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Researcher in social and integrated modeling applied to the management of Social and ecological systems


Master Degree

I discovered at the same time Agent-Based Modeling method and Companion Modelling approach during my master degrees (engeenering and artificial intelligence and decision) internship at CIRAD in 2005 and 2006 where I had the opportunity to participate as a modeller to a ComMod process (Farolfi et al., 2010).


Then, during my PhD in computer Science applied to Modeling and Simulation, I learned the Theory of Modeling and Simulation and the Discrete EVent System specification formalism and proposed a conceptual, formal and operational framework to evaluate simulation models based on the way models are used instead of their ability to reproduce the target system behavior(Bonté et al., 2012). Applied to the surveillance of Epidemics, this work was rather theoritical but very educative and structuring to formulate my further models and research questions about modeling and simulation.

Post-Doc at the Complex System Lab of Irstea

From 2011 to 2013, I worked on viability theory applied to forest management at the Compex System Lab of Irstea (now Inrae) and learned about the interest of agregated models for analytical results (Bonté et al, 2012; Mathias et al, 2015).

Researcher at the joint The Joint Research Unit G-EAU

Since 2013, I'm working for Inrae at the joint The Joint Research Unit "Water Management, Actors, Territories" (UMR G-EAU) where I'm involved in highly engaging interdisciplinary researches such as:

  • The Multi-plateforme International Summer School about Agent Based Modelling and Simulation (MISSABMS)

  • The development of the CORMAS (COmmon Pool Resources Multi-Agents Systems) agent-based modeling and simulation Platform (Bommel et al., 2019)

  • Impacts of the adaptation to global changes using computerised serious games (Bonté et al., 2019; Bonté et al. , 2021)

  • The use of experimentation to study social behaviors (Bonté et al. 2019b)

  • The impact of information systems in SES trajectories (Paget et al., 2019a)

  • Adaptation and transformations of traditional water management and infrastructures systems (Idda et al., 2017)

  • Situational multi-agent approaches for collective irrigation (Richard et al., 2019)

  • Combining psyhcological and economical experiments to study relations bewteen common pool resources situations, economical behaviours and psychological attitudes.

Main research interests

My research is about modelling and simulation of complex systems. My work is to use, and participate to the development of, integrative tools at the formal level (based on the Discrete EVent System Specification (DEVS) formalism), at the conceptual level (based on integrative paradigms of different forms such as Multi-Agents Systems paradigm (MAS), SES framework or viability theory), and at the level of the use of modelling and simulation for collective decision making (based on the Companion Modelling approach (ComMod)). Since 2013 and my integration in the G-EAU mixt research units, my object of studies were focused on multi-scale social and ecological systems, applied to water resource management and adaptation of territories to global change and I added experimentation to my research interest, developping methods combining agent-based model and human subjects actions.

Journal articles9 documents

  • Bastien Richard, Bruno Bonté, Olivier Barreteau, Isabelle Braud. The abandonment of water daily slot and its operational consequences on collective irrigated systems. A situational multi-agent approach applied to a gravity-fed canal of Middle-Durance (France). La Houille Blanche - Revue internationale de l'eau, EDP Sciences, 2020, pp.43-55. ⟨10.1051/lhb/2020033⟩. ⟨hal-02965507⟩
  • Bruno Bonté, Stefano Farolfi, Nils Ferrand, Géraldine Abrami, Mamadou Ciss Diallo, et al.. Building new kinds of meta-models to analyse experimentally (companion) modelling processes in the field of natural resource management. Environmental Modelling and Software, Elsevier, 2019, 120, pp.104486. ⟨10.1016/j.envsoft.2019.07.011⟩. ⟨hal-02277141⟩
  • Nicolas Paget, Bruno Bonté, Olivier Barreteau, Gabriella Pigozzi, Pierre Maurel. An in-silico analysis of information sharing systems for adaptable resources management: A case study of oyster farmers. Socio-Environmental Systems Modelling, 2019, 1 (1), pp.21. ⟨10.18174/sesmo.2019a16166⟩. ⟨hal-02308142⟩
  • Bruno Bonté, Clara Therville, F. Bousquet, G. Abrami, S. Dhenain, et al.. Analyzing coastal coupled infrastructure systems through multi-scale serious games in Languedoc, France. Regional Environmental Change, Springer Verlag, 2019, 19 (7), pp.1879-1889. ⟨10.1007/s10113-019-01523-6⟩. ⟨hal-02609652⟩
  • Katrin Erdlenbruch, Bruno Bonté. Simulating the dynamics of individual adaptation to floods. Environmental Science and Policy, Elsevier, 2018, 84, pp.134-148. ⟨10.1016/j.envsci.2018.03.005⟩. ⟨hal-02175815⟩
  • S. Idda, Bruno Bonté, H. Mansour, S.A. Bellal, Marcel Kuper. Monument historique ou système bien vivant ? Les foggaras des oasis du Touat (Algérie) et leur réalimentation en eau par pompage. Cahiers Agricultures, EDP Sciences, 2017, 26 (5), pp.9. ⟨10.1051/cagri/2017049⟩. ⟨hal-02606579⟩
  • Jean-Denis Mathias, Bruno Bonté, Thomas Cordonnier, F. de Morogues. Using the viability theory to assess the flexibility of forest managers under ecological intensification. Environmental Management, Springer Verlag (Germany), 2015, 56 (5), pp.1170-1183. ⟨10.1007/s00267-015-0555-4⟩. ⟨hal-02602520⟩
  • Raphaël Duboz, Bruno Bonté, Gauthier Quesnel. Vers une spécification des modèles de simulation de systèmes complexes. Studia Informatica Universalis, Hermann, 2012, Vol. 10 (no. 1), pp.07-37. ⟨hal-02643108⟩
  • Stefano Farolfi, Jean-Pierre Müller, Bruno Bonté. An iterative construction of multi-agent models to represent water supply and demand dynamics at the catchment level. Environmental Modelling and Software, Elsevier, 2010, 25 (10), pp.1130-1148. ⟨10.1016/j.envsoft.2010.03.018⟩. ⟨hal-03016696⟩

