Model design for agent-based simulation

H. P.M. Veeke, J. A. Ottjes, G. Lodewijks

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This paper describes the complete modelling process for simulation, starting with the identification of agents and ending with a clear and unambiguous description of their behaviour that can be easily translated into each processoriented simulation platform. It focuses on the definition of agents, a subject which is described rarely. Agents usually "are there", emerging from the things one can see. Defining agents however, determines completely the range and content of a simulation and is not a trivial case. After a deliberate definition of the agents, a natural way to describe their behaviour is presented. These behaviour descriptions match the real process interaction approach. The described method is developed for educational reasons in order to teach discrete event simulation in a non-mathematical way, but is rather complete, coherent and well-defined.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computer Modeling and Simulation, ICCMS 2017
EditorsGirija Chetty, William Guo, Ekaterina Prasolova-Førland
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-4816-4
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event8th International Conference on Computer Modeling and Simulation - Canberra, Australia
Duration: 20 Jan 201723 Jan 2017


Conference8th International Conference on Computer Modeling and Simulation
Abbreviated title ICCMS 2017


  • Agent
  • Discrete event simulation
  • Process oriented
  • Systems approach


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