UNIGIS Salzburg is offering a Winter School from February 15 – 24, 2018 in Salzburg, which addresses students and early career researchers interested in spatially explicit simulation of natural and/or social systems by the means of agent-based modelling. Individuals from domains such as Geoinformatics, Geography, Ecology, Social Science, Spatial Planning, or Forestry are welcome. Interest in computational methods is a prerequisite, but no prior knowledge in modelling or programming is needed.
Organising lecturers: Prof. Andreas Koch (Social Geography, University of Salzburg), Ass. Prof. Gudrun Wallentin (Geoinformatics and Ecology, University of Salzburg)
Location: University of Salzburg, Unipark Nonntal
Description: Simulation models help to gain a better understanding of complex, living systems. In this winter school, you will get hands-on experience with the concepts and methods of spatially-explicit agent-based modelling. Models will target and integrate a range of domains and application areas. Supported by experienced modellers, you will develop your modelling skills step-by-step. After the winter school, you will be able to conceptualise, implement and validate your own models to conduct research on complex systems and to solve applied management problems.
In interdisciplinary groups, you will model real-world questions in and around the City of Salzburg. During a field trip you will get to know the study areas and have the possibility to collect field data for model input and validation. Further, you are encouraged to work on your own research problems.
Software: GAMA will be used for lecturing and tutoring, support for NetLogo available;
Credits: 3 ECTS
Costs: 450€ (excluding travel and accomodation);
For UNIGIS Students and ClubUNIGIS members: 300.- € (excl. travel and accomodation)
Further information and application: http://spatial-simulation.zgis.at/winter-school/
Available places will be allocated in the order of registration dates (receipt of payment).