Modelling and Analysis of Non-Kinetic Effects in LVC Exercises

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Modelling and Analysis of Non-Kinetic Effects in Live, Virtual, Constructive ("LVC") Exercises

Areas of interest: Modelling, Network analysis, Social network simulation, Visualisation

Date: 14, 15, 16 & 17 January 2020

Price: $3,500

About the course

One of the main challenges in modern live, virtual, constructive wargames and exercises is how to capture and represent non-kinetic effects. This course will teach participants how to model a network of individuals to address this challenge (civilian, military, paramilitary, etc.).

Participants will learn how to collect and analyse social network data in order to identify and understand the role of communities and influencers. You will also build networks of individuals and dynamically represent the spread of information under different network structures. This is an activity-based course centred around real-world use cases where you will be exposed to several open-source tools and frameworks.

Learning outcomes:

By the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

  • Analyse existing networks
  • Create and simulate social networks

Topics covered

  • Basics of LVC exercises
  • Structure of networks
  • Network metrics
  • Centrality, balance and homophily
  • Network topology
  • Analytics and visualisation tools
  • Introduction to agent-based modelling
  • Geospatial agents
  • Social agents
  • Agent societies
  • Analytics and visualisation of agent societies

The course involves seminars, workshops and presentations involving experts and participants.

Who should attend?

  • Defence Simulation Managers
  • Synthetic Training Planners
  • Simulation Support Technicians
  • Simulation Support Engineers

Participants should have a basic understanding of social sciences, mathematics and statistics, and be familiar with common social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook. Programming experience is a plus but not a requirement.


Dr Saikou Diallo Ph.D. Modelling and Simulation, Old Dominion University, Virginia USA

Research Assistant Professor at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC)

Dr Diallo is the Director of the Modelling and Simulation Interoperability Lab, Co-Lead of the Human Dynamics lab, Affiliated Faculty at Old Dominion University, and Research Associate at the Institute for Bio-Cultural Study of Religion.

Prior to his current role, Dr Diallo was the Senior Project Scientist at VMASC whereby he acted as Co-PI on over two million dollars of funded projects, served as Technical lead for NAT and DoD projects, and served as co-Lead of SISO/IEEE standard drafting group. He was the Project Scientist: VMASC and acted as developer on NATO, DoD and DHS projects.

Dr Diallo is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group Simulation (SIGSIM), the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO), and the Society for Modelling and Simulation International (SCS).

Extend your learning into a postgraduate qualification

Those applying to undertake the Graduate Certificate in Visualisation, Simulation, and Immersive Design, or Master of Visualisation, Simulation, and Immersive Design may claim this non-award course for an equivalence of 6 units of credit as part of their degree through the UNSW Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Procedure.

Download brochure about the UNSW Visualisation, Simulation, and Immersive Design program.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can contact UNSW Art & Design Short Courses via email at adshortcourses@unsw.edu.au

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The Visualisation, Simulation and Immersive Design (VSID) range of short courses and Masters program have been developed from a partnership between the Asia Pacific Simulation Alliance (APSA) and UNSW Sydney bringing together world leading cross-disciplinary pedagogy, research, and industry practice.

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