Dr. Barry Lawson, Assoc. Professor of Computer Science at the University of Richmond, will present "Agent Based Simulation of Biological Systems" on Wednesday, September 28 at 3:30 in Olin 114.
Agent-based simulation is a computational method for modeling the actions and interactions of heterogeneous, autonomous individuals (agents), with the goal of realizing global-scale behavior patterns that emerge from the definition of local-scale rules. In this talk, we will discuss two active lines of interdisciplinary research that use agent-based simulation to model different biological systems. The first uses a hybrid agent-based and differential equations approach to model antibiotic resistance in hospital wards. The second uses an agent-based approach to model the complex energetic associations present in coral reefs. These models have the potential to significantly influence our understanding of, and ability to address, important societal, ecological, and environmental issues associated with public health and climate change.