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This book provides an introduction to the theory and applications of modeling and simulation with a multidisciplinary perspective, and the authors offer a concise look at the key concepts that make up the field of modeling and simulation. The book is organized into the following three parts: Principles of Modeling and Simulation (Part One); Theoretical Underpinnings (Part Two); and Practical Domains (Part Three).
Preface. Contributors. PART ONE: PRINCIPLES OF MODELING AND SIMULATION: A MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH. Chapter 1: What is Modeling and Simulation? Introduction. Models: Approximations of Real World Events. A Brief History of Modeling and Simulation. Application Areas. Using Modeling and Simulation: Advantages and Disadvantages. Conclusion. Key Terms. Further Reading. References. Chapter 2: The Role of Modeling and Simulation. Introduction. Using Simulations to Solve Problems. Uncertainty and Its Effects. Gaining Insight. A Simulation's Lifetime. Conclusion. Key Terms. Further Reading. PART TWO: THEORETICAL UNDERPINNINGS. Chapter 3: Simulation: Models That Vary Over Time. Introduction. Discrete Event Simulation. Continuous Simulation. Conclusion. Key Terms. References. Chapter 4: Queue Modeling and Simulation. Introduction. Analytical Solution. Queuing Models. Sequential Simulation. SimPack Queuing Implementation. Parallel Simulation. Conclusion. Key Terms. Further Reading. References. Chapter 5: Human Interaction with Simulations. Introduction. Simulation and Data Dependency. Visual Representation. Conclusion. Key Terms. References. Chapter 6: Verification and Validation. Introduction. Performing Verification and Validation. Verification and Validation Examples. Conclusion. Key Terms. References. PART THREE: PRACTICAL DOMAINS. Chapter 7: Uses of Simulation. Introduction. The Many Facets of Simulation. Experimentation Aspect of Simulation. Experience Aspect of Simulation. Examples of Uses of Simulation. Ethics in the Use of Simulation. Some Excuses to Avoid Simulation. Conclusion. Key Terms. Further Exploration. References. Appendix A-Simulation Associations/Groups/Research Centers. CHAPTER 8: MODELING AND SIMULATION: REAL-WORLD EXAMPLES. Introduction. Transportation. Business M&S. Medical M&S. Social Science M&S. Conclusion. Key Terms. Further Reading. References. Chapter 9: The Future of Simulation. Introduction. A Brief ... and Selective ... History of Simulation. Convergent Simulations. Serious Games. Human-Simulator Interfaces. Computing Technology. The Role of Education in Simulation. The Future of Simulation. Index.
John A. Sokolowski, PhD, is Research Professor and Director of Research at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center (VMASC) at Old Dominion University. He has authored numerous journal articles on the use of modeling and simulation techniques in the fields of engineering, computer science, and human behavior representation. Catherine M. Banks, PhD, is Research Assistant Professor at the Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center (VMASC) at Old Dominion University. The author of many published articles on modeling and simulation, Dr. Banks currently focuses her research on modeling states and their varied histories of revolution and insurgency, political economy and state volatility, and global warming and population dynamics.
This work could supplement a graduate course on modeling and simulation (selected chapters could supplement an undergraduate course) and would be of interest to graduate students and professionals wishing to learn some of the basics of modeling and simulation. (CHOICE, December 2009)