Friday, January 29, 2016


Topic: Modeling Genocide


Presenter: Elizabeth Von Briesen


Genocide has been an unfortunate modern and ancient historical occurrence. Social scientists have explored and continue to explore this phenomenon, seeking to understand its root causes and develop strategies for prevention. Computational modeling can be very helpful in this respect, as it allows for abstract study of a very real and traumatic human potential. In this talk, we will explore the fundamental components of an agent based computational approach to modeling genocide. We will also propose that extending this model by implementing a dynamic network can be instrumental in furthering research and understanding in this domain.