Agent-Based and Hybrid Modeling Bootcamp & Incubator for Health Researchers 2015

Custom sponsored versions of modeling bootcamp: Please note that I deliver customized versions of this bootcamp worldwide. Past and forthcoming such bootcamps have been held at MIT (as a semester course), UCLA, Flinders University, NCSU/UNC, Duke-NUS, at the Sax Institute (Sydney, Australia). Most commonly, these sponsored bootcamps are focused on particular health subdomains (e.g., social determinants of health, communicable diseases, maternal-child health, health service delivery). If you are interested in the possibility of sponsoring a custom bootcamp at your institution or city, please send me an email, and I would be pleased to explore the idea with you.

Timing: The Agent-Based Modeling Bootcamp for Health Researchers 2015 will run August 24-29, 2015.

Fees:​$600 for students & post­doctoral fellows, $1800 for academic faculty & staff and public sector attendees, $5000 for corporate attendees (a small number of volunteer positions are also available for trainees – see the workshop information at the end of this document.) Participants from previous years of the bootcamp may attend at no charge, space permitting.

Registration:Our on-line registration system is now available. Please note that we do allow for contingent reservations (e.g. reservations with the understanding that it is conditional on the participant securing funding on their side; please indicate the conditional nature of the reservation in the "Additional Information" field of the registration form).

Accomodations:Information on accomodations are available here

Videos:Videos from the bootcamp are available at the bootcamp playlist.

Related materials:Also of possible interest are the interlinked materials from our NCSU/UNC bootcamp.

Coverage: A preliminary prospectus is available. The Agent-Based and Hybrid Modeling Bootcamp & Incubator for Health Researchers is an intensive, hands-on tutorial and model incubator that seeks to provide health science researchers with a systematic, practical and accessible introduction to agent-based and hybrid system science modeling for health and health care, using familiar language and concepts. Systems science methods presented and combined include agent-based modeling, System Dynamics modeling and discrete event modeling; some discussion will also be presented for Social Network Analysis. To help ease participants in overcoming the learning curve in applying the techniques to areas of individual interest, the "incubator" side of the event will further leverage the extensive experience of the instructor and teaching assistants to provide ongoing advice, guidance, tips and direct assistance as participants build, explore and debug their own models addressing their research interests. Using lectures and guided exercises, the tutorial will introduce a broad set of topics in agent-based and hybrid modeling, offer optional material for those seeking additional depth of coverage, and emphasize the complementary insights when agent-based and hybrid modeling is combined with traditional health sciences approaches. Course material is drawn from the instructor's semester-long interdisciplinary courses at MIT and the University of Saskatchewan, as well as previous bootcamps, including those hosted at UCLA, University of New South Wales, NCSU/UNC, Flinders University, and the Sax Institute.

To make maximal use of the classroom experience, and in accordance to the principles of "flip teaching", students will be asked to review the instructor's detailed, hands-on online training material outside of classroom hours; classroom time will briefly review the essentials, but will be primarily devoted to helping students take advantage of the unique features of the classroom by 1) leveraging the presence of the instructor and teaching assistance to conceptualize, formulate, specify and debug models customized to their research interests 2) conducting joint agent-based modeling exercises that build on and reinforce the basic training material, and 3) engaging in richer discussion regarding specific questions and challenges identified by the students.

While the bootcamp seeks to ease participant learning by placing emphasis on ABM in the AnyLogic 7 platform, the curriculum will include several significant examples of models created in -- and discussion of tradeoffs between -- multiple frameworks for agent-based modeling (e.g., NetLogo, RePast, MODGEN). Please note that the updated bootcamp will cover Version 7 of AnyLogic. During the bootcamp, some sessions will be additionally be kept open for discussion to address issues of priority to registrants.

Reference materials:Visitors planning to be or considering being participants in this summer's bootcamp may find it useful to refer to variety of materials (including exercises, lecture & tutorial slides, audio recordings, and videos and/or screencasts, etc.) from previous classes and several bootcamps taught by the instructor. Those interested in example systems science for health models are further recommended to visit our AnyLogic 7 Example Models for Health folder on google drive, which provides dozens such models.. Those particularly interested in hybrid systems science models for Health are advised to consult our resource page for hybrid systems science models. Those interested in exploring hybrid Systems Science models in AnyLogic are recommended to visit our hybrid systems science example models for health page. While this year's bootcamp is anticipated to include some additional material not currently represented in those courses, much of the material that can be seen in those courses will be of direct relevance for the bootcamp. Early review of the material already posted would allow bootcamp participants to come away with a deeper appreciation for subtleties in the application of AnyLogic for Agent-Based modeling.

Thank you for your interest and patience while the site is being prepared.

Material from other lectures and tutorials by the same instructor (Nathaniel Osgood) can be accessed here.