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Agent based modelling tool to simulate spread of flu and coronavirus in a local region

FACS is an agent-based modelling code that models the spread of flu and coronaviruses in local regions. Up to now, we have used it to model the spread of Covid-19 in a range of London boroughs.

The code can be repurposed to model other regions, and its current (sequential) implementation should be able to run up to 500,000 households within a reasonable time frame. It also supports vaccination programmes, track and trace and mutated versions of the virus.

What sets FACS apart from many other codes is that we have a partially automated location extraction approach from OpenStreetMaps data (the scripts reside at, that we resolve a wide range of different location types (e.g., supermarkets, offices, parks, schools, leisure locations and hospitals) and that we have a specific algorithm for modeling infections within these locations, taking into account the physical size of each location.

We are currently finalizing a first journal paper about FACS, and will link to it from this page once it has become available.

Supported Use Cases

Agent based modelling tool to simulate spread of pathogens

Incorporates various aspects of disease spread

  • Movement pattern of the population
  • Age dependent vulnerability, immunity and mortality
  • Compartmental model of disease spread with time-varying immunity

Impact analysis

  • Amenities distribution
  • Social and governmental interventions

Predicts the case load for the health infrastructure

Answers decision making questions (what if scenarios)

  • Lockdown strategies
  • Vaccination strategies

Related CM functions

facs UI
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