Agent-Based & Hybrid Modeling Bootcamp and Incubator

Dates: August 24-29, 2015health-workshop

Instructor: Dr. Nathaniel Osgood, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Associate Faculty in the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan



Public supporting materials:

Capacity: Limited to 35 participants

Tuition: $600 for students & post-doctoral fellows, $1800 for academic faculty & staff and public sector attendees, $5000 for corporate attendees.  Participants from previous years of the bootcamp may attend at no charge, space permitting.

The Agent-Based and Hybrid Modeling Bootcamp & Incubator for Health Researchers is an intensive, hands-on tutorial and model incubator that seeks to provide health science researchers with a systematic, practical and accessible introduction to agent-based and hybrid modeling for health, using familiar language and concepts. To help ease participants in overcoming the learning curve in applying the techniques to areas of individual interest, the “incubator” side of the event will further leverage the extensive experience of the instructor and teaching assistants to provide ongoing advice, guidance, tips and direct assistance as participants build, explore and debug their own models addressing their research interests.  Using lectures and diverse hands-on exercises, the tutorial will introduce a broad set of topics in agent-based modeling and hybrid approaches of high demonstrated value, offer optional material for those seeking additional depth of coverage, and emphasize the complementary insights when agent-based modeling is combined with traditional health sciences approaches and with other systems science methods.  Course material is drawn from the instructor’s semester-long interdisciplinary courses at MIT and the University of Saskatchewan, as well as 8 previous bootcamps and diverse additional smaller versions thereof held across the world.

Session screencasts, diverse example models and case studies, interactive exercises, and custom-built tools to ease model insight and debugging will be made available for post-tutorial review.  Optional tutorials will additionally be provided on programming concepts and skills required for intermediate and advanced agent-based modeling for health insight.

Optional post-tutorial modeling incubation session

In addition to the model incubation role of the main itself, the instructor and teaching assistants will be available to participants for an additional day of model building. This session will provide participants a chance to integrate and assimilate teachings from the tutorial session, and to further discuss application to their area of interest.