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Sjoukje Osinga studied Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science in Groningen and Leuven. Her PhD research (April 2015, Wageningen) was on agent-based modelling (ABM) of knowledge management in the pig sector. As part of her PhD research, she spent six months in China, where she studied information management of pig farmers and pork chain stakeholders.
Currently, her ABM research interests cover knowledge representation, human decision behaviour, and methodological issues: developing and managing successive model versions, the multiple levels of analysis in ABMs (e.g. farmer-level decisions versus sector-level outcomes), and validity/plausibility of ABMs. Specific modelling interests include farmers' (and veterinarians') compliance behaviour with respect to antibiotics use, and ABM of software eco-systems.
Sjoukje participates in the Complex Adaptive Systems theme of WUR, see http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/About-Wageningen-UR/CAS.htm. She is member of SiLiCo Centre Wageningen (Simulating Life Sciences Complexity) is a virtual centre that acts as a portal to Wageningen Universitys expertise on modelling complex systems through agent-based simulations (http://www.wur.nl/en/Research-Results/Projects-and-programmes/silico.htm).