Informal Workshop on:
Using Qualitative Evidence to inform Behavioural Rules suitable for an agent-based simulation

This informal workshop occurred at the MMU Business School on the 19th September 2012, organised by Bruce Edmonds from the CfPM).

The following presentations were made:

Unfortunately Sukaina Bharwani was ill and could not be with us, but she provided us her slides: "Tools for Knowledge Elicitation".

There was a wide ranging and interesting discussion which I can not begin to summarise, but suggestions as to what to do next included:
  1. That people trial some attempts to use GT with ABM, in particular that different modellers might try working with the same data
  2. A special issue of a journal
  3. A funded workshop/sandpit over a period of time so that people could work together on analysing texts and programming rules
  4. To arrange a broadcast of Sukaina's presentation
  5. Richard noted that the SEI in Oxford was happy to host people who were interested in furthering this sort of work and has applied for money for two workshops on GT and ABM to occur in South America (if funded).
Other people present included: John Forrester (YCCSA, York), Elizabeth Carabine (Sheffield), Ruth Meyer (CPM, MMU), Helen Bowkett (UWE), Ali Abbas (CPM, MMU), Stefano Picassia (CPM), Mike Bithell (Cambridge), Tony Lawson (Essex), Nick Addis (Leeds), Huw Vasey (Manchester), Alberto Paucar-Caceres (MMUBS), Julian Pratt (WholeSystems), Ellen Saber (Monash) and some others whose names I have lost!

Others who have expressed interest but could not attend include: Edmund Chattoe-Brown, Olivier Barreteau, Nanda Wijermans, Armando Geller, Harko Verhagen, Nick Gotts, Ozge Dilaverkalkan, Neela Matin, Lee-Ann Sutherland, Nigel Gilbert, Pablo Lucas, Clinton Adrews, Julian Pratt, Franziska Klugl, Bill Kennedy, Ruben Verkempynck, Harold Kohn.

Since the workshop a few people have pointed out papers of theirs that might be of interest to attendees:
There will be a session on the subject at ESSA 2013 (, which will give people a chance to air their research and get feedback on their papers before the JASSS deadline.  Deadline for these papers is: 1 March 2013.

There will be a Special Section (like a special issue) of JASSS ( on the this topic, deadline for papers 15th October 2013 (for publication in the Jan 2014 issue of JASSS).  So develop your research on this now so you can submit - you have a whole year!  

I will continue to post to SimSoc for anything significant that comes out of this, but if you want to be kept informed at a more "micro-level" then email me.

Bruce Edmonds