Department of Computational Social Science Seminar Abstract

Thursday, October 25 - 1:00 p.m.
Research Hall, Room 161

DISSERTATION PROPOSAL: Humanitarian Agent-Based Modeling for Crisis Response

Sarah Wise
CSS PhD Student
George Mason University

Abstract: Crisis response is a complex task, one that requires extensive information gathering to do well. A framework is constructed to take in information from a variety of sources and synthesize the data into a format that will support crisis response-oriented simulations. Using this synthesized data, the framework projects a forecast of how the crisis situation may develop in the near future. To demonstrate the methodologies built into the framework, three applications will be developed to study examples of crises at various scales and different processes. The specific case studies will address examples such as the 2011 London riots, the 2012 Colorado wildfires, and the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake.