Agent-Based Virtual Urban Environments for Population Health Applications

Silverman, E. , Charles, F., Porteous, J., Wood, I. and Ells, L. (2017) Agent-Based Virtual Urban Environments for Population Health Applications. In: ABMUS 2017 : The 2nd International Workshop on Agent-based Modelling of Urban Systems, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 8-9 May 2017,

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Abstract

Agent-based computational models are gaining traction as a means for modelling the complexities of designing and implementing health interventions in our rapidly-changing society. When such models are integrated with an interactive virtual environment they o er a way to investigate complex conditions including social and environmental de- terminants, while also facilitating participation and interaction from re- search users and policy-makers. Here we present a prototype Agent-Based Virtual Environment which features an early-stage model of obesity in- tended to support planners and local authority members in the develop- ment of environments that encourage healthy diets and higher physical exertion. We illustrate the construction of the model and its intended role in raising awareness of the role of the built environment in prevent- ing obesity. We also describe future extensions and ways to extend this framework to other areas of concern in public health.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Silverman, Dr Eric
Authors: Silverman, E., Charles, F., Porteous, J., Wood, I., and Ells, L.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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