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Introduction to Agent Based Modeling

Join this self-paced 1 week course to grasp complex concepts, craft ABMS with geospatial data, and code in NetLogo.

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Agent-based modeling is a powerful simulation approach. It is a bottom-up approach to understanding complex systems. Particularly when coupled with geospatial and agricultural management data, it has been widely used by scientists, stakeholders, and policy makers. 

Do you want to be able to design and build an ABM for your project, execute it, and communicate your model to others? Then you are in the right place!

In this open-access course you will gain practical experience with multiple ABMs, as well as getting an overview of the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to get the most out of spatial agent-based models. 

At ITC we think active learning is very important, so we have prepared a variety of teaching and learning activities, including hands-on coding exercises, model answers, mini-lectures, quizzes, and personalisable individual assignments. This way you can practice each technique as soon as you learn about it.

Course content

The course is divided into 5 Units:

Learning outcomes

Is this course for you?

  • Target Audience

    Anyone who:

    • is interested in agent-based modeling
    • is interested in simulating human decision-making and behavior
    • has used ABMs before and wants a refresher
    • Early career researchers who would like to check whether spatial simulation models are useful tools for them
    • Professionals who would like to understand the basic concepts of simulation models
  • Knowledge prerequisites

    If you have a spatial science background, for instance knowing the differences between vector and raster data, this is a plus. 
    But don’t worry, if you don't have this knowledge, we have this covered as well.

  • Any other prerequisites

    The most important thing to have in order to follow this course is an interest in modeling

About online learning at ITC

Geoversity courses aim to engage learners, be authentic to their subject matter, exhibit evidence based course design, represent ITC educational themes and expertise, and ultimately inspire and empower the next generation of game changers in the field of Geoscience.

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Course Materials of this course are Copyright University of Twente under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license unless specified otherwise.


For questions, please email: info@geoversity.io

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