UofT COBWEB Application
COBWEB gives students the opportunity to conduct their own research projects or assist with software development under the guidance of Dr. Brad Bass and the opportunity to work with other high school and undergraduate students. COBWEB is interested in all students in any science, social science or engineering discipline. Whether you're interested in, for example, neuroscience, environmental science, land economics or the spread of disease - each and every idea has a place to be explored.

Students will use the simulation model developed with the COBWEB software – Complexity and Organized Behaviour Within Environmental Bounds. COBWEB is a software package, developed by Professor Bass and U of T students. COBWEB is an agent-based simulation model, meaning that the actions of each individual member of a population or component of a system can be represented in the model. Each member of the population can learn, and populations/systems can evolve novel strategies over time.  The analyses of the graphical output range from visual description to statistical analysis to mathematical assessment of chaos, depending on the interests and experience of the student. Students can also include the spatial patterns in their analysis, and this has been enhanced by the capacity for COBWEB users to view two-dimensional patterns at different spatial scales and the emergence of spatial patterns

COBWEB does not require any expertise or experience in mathematics or coding to develop a model. Model development is based on setting the numerical values or weights of the relevant parameters that are required to represent the components of your system and/or members of a population in your system. COBWEB was originally designed to model the occurrence of events that are difficult to predict, thus it is very useful in assessing the long-term response of a system to an external change or the impact of the system’s own internal dynamics on the long-term system behaviour. COBWEB programmers require experience with object-oriented programming and familiarity with Java.

COBWEB focuses on four main pillars:
(1) PROJECTS: we are here to help translate your ideas and interests into a research project(s).
(2) EVENTS: we hope to plan research-related events/conferences on and off-campus
(3) OUTREACH: after completing your potential project, we hope to provide opportunities to share your work with other students. COBWEB will also provide you opportunities to assist in the training of other students, during a workshop or one-on-one in the lab or in our help sessions
(4) LEADERSHIP: COBWEB provides all members with an opportunity to take a leadership role in research or in other areas of the program

ATTN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Please arrange for a teacher to review your application and email a reference statement to us at cobweb.canada@gmail.com confirming your ability to undertake original research or coding (maximum 200 words).

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Brad Bass and/or Judy Li (cobweb.canada@gmail.com).


There is no deadline for this application, applicants are welcome to apply at any time.
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