September 10-21, 2018
Agropolis International, Montpellier (France)



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

Watch the video presentation of the MISS-ABMS training session presented at the CoMSES Net (Network for Computational Modeling in Social and Ecological Sciences) virtual conference.

MISS ABMS Presentation

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.

The principles, methods and technics of the design, implementation and exploration of agent-based modelling and simulation are taught and then applied by the trainees during practical sessions. During the first week, demonstrations and hands-on sessions on the three proposed platforms (CORMAS, GAMA, NetLogo) allow participants to choose a platform and get ready to use it. They are also guided by the trainers to start designing collectively a toy agent-based model by groups of 2-4 trainees sharing similar research topics. During the second week, the trainers support the participants in implementing and fine-tuning their prototype agent-based models. Specific points are also addressed according to the expectations and demands of the participants, and some applications developed by the trainers are presented and demonstrated.

Programme coming soon

  • Duration
    The summer school lasts over two weeks and represents a total of 70 hours of training.

  • Registration cost (include training fees, lunches during training days, coffee breaks, one social dinner) travel and accomodation not included

Researchers, post doc : 1 500 €

PhD fellows, students : 800 €

  • 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 (INRA), 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 : miss-abms_organizers@agropolis.fr


Past sessions



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Past training sessions


Trainers profiles

Géraldine Abrami
© Géraldine Agrami

Géraldine ABRAMI
(Researcher, IRSTEA-UMR G-Eau, , 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
© Nicolas Becu

Nicolas BECU
(Researcher, CNRS-UMR 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, Universidad de Costa Rica (UCR), San José - COSTA RICA)

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. I have been working in Brazil for 10 years, at the University of Brasilia until 2011 then at the PUC-Rio University. Now I am based at the UCR since 2015. 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,IRSTEA-UMR G-Eau, 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.


Etienne Delay

© Etienne Delay

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

Researche topics

I'm researcher in social geography and spatial modelling .

To tackle the scientific challenges proposed by landscape dynamics and cooperation processes, I have developed a research methodology based on field work and companion modelling combined with the formalisation of the observed processes and agents based models.

This approach offers the possibility to understand : spatial, social, cultural and / or economic conditions that take place on territories, and to provide prospective scenarios.

My technical expertise grew and evolved through investment in several workgroups: MAPS Team (Modelling Applied to Space Phenomena), OpenMole, OSGeo-international, various initiatives around modelling, exploration
and sensibility analysis of spatial patterns behaviours, and more generally in Free Software communities.

Christophe Le Page
© Christophe Le Page

Christophe LE PAGE
(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
© Jean-Pierre Muller

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

Research topics

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.

Cyril Piou
© Cyril Piou

Cyril PIOU
(Researcher, CIRAD-UMR CBGP, Montpellier, France)

Research topics

Dr. Cyril Piou is an ecologist who started working with agent-based models in 2003. He applied the approach to many different ecological systems (forests, crabs, fishes, insects…). Within the realm of ecological modelling, he participated in the promotion of pattern-oriented modelling and the use of standard protocols to describe agent-based models. Since 2010, he applies different modelling approaches to locust ecology and management among which agent-based models help to analyse the emergent group behaviours of locusts and to represent the anti-locust management systems.

Patrick Taillandier
© Patrick Taillandier

(Researcher, INRA-UMR MIAT, Toulouse, France)

Research topics

I am a researcher at INRA Toulouse, in the applied mathematics and computing research lab. 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…

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Update on 31/7/18


Mélanie Broin, Agropolis International


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