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Overview

Modelling and simulation provides invaluable support for the design and evaluation of dynamic systems, offering multi-faceted tools that are unconstrained by discipline boundaries.

This fully updated and expanded new edition of Modelling and Simulation presents a practical introduction to the fundamental aspects of modelling and simulation. It provides the necessary foundations both for those wishing to learn about this methodology and also for those who have a need to apply it in their work. Illustrative examples are drawn from projects formulated within the domains of both discrete-event dynamic systems and continuous-time dynamic systems.

Topics and features:

  • Presents a project-oriented (i.e., goal-based) perspective on modelling and simulation
  • Describes an updated novel activity based conceptual modelling framework (the ABCmod framework) for discrete-event dynamic systems
  • Includes a new chapter that presents a novel world view, the Activity-Object world view, which eases the translation of a conceptual model specification in the ABCmod framework into a simulation program
  • Contains numerous illustrative examples and useful algorithms, in addition to exercises and projects at the end of most chapters
  • Includes a primer on probability, a concise guide to the GPSS programming environment and an overview of relevant MATLAB features in the appendices
  • Provides supplementary software and teaching support material at an associated website, including lecture slides and a methodology for organizing student projects

Students at the senior undergraduate or junior graduate level will find this hands-on textbook/reference to be an essential guide to the fundamentals of modelling and simulation. It is also ideally suited for self-study by professionals seeking insight into the vast potential of this rapidly evolving problem-solving paradigm.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846286216
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/14/2007
  • Edition description: 1st Edition.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 471
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Louis G. Birta is Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa School of Information Technology and Engineering, and Co-Associate Director of the McLeod Institute of Simulation Sciences.

Gilbert Arbez is a Teaching Associate in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, at the University of Ottawa, ON, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Fundamentals

Introduction

The Modelling and Simulation Process

Part II: DEDS Modelling and Simulation

DEDS Stochastic Behaviour and Modelling

A Conceptual Modelling Framework for DEDS

DEDS Simulation Model Development

The Activity-Object World View for DEDS

Experimentation and Output Analysis

Part III: CTDS Modelling and Simulation

Modelling of Continuous Time Dynamic Systems

Simulation with CTDS Models

Optimization

Probability Primer

GPSS Primer

MATLAB Primer

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