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Summer School in "Agent-based modelling for social scientists"

Summer School in “Agent-based modelling for social scientists”, Brescia, Italy, 4-8 September 2017

Jointly organised by the ESLS PhD Programme in Economic Sociology and Labour Studies and GECS, financially supported by Fondazione Grazioli and hosted by Collegio Universitario Luigi Lucchini (via Valotti 3/C, Brescia, Italy), this training school aims to introduce students to NetLogo, the most popular platform to build agent-based models, by using modelling examples from sociology and social science research.
Students will be provided with a theoretical background on the use of agent-based modelling in social science research and will learn how to develop an agent-based model from scratch. The examples will be on social impact, culture dynamics and social network effects on individual beliefs. Models will be first studied in detail, their codes will be analysed and then codes will be rebuilt from scratch, step-by-step, line-by-line in the class. Individual activities and exercise will be combined with group activities. No prerequisite on computing is needed. The students are expected to join the training with their own laptop.
The school faculty includes:
Flaminio Squazzoni (University of Brescia), Simone Gabbriellini (University of Brescia) and Federico Bianchi (University of Brescia)
The programme includes a full day training, from 9AM to 5PM:
Monday 4 September: an introduction to agent-based modelling and NetLogo
Tuesday 5 September: a thematic focus on “A dynamic theory of social impact: models and exercises”
Wednesday 6 September: a thematic focus on “Culture diffusion and dynamics: models and exercises”
Thursday 7 September: a thematic focus on “Small world networks and cultural polarization: models and exercises”
Friday 8 September: Group work and projects
School fees are 500 Euros for PhD students, 600 Euros for post-docs and senior researchers. Fees include accommodation (5 nights in a university residence), luncheons, a social dinner, a social event and all course materials.
To apply, please send a CV and a description of the project to be developed to the School director, Flaminio Squazzoni by 30 June 2017 ([email protected])


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