Conference papers9 documents

  • Bastien Richard, Bruno Bonté, Magalie Delmas, Isabelle Braud, Olivier Barreteau, et al.. A framework for coupling plant and agent trajectories (COPAT) to support collective irrigation coordination. iEEMS2020, Sep 2020, Bruxelles, Belgium. ⟨hal-03126267⟩
  • B. Richard, Bruno Bonté, O. Barreteau, Isabelle Braud. Représenter au niveau opérationnel les systèmes irrigués collectifs soumis à des restrictions en eau. Colloque international UNESCO-SHF "Sécheresse, étiages et déficits en eau", Dec 2019, Paris, France. pp.135-136. ⟨hal-02609897⟩
  • Pierre Bommel, Nicolas Becu, Bruno Bonté, Etienne Delay, Christophe Le Page, et al.. CORMAS, a participatory and interdisciplinary Agent Based Simulation Platform. European Smalltalk User Group Conference, Sep 2018, Cagliari, France. ⟨halshs-01976897⟩
  • Katrin Erdlenbruch, Bruno Bonté. Simulating the dynamics of individual adaptation to floods. Séminaire d’économie de l'environnement du LAMETA, Dec 2017, Montpellier, France. pp.26. ⟨hal-02606793⟩
  • Christophe Le Page, Géraldine Abrami, Nicolas Becu, Pierre Bommel, Bruno Bonté, et al.. Lessons from implementing in parallel with 3 platforms the same didactic agent-based model (CoMSES Net virtual conference 2017). Network for Computational Modeling in the Social and Ecological Sciences - CoMSES Net virtual conference (CoMSES 2017), Oct 2017, online:, Unknown Region. ⟨hal-03131875⟩
  • Bruno Bonté, Valentine Lafond, Thomas Cordonnier, Jean-Denis Mathias. Using an individual-based model of uneven-aged forests for studying trade-off between timber production and deadwood preservation. ICCGI 2013, The Eighth International Multi-Conference on Computing in the Global Information Technology, Jul 2013, Nice, France. pp.175-180. ⟨hal-02598720⟩
  • Bruno Bonté, F. de Morogues, Thomas Cordonnier, Jean-Denis Mathias. Impacts de l'intensification des fonctions de préservation de la biodiversité et de production de bois sur la flexibilité de la sylviculture en futaie irrégulière. FORGECO 2013 - Forêts et écosystèmes cultivés : vers une intensification écologique ?, Dec 2013, Grenoble, France. pp.43-47. ⟨hal-02599420⟩
  • Bruno Bonté, Thomas Cordonnier, Jean-Denis Mathias. Applying the viability theory for studying forest pratices in the global change context. European Conference on Complex Systems (ECCS'13), Sep 2013, Barcelona, Spain. pp.1. ⟨hal-02598884⟩
  • Bruno Bonté, Jean-Pierre Müller, Raphael Duboz. Modeling the Minsky triad: A framework to perform reflexive M&S studies. 2012 Winter Simulation Conference - (WSC 2012), Dec 2012, Berlin, France. pp.1-12, ⟨10.1109/wsc.2012.6465110⟩. ⟨hal-03016661⟩

Book sections2 documents

  • Bruno Bonté, Clara Therville, François Bousquet, Cédric Simi, Géraldine Abrami, et al.. Simulating together multiscale and multisectoral adaptations to global change and their impacts: A generic serious game and its implementation in coastal areas in France and South Africa. Emmanuel Garbolino; Christine Voiron-Canicio. Ecosystem and territorial resilience :A geoprospective approach, Elsevier, pp.247-278, 2021, 978-0-12-818215-4. ⟨10.1016/B978-0-12-818215-4.00009-2⟩. ⟨hal-02952020⟩
  • Christophe Le Page, Géraldine Abrami, Olivier Barreteau, Nicolas Becu, Pierre Bommel, et al.. Concevoir et développer un modèle informatique. Etienne Michel. La modélisation d'accompagnement : partager des représentations, simuler des dynamiques, 4, INRA, pp.95-112, 2015, Formasciences, 978-273-801-3828. ⟨hal-01527923⟩

Preprints, Working Papers, ...1 document

  • Christophe Le Page, Géraldine Abrami, Nicolas Becu, Pierre Bommel, Bruno Bonté, et al.. Lessons from implementing in parallel with 3 platforms the same didactic agent-based model. 2017. ⟨hal-03097646⟩

Theses1 document

  • Bruno Bonté. Modélisation et simulation de l'interdépendance entre l'objet, l'observateur et le modèle de l'objet dans la Triade de Minsky. Application à la surveillance épidémiologique en santé animale.. Modélisation et simulation. Université Montpellier II - Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, 2011. Français. ⟨tel-00719426⟩