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Pedagogic Aspects of Teaching Agent Based Modelling using StarLogo Bob Abrahart School of Geography University of Nottingham The Place of GIS in the Curriculum.

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1 Pedagogic Aspects of Teaching Agent Based Modelling using StarLogo Bob Abrahart School of Geography University of Nottingham The Place of GIS in the Curriculum University of Leicester, May 2005

2 Agent Based Modelling …Why bother? – a new and growing field Bibliography on software agents URL: liinwww.ira.uka.de/bibliography/Ai/software.agents.html

3 StarLogo StarLogo is a programmable modeling environment for exploring the behaviors of decentralized systems, systems without leaders. Examples of these systems in our everyday life include bird flocks, traffic jams, and ant colonies. In decentralized systems, orderly patterns can arise without centralized control. Increasingly, researchers are choosing decentralized models for the organizations and technologies that they construct in the world, and for the theories that they construct about the world. But many people continue to resist these ideas, assuming centralized control where none exists -- for example, assuming (incorrectly) that bird flocks have leaders. StarLogo is designed to help students (as well as researchers) develop new ways of thinking about and understanding decentralized systems.

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5 Concepts 1: Agent Based Modelling

6 Different Views on Agent Topologies Concepts 2:

7 Agent Properties Concepts 3:

8 The idea of emergence is used to indicate the arising of patterns, structures, or properties that do not seem to be adequately explained by referring only to the systems pre-existing components and their interaction. Concepts 4: Exploring Emergence

9 Organizations of agents Animate agents Data Artificial world Observer Inanimate agents If then else If then else Bottom-Up Modelling Concepts 5:

10 TRansportation ANalysis SIMulation System (TRANSIMS)

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12 Existing Proposed 40% increase in Visitors +12 Bus Parking +20 Caravan Parking +130 Car Parks New Visitor Centre 300 Metre walk to 12 Apostles viewpoint RBSim - Recreation Behavior Simulator

13 StarLogo: Spread of Malaria in Haiti

14 StarLogo: Simulation of Ant's Emergent Behavior

15 Two books exist: Adventures in Modeling: Exploring Complex Dynamic Systems with StarLogo Vanessa Stevens Colella, Eric Klopfer, and Mitchel Resnick Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams: explorations in massively parallel microworlds Mitchel Resnick Show and tell…..


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