Kinetic models for multi-agent systems
Research Groups Metodi e modelli matematici per sistemi complessi
Thesis type ANALYSIS, MODELING, NUMERICAL, RESEARCH THESIS
Description In this project, we are interested in the modelling of multi-agent systems by means of Boltzmann-type kinetic equations. Kinetic models consist in integro-differential equations describing the time evolution of the statistical distribution of the microscopic states of the agents. A plethora of different applications can be studied in this setting, among which we mention for instance:
- vehicular traffic, where the agents are the vehicles with microscopic state given by their position and speed along a road (or a road network);
- pedestrian traffic, where the agents are the pedestrians with microscopic state given by their position and velocity normally in a two-dimensional domain;
- opinion dynamics, where the agents are generic individuals with microscopic state given by their opinion about a certain issue;
- wealth redistribution dynamics, where the agents are generic individuals with microscopic state given by their wealth.
Kinetic equations allow one to model the interactions among the agents responsible for the variation in time of the microscopic state of the latter. From this basis, they make it possible to describe the aggregate evolution of the macroscopic characteristics of the system and, in particular, to study the so-called emerging trends, namely the collective manifestations arising spontaneously on a large scale from the individual interactions.
The models that we propose are inspired by the Boltzmann equation, where the interactions among the agents are described by an integral collision operator. The study of the properties of this operator, which often guarantees only the conservation of the mass of the agents and sometimes that of the mean state of the system, is at the basis of the identification of the asymptotic statistical distributions, which characterise the previously recalled emerging trends.
Apart from the specific application, the project encompasses three main methodological aspects: modelling, analysis and numerical simulation, which can be more or less developed according to the student's taste.
Required skills For a BSc thesis:
- fundamentals of differential equations;
- equations of Mathematical Physics;
- fundamentals of probability theory.
For a MSc thesis, in addition to the previous skills:
- transport models and kinetic theory;
- numerical analysis and fundamentals of programming.
 L. Pareschi, G. Toscani. Interacting Multiagent Systems: Kinetic equations and Monte Carlo methods. Oxford University Press, 2013.
Deadline 01/10/2020 PROPONI LA TUA CANDIDATURA