Agent-based modelling in public health: when and why?

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


We discuss agent-based models (ABMs), a systems simulation modelling approach. We will first define ABMs and discuss in what circumstances (and why) their use is appropriate and beneficial. We will briefly explore how to conceptualise, develop, and document ABMs, including some suggested tools and software packages/programming languages. Throughout the workshop we will use a couple of ABM projects as examples, an older one (2013-2018) and a newer one (2020-21). The first, IndiaSim, is a set of ABMs used for exploring different health policies; this work was in collaboration with colleagues at the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDDEP) and was originally developed to do analyses for the Disease Control Priorities (DCP3) project. The second is an ABM (and hybrid simulation) project for evaluating interventions to prevent and control Covid-19 in a care home setting
PeriodJul 2021
Held atDepartment of Health and Social Care, United Kingdom