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Webinar Series: An Introduction to agent-based models for public health

This webinar series provides an introduction to agent-based models with a particular focus on their application to public health challenges. It is aimed at anyone with an interest in learning about agent-based modelling, including people who want to become “modellers” and learn to build models themselves, and people who want to learn how to use and interpret models and use these in public health policy-making or practice.

The three webinars in this series will cover the principles of agent-based modelling, the types of public health questions agent-based models can be used to address, and how agent-based models can be used to inform policy and practice decisions, as well as introducing you to a range of case study examples of agent-based models applied to public health challenges.

Complexity and agent-based modelling

Wednesday 12 October 2022
Dr Corinna Elsenbroich, University of Glasgow

Justified Stories: formalising "what if?" for policy modelling

Wednesday 19 October 2022
Dr Jennifer Badham, Durham University

Understanding agent-based models for public health

Wednesday 2 November 2022
Dr Ricardo Colasanti, University of Glasgow

Early Career Researcher Seminar: Agent-based models for public health

Wednesday 26th October 2022

This seminar aimed to provide a supportive forum for early career researchers (ECRs) to share their latest work in developing agent-based models that address pressing public health challenges, with particular focus on behaviours around physical activity. 

MOTIVATE: Incorporating social norms into a configurable agent-based model of the decision to perform commuting behaviour
Robert Greener, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Robert will be talking about “MOTIVATE”, a configurable agent-based model used to simulate how changing social norms affect interventions, such as car-free days, in a case-study of Waltham Forest, a North-Eastern London Borough. In the model, manipulating habits and norms allow us to destabilise the convention of commuting by car, demonstrating its utility as a simulator of potential policies that may affect commuting-related norms.

Developing an agent-based model for collective patterns and income inequalities of leisure-time physical activity
Sophie Jones, Queen’s University Belfast

Sophie will be talking about an agent-based model developed as part of a PhD project at Queen’s University Belfast, aiming to explore collective patterns and income inequalities of leisure time physical activity in adults. The presentation will focus on demonstrating the model’s purpose, design, and development.

Simulating human mobility patterns for public health research with agent-based models
Hyesop Shin, University of Glasgow

Hyesop will demonstrate how he has used agent-based models to simulate human mobility patterns, with examples of mobility in air pollution exposure and children’s physical activity in various playground shapes. He will also discuss the perceptual differences between geographic information systems (GIS) and statistical researchers in order to facilitate mutual understanding and foster collaboration.

Discussion: PHASE support for ECRs
Chair: Prof. Steve Cummins, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
The PHASE Network would like to support ECR-led initiatives that aim to create a supportive community of ECRs working on agent-based models for public health and foster greater collaboration between those working in this field. In this discussion session we will be asking about the type of support that ECRs would most benefit from to support their career in ABM research, and for ideas on the types of initiatives the Network should support.

Social Simulation Week Webinar: Opportunities and challenges of modelling complex health behaviour

Thursday 17 September 2020

As part of Social Simulation Week 2020, hosted by ESSA and Behave Lab, PHASE hosted a webinar to discuss potential applications of ABM to address public health challenges and highlight key considerations when developing models of public health. Drawing on examples of ABM for adult social care and contact tracing, speakers examined issues such as model specification and obtaining suitable data for model calibration and sensitivity analysis, and discussed the role of cross-disciplinary partnerships involving health practitioners and decision makers in developing effective and useful models of public health and the ways in which PHASE aims to support these collaborations.