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Mélanie Broin
Agropolis International




04-15 octobre 2021, Cirad, Montpellier (France)



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

By taking part in this course, you will gain a modelling culture and learn the different skills required for building agent-based models (ABMs) applied to sociological, ecological, or socio-ecological systems.

Key points of the training:

  • MISS-ABMS is multi-cultural in terms of background and nationalities of the trainers and participants

  • MISS-ABMS promotes a collaborative practice of modelling and simulation

  • MISS-ABMS is multi-platform Cormas, Gama and NetLogo

  • MISS-ABMS presents the different stages of an agent-based modelling process, with a focus on model design and implementation

  • MISS-ABMS offers a significant time for group work to design and implement an ABM based on proposed descriptions of situations well suited for agent-based modelling

Download the MISS-ABMS leaflet to know more about the training course.


Skills and profiles of the candidates
  • Each year we enjoy having participants with very heterogeneous profiles in terms of age, nationality, scientific background and experience in modelling or coding.

  • Candidates should have an interest in applying modeling and simulation to sociological, ecological, or socio-ecological systems and sharing some or all part of the modeling and simulation process with people who are not modeling experts.

  • Candidates who are not yet working on an ABM should have a clearidea about the one they will develop in the future. If this is not the case, please contact us before the course.

  • No previous knowledge on ABM is required. However, as a large part of the practice will consist in programming a model on one of the platforms, some previous experience in computer coding is strongly recommended. For those without any consistent experience in computer coding, please contact us before the course.

  • Participation in MISS-ABMS is subject to selection: applications will be studied by the organizing committee.

  • To apply to the school, pre-registration is required. Please fill the online form here.

  • 2 weeks, 60 hrs


Registration fees
  • For classroom training (if sanitary conditions permit), the fees include training fees, lunches during training days, coffee breaks and one social dinner. Travel and accommodation are not included.

  • Rates are set according to the statutes of participants:

    • Researchers & postdocs: 1 500€

    • PhD fellows, students and permanent staff from CIRAD, INRAE, IRD and University of Toulouse: 800€


Trainers profiles

Géraldine Abrami
© Géraldine Abrami

Géraldine ABRAMI
(Researcher, INRAE-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.

Pierre Bommel
© Pierre Bommel

(Researcher, CIRAD-UMR SENS, 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, INRAE-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).

© Kévin Chapuis

(Research Fellow, IRD-UMR ESPACE-DEV, Montpellier, France)

Research topics

After a master graduation in social sciences & philosophy, Kevin Chapuis has done a PhD in computer science at University Pierre et Maris Curie (Paris 6) in 2016. His thesis was about job satisfaction and how agent based modeling can help to understand the impact of job organization on the satisfaction of workers. Until then, he has managed to work on the edges of social sciences and artificial intelligence through the prism of multi-agent paradigm. This led him to work with geographers at IDEES Rouen (France) on the domain of synthetic population — ANR project Gen*. He is currently working at UMMISCO Team / IRD Vietnam, getting involved in Gama platform development, Gen* integration to Gama, as well as the development of a city wide escape plan simulator in case of catastrophe — ANR project ESCAPE. Nowadays, he works on the interface between companion modeling and intensive analysis and exploration of complex descriptive ABM to support sustainable development in the Amazone flood plain, Para, Brazil — Project Belmont-Forum BONDS.

Etienne Delay

© Etienne Delay

Etienne DELAY
(Researcher, CIRAD-UMR SENS, Montpellier, France)

Research 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-UMR SENS, 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-IRIT, 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.

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, INRAE-UMR MIAT, Toulouse, France)

Research topics

I am a researcher at INRAE 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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