Alexis Drogoul


Alexis Drogoul graduated in AI in 1990 and received his PhD. degree from the University of Paris 6 in 1993. Recruited in 1995 as associate professor, he became full professor in 2000 and joined the IRD as a senior researcher in 2004. He works on agent-based simulation of complex systems, mainly by developing the GAMA platform. Since 2007, he has been working in Vietnam to enhance the research capacity of Vietnamese teams (IFI-MSI, CTU-DREAM, USTH-ICTLab, TLU-WARM) on the design of models for environmental decision-support and adaptation to climate change, in the framework of several international research projects. In addition, he is since 2017 the representative of IRD in Vietnam and Philippines.

EOLE 2020

Webinar 4 "Open source and open science within public administrations"

Alexis Drogoul was a speaker at the 4th webinar of EOLE 2020/2021 and will present the use of complex socio-environmental models and simulations that has become essential in a number of decision-making processes, like planning the adaptation of human communities to the impacts of climate change and disasters or reducing the vulnerability of these communities to epidemics. Indeed, the most advanced of these tools offer to capture and represent the complex interactions and feedback loops between changing societies and their changing environments, and to explore their fate in multiple scenarios, allowing all stakeholders to test and compare different policies.

As their influence on policy-making becomes widespread, the design of such models raises different challenges, among which :

  • the necessity to be as transparent and manipulable as possible in order to support multidisciplinary contributions;
  • the necessity to remain understandable by stakeholders invited to participate in the design and assessment of strategies and policies.

It is argued in this speech that open-source agent-based modeling (ABM) can provide a capable framework for addressing these challenges. Current research perspectives, illustrated by examples taken from the work of IRD modellers with Vietnamese partners (like the COMOKIT model), will be presented, with the main aim of opening a fruitful discussion with the audience about the role of open-source modelling in Sustainability Science.

You can view the slides of his presentation here