City life

Cities have been around for ten thousand years. In the Anthropocene, they are fast becoming our dominant ecosystem. Agent-based models of various aspects of city life can help us in urban planning and liveability. Several models exist in which, for example, traffic is predicted or housing prices are simulated and optimized. However, models that take into account more complex human behaviour, for example based on social interaction or subjective experiences, are still limited.

We are calling for models of city life in which the human component is explicitly taken on board. Applications can vary and include city development, transport, energy ‘prosumption’ (where citizens act as both consumers and producers), waste management, walkability, social interaction, happiness, crime and safety. Worked applications that include feedbacks between the technical system, the spatial city, and the social system including daily life and policy making, are particularly welcomed.


Track chairs:

  • Gert Jan Hofstede, Professor of Artificial Sociality, Wageningen University, Netherlands
  • Eveline van Leeuwen, chair, Urban Economics group, Wageningen University, Netherlands
  • Nicholas Malleson, School of Geography, University of Leeds, UK


List of presentations

AuthorsTitleType of SubmissionPresentation Time
Manon Prédhumeau, Julie Dugdale and Anne SpalanzaniAdapting the Social Force Model for Low Density Crowds in Open EnvironmentsFull paper30 min
Marcin WozniakConceptual framework for modeling complex urban systems – from theoretical assumptions to empirical basisExtended abstract15 min
Victor Peña-GuillenUrbanization from the bottom-upExtended abstract15 min
Tatiana FilatovaCities, housing markets and climate change: a complexity perspectiveExtended abstract15 min