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Macaulay Land use Research Institute (MLURI)

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Contact personDr Nick Gotts 
StreetMacaulay Land Use Research Institute 
Address AB15 8QH - Aberdeen (United Kingdom) 
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Organisation TypeResearch Organisation 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Political science
» Psychology
» Sociology
» Computer sciences
» Systems sciences
» Agriculture
» Environmental sciences

 Brief description of your activity focus
Agent-based social simulation

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Nick Gotts trained in psychology and artificial intelligence. Until 1996, his research was mainly concerned with qualitative spatial representation and reasoning in humans, other animals, and computers. At that time he switched to work on complex systems dynamics, particularly on agent-based social simulation, but also on cellular automata. Since July 1998 he has been designing and experimenting with agent-based models of land use and energy demand at the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute. He is particularly interested in the distinctive features of complex adaptive systems which include agents capable of modeling and criticizing the systems to which they belong (e.g., people), in systematic approaches to comparing agent-based models, in the relationships between analysis, simulation and empirical approaches in the study of complex systems, and in the development of formal methods for describing, assessing and comparing simulation models and linking them with quantitative and qualitative evidence. Since April 2001 he has headed the FEARLUS (Framework for Evaluation and Assessment of Regional Land Use Scenarios) research team. Since December 2008 he has been coordinator of the European Commission FP7 project GILDED (Governance, Infrastructure, Lifestyle Dynamics and Energy Demand). He is co-editor of the ESSA (European Social Simulation Association) newsletter, and a member of the ESSA management committee.
 Research Activities

 Project participation
Project #1
Project TypeFP7
Project TitleGovernance, Infrastructure, Lifestyle Dynamics and Energy Demand
Project websitehttp://www.gildedeu.org/
CoordinatorDr Nick Gotts

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
Nick is co-editor of the European Social Simulation Association (ESSA) newsletter, and a member of ESSA management board.

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