ABM get-together

Ken Kahn (IT services); Andreas Duering (Archaeology); Howard Noble (IT Services); Sean O’Heigeartaigh  (Future of Humanity Institute); Anders Sandberg (Future of Humanity Institute);  David Zeitlyn ISCA (Anthropology); Justin Lane (Anthropology); Ben Johannes (Anthropology); Olaf Bochmann (Maths/Finance); Christoph Aymanns (Mathematics); Richard Taylor (SEI); Tahia Devisscher  (SEI); Sukaina Bharwani (SEI); Monica Coll Besa (SEI); Ruth Butterfield (SEI); Winnie Makinde (Derby University); Francisco Camargo (Maths); Stuart Armstrong  (Future of Humanity Institute); Wybo Wiersma (Oxford Internet Institute); David Newman (Green Party); Dr. Constance McDermott (ECI).

David Zeitlyn and Howard Noble introduced us to the OUP John Fell (Social Sciences) OxGAME project. David gave some background to the area in Cameroon where he has conducted research since the 1980s and Howard showed the model. The project is half way through and has a small amount of money to help support a collaboration with researchers in Cameroon, SEI and at Oxford. The next phase will focus on creating a guide that helps people build a range of different models using the Behaviour Composer.

Ken Kahn then showed us the latest major upgrade to the Behaviour Composer. Ken demonstrated how the tool can be used to re-create the NetLogo segregation model using only 4 micro-behaviours.

Anders gave us an update of a new project the FHI have with a large insurance company where the broad aim is to investigate how insurers decide how reliable their models are. Anders may use ABM to explore how small changes in the behaviour of households could change the insurers business model. Anders will work primarily with R and Matlab but Ken pointed out there are R and Matlab extensions for NetLogo.

Lastly Andreas gave us an update on his progress with his Population and Cemetery Simulator beta 1.1.


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