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From Research to Crisis Management: Multiagent Simulation for Local Governments

Alexander Schewerda; Veronika Kurchyna; Jan Ole Berndt; Ingo Timm
In: 20th International Conference on Practical Applications of Agents and Multi-Agent Systems. International Conference on Practical Applications of Intelligent Agents and Multiagents (PAAMS), Springer, 2022.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, a rise of (agent-based) simulation models for predicting future developments and assessing intervention scenarios has been observed. At the same time, dashboarding has become a popular way to aggregate and visualise large quantities of data. The AScore Pandemic Management Cockpit brings together multiagent-based simulation (MABS) and analysis functionalities for crisis managers. It combines the presentation of data and forecasting on the effects of containment measures in a modular, reusable architecture that streamlines the process of use for these non-researcher users. In this paper, the most successful features and concepts for the simplification of simulation usage are presented: definition of scenarios, limitation of parameters, and integrated result visualisation, all bundled in a web-based service to offer a low-barrier entry to the usage of MABS in decision-making processes.