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Jay Bancroft Member since: Tuesday, July 29, 2014

PhD

population invasion and biological control

Daniyal Jahangir Member since: Tuesday, October 22, 2013

MS in Chemical & Biological Engineering

Membrane biofouling control in MBR systems by employing encapsulated quorum quenching bacteria

Andrea Rizzoli Member since: Wednesday, March 06, 2013

PhD Control Engineering, MSc Control Engineering

Environmental modelling and simulation

Jesús Zamarreño Member since: Thursday, June 12, 2014

PhD in Physics

Use of ABM in areas related to Systems Engineering and Automatic Control.

Kristin Crouse Member since: Sunday, June 05, 2016 Full Member Reviewer

B.S. Astronomy/Astrophysics, B.A. Anthropology

I am a PhD Candidate in the Biological Anthropology program at the University of Minnesota. My research involves using agent-based models combined with field research to test a broad range of hypotheses in biology. I have created a model, B3GET, which simulates the evolution of virtual organisms to better understand the relationships between growth and development, life history and reproductive strategies, mating strategies, foraging strategies, and how ecological factors drive these relationships. I also conduct field research to better model the behavior of these virtual organisms. Here I am pictured with an adult male gelada in Ethiopia!

I specialize in writing agent-based models for both research in and the teaching of subjects including: biology, genetics, evolution, demography, and behavior.

For my dissertation research, I have produced “B3GET,” an agent-based model which simulates populations of virtual organisms evolving over generations, whose evolutionary outcomes reflect the selection pressures of their environment. The model simulates several factors considered important in biology, including life history trade-offs, investment in body size, variation in aggression, sperm competition, infanticide, and competition over access to food and mates. B3GET calculates each agent’s ‘decision-vectors’ from its diploid chromosomes and current environmental context. These decision-vectors dictate movement, body growth, desire to mate and eat, and other agent actions. Chromosomes are modified during recombination and mutation, resulting in behavioral strategies that evolve over generations. Rather than impose model parameters based on a priori assumptions, I have used an experimental evolution procedure to evolve traits that enabled populations to persist. Seeding a succession of populations with the longest surviving genotype from each run resulted in the evolution of populations that persisted indefinitely. I designed B3GET for my dissertation, but it has an indefinite number of applications for other projects in biology. B3GET helps answer fundamental questions in evolutionary biology by offering users a virtual field site to precisely track the evolution of organismal populations. Researchers can use B3GET to: (1) investigate how populations vary in response to ecological pressures; (2) trace evolutionary histories over indefinite time scales and generations; (3) track an individual for every moment of their life from conception to post-mortem decay; and (4) create virtual analogues of living species, including primates like baboons and chimpanzees, to answer species-specific questions. Users are able to save, edit, and import population and genotype files, offering an array of possibilities for creating controlled biological experiments.

Haizhong Wang Member since: Friday, February 20, 2015

PhD

agent-based modeling and simulation, traffic control and operation, emergency evacuation and disaster response

L Montoya Member since: Sunday, April 10, 2016

PhD un economics

Biólogical metaphor

Scott Bosokvich Member since: Friday, November 10, 2017

Ph.D. Electrical Engineering Intelligent Systems, M.S. Electrical Engineering, B.S. Electrical Computer Engineering

Distributed cooperative and collaborative Autonomous Vehicle Control

wborkowski Member since: Friday, July 13, 2012

PHD

computer simulations of biological macroevolution; dynamics and evolution in social and systems, also memetics and macromemetics - evolution of culture

S Johnson Member since: Thursday, October 23, 2014

Biological Sciences, Bioengineering

ABM modelling of molecular and cellular interactions in Lymph Nodes

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