The Design & Intelligence Laboratory at Georgia Tech is expanding the capability of its on-demand agent-based simulation generator to enable users to divide components into separate habitats. The Virtual Ecological Research Assistant (VERA) currently provides a concept map creator to designate biotic organisms and abiotic factors with their relevant relationships which then feed parameters into a compiler that generates server-side NetLogo code that is runtime compiled and executed and then outputs to the end-user for a line graph displaying the population cycles of the organisms involved. The software enables easy access to generate multiple simulations by changing parameters and settings to meet user-chosen goals such as more correctly emulating realistic natural environments or testing potential solutions to a problem. In reality, organisms and abiotic factors are often divided into separate habitats by a variety of factors such as a wall or by their very nature such as an ocean being separate from a landmass. With the additional feature of habitats to the VERA project, we can enable experiments that will show the viability of this approach to create more accurate models.
Scott Bunin, Willventchy Celestin, Andrew Hornback and Spencer Rugaber. 2022. Incorporating Habitats in Conceptual Models and Agent-Based Simulations: Expanding the Virtual Ecological Research Assistant. In Proceedings of the Ninth ACM Conference on Learning @ Scale (L@S ’22), June 1–3, 2022, New York City, NY, USA. ACM, New York, NY, USA, 3 pages. https://doi.org/10.1145/3491140.3528361