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© 2007

Modelling and Simulation

Exploring Dynamic System Behaviour

Benefits

  • Only textbook to give a balanced and integrated presentation of modelling and simulation activity for both Discrete Event Dynamic Systems (DEDS) and Continuous Time Dynamic Systems (CTDS)

  • A project-oriented approach for developing the modelling and simulation methodology

  • Novel and contemporary approach to the stages of a modelling and simulation project

  • Comprehensive coverage of verification and validation

  • OpenDesire and GPSS via authors' website

Textbook

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Fundamentals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XVII
    2. Louis G. Birta, Gilbert Arbez
      Pages 3-19
    3. Louis G. Birta, Gilbert Arbez
      Pages 21-58
  3. DEDS Modelling and Simulation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XVII
    2. Louis G. Birta, Gilbert Arbez
      Pages 61-95
    3. Louis G. Birta, Gilbert Arbez
      Pages 95-150
    4. Louis G. Birta, Gilbert Arbez
      Pages 151-213
    5. Louis G. Birta, Gilbert Arbez
      Pages 215-246
  4. CTDS Modelling and Simulation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages I-XVII
    2. Louis G. Birta, Gilbert Arbez
      Pages 249-273
    3. Louis G. Birta, Gilbert Arbez
      Pages 275-312
    4. Louis G. Birta, Gilbert Arbez
      Pages 313-334
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 335-454

About this book

Introduction

The application of modelling and simulation is unconstrained by discipline boundaries. It provides support for the planning, design and evaluation of system behaviour, as well as the evaluation of strategies for dynamic system transformation and change.

Modelling and Simulation: Exploring Dynamic System Behaviour provides the reader with a balanced and integrated presentation of the modelling and simulation activity for both Discrete Event Dynamic Systems (DEDS) and Continuous Time Dynamic Systems (CTDS). Unconstrained by discipline boundaries, this book presents the fundamentals necessary to understand the many important facets of the modeling and simulation methodology. For example, a novel project-oriented approach clearly reveals the dependency of model structure and granularity on project goals.

Features include:

• A goal (i.e. project) oriented approach for developing the modelling and simulation methodology

• Simulation program development is illustrated in a variety of programming environments

• Extensively illustrated with numerous practical examples and useful optimization algorithms

• Presentation and use of a novel conceptual modelling approach for DEDS

• Describes the process for incorporating parameter optimization into the modeling and simulation activity

• Includes primer appendices for each of two (public domain) simulation software environments

• Public domain simulation software and a variety of teaching support material are available at a website maintained by the authors

Written for students taking a first course in modelling and simulation at either the senior undergraduate & junior graduate levels, this interdisciplinary presentation provides an essential foundation on the topic. It is also ideally suited for self-study by professionals and others who require insight into the features and potential of this rapidly evolving problem solving paradigm.

Keywords

Analysis Transformation algorithm algorithms data modelling model modeling optimization programming simulation verification

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.School of Information Technology and EngineeringUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada
  2. 2.School of Information Technology and EngineeringUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

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Reviews

From the reviews:

"An approachable, general, yet nontrivial introduction to the broad field of modeling and simulation. … Birta and Arbez have created a well-rounded, general introduction to a very difficult field to enter. The text fills a clear gap in the resources available for introducing this field. The holistic, neutral treatment of a wide variety of topics provides an alternative to the typical modeling and simulation survey course. … Appropriate for an upper-division undergraduate course leading to a concentration in modeling and simulation. It would be equally well suited as a first course in modeling and simulation at the graduate level. … The authors have succeeded in creating a broad, balanced perspective of the modeling and simulation discipline. Readers will gain a refreshingly unified understanding of how simulation springs from conceptual models and context." (Thom Mclean, ACM Computing Reviews, December, 2007)