Four seminars will be held over the spring and summer of 2009 which will provide an opportunity to evaluate the state of play and research opportunities in the field.  The first two seminars will be held in London on April 2nd and May 6th, and the others in Leeds (July 2nd) and Brighton (September 16th).  The full programme is shown below.�
The first seminar deals with the theme of ‘scaling up, scaling down’.  Major speakers include Neil Ferguson (Imperial College) and Holly Sutherland (University of Essex).  There will also be contributions on the MoSeS dynamic model, and on the GENeSIS e-infrastructure.  The second seminar on the theme of ‘adding behaviour’  looks of particular interest to the GENeSIS community.  The presenters include Edmund Chattoe-Brown (co-investigator of the SIMIAN project), Gary Polhill (Macauley Institute) and our own Alison Heppenstall.  Seminar 3 is concerned with land-use and transportation modelling, while the final seminar will adopt a more agenda-setting theme.
The series is organised by Dr Paul Williamson (University of Liverpool) .   Paul began his academic career at Leeds working with Phil Rees on problems relating to simulation and the delivery of social care.  His work on the development and evaluation of simulation algorithms is particularly well-regarded (Williamson et al, 1998; Voas and Williamson, 2001).  Paul has also written on the theme of geodemographics:  another  heavily cited paper with David Voas highlights the spatial diversity which is typically assumed away by  geodemographic classifications ).  Paul Williamson is editor of the International Journal of Microsimulation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ESRC Seminar Series ‘Microsimulation modelling in the UK: bridging the gaps’

 
 

 

A short series of four closely-spaced seminars designed to:

Identify and agree common areas of challenge
Encourage greater/more

 

 

  • pooling of effort
  • sharing of existing solutions
  • collaborative research grant applications
Planned programme

Seminar 1 ‘Scaling up; scaling down’

 
 

 

 

Thursday 2nd April; London
Invited speaker / Team

 

 

  

Prof Neil Ferguson (Imperial)  

Large scale modelling of flu epidemics  

James Carpenter (LSHTM)  

Bootstrapping and multiple imputation  

Holly Sutherland / EUROMOD  

Flexing to add more countries/tax-benefit systems  

Mark Birkin / MOSES  

GRID/parallel computing  

Mark Birkin / MOSES  

Dealing with migration in sub-national dynamic msms  

Chris Drane / DWP  

Bigger vs. faster  

Paul Williamson (Liverpool)  

Creating synthetic sub-regional baseline populations  

Seminar 2 ‘Adding Behaviour’ 

Wednesday 6th May; London
Invited speaker / Team

 
 

 

 

Topic

 
 

 

 

Prof Alan Duncan (Nottingham)  

Economic behavioural response:state of the art  

DWP / IFS  

Economic behavioural response: practical challenges  

Mike Murphy (MAP2030)  

Modelling kinship  

Ruth Hancock (MAP2030)  

Modelling demand for care  

Edmund Chattoe-Brown  

Agent-based modelling  

Alison Heppenstall  

Agent-based modelling  

Gary Polhill / FEARLUS  

Modelling evolving patterns of land-use  

Seminar 3 ‘Moving beyond tax-benefit and demographic modelling’

 
 

 

 

Thursday 2nd July; Leeds
Inivited speaker / team

 

  

 

Topic

 

 

SParamics  

Transport microsimulation  

Kai Nagel (Berlin)  

Transport microsimulation  

David Simmonds  

Transport microsimulation  

Ben Anderson / Chimera  

Retail / expenditure  

Dimitris Ballas (Sheffield)  

Happiness  

David Bell (Stirling)  

Demand for care  

Gary Polhill / FEARLUS  

Modelling evolving patterns of land-use  

 

Seminar 4 ‘Bridging the gaps’ / ‘Setting the agenda’
 

 

 

Friday 11th September; Brighton (as part of BSPS annual conference)
Invited speaker / team

 

  

 

Topic

 

 

 

NATSEM

 
 

 

How to build a coherent national msm effort

 

 

Statistics Canada

 
 

 

How to build a coherent national msm effort

 

 

MAP2030

 
 

 

What we are doing; what we can share; where next?

 

 

SAGE

 

 

Ditto

 

 

EUROMOD

 

 

Ditto

 

 

MOSES

 

 

Ditto

 

 

DWP

 
 

 

Ditto

 
 

 

HMRC

 
 

 

Ditto

 
 

 

IFS

 
 

 

Ditto

 
 

 

Sheffield

 
 

 

Ditto

 
 

 

Liverpool

 
 

 

Ditto

 
 

 

Aberdeen

 
 

 

Ditto

 
 

 

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