From conceptual models to agent-based simulations: Why and how

Swaroop Vattam, Ashok K. Goel, Spencer Rugaber, Cindy Hmelo-Silver, Rebecca Jordan

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The core problem we address in this paper is how to take a declarative conceptual representation of a complex system and produce an agent-based simulation of that model. In particular, we describe a computational technique that takes Structure-Behavior-Function models of complex systems and simulates the behavior of the modeled system in NetLogo, an agent-based programming and simulation environment. This technique has been implemented in an interactive learning environment to promote complex systems learning among middle school students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9781607500285
StatePublished - 2009

Publication series

NameFrontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications
ISSN (Print)0922-6389

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence


  • Complex systems
  • Interactive learning environments
  • Modeling and simulation


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