Each evening, we'll have a break, then a short lecture on some key themes in social and ecological modelling. Some of these will be about specific modelling techniques, to introduce some of the materials we'll cover in the next day's practicals, and some will be generic stuff about modelling the world. We'll also have a couple of social events.
The slides and other materials will be available below. The lectures are one-hour versions of more extensive two-hour Masters introductory lectures, so we'll also link to these versions for "additional materials".
Day 1: Cellular Automata and Agent-Based Modelling
- We're going to introduce you to a major behavioural spatial modelling technique, Agent-Based Modelling.
- ABM is the bright new future of modelling.
- We'll introduce you to the basic elements, some of the uses, and some of the issues.
Day 2: Modelling theory I
- Having seen a few models, we'll now sum up by looking at the generic issues around modelling.
- We'll look at the modelling process, including verification and validation.
Day 3: Modelling theory II
- We'll look at model calibration and optimisation.
Day 4: Supercomputing
- We'll look at the issues associated with practical computing.
- We'll look at solving these using parallel processing.
Day 5: Advanced ABM
- We'll look some ABM issues.
- We'll look at frameworks for ABM.
- We'll look at modelling behaviour with ABM.