Towards a Methodology for the Participatory Design of Agent-Based Models

  • Thanh-Quang Chu
  • Alexis Drogoul
  • Alain Boucher
  • Jean-Daniel Jucker
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7057)


Developing models that effectively model human behavior and activities in social phenomena requires a tight collaboration between designers, experts and end-users. This paper presents an approach based on participatory design to find the most effective ways to succeed in this endeavor. Building up from a case study in emergency management, we identify three key design activities that have proven essential to be articulated so that users knowledge is elicited with ease and efficiency. The first is the design of the user-interface, the second the design of scenarios and the third the design of the experimental protocol. These activities pave the way for a first step towards a complete methodology.


Participatory design Agent-based simulation Role-playing games Emergency management 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thanh-Quang Chu
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alexis Drogoul
    • 1
    • 2
  • Alain Boucher
    • 1
  • Jean-Daniel Jucker
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.IFI, Equipe MSI; IRD, UMI 209 UMMISCO Institut de la Francophonie pour l’InformatiqueVietnam National UniversityHanoiVietnam
  2. 2.IRD, UMI 209 UMMISCO Institut de Recherche pour le DevelopementBondy CedexFrance

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