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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.

Nicolas Becu    Pierre Bommel   

Conference papers1 document

  • 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⟩

Book sections1 document

  • 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⟩