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07 Mar 2009 - 08:35295
This might be of interest to anyone who is interested in rapid devlopment of their own agent based models and don't want to start from scratch:



NetLogo is a programmable modeling environment for simulating natural and social phenomena. It was authored by Uri Wilensky in 1999 and is in continuous development at the Center for Connected Learning and Computer-Based Modeling.

NetLogo is particularly well suited for modeling complex systems developing over time. Modelers can give instructions to hundreds or thousands of "agents" all operating independently. This makes it possible to explore the connection between the micro-level behavior of individuals and the macro-level patterns that emerge from the interaction of many individuals.

NetLogo lets students open simulations and "play" with them, exploring their behavior under various conditions. It is also an authoring environment which enables students, teachers and curriculum developers to create their own models. NetLogo is simple enough that students and teachers can easily run simulations or even build their own. And, it is advanced enough to serve as a powerful tool for researchers in many fields.

NetLogo has extensive documentation and tutorials. It also comes with a Models Library, which is a large collection of pre-written simulations that can be used and modified. These simulations address many content areas in the natural and social sciences, including biology and medicine, physics and chemistry, mathematics and computer science, and economics and social psychology. Several model-based inquiry curricula using NetLogo are currently under development.

NetLogo can also power a classroom participatory-simulation tool called HubNet. Through the use of networked computers or handheld devices such as Texas Instruments graphing calculators, each student can control an agent in a simulation. Follow this link for more information.

NetLogo is the next generation of the series of multi-agent modeling languages that started with StarLogo. It builds off the functionality of our product StarLogoT and adds significant new features and a redesigned language and user interface. NetLogo is written in Java so it can run on all major platforms (Mac, Windows, Linux, et al). It is run as a standalone application. Models can be run as Java applets inside a web browser.



Last edited by Michael Kinsey (07 Mar 2009 - 08:36)
19 Jul 2010 - 11:41463
I remember a very interesting presentation (at ICEM09) regarding a model created with Netlogo for measuring the effectiveness of warning message dissemination. I find you already upload the abtract: in the Literature section.
The developer was explaining to me how it was very fast to create such model with Netlogo. You can contact him at if you are interested in reading the whole paper.


Dr Enrico Ronchi

30 Jun 2011 - 22:31556
For one course in my PhD I have to do some simulation and was tempted to use NetLogo.

Unfortunatelly time went by to quickly and the other options (Swarm, Repast) took much time with no results.

Is there any model I could use as a template or example in evacuation, made in NetLogo?


 João Emílio Almeida

Bsc Informatics

Msc Fire Safety Engineering

PhD student at ProDEI - Doctoral Program in Informatics Engineering

01 Jul 2011 - 01:21557
Yes, there is.

I remember a paper at ICEM09 that was describing an evacuation model prototype done in NetLogo.

Search in the web for the paper "Agent based modeling of indoor emergency evacuation based on empirical behavior data" by Ellen-Wien Augustijn-Beckers , Johannes Flacke and Bas Retsios.



Dr Enrico Ronchi

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