Multi-Agent Modeling Applied to Spatialized Phenomena


Training course – June 21-26, 2009

“La Vieille Perrotine”, Saint-Pierre d’Oléron, France

Information: contact-maps@ujf-grenoble.fr


Context and Scientific Issues


We are currently witnessing an increase in researches and methods which, in various fields of study, utilize complex system theories to elucidate spatial problems.

This interest for combining spatial systems modeling with a multi-agent approach has led to the organization of thematic workshops addressing modeling in human and social sciences. These workshops were held in the following locations:

-          Porquerelles, September 2005

-          Mèze, April 2007

-          La Londe Les Maures, September 2007

-          Le Havre, July 2008

One should also mention the creation of the “Territorial Intelligence” research axis within the RNSC (National Network of Complex Systems) and of the SIMBAAD research group within the GDRE 54 (Spatial Simulation for the Social Sciences).

The multi-agent approach to spatial systems modeling applies to areas such as mobility, landscape dynamics, risks, multi-agent games.

The MAPS workshop aims at providing methodological and practical skills for multi-agent modeling (SMA), so as to supply the need for advanced training in this field and to contribute towards developing a community of reasearchers interested in spatial simulation.




There will be two main sessions, interspersed with remote working sessions. This arrangement should allow participants to practice what they learnt during the first session and to present their work during the second session.

• 1st session: succession of practical workshops, individual or group work sessions and plenary sessions (with guest speakers), June 21-26, 2009, Oléron Island.

• Individual work session: remote work (Wiki). Exchanges between participants, formal and informal discussions. One exchange session with tutors per semester.

• 2nd  session: summary of remote sessions and presentation of participants’ models. This session will lead to the organization of a special session during the second ABS² (Agent Based Spatial Simulation) conference in Paris, in early 2010 (for the first ABS² conference, visit: http://s4.csregistry.org/ABS2). Papers will be published.

Applicants should note that participation to the first session implies a long term commitment involving participation to the second session and the remote working sessions.




• Reviewing the theoretical foundations of multi-agent spatialised modeling.

• Providing a theoretical grounding in and practicing object modeling with UML.

• Offering participants advanced training in models implementation using the Netlogo platform, and helping them program their own model.

• Creating an exchange dynamics and strengthening the community of young researchers interested in complex spatial systems simulation.

At the end of this training course, participants will have enough practice to develop their own models by themselves, from problem formalisation to model implementation. The training course aims at making each participant fully operational.


Scientific and Organising Committee


Scientific Supervisors

M. Amalric        CITERES-Geography

D. Sheeren      DYNAFOR-Computer Science


Scientific Committee

M. Amalric        CITERES-Geography

F. Amblard       IRIT-Computer Science

A. Banos          IVE, ISC-PIF-Geography

E. Beck            PACTE-Geography

E. Daudé         IDEES-Geography

D. Sheeren      DYNAFOR-Computer Science



F. Amblard       IRIT-Computer Science

A. Banos          IVE, ISC-PIF-Geography

N. Becu                        PRODIG-Geography

E. Daudé         IDEES-Geography

N. Marilleau     GEODES-Computer Science

D. Sheeren      DYNAFOR-Computer Science



D. Delahaye     LETG-Geography

J. Douvinet      LETG-Geography

M. Étienne       INRA-Ecology

P. Langlois       IDEES-Geography

F. Varenne       GEMAS-Philosophy


Organizing Committee

S. Caillault       LETG-Geography

P. Gautreau     TVES-Geography

O. Ninot           PRODIG-Geography

I. Tillier            LETG-Geography




Required Knowledge


The MAPS training course is aimed at PhD students and young researchers who are already familiar with multi-agent simulation or who plan to develop their own model. A minimal knowledge of modeling or programming is required. Participants will be selected by written application. Around twenty applicants will be selected among researchers, young researchers and PhD students from all fields so long as their research has a strong spatial dimension. Selection to this advanced training will depend on their ability to explain the interest of using SMA in the context of their research theories and practices.


Selection Criteria


• Interest for complex systems in the context of your current research.

• Spatialized dimension of your research.

• Involvement in projects, programs, or training courses dealing with SMA.

• Knowledge of the NetLogo platform and/or mastery of computer programming and/or participation to one of the Porquerolles, Mèze, La Londe, Le Havre workshops.

• Any special case can be submitted to the Organizing Committee within the given time limit.


Important Events


February 1, 2009

Call for MAPS training course


March 20, 2009

Application deadline (second call)


Early April 2009

Application acceptance notification


April 30, 2009

“Reduced rate” payment deadline


June 21-26, 2009



Early 2010



Application File and Tuition Fees


Your application file is made up of:

An Application Form (AF) : download here application_maps.doc (703.50 Kb)

• A Curriculum Vitae (CV) highlighting activities linked to SMA (no more than 2 pages)

• A Cover Letter (CL) describing the applicant’s research project, as well as his questions, expectations and difficulties regarding multi-agent modeling. This CL should also spell out the applicant’s expectations regarding the training course (no more than 2 pages).

The name of each MS Word file should mention both the document reference code AND the applicant’s name (e.g. AF_Smith.doc).

The application form must be returned by March 15, 2009 at the latest. Results will be communicated in early April on the MAPS website and via e-mail.

During training each applicant will use his/her own computer on which he/she will have installed the NetLogo platform beforehand.


Tuition fees cover:

— accommodation in a double room from Sunday evening (06/21/09) until Friday afternoon (06/26/09)

— breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks

— a day-trip

— teaching materials

— transfer between La Rochelle train station and La Vieille Perrotine (Oléron Island)

— accommodation and catering during the second session

Tuition fees do not cover:

— transportation fees for both sessions

— drinks at the bar

— extra-charge for an individual bedroom


The application file should be sent to: contact-maps@ujf-grenoble.fr


Tuition fees

Before 03/15/09

After 03/15/09

PhD students

Postdoc students








A discount will be granted to a limited number of applicants who submit a substantiated request.


Registration will only be final upon receipt of payment.


In case of cancellation after June 1, 2009, tuition fees will not be refunded.


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