Short Course On Agent-Based Modelling & Simulation

Date: 12th - 16th September 2022

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Application is closed since 1st July, 2022. The review periode has started and all applicants will be informed about their status in due time.

Coordinating university: Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW)

SPACES project: EMSAfrica

Course description:

The content of this interdisciplinary course is tailored according to the individual needs of the participants. The course will introduce the participants to:

- Multi-agent modelling & simulation using MARS
- Sharpening your individual research question
- Establishing conceptual models
- Implementing MARS models
- Creating and running agent-based simulation scenarios
- Working with temporal and spatial data, and
- Deriving value from simulation runs.

If requested, aspects of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning can also be incorporated.

Learning methods:

- Seminaristic lessons
- Hands-on experimentation in small groups
- Presentations
- Group discussions

Expected learning outcomes:

Participants who have successfully completed this module should:

- have gained practical experiences in working in international and interdisciplinary teams
- have acquired an overview about agent-based modelling and how/when to apply this paradigm
- be capable of designing and implementing basic MARS models

Target group:
This course is aimed at (Southern African) PhD Students, post docs, lecturers and scientists from a variety of disciplines, with a general interest in the SPACES II programme research themes.

Additional Information:

South African participants’ travel, accommodation and basic catering will funded. The following criteria will be used to select South African participants:

  • Personal motivation letter that articulates how the course will benefit the participant especially in terms of their academic development
  • A supporting letter from an academic mentor
  • South African National Research Foundation’s diversity and gender criteria

Course coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Clemen (HAW)

Course teachers:
Prof. Dr. Thomas Clemen, Mars Group, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences);
Prof Dr. Karen Bradshaw, Rhodes University;
Dr. Ulfia Lenfers, Mars Group, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences