During 3 days, from December 5th to 7th, 2023, UMMISCO Vietnam in collaboration with Vin University organised a training on modelling and simulation tools based on GAMA platform aiming at futuristic design and smart-city models.

The training received great interest from both Vietnamese and international participants from different universities: Vietnam National University of Agriculture, Hanoi University of Sciences, Vin University, Thammasat University (Bangkok, Thailand) and School of Mathematical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (Penang, Malaysia).

Trainers are experts who are founder and developers of GAMA coming from Vietnam and France supported by 2 interns currently working at ACROSS Laboratory.

Alexis Drogoul

Alexis Drogoul holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science. He is a Senior Researcher at IRD and his work concerns the development of software tools (such as GAMA, for modeling and simulating socio-environmental systems for environmental decision support, particularly in Vietnam, where he has been working since 1999 with numerous partners.

Patrick Taillandier

Patrick Taillandier is a senior researcher in computer science in the unit of Mathematics and Applied Computer Science of Toulouse (MIAT) of the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE). He spent five years at the University of Rouen, where he was an Associate Professor. Since October 2020, he is invited researchers at IRD (UMI UMMISCO – ACROSS lab). His research focuses on agent-based simulation and he has been particularly interested in recent years in the integration of the spatial dimension in simulation and on the modelling of human behaviour.

Nguyen-Huu Tri


Tri Nguyen-Huu holds a PhD in applied mathematics and is an Associate Researcher at UMMISCO lab (IRD, France). His work is devoted to mathematical and computer science modelling of dynamical systems, and encompasses a wide array of application domains related to sustainable development, such as population dynamics, fisheries management, pollution or urban development.

Nguyen Ngoc Doanh


Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Doanh got his PhD in Computer Science from the University of Paris in June 2010. His research area is Modeling and simulation of complex systems with applications focusing on sustainable development such as environmental pollution, smart/sustainable cities, and agriculture/rural development, etc. Currently, he works at CECS, VinUniversity and is a collaborator of the International Center for Research and Postgraduate Training in Mathematics under the auspices of UNESCO, the Institute of Mathematics, the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, and he is also Director of UMMISCO – the international research network on mathematical modeling and computer modeling, Institute of Research for Development (IRD), France.

Arthur Brugière


Arthur Brugière holds a double master’s degree in Computer Science and started a Ph.D. in cotutelle at Sorbonne University and Thuyloi University working on Multi-Level Agent-Based Models (ML-ABM) on 2021. He has been working on modeling and simulating complex socio-environmental systems’ project at the IRD Vietnam since 2019.

Léon Sillano

Léon Sillano is a master student in computer science at Télécom Paris. He’s an intern at ACROSS lab working on coupling Gama models with other platform of modelling.

Louis Martinez


Louis Martinez is a master’s student in computer science at Télécom Paris. As an intern in ACROSS lab, he has been working on adapting GAMA models to VR environments.


The training was hosted by VinUniversity. Dr. Laurent El Ghaoui, Interim Vice Provost of Research & Innovation, Dean of College of Engineering & Computer Science, College of Engineering and Computer Science, has given the opening speech.

Twenty learners have been selected to attend and expressed their appreciation.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Hafiz Bin Mohd from Malaysia shared his thoughts about the training: “Overall, the sessions on GAMA had been nicely presented by distinct speakers. Kudos to all the speakers.” an when was asked about what were your key take aways from this event, he said: “The capability of GAMA is impressive in developing and simulating the realistic scenarios ABM.”

Dr. Syakila Ahmad, another participant from Malaysia, called this “An excellent event”

Dr. Syakila Ahmad and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohd Hafiz Bin Mohd from School of Mathematical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (Penang, Malaysia) 

Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Doanh – Director of UMMISCO Vietnam – with participants from Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam

The training marks another activity of collaboration between Vin University and IRD/UMMISCO which will be surely enriched even more in the future.

GAMA is an easy-to-use open source modeling and simulation environment for creating spatially explicit agent-based simulations. It has been developed to be used in any application domain: urban mobility, climate change adaptation, epidemiology, disaster evacuation strategy design, urban planning, are some of the application domains in which GAMA users are involved and for which they create models.

The generality of the agent-based approach advocated by GAMA is accompanied by a high degree of openness, which is manifested, for example, in the development of plugins designed to meet specific needs, or by the possibility of calling GAMA from other software or languages (such as R or Python). This openness allows the more than 2000 users of GAMA to use it for a wide variety of purposes: scientific simulation, scenario exploration and visualization, negotiation support, serious games, mediation or communication tools, the possibilities are endless!

The latest version of GAMA, labeled 1.9.2, can be freely downloaded or built from source, and comes with hundreds of templates, tutorials, and extensive online documentation.