SimUse: Simulation of recreational poly-drug use

Francois Lamy, Terence Bossomaier, Pascal Perez

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This on-going project aims to build an ontological model concerning recreational poly-drug use and to use an agent based simulation, SimUse, to test and verify related public policies. We consider drug-use (and even more so poly-drug use) to be a complex adaptive system that needs to be studied via a methodology able to describe such a dynamic and complex social phenomenon. To contextualize the complexity of poly-drug use and highlight the necessity of a multidisciplinary approach to study this practice we will pay particular attention to justify our theoretical assertions and computational constructions by qualitative researches, statistical surveys and/or theoretical concepts.
The description of the different levels composing the structure of drug use and the dynamics between these levels leads us to consider an ontological approach as the best way to capture and encapsulate poly-drug use. We will describe the global structure of our simulation via an UML diagram as well as the way we want to model the decision process concerning drug consumption. We finish with an illustration of tests that can be run with SimUse: this example presents results of different law enforcement policies and their consequences for decision-makers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 IEEE Symposium on Artificial Life (ALIFE) Proceedings
Place of PublicationUnited States
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781612840635
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Event2011 IEEE Symposium on Artificial Life (ALIFE) - Paris, France, Paris, France
Duration: 11 Apr 201115 Apr 2011

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ISSN (Print)2160-6374


Conference2011 IEEE Symposium on Artificial Life (ALIFE)
OtherThe Third International IEEE Symposium on Artificial Life (IEEE ALIFE 2011) held for the first time in Europe, in the intellectual, cultural and scientific cauldron of Paris, brings together researchers working on the emerging areas of Artificial Life and Complex Adaptive Systems, aiming to understand and synthesize life-like systems and applying bio-inspired synthetic methods to other science/engineering disciplines, including Biology, Robotics, Social Sciences, among others.


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