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Application deadline for short course on teaching agent-based modeling

Steve Railsback, Volker Grimm, and Steve Lytinen will conduct our seventh annual summer short course on individual-based (agent-based) modeling, July 31 - August 4, 2017, at Humboldt State University. The course is intended primarily for university faculty and instructors interested in teaching their own modeling courses, but we also accept participants interested mainly in research applications.

The course will be based on the textbook “Agent-based and Individual-based Modeling: A Practical Introduction” by Railsback and Grimm: . The instructors are the textbook’s authors and Steve Lytinen, professor of Computer Science at DePaul University. The course’s main goal will be to introduce participants to both the software - NetLogo - and the modeling concepts in the book, to the point that they can then teach themselves and others how to become productive modelers. We will focus especially on developing NetLogo programming skills, via exercises and projects with a high level of instructor interaction.

The course will be held at Humboldt State, in the heart of northern California’s beautiful redwood coast. The fee is expected to be $600, which includes instruction and materials, social events, and lunches. Participants will provide their own transportation to and lodging in Arcata; low-cost campus lodging will be available.

Applications are being accepted through May 1st. Additional information and the short application form are at:


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