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CORRECTION: William Kennedy, PhD, Captain, USN (Ret.), featured on 9/14 seminar

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The Computational Social Science Research Colloquium /Colloquium in Computational and Data Sciences speaker for Friday, September 21, will be William Kennedy, PhD, Captain, USN (Ret.), Research Assistant Professor, Center for Social Complexity, Computational and Data Sciences, College of Science. Dr. Kennedy’s talk entitled “Characterizing the Reaction of the Population of NYC to a Nuclear WMD” (abstract below) will begin at 3:00 in the Center for Social Complexity Suite located on the 3rd floor of Research Hall. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session along with light refreshments.

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We hope to see you on Friday, September 21st.

Abstract: This talk will review our status two years into our multi-year project to characterize the reaction of the population of a US megacity to a nuclear WMD event. Our approach has been to develop an agent-based model of the New York City area, with agents representing each of the 23 million people, and establish a baseline of normal behaviors before exploring the population’s reactions to small (5-10Kt) nuclear weapon explosions. We have modeled the environment, agents, and their interactions, but there have been some challenges in the last year. I’ll review our successes and challenges as well as near-term plans.