Employing Agents to Develop Integrated Urban Models: Numerical Results from Residential Mobility Experiments

  • Oswald Devisch
  • Theo Arentze
  • Aloys Borgers
  • Harry Timmermans


Multi-Agent systems are a powerful technique to analyse spatially distributed systems of heterogeneous autonomous actors with bounded information and computing capacity who interact locally. A review of recent urban models relying on multi-agent technology learns however that these models at best only start to explore this potential. In this paper, we present a model, simulating the process of residential mobility, fully exploiting the agent-potential, integrating behavioural concepts such as joint-decisions making, bounded rationality, pro-active reasoning, cognitive mapping, etc. We will discuss the conceptual framework, analyse some numerical results and make suggestions as to how to validate such an ‘artificial-society’ model.


Unify Modelling Language Rational Student Residential Mobility Activity Diagram Decision Table 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oswald Devisch
    • 1
  • Theo Arentze
    • 1
  • Aloys Borgers
    • 1
  • Harry Timmermans
    • 1
  1. 1.Urban Planning Group, Department of Architecture, Building and PlanningEindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands

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