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Robert L. Axtell
|Known for||Agent-based modeling|
|Institutions||George Mason University|
Santa Fe Institute
Johns Hopkins University
Robert Axtell is a Professor at George Mason University, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, where he is Departmental Chair of the Department of Computational Social Science. He is also a member of the External Faculty of the Santa Fe Institute.
Early life and education
In the early 1990s, whilst still a graduate student, he met Joshua M. Epstein who was to become a key collaborator. This led to Axtell joining Epstein at the Brookings Institution in 1992. The pair developed a keen interest in mathematical modeling influenced by the work of Thomas Schelling, with their primary research interest the modeling of complex social, economic, and biological systems using computational agent based models.
In Growing Artificial Societies: Social Science From the Bottom Up, Epstein and Axtell wrote about the first large scale agent-based computational model, the Sugarscape, developed by Axtell, which they used to explore the role of social phenomenon such as seasonal migrations, pollution, sexual reproduction, combat, and transmission of disease and even culture.
In 2007 Axtell left Brookings for his current post at George Mason University.
In 2013 Axtell became a visiting professor at Oxford's Hertford College during his sabbatical.
Axtell has authored and co-authored several works including:
- Epstein, Joshua M.; Axtell, Robert L. (1996). Growing Artificial Societies: Social Science From the Bottom Up. MIT/Brookings Institution. p. 224. ISBN 978-0-262-55025-3.
- Axtell, Robert (November 1999). Macal, Charles M.; Sallach, David (eds.). "Why Agents? On the Varied Motivations for Agent Computing in the Social Sciences" (PDF). Proceedings of the Workshop on Agent Simulation: Applications, Models, and Tools. University of Chicago: Argonne National Laboratory: 3–24.
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