Simulation models can be used for different purposes. One way to conceptualize such different uses is shown in this figure.

Handel et al. 2020 Nat Rev Imm

Handel et al. 2020 Nat Rev Imm

Learning Objectives

  • Know what simulation models can be used for.
  • Be able to differentiate between model use types.
  • Know about advantages and disadvantages of different model use types.


Each of the model uses shown in the diagram above is covered in a separate unit. Each unit contains both a video recording and written text. The content of the recordings and the writings overlap substantially.

Further materials

  • Our recent review Simulation Modelling for Immunologists provides a general introduction to the kinds of simulation models we will be discussing in this course. If you haven’t done yet, please read the paper.