ICIMOD staffs learn agent base modeling


All regional programs must eventually focus on socio-ecological systems to support informed decision-making.

This is what ICIMOD’s Director General Dr David Molden said at the inauguration of a three-day workshop on agent base modeling (ABM). The workshop, held from 23 to 25 July 2013, was conducted under ICIMOD-innovation fund.

Dr David Molden said it is critical to adopt state-of-the-art self-learning models for analyzing complex multi-parameter information, spatial and temporal processes and patterns. 

A total of 15 ICIMOD professionals learned about ABM through theoretical discussions and hands-on exercises. Different case studies based on NetLogo platform were run and evaluated. Dr Daniel G. Brown, Professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, USA, and Dr Derek Robinson, Assistant Professor in Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo, CANADA, were resource persons for the workshop. 

Based on needs, available data on agents, environment, and desired outcomes within the HKH region, conceptual models were made during the group work. The two resource persons interacted with the groups and discussed the challenges and potential areas of work. They encouraged the ICIMOD programme managers, theme leaders, and professionals to execute ABM through integration of biophysical and socio-ecological data in one of the selected site as a decision-making tool.