Skip to main content

Research Repository

See what's under the surface

Advanced Search

Developing agent-based simulation models for social systems engineering studies: a novel framework and its application to modelling peacebuilding activities

Siebers, Peer-Olaf; Figueredo, Grazziela P.; Hirono, Miwa; Skatova, Anya

Authors

Grazziela P. Figueredo gzf@cs.nott.ac.uk

Miwa Hirono miwa.hirono@nottingham.ac.uk

Anya Skatova anya.skatova@nottingham.ac.uk , anya.skatova@gmail.com



Contributors

César Garcia-Diaz
Editor

Camilo Olaya
Editor

Abstract

When looking for a "what-if" analysis tool to support social systems engineering studies, agent-based modelling and simulation should be the method of choice. It is a well-established method for studying human-centric systems. Developing such models, however, is not an easy task, and there is not much guidance around, that clearly explains how this is done. In this book chapter we present a novel framework to guide teams through the process of model development from conceptual design to implementation. While we describe the tools that can be used for this purpose we also provide guidance on how the required information can be produced. We borrow ideas from software engineering to define a more structured approach to problem analysis and model design. We use an illustrative example (international peacebuilding activities in South Sudan) to demonstrate how the novel framework has been applied in a real world setting. This illustrative example confirms that a structured approach is very helpful when dealing with a multidisciplinary team and a case-based project.

Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Book Title Social systems engineering: the design of complexity
ISBN 9781118974414
APA6 Citation Siebers, P., Figueredo, G. P., Hirono, M., & Skatova, A. Developing agent-based simulation models for social systems engineering studies: a novel framework and its application to modelling peacebuilding activities. In C. Garcia-Diaz, & C. Olaya (Eds.), Social systems engineering: the design of complexityWiley. doi:10.1002/9781118974414.ch7
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118974414.ch7
Keywords Agent based modelling; social simulation; social systems engineering; software engineering; multidisciplinary team; peacebuilding; South Sudan
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/9781118974414.ch7/summary
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
;