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Dear all

As the deadline for early bird rates approaches (Monday 18 April!), these days you may just be making arrangements to attend the EUSN 2016 conference in Paris (14-17 June). If so, you may consider attending a pre-conference workshop on agent-based models on 14 June, which I will run together with Yasaman Sarabi.

Agent-based models are computer simulation techniques which represent socio-economic processes as open-ended dynamic systems of interacting agents. They can support both theory-building and empirical analyses, and are particularly well-suited to study complex and multi-faceted phenomena that standard social science methods struggle to comprehend, from financial crises to traffic congestion, the rise of extremisms, and urban riots. Interestingly, the dynamics of social network effects can be explored in depth with agent-based models.

This workshop aims to introduce the potential of agent-based models, for the social sciences in general and for social network science in particular. It provides participants with basic knowledge of the simulation methodology and insight into the design and analysis of computer experiments. NetLogo, the software that is introduced in this workshop, is a widely used package that provides tools to build models; run experiments; produce, store and analyze simulated data. Participants will have the opportunity to explore NetLogoís functionalities by working on different versions of a model. They will gain hands-on experience on how to modify existing models in the NetLogo library, and will understand the basic steps towards writing their own model from scratch.

Participants are not assumed to have any preliminary knowledge of computer simulation or agent-based models. The workshop consists of 2 sessions of 3 hours each. Participants may choose to register only for the first session (for novices), only for the second session (for beginners with some prior knowledge of agent-based models), or both. Participants are advised to bring their laptops, on which they will have downloaded the NetLogo package and the Userís manual. Both are available freely from https://ccl.northwestern.edu/netlogo/

Notice that there is also one conference session (scheduled on 15 June in the morning, and co-organised by Gianluca Manzo and myself) with papers at the crossroads between agent-based models and network science.

For registration and more information on the conference, please go to the main website eusn.org.

Looking forward to meeting you at EUSN 2016

Paola Tubaro


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