Computational Modelling Group

Iza Romanowska

Postgraduate Research Student
Humanities (FH)
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I am a postgraduate research student at the Institute for Complex Systems Simulation (ICSS) and the Centre for the Archaeology of Human Origins (CAHO).

I work within the broad subject of Digital Humanities (as part of the SotonDH) and, more specifically, the Archaeological Computing Research Group (ACRG). In my research I use simulation techniques, especially Agent-based Modelling, to investigate the first human dispersal almost 2 million years ago. The Connected Island project, in which I am involved, investigates how the geopolitical situation during the Cold War impacted archaeologists on both sides of the Iron Curtain. And finally the Foragers in Unpredictable Environments (FUE) project looks at human dependencies on orally transmitted knowledge in constantly changing environments.

I hope that my research will showcase the potential of computational modelling for archaeological research and help it to become one of the standard elements of the humanities research toolkit.

This research is funded by the EPSRC and supervised by Prof. Clive Gamble, Prof. Seth Bullock and dr Fraser Sturt. For more information please visit the simulating complexity blog.

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Research Interests

Life sciences simulation: Evolution

Socio-technological System simulation: Archaeology, Human environment interaction, Human population, Self Organized Networks, Social and Socio-economic Systems, Social Networks

Algorithms and computational methods: Agents, Geographic Information Systems

Simulation software: NetLogo

Visualisation and data handling software: ArcGIS

Programming languages and libraries: Python, R

Transdisciplinary tags: Complex Systems, Digital Humanities

Working with...

Seth Bullock
Professor, Electronics and Computer Science (FPAS)
Fraser Sturt
Senior Lecturer, Humanities (FH)