Simulation and Agent-Based Models

Rebecca Garabed

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Ayaz Hyder

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Use of Simulation in Research

Simulation is a helpful tool for researchers who are interested in gaining a better understanding of processes and mechanisms – particularly when the phenomena under study are complex. In this presentation, Ayaz Hyder and Rebecca Garabed will introduce the basic theory and application of simulation, including systems thinking and agent-based models, to communicable and non-communicable infectious disease and other complex processes. Participants will have the opportunity to apply what they learn by doing guided, hands-on simulation using the free software NetLogo 6.0.1.

July 20, 2017 Morning Schedule

9:00 – 9:15

Overview of Simulation and Systems Thinking (Hyder)

9:15 – 10:00

Theory and Practice of Agent-Based Models: Examples from Public Health (Hyder)

10:00 – 10:20

Q&A (Garabed and Hyder)

10:20 – 10:30

Break and preparation for Hands-On Activities

10:30 – 10:45

Introduction to Simulation Models for Infectious Diseases(Garabed)

10:45 -11:30

Hands-on Exercise with NetLogo (Garabed)

11:30 – 12:00

Open Discussion on Using Simulation Models for Transdisciplinary Science (Garabed and Hyder)

*Participants should bring a laptop with NetLogo v6.0.1 installed.

**The instructors have also asked that participants bring an idea for simulation from their own discipline and research. For more information or assistance in preparing, please contact Sandy Reed at