Development
  • Progress
  • Further Considerations
  • Demo
  • Questions/Feedback

3
Introduction
  • Who am I and what do I do
  • Deputy Director of the CCG
  • Researcher specialising in computational
    geography
  • How do I work
  • Open and collaborative manner
  • e-Social Science
  • MoSeS, GENESIS, e-Infrastructure for the Social
    Sciences

4
Aims and Objectives
  • To solve a number of current issues in
    large-scale agent-based modelling
  • These will be addressed by the development of a
    sound and rigorous framework for agent-based
    modelling that tackles these problems
  • The framework will be validated by using it to
    construct a regional development model
  • The chief problems examined by this thesis will
    be
  • How may we best create an individual-scale model
    of the UK and link this with useful
    non-agent-based and agent-based models?
  • What techniques might we use for validating
    models that are both spatial and involve
    data/commodity exchange on networks and via
    global processes?
  • How do we best visualize, quantify and control
    the propagation of errors through large scale,
    dynamic, and complex systems?

5
Specification
  • Development of a Contemporary Agent Based Model
    of the UK for Analysing Regional Development and
    Inter Regional Communications
  • Focus on people movements
  • Commuting
  • Journey to school
  • Journey to hospital/health centre
  • Shopping
  • Deliveries

6
  • Demographic modelling
  • Spatial and Temporal
  • Contemporary
  • City Scale
  • UK based
  • Resolution
  • Individuals
  • Positional precision
  • Temporal precision

7
Progress
  • Literature Review Focus on Social Simulation and
    Agent Based Modelling
  • Huge bibliography
  • Identifying key texts and important theory and
    practice
  • Silverman, E., Bryden, J., (2007) From artificial
    societies to new social science theory
  • Luhmann, N. (1995) Social Systems. Stanford
    University Press
  • Weidmann, N.B., Girardin, L. (2006) GROWLab A
    Toolbox for Social Simulation
  • The Journal of Artificial Societies and Social
    Simulation
  • Social Simulation

8
Further Considerations
  • Computational Limits
  • This sort of work is always hungry for more data
    and data storage and more processing capabilities
  • Invaluable experience of Grid computing and
    awareness of available resource and integration
    with the eResearch community should help push the
    boundaries of this
  • Visualisation
  • Big challenge
  • Ultimately a lot of this is going to be static
    and presented on paper

9
Demo Questions/Feedback
10
Acknowledgements
  • Thanks in particular to my supervisors
  • Andy Evans
  • Mark Birkin
  • Thank you for listening and the eResearch
    community in general
  • Thanks to the University of Leeds and in
    particular the CCG and the School of Geography
    for your help and support over the years.
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