MARSFest 2017 at University of Florida Gainesville – Day 3

It’s a wrap! A very successful final day at the MARSFest 2017 is over! After discussing the results from various Wolves-Sheep-Model runs and revisiting the concepts and learning from Day 2, the group went on to take a look at the Kruger National Park model. For 2 hours we went through the features and discussed the agent-based design of this fully-featured large-scale MARS model. After a lunch break the attendees went on to alter and extend the Wolves-Sheep Model. For instance, they added a Mercury layer in order to poison the grass and thus the sheep as well as the wolves. Two other students directly jumped into working on their PhD projects with MARS. Very nice!

MARSFest 2017 at University of Florida Gainesville – Day 2

Day 2 of MARSFest 2017 is over! We were starting out in the smaller room from yesterday, but as the word of MARSFest spread, more people kept coming in, so we moved the workshop to a proper classroom 🙂
After checking back on the HelloWorld model from yesterday, we explored the Predator-Prey model involving Wolves, Sheep and Grass. As everybody got the idea of how to build models with MARS in terms of layers, agents and the provided components, the attendees started to work on tuning the parameterization of the model to improve on its dynamics. A little challenge emerged to see who could get it to produce a decent population dynamic first 🙂 Tomorrow will have the introduction to the full-feature Kruger National Park model.

MARSFest 2017 at University of Florida Gainesville – Day 1

[:de]The MARSFest 2017 at the University of Florida in Gainesville is under way! Christian Hüning and Jan Dalski together with Greg Kiker started out with 9 attendees and went trough an introduction on how MARS 2.0 works. A very good Q n’ A / discussion emerged as to what the unique capabilities like running models at scale in the cloud, importing large-scale data sets and modeling with the MARS LIFE Layer approach means for the modeler and the model alike. Finally all attendees concluded with working through the Getting Started Guide and getting their systems ready for production. Next up: First attempts in modeling with MARS based on the classical Predator-Prey model of Sheep, Wolves and Grass.

Finally some impressions from the Workshop: