The Urban Dynamics Educational Simulator: Tutorial for a Tool to Teach Agent-Based and Land Use and Transport Interactions Modeling

This paper describes a simple educational simulation tool to teach about agent-based modeling (ABM) and land use and transportation (LUT) interactions in urbanized regions. The relationship between land use and transportation in urban areas shows a dynamic complexity which is difficult to model with static or very aggregated approaches. Agent-based simulation is becoming a standard to model certain complex systems including LUT interactions. The LUT modeling with agent-based simulation has been evolving in the last 20 years and there are some complete models being applied to real metropolitan areas. In this paper, only some of the ingredients of those models are presented in an easy to explain agent-based model that can be used in classes. The model is based on a simpler one, available in the software package Anylogic, which was upgraded with many add-ons coming from transportation systems analysis requirements that have been introduced at TU Delft. The model logic is explained, including the way in which it can be used to run different experiments. The paper ends with an example of an experiment that can be done by students in class or as an assignment.

The examples of student assignments are available via the links below:

  • Land Use and Transport Interaction in Cities: Empirical Analysis and Modelling (U. Hasanah, S. Wicaksono, A. M. Imran)
  • Simulating Gentrification In The Urban Dynamics Educational Simulator (UDES) (L. Eggers, N. Geržinič, A. Weber, A. Wethmar)

  • Agent-Based and Land Use Transport Interactions Modeling