A short course in NetLogo
This is a short course on how to use NetLogo, a multi-agent programmable modeling environment. From their website: "NetLogo is particularly well suited for modeling complex systems developing over time. Modelers can give instructions to hundreds or thousands of 'agents' all operating independently. This makes it possible to explore the connection between the micro-level behavior of individuals and the macro-level patterns that emerge from the interaction of many individuals."
This short course is intended for people wishing to get more comfortable with programming, but in particular for those wanting to create short animations of, say, a chemical agent slowly degrading a population of cells which in turn release chemokines that affect the behaviour of neighbouring cells. And since animations are always a hit at conferences, this is a good skill to acquire: if an image is worth a thousand words... an animation is probably worth a book, right?
This event is open to all (even to people not in Physics) but space is limited and priority will be given to students of PCS 350. If you'd like to attend, please contact Dr. Beauchemin so we know how many handouts to prepare. If you would like to bring your own laptop to work from, you can download NetLogo ahead of time here: it is very easy to install.
If you decide to do this on your own some time in the future, you can download the exercise sheet which was distributed during the course to introduce participants to NetLogo.