Webinar – Humans of Simulated New York – HOSNY with Francis Tseng

The Urban and Regional Economics WG is pleased to announce its February webinar:

"Humans of Simulated New York – HOSNY: an exploratory comprehensive model of city life" with Francis Tseng (New School)

On 13th February, 2017 at 4 PM Brasilia time (GMT-2)/ 6 PM UK time (GMT)/ 1 PM Eastern Time (EST).

Please follow this link to attend our GoToMeeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/576842293

ABSTRACT: The model presented experiments with a comprehensive simulant agent in order to provide an exploratory platform in which simulation users may try alternative scenarios and participation in policy decision-making. The framework is built in a computationally distributed online format in which users can join in and visually explore the results. Modeled activity involves daily routine errands, such as shopping, visiting the doctor or engaging in the labor market. Further, agents make everyday decisions based on individual behavioral attributes and minimal requirements, according to social and contagion networks. Fully developed firms and governments are also included in the model allowing for taxes collection, production decisions, bankruptcy and change in ownership. The contributions to the literature include the detailing of the agents and firms’ activity modeling, the use of reinforcement learning, social contagion and Bayesian networks within a visually rich environment. Hence, the model provides a framework from where interactions among citizens, firms and governments can be easily explored allowing for learning and visualization of policies and scenarios.