Research tools


This software program is designed to help people understand and resolve conflicts. It is based on the hope that increasing empathy (mutual understanding of values and emotions) between people can help to overcome impasses in disputes in many domains: organizations, politics, personal relationships, and so on. EMPATHICA uses the idea of Cognitive-Affective Maps (CAMs) developed by Paul Thagard in collaboration with Thomas Homer-Dixon, Scott Findlay, and others.

Visit the EMPATHICA website, where downloadable versions of EMPATHICA for both Windows and Mac are available.

For background research on EMPATHICA, please see the following papers:

Hashkat (#k@)

#k@ is a dynamical network simulation tool designed to model the growth of and information propagation within an online social network. It is an agent-based, kinetic Monte Carlo engine capable of simulating online networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. It incorporates all elements of online social networks including multiple user profiles (e.g., standard users, organizations, celebrities, and bots), user messaging, trending topics, and advertising. Free software (GPLv3) is available for Windows 10, OS X, and GNU/Linux.

Visit the #k@ website.

Land Use in an eXurban Environment (LUXE)

LUXE is an agent-based model of land-market interactions, which allows the user to explore the effects of land market elements (preferences, budget constraints, and competitive bidding) on patterns of land-use and land-value in an abstract urban setting.

Visit the SLUCEII LUXE website.

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