Program

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 - Beijing, China
*Time zone: EST
Location: Zoom meeting room (TBD)


11:00-11:05 ESTOpening Remarks
11:05-12:00 ESTSession 1
11:05-12:00 ESTKeynote: Future Developments in Geographical Agent‐Based Models: Challenges and Opportunities
Alison Heppenstall, University of Glasgow, UK
12:00-12:20 ESTBreak
12:20-13:50 ESTSession 2
12:20-12:40 ESTInvestigating Spatiotemporal Indoor Contact Patterns using ABM and STKDE
Moongi Choi (University of Utah), Alexander Hohl (University of Utah)
12:40-13:00 ESTProbabilistic Simulation of Spatial Demand for Intelligent Product Allocation
Porter Jenkins (Brigham Young University), Hua Wei (New Jersey Institute of Technology), J. Stockton Jenkins (Brigham Young University), Zhenhui Li (Pennsylvania State University)
13:00-13:20 ESTReal-time experiential geosimulation in virtual reality with immersion-emission
Paul M. Torrens (New York University) Simin Gu (New York University)
13:20-12:40 ESTDelineating a ‘15-Minute City’: An Agent-based Modeling Approach to Estimate the Size of Local Communities
Qingqing Chen (University at Buffalo), Andrew T. Crooks (University at Buffalo)
13:40-13:50 ESTClosing Remarks

Keynote

Future Developments in Geographical Agent‐Based Models: Challenges and Opportunities

Alison Heppenstall, University of Glasgow, UK

Abstract

Despite reaching a point of acceptance as a research tool across the geographical and social sciences, there remain significant methodological challenges for agent‐based models. These include recognising and simulating emergent phenomena, agent representation, construction of behavioural rules, and calibration and validation. While advances in individual‐level data and computing power have opened up new research avenues, they have also brought with them a new set of challenges. This talk reviews some of the challenges that the field has faced, the opportunities available to advance the state‐of‐the‐art, and the outlook for the field over the next decade.

Bio

Alison Heppenstall is Professor of Geocomputation within the College of Social Sciences and SPHSU at the University of Glasgow, and an Alan Turing Fellow. Prior to joining Glasgow, she was a Professor of Geocomputation in the School of Geography at University of Leeds and an associate of Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA). She is an expert in the development of spatial agent-based models (ABMs) with a focus on understanding and simulating behavior. Her current interests are concerned with linking ABMs to artificial intelligence and machine learning methodologies, the role of Big Data in creating more robust ABMs, and the use of individual-based modelling for building digital twins.