My colleague Alison Heppenstall was recently invited to present our work as a keynote speaker at the International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (AAMAS) entitled Building Cities from Slime Mould, Agents and Quantum Field Theory. The full paper is available here and the abstract is:
Managing the unprecedented growth of cities whilst ensuring that they are sustainable, healthy and equitable places to live, presents significant challenges. Our current thinking conceptualise cities as being driven by processes from the bottom-up, with an emphasis on the role that individual decisions and behaviour play. Multi-agent systems, and agent-based modelling in particular, are ideal frameworks for the analysis of such systems. However, identifying the important drivers within an urban system, translating key behaviours from data into rules, quantifying uncertainty and running models in real time all present significant challenges. We discuss how innovations in a diverse range of fields are influencing empirical agent-based models, and how models designed for the simplest biological systems might transform the ways that we understand and manage real cities.
As the COVID-19 pandemic naturally meant that the conference took place virtually, her keynote is available to view for free from the virtual conference website. The other keynotes and lectures are available here.