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SONIC Speaker: Charles Macal

Modified: February 15, 2016

Please join SONIC in Frances Searle Room 1- 483 on Tuesday, February 23rd, at 10:00am to welcome the first SONIC Speaker of the new year, Charles Macal of Argonne National Lab, who will present his talk "Simulating Chicago (and Everyone in It)."

chiSIM, the Chicago Social Interaction Model, is an agent-based model of people and places in Chicago along with the daily activities in which residents engage. To support planning and policy making, chiSIM models the behaviors and social interactions of all Chicago residents, represented in the model at the individual level. Places consist of geo-located parcels in the city, such as households, schools, workplaces, hospitals, and general quarters, such as nursing homes, dormitories, jails, etc. During the course of a simulated day, agents move from place to place, hour by hour, engaging in social activities and interactions with co-located agents. Examples of applications for this model include forecasting socially mediated processes, such as the spread of infectious diseases and the adoption of new technologies; measuring the potential effectiveness of public health and social programs and interventions; and assessing population-wide energy usage.

Check out the SONIC website for more information about Charles and his work.

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