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Mélanie Broin
Agropolis International



4-15 September 2017, Agropolis International, Montpellier (France)



Multi-platform International Summer School on Agent-Based Modelling & Simulation for Renewable Resources Management


Presentation of the training school at the Conference on Complex system'2015 >>

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  • Content

This summer school is about learning the different skills required for building agent-based models for renewable resources management. It is oriented towards a participatory use of models and simulation and participants will be asked to work in small groups.
During the first week, the principles, methods and technics of the design, implementation and exploration stages will be collectively taught. Groups, and story lines of the models will be designed. The second week will be devoted to personal applications: the trainers will support the groups in designing, implementing and fine-tuning their own agent-based model. During this second week, Specific points will be addressed according to the expectations and demands of the participants and example of models will be presented.

Programme for 1st year students (2016)

Programme for 2nd year students (2016)

  • Tools

Specific time slots will be allocated to teach the graphical language UML as well as to introduce the generic platforms Cormas, Gama and NetLogo by demonstrating the same benchmark model. Participants will get a chance to get a hand on each platform and then they will have to choose one to develop their model.

  • Scientific committee

Géraldine Abrami, Bruno Bonté (Irstea), Pierre Bommel, François Bousquet, Jean-Pierre Müller, Christophe Le Page (CIRAD), Patrick Taillandier (Univ. Rouen), Benoît Gaudou (Univ. Toulouse), Nicolas Bécu (CNRS).

  • Preparatory documents

Download the introductory booklet prepared by the trainers: initiation to algorithmics with Scratch :

Download the Cormas Multi-agent simulation platform:

Download the GAMA Multi-agent simulation platform:

Download the Netlogo Multi-agent simulation platform:

Download the Modelio UML software:

For any further information, please contact the organizers :


Past sessions



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Past training sessions


Trainers profiles

Géraldine Abrami
© Géraldine Agrami

ABRAMI Géraldine
(Researcher, UMR G-Eau, IRSTEA, Montpellier, France)

Research topics

I am a research engineer in a research unit about water management. In a team where we study and support the implementation of public policies on water management at various scales, I develop and support the development of models to foster communication and viewpoint exchanges among scientists and stakeholders. My background is in physics and engineering and I have been developing agent-based models with Cormas and then with Netlogo for more than 10 years. These last years I have been focusing on developing tools and methodologies to bring stakeholders into modeling and exploring their issues with haptic role-playing games. With my colleague Nils Ferrand, we have issued a kit called Wat-A-Game for making role-playing games about water management using mainly paper and pebbles. My research interest lies essentially on formalisms and tools to develop and explore models with stakeholders. I am also a member of the Companion Modeling network.

Nicolas Becu
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BECU Nicolas
(Researcher, CNRS- LIttoral ENvironnement et Sociétés (LIENSs), La Rochelle, France)

Research topics

Nicolas Becu is a modeling scientist from CNRS. He is a member of LIENSs research unit, an interdisciplinary team on coastal & environmental research based at La Rochelle (France). He develops and uses multi-agent simulations to investigate the links between social interactions and environmental management in various case studies and is carrying companion modeling approaches to bring together scientists, civil society and decision-makers.

Pierre Bommel
© Pierre Bommel

(Researcher, CIRAD-UPR Green, Universidade PUC-RIO, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Research topics

I am a modeller scientist at CIRAD. I contribute to promote the Companion Modelling approach. Through the development of CORMAS, I have been focusing on the development and the use of Multi-Agent Systems for the simulation of renewable resource management issues. Since 2005, I am based in Brazil, at the University of Brasilia until 2011 then at the PUC-Rio University, Laboratory of Software Engineering, until now. I develop models related to environmental management, such as breeding adaptation to drought in the Uruguay or as breeding and deforestation in the Amazon. Nowadays, I am especially interested on collective design of ABM and interactive simulation for assisting role-playing games.

Bruno Bonte
© Bruno Bonte

(Researcher, UMR G-Eau, IRSTEA, Montpellier, France)

Research topics

I'm a researcher in Modeling and Simulation applied to Social and ecological systems. Since 2013 I am working especially on hydrological and social systems. My research project is to use simulation models as a media between actors and disciplines. Therefore my research topics are about model specification (Using Discrete Event System Specification), modeling paradigm (using ABM and CORMAS), and formalization of controlled systems properties (in the framework of viability theory), and model use (interacting with the Companion Modeling network).

Francois Bousquet
© François Bousquet

(Researcher, CIRAD-UPR Green, Montpellier, France)

Research topics

Dr François Bousquet is at the origin of the companion modelling approach. For more than 30 years he has been focusing on the development and the use of Multi-Agent Systems for the simulation of renewable resource management issues. Through the development of CORMAS, he has taken part in many experiments dealing with simulation and environmental management, mainly in developing countries. He is also member of the resilience alliance research organization that explores key concepts of resilience, adaptability and transformability and provides a foundation for sustainable development policy and practice.


Christophe Le Page
© Christophe Le Page

LE PAGE Christophe
(Researcher, CIRAD-UPR Green, Montpellier, France)

Research topics

Active member of the companion modelling network. With a background in fish population dynamics, I have progressively specialized in building agent-based models to simulate the interplay between ecological and social dynamics in ecosystems holding renewable resources used or managed by different categories of stakeholders. I am participating in the development of the CORMAS platform, with a special interest on spatial aspects and computer-assisted role-playing games.

Benoit Gaudou
© Benoit Gaudou

(Researcher, Toulouse University, Toulouse, France)

Research topics

I am Associate Professor in Computer Science. After a PhD in Artificial Intelligence (in particular in modeling in logic of group attitudes), I specialized in agent-based modeling and simulation. I am particularly interested in the modeling and integration of complex agents in simulation and in particular of agents taken into account trust or emotions in their decision making process and behavior. In addition, I work on models integrating mathematical and agent-based models. I am taking part to the development and documentation of the GAMA platform, in particular to tools allowing to link mathematical and agent-based models.

Jean-Pierre Muller
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MULLER Jean-Pierre
(Researcher, CIRAD-UPR Green, Montpellier, France)

I am a computer scientist. Since more than 30 years, I am interested in understanding the functioning of complex systems, and in particular human and social systems.
With a large background in Artificial Intelligence, I am one of the promoter of the multi-agent systems (MAS) in Europe. I am now focusing on knowledge representation and using MAS for socio-ecosystem modeling and simulation. I designed and maintain a general-purpose modeling and simulation platform, called MIMOSA, based on DEVS for multi-paradigm integration (equations, automata, MAS, etc.). I use MIMOSA to design a modeling language, called EZAKA, to describe the structure and dynamics of multi-institutional socio-ecosystems for complex simulation.
Additionally, I am promoting modeling as a form of multi-disciplinary/multi-stakeholder knowledge engineering.

Patrick Taillandier
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(Researcher, Rouen University, Rouen, France)

Research topics

I am associate professor (with a CNRS-Higher Education chair) at the department of Geography of the University of Rouen (UMR CNRS IDEES). I work on agent-based modeling of spatial complex systems and more particularly on the development of tools to support the definition of models. I am one of the main developers and trainers of the GAMA platform. I am currently working on different projects concerning urban growth, geo-historical events, car traffic, dengue fever spreading, building construction, land-use change…

IRSTEACIRADCNRS Université de Rouen Toulouse 1 Capitole University


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