Principles and Practice of Multi-Agent Systems

Volume 7057 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 242-258

GAMA: A Simulation Platform That Integrates Geographical Information Data, Agent-Based Modeling and Multi-scale Control

  • Patrick TaillandierAffiliated withIRD, UMI UMMISCO 209IFI, MSI, UMI 209
  • , Duc-An VoAffiliated withIRD, UMI UMMISCO 209IFI, MSI, UMI 209
  • , Edouard AmourouxAffiliated withIRD, UMI UMMISCO 209IFI, MSI, UMI 209
  • , Alexis DrogoulAffiliated withIRD, UMI UMMISCO 209IFI, MSI, UMI 209

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The agent-based modeling is now widely used to study complex systems. Its ability to represent several levels of interaction along a detailed (complex) environment representation favored such a development. However, in many models, these capabilities are not fully used. Indeed, only simple, usually discrete, environment representation and one level of interaction (rarely two or three) are considered in most of the agent-based models. The major reason behind this fact is the lack of simulation platforms assisting the work of modelers in these domains. To tackle this problem, we developed a new simulation platform, GAMA. This platform allows modelers to define spatially explicit and multi-levels models. In particular, it integrates powerful tools coming from Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Data Mining easing the modeling and analysis efforts. In this paper, we present how this platform addresses these issues and how such tools are available right out of the box to modelers.


Simulation platform Agent-based modeling Geographical vector data Multi-level control