CS Distinguished Lecture Series: "Spatial Multi-Agent Simulation and the Predation Behavior of Killer Whales" by Dr. Matthew Dickerson

Date: January 24, 2012
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Location: SB 4.01.20 (CS Conference Room)

"Spatial Multi-Agent Simulation and the Predation Behavior of Killer Whales"
by Dr. Matthew Dickerson, Middlebury College

ABSTRACT: This talk will introduce a type of computer modeling known as Multi-Agent Simulation which encompasses what is often known in biology and ecology as Individual-Based Modeling and in economics and social sciences as Complex Adaptive Systems. After presenting some principles and examples of how MAS differs from traditional computer simulation, we will look at a current research example from a spatial model of the predation behavior of killer whales in southeast Alaska written in the NetLogo language.

 

BIO: Matthew Dickerson is a professor of computer science and environmental studies at Middlebury College in Vermont and the author of numerous books including, most recently, The Mind and the Machine: what it Means to be Human and Why it Matters. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Cornell University.

 

Note - Dr. Dickerson will give a second talk at 5:30 p.m. on January 24th in BB 2.02.04.  The title of this talk is:  Can Computers Reason and Enjoy Sex?

 

 

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