CSI-ABM Summer School:

Agent-based Modelling in Economics

15-19 September 2014, Ghent, Belgium

This summer school has three components. During the morning sessions a general but intensive introduction to agent-based modelling (ABM) will be given by dr. Aaron Bramson. He is an experienced agent-based modeller and he obtained a joint PhD in political science and philosophy from the University of Michigan and also holds a certificate in complex systems from the Center for the Study of Complex Systems. Next to acquiring the basic concepts of ABM, you will learn with a hands on approach how to code these ideas using the Netlogo programming language. If you are a more experienced agent-based modeler, by attending the morning lessons you will learn a greater breadth and depth on areas outside your current research. Especially in the "model design" and "best practices" ones. Each afternoon starts with a talk by an invited speaker who will give an in-depth presentation of his or her ABM related research. This will serve as an illustration of the applicability of agent-based modelling in high-level academic research. To conclude each day, the PhD-students will have the opportunity to present their model and get extensive feedback from the other participants and the invited speakers. In addition, on Tuesday there will be a dinner and the Wednesday and Friday afternoon there are no presentations.

Hence this summer school aims at two types of researchers. The first group is interested to start work on ABM in economics and is looking for an excellent introduction with lots of examples to whet their appetite. The second group will consist of students which are already working in the field and want some feedback from their peers and experts in the field. Students belonging to the second group are not obliged to attend the morning sessions.

Organized by CSI Ghent and Ghent University
Sponsored by FWO-WOG: Stochastic modelling
with applications in financial markets
Venue 15-16 September
room: Ferdinand Rogiers
Faculty of Business and Economics
Hoveniersberg 24, Ghent

17-18-19 September
Pressconference room
'Het Pand'
Onderbergen 1, Ghent
School Teacher Aaron Bramson
Invited Speakers Stefan Thurner (Medical University of Vienna),
Andreas Krause (University of Bath),
Simone Giansante (University of Bath),
Pablo Kaltwasser (Catholic University of Louvain)
Sophie Béreau (Université catholique de Louvain)
Dates 15-19 September, 2014
Registration is possible up to September 10th
Open To Researchers, teaching staff, PhD and master students
Price no fee
Lunch included


Mon 15 Tuesday 16 Wednesday 17 Thursday 18 Friday 19
9:00 - 10:00 Introduction to ABM I Introduction to ABM IV Model design I Best practices I Talk by Stefan Thurner
10:15 - 11:15 Introduction to ABM II Popular Models in ABM I Model design II Best practices II Talk by Sophie Béreau
11:30 - 12:30 Introduction to ABM III Popular models in ABM II Model design III Best practices III Student Presentations
13:30 - 14:30 Talk by Pablo Kaltwasser Talk by Simone Giansante Explore Ghent Talk by Andreas Krause
15:00 - 17:00 Coding sessions Coding sessions Explore Ghent Student Presentations
Evening Dinner


Researchers, teaching staff, PhD and master students are welcome to participate in the CSI-ABM summer school. All ABM research projects are welcome. The working language of the Summer School is English.

As a CSI-ABM participant you will have the opportunity:


As a researcher who has no experience in ABM, a short motivation letter is enough to apply for the summer school. Students who want to present their work should also add a description of their current research project. Applications should be submitted by sending a mail to

There is no registration fee. (Lunch) breaks are covered. Accommodation and travel costs are not covered. For further questions, you can send an e-mail to