GeoMason: GeoSpatial Support for MASON

Date Added: Nov 2010
Format: PDF

MASON is a free, open-source Java-based discrete event multi-agent simulation toolkit that has been used to model network intrusions, unmanned aerial vehicles, nomadic migrations, and farmer/herder conflicts, among others. Many multi-agent models use georeferenced data which represent such things as road networks, rivers, vegetation coverage, population, and topology. However, MASON does not directly support georeferenced data. Therefore practitioners using MASON must hand craft such support, which may be difficult and error prone. In this paper, the authors describe newly added geospatial functionality in MASON that addresses this problem. They discuss the design of this functionality, called GeoMASON, and its use and limitations. Finally, they give examples on how to import and manipulate georeferenced data.