The Topoi Research Area A was invited to attend the summer school "Modeling Human Behaviour in Landscape" organzied by the former Topoi fellow Oliver Nakoinz and the Kiel graduate school "Human development in Landscapes lasting from the 30th of July 2013 until the 8th of August. It took place at Noer Manor, north of Kiel.
The summer school covered theoretical aspects of models and modeling and showed different methods to solve these. The open source software tools R, for statistical analyses, as well as Maxima, aimed to solve mathematical equations, were used for this purpose.
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| The main building of Noer Manor || The workshop building |
Throughout the summer school different model approaches were discussed and applied to a broad spectrum of questions that are related to humans in space. The main topics were:
- Trend and regression analysis of one- and two-dimensional data including interpolation
- Point Pattern analysis
- Boundary detection and definition
- Network analyses for the local and regional scale
- Analysis of interactions
External experts of different fields were invited and gave talks on their specific subjects, covering predictive modeling (Martin Hinz), model theory (Bernhard Thalheim), archaeobotany and -zoology in settlement context, as well as regional exchange models (Jutta Kneisel).
The PhD and Post-Doc projects of the participants were discussed and specific themes were selected that were solved using the methods learned throughout the summer school. Since this worked out quite well, several publications with different participants are planned.
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| ...gave enough material to work until the late night... || |
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The attendance at the summer school was a very nice experience with much new input not only because of the methods learned but also because of the discussion between the participants that come from five different countries and seven different universities, hence having a very different views on humans in space. All of them are looking forward to continue this kind of joined work in the future.
It is my pleasure to announce that such a workshop will take place again, thanks to the funding of Topoi. It is organized by the Topoi Research Area A Lab in collaboration with Oliver Nakoinz and will take place in the winter term 2013/2014, apparently in February here in Berlin. We will enlarge the frame a bit and will also integrate GIS related modeling approaches as well as some basic aspects of agent-based modeling. We think that these different approaches are able to create a holistic framework where human, society, space, and nature are integrated - and interrelated.
If you are interested in attending the workshop please stay in touch using the newsletter or check this blog again. As soon as we have a preliminary program we will let you know. And: Do not wait too long, since the number of participants is limited.
If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to ask.
With kind regards, Daniel
Besides the first and last, all pictures by Luise Lorenz (all rights reserved); the first and last picture by Daniel Knitter are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License