The ethics of computer modeling and simulation

F. LeRon Shults, Wesley J. Wildman, Virginia Dignum

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This paper describes a framework for ethical analysis of the practice of computer Modeling & Simulation (M&S). Each of the authors presents a computational model as a case study and offers an ethical analysis by applying the philosophical, scientific, and practical components of the framework. Each author also provides a constructive response to the other case studies. The paper concludes with a summary of guidelines for using this ethical framework when preparing, executing, and analyzing M&S activities. Our hope is that this collaborative engagement will encourage others to join a rich and ongoing conversation about the ethics of M&S.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWSC 2018 - 2018 Winter Simulation Conference
Subtitle of host publicationSimulation for a Noble Cause
EditorsBjörn Johansson, Sanjay Jain
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ, USA
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-6572-5
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-6573-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventWSC 2018: Winter Simulation Conference 2018: Simulation for a Noble Cause - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 9 Dec 201812 Dec 2018


ConferenceWSC 2018: Winter Simulation Conference 2018
Abbreviated titleWSC 2018
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