How Would the Population of a Mega-city React to a Nuclear WMD Event?

Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

The Jacob Marschak Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Mathematics in the Behavioral Sciences at UCLA

Speaker: William G. Kennedy, Center for Social Complexity, Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study, George Mason University

Computational social science is an interdisciplinary study using computer-based modeling, simulation, and related techniques. By representing individuals as agents interacting with their environment and other agents, we can represent verbal theories and study societies, such as the population of a mega-city. Kennedy's talk will discuss current research into characterizing the reaction of the population of New York to a nuclear weapon of mass destruction (WMD) event. 

Kennedy's research thus far has found that the necessary digital descriptions of the infrastructure have not been as readily available as might be expected. He has found that people have been well behaved during disasters (albeit with some exceptions), and that the effects of nuclear weapons are beyond most everyone's general knowledge. This talk will present the challenges of a simulation of this scale, what has been learned so far, and Kennedy's plans to characterize the reaction of the people of New York to such an event.

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Additional Information

Light refreshments will be served. Parking on campus is $12 per vehicle.