Agent-based complex systems feature prominently in many areas of science. These disparate fields are mathematically linked by modeling based on autonomous agents whose relatively simple interactions lead to emergent coherent phenomena. Our discussion will focus on the impact of social interactions on the global dynamics of a community, modeling decision-making, the spread of contagion or information via interactions among individual agents, and how the relationships among distinct groups of individuals affect the pairwise interactions of the individual agents and the dynamics of each group considered as a whole. Research areas which give rise to this sort of topic include epidemiology, flocking animals, territorial behavior of wolves, myxobacterial swarming, and crime modeling.
With such a diversity of academic fields represented, we can expect this workshop to have many exciting and beneficial discussions. We would like to focus our efforts on two pursuits: to allow experts in their field to share their research with others examining similar problems in complex systems, and also to encourage discussion among the scientists in order to set the parameters of a new pursuit.
(University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA))
Andrea Bertozzi (University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA))