NICTA / RMIT Discovery Lecture with Nigel Gilbert

In association with NICTA (Australia’s Information Communications Technology (ICT) Research Centre of Excellence), the Urban Decision-Making and Complex Systems program and the Global Cities Research Institute is proud to present a Discovery Lecture with noted international scholar, Professor Nigel Gilbert on Thursday, 28 November 2013 (5.45 pm – 6.45 pm).

Professor Gilbert will deliver a lecture entitled Simulating Societies: A Computational Approach to Social Science.


About Professor Gilbert

Nigel is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, and has a special interest in computational social science. He was one of the first social scientists to use agent-based models, in the early 1990s, and has since published widely on the methodology underlying computer modelling, on basic issues in social science that can be addressed effectively using such models, and on the value of simulation for applied problems such as understanding commercial innovation and managing environmental resources. Professor Gilbert is also interested in the sociology of scientific knowledge, and manages projects on communication in pandemics, peer-to-peer collaboration, and the dynamics of extortion rackets. He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and of the Academy of Social Sciences.


Simulating Societies: A Computational Approach to Social Science

Developments in simulation have offered a new way of doing social science: by conducting virtual experiments on artificial societies using agent-based models. Agent-based modelling is rapidly increasing in popularity as a way of modelling everything from ecosystems to economic systems. In this talk, I shall outline what an agent-based model is, show why agent-based simulation is a good way of understanding society, and provide a few examples of recent computational social science to demonstrate what can be achieved.


Lecture Details

Thursday, 28 November 2013
5.45 pm – 6.45 pm

Refreshments from 5 pm

RMIT City Campus
Swanston Academic Building (SAB)
Building 80, Level 1, Room 2
445 Swanston St Melbourne VIC 3000

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