The massive and steady progress in computer technology during the last decades allowed to establish a new strand of modelling in social and economic sciences. So called agent-based models or multi-agent models do no longer require to aggregate individuals to representative social or economic entities but allow to represent all entities explicitly on the individual level. These individuals, represented as agents, act and interact autonomously by sensing their environment and responding autonomously.
The objectives of the training course are:
- to introduce multi-agent systems (MAS) and review the state of the art in applying MAS to several key scientific disciplines, with an emphasis on natural resources management (NRM) issues,
- to enable participants to develop their own simple MAS application using the multi-agent platform CORMAS,
- to identify future opportunities for developing the use and application of the MAS approach to key NRM issues in the region.