Computers are my life at work: I am a computer scientist by training, specialising in simulation, particularly agent-based simulation. My work usually consists of developing a simulation model according to the demands of an inter-disciplinary research project. In other words, social scientists tell me what they want to have modelled and I subsequently try to bring their specification to life (in the computer).
"Don't trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain." Arthur Weasley
How I’ll teach you
I have taught introduction to programming with Java in various shapes and forms. Every now and then I will also contribute to teaching a course on agent-based simulation with NetLogo.
Academic and professional qualifications
Studies of Librarianship at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences; Degree: Diplom-Bibliothekar [equivalent to BA]
Focussed on: Public Libraries, IT in Libraries
Studies of Computer Science and Biology (Minor) at Hamburg University; Degree: Diplom-Informatiker [equivalent to MSc]
Focussed on: Simulation, Environmental Informatics, Geographical Information Systems, Human-Computer Interaction
PhD in Computer Science at Hamburg University
Thesis title: “Agents in Space and Time – Discrete-Event Simulation with Multi-Agent Systems and an Explicit Representation of Space” (in German).
Scientific member of staff (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) at Hamburg University, Department of Computer Science (February 1997 - February 2005)
Involved in the following research projects: “Modelling tools for the simulation of environmental economics systems” (2003-2005), “Sustainable logistics concepts for city courier services” (2000-2003), “Model Base for an Integrative View of Logistics and Environment (Mobile)” (1995-1998).
Teaching duties included advanced courses on simulation (particularly of economic and ecological systems) as well as undergraduate courses on object-oriented design and programming in Java and a general introduction to computer science
English, German (native speaker), some knowledge of French, Dutch, Italian
Teaching & Research Supervision
Why study Agent-based simulation, simulation methodologies, software engineering?
Developing simulation models is fun (you are building your own "toy"), provides insights into a variety of scientific domains (since you as a modeller usually work together with domain experts) and is something of an art form (there is no one "correct" model).
I am currently supervising two PhD students working in the SAF21 project.
Research Expertise, Publications & Grants
My research interests include simulation methodologies, spatial modelling, and the application of agent-based simulation to social and socio-ecological systems. The latter is reflected in the models I have developed during my work on research projects like e.g. SCID, where we looked at the impact of ethno-centrism and diversity on inter-ethnic partnerships and labour market segmentation. Within my PhD thesis I developed an agent-based simulation toolkit with particular focus on an explicit representation of space and the spatial movement of agents.
Books (authored/edited/special issues)
(2017). Simulating Social Complexity. Springer International Publishing.
B. Edmonds, C. Le Page, M. Bithell, E. Chattoe-Brown, V. Grimm, et al.R. Meyer, C. Montañola-Sales, P. Ormerod, H. Root, F. Squazzoni. (2019). Different Modelling Purposes.Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation. 22(3), pp.6-6.
U. Lotzmann, R. Meyer (2011). DRAMS - A declarative rule-based agent modelling system. In: Proceedings - 25th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation, ECMS 2011. 1/12/2011. pp.77-83.
U. Lotzmann, R. Meyer A declarative rule-based environment for agent modelling systems. Montpellier, 19/9/2011.
SJ. Alam, A. Geller, R. Meyer, B. Werth (2009). Social connectedness in tzintzuntzan: Notes on contextualized reasoning in complex systems. In: Conference Proceedings - 6th Conference of the European Social Simulation Association, ESSA 2009.
B. Werth, A. Geller, R. Meyer (2007). He endorses me - he endorses me not - he endorses me... Contextualized reasoning in complex systems. In: AAAI Fall Symposium - Technical Report. 1/12/2007. pp.108-115.
SJ. Alam, R. Meyer, E. Norling (2007). Agent-based model of impact of socioeconomic stressors: A dynamic network perspective. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Autonomous Agents. 1/12/2007. pp.1086-1088.
SJ. Alam, R. Meyer, E. Norling (2007). Agent-based model of impact of socioeconomic stressors: a dynamic network perspective. In: AAMAS. 1/7/2007. pp.167-167.
SJ. Alam, B. Edmonds, R. Meyer (2007). Identifying Structural Changes in Networks Generated from Agent-Based Social Simulation Models. In: PRIMA. 1/6/2007. pp.298-307.