SDLPS Pandemia model

SDL-PAND: Pandemic simulation to test the effectiveness of containment strategies through Cellular Automata and Intelligent Agents using formal languages

The goal of the project is to develop a functional prototype that allows to evaluate pandemic containment alternatives, based on a graphical conceptualization of the models, which represent the modeling hypotheses. The system must allow it to expand by incorporating new working hypotheses and using on two fundamental sources, data on the evolution of the pandemic (data showing the past) and sensor data (mobile phones or other devices) showing a present vision of the situation. This will allow to define forecasting models of the propagation of the pandemic from the analysis of citizens behavior. The model must also be able to expand its semantics and computing capabilities (from, for example, co-simulation) to include models of traffic management, evacuation, etc.

The aim of the project is both to generate a web application to analyze alternatives, and to define a working methodology that allows to establish a common framework for the different specialists, who must collaborate in the definition of complex models. This allows us to understand the hypotheses that govern the models and, from them, to understand the causality that derives from the multidisciplinary knowledge provided by specialists from different areas, who would not otherwise enter this discussion.

The validation of the proposal and the resulting tool will be carried out by the Catalan Institute of Oncology and a team of doctors from the Hospital Clínic de Barcelona.

System dynamics SDL version (V1)

The first functional version of the project, on it we emulate the behavior of a SEIR model based on SDL. On this initial version we are focused on the Conceptualization and Validation of our problem.

Cellular automaton SDL version (V2)

The second functional version of the project, on it we emulate the behavior of a SEIR model based on SDL and distributed over a Cellular Automaton that emulates the space. We are focused on the definition of the spaces and the relations between the different elements to model the citizens movement.

Some studies points that there is an strong correlation between the quaranteni strategies and the evolution of the pandemic, see (Manchein et al. 2020).


We use Industry 4.0 along with Operations Research and Statistics techniques in this project.

The details of the methodology will be published here soon.



Manchein, Cesar, Eduardo L. Brugnago, Rafael M. da Silva, Carlos F.O. Mendes, and Marcus W. Beims. 2020. “Strong Correlations between Power-Law Growth of COVID-19 in Four Continents and the Inefficiency of Soft Quarantine Strategies.” Chaos 30 (4).



 Dr. Pau Fonseca

Víctor García

Jorge L. Silva


Joan Garcia

José Luis Perez

Dr. Erik Cobo

Dr. Jaume Llopis

Dr. Josep Maria Ribera

With the support of