- Justin Lane (Anthropology and Boston University) Skyped in from the US to tell us about the Modelling Religion Project (we didn’t quite manage to finish the call for technical reasons but we were left hanging with a tantalizing news about how the project is hoping to build cognitive agents into their modelling).
- David R. Pugh (Mathematics) who is working with INET on ScalaABM – a platform for building large scale agent-based models.
- Anders Sandberg (Philosophy, Institute for the Future of Humanity) described a model he is working on with João Lourenço de Araujo Fabiano titled containing multitudes ABM – moral enhancement, game theory and the stability of society.
- Ernesto Carrella (Oxford University Centre for the Environment) gave us an update on the ABMs he is working on with Richard Bailey focused on understanding the effect of fishing policies have on people and fish stocks (possible connection with Shallow Seas project).
- Julian Padget from Bath University gave us a presentation titled late programming using deontic modalities.
- Dominic Mitchell from Bath University told us about his research looking at the dove/hawk model and asked us for ideas as to why the model doesn’t seem to reproduce results reported elsewhere. We discussed a wide range of possibilities including whether his NetLogo model used discrete or continuous variables, need to check back with original authors of papers he is comparing results with, and possibility of performing larger parameter sweeps in order to see if noisy data is smoothed.
- Ken Kahn (IT Services) on NetLogo news: http://netlogoweb.org and http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/magazine/physicstoday/article/68/8/10.1063/PT.3.2884
- Shahar Avin from The Cambridge Centre for the Study of Existential Risk on simulating scientific grant proposals
- Ellen Knebel from the Said Business School on Mobius bargaining and Chinese VIEs
Several people stayed more than an hour after the presentations enjoying cake and conversations about ABM.