Agent-Based Spatial Simulation with NetLogo

Volume 1 – Introduction and Bases

Agent-Based Spatial Simulation with NetLogo

Edited by

Arnaud Banos, CNRS – Panthéon-Sorbonne University – Paris Diderot University, France
Christophe Lang, University of Franche-Comté, France
Nicolas Marilleau, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France

ISBN : 9781785480553

Publication Date : August 2015

Hardcover 278 pp

130.00 USD



Agent-based modeling is a flexible and intuitive approach that is close to both data and theories, which gives it a special position in the majority of scientific communities.

Agent models are as much tools of understanding, exploration and adaptation as they are media for interdisciplinary exchange. It is in this kind of framework that this book is situated, beginning with agent-based modeling of spatialized phenomena with a methodological and practical orientation.

Through a governing example, taking inspiration from a real problem in epidemiology, this book proposes, with pedagogy and economy, a guide to good practices of agent modeling.

The reader will thus be able to understand and put the modeling into practice and acquire a certain amount of autonomy.

This book rests on well-known techniques and tools: (i) modeling such as UML, (ii) simulation such as the NetLogo platform, (iii) exploration methods, and (iv) adaptation using participative simulation.


1. Introduction to the Agent Approach, Fabrice Bouquet, Sébastien Chipeaux, Christophe Lang, Nicolas Marilleau, Jean-Marc Nicod and Patrick Taillandier.
2. Description Formalisms in Agent Models, Fabrice Bouquet, David Sheeren, Nicolas Becu, Benoît Gaudou, Christophe Lang, Nicolas Marilleau and Claude Monteil.
3. Introduction to NetLogo, Frédéric Amblard, Eric Daudé, Benoît Gaudou, Arnaud Grignard, Guillaume Hutzler, Christophe Lang, Nicolas Marilleau, Jean-Marc Nicod, David Sheeren and Patrick Taillandier.
4. Agent-Based Model Exploration, Arnaud Banos, Philippe Caillou, Benoît Gaudou and Nicolas Marilleau.
5. Dynamical Systems with NetLogo, Nathalie Corson and Damien Olivier.
6. How to Involve Stakeholders in the Modeling Process, Nicolas Becu, Frédéric Amblard, Nicolas Brax, Benoît Gaudou and Nicolas Marilleau.

About the authors/editors

Arnaud Banos is CNRS research director and head of the UMR Géographie-cités (CNRS –Panthéon-Sorbonne University – Paris Diderot University, France). As a geographer, he favors an interdisciplinary approach to complex spatial systems.

Christophe Lang is Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Franche-Comté in France, within the FEMTO-ST, UMR 6174 laboratory. He conducts research in the field of distributed systems and more specifically in the field of multi-agent systems.

Nicolas Marilleau is a research engineer at UMI 209 UMMSICO of the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement in France. He conducts research in the field of modeling-simulation agents for complex systems, which he applies to real problems together with researchers in other disciplines.