In July 2011 the University of Sydney hosted the first intensive course on agent-based modelling (ABM) in Sydney, Australia. The course brought a group of advanced graduate students together with academics interested in developing ABM skills. Over a period of four weeks, participants learned about ABM and its application to marketing, management and the social sciences in general. The course was led by Professor David Earnest, Old Dominion University, based on a similar course he offers there. He combined lectures with hands-on experience in lab sessions, building simulations of business and social phenomena. The course aimed to familiarize participants with the theoretical and methodological foundations of ABM, but also enable them to implement their own simulations in the programming language NetLogo to support their research.

Further details are available on the course website:

Recent Submissions

  • Is it Bad to Make Use of Unverified Information? 

    Schaerf, Tim (2011-07-06)
    Agent-based models are often used to study problems of group decision making and group movement from the animal kingdom. Some of the most thoroughly studied processes that have been modelled using agent-based models are ...
  • Using Agent-Based Models to Understand the Surprising Complexity of Global Markets 

    Earnest, David (2011-07-06)
    Why is the economy “complex”? For all the recent advances in the management sciences, businesses today face markets full of unexpected events, from cascading failures of lending institutions to speculative investment and ...
  • BNAS: Towards a Business Nework ABM System 

    Young, Louise (2011-07-06)
    Business relations and networks play a central role in the way business and economic systems are organised and function. But their dynamics and evolution have received little research attention, with research focusing more ...
  • "It's All About Me" - Anthropomorphised - Part 1 

    Debenham, John (2011-07-06)
    Present electronic markets, which focus on the backend transaction processing system and catalogue-style interaction, do not provide the perception that there are people behind them. This research approaches believability ...
  • Choosing the Right Model 

    Marks, Robert (2011-07-06)
    Building Agent-Based Models requires assumptions (as does building any model).The advantage of ABM is the assumptions can be realistic, rather than made in order to solve a calculus-based problem. But what does "realistic" ...