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2013/2014 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
Simulation Master Class
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Prof.dr.ir. A. Verbraeck    A.Verbraeck@tudelft.nl
Name E-mail
Prof.dr.ir. A. Verbraeck    A.Verbraeck@tudelft.nl
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Education Period
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Expected prior knowledge
Experience with a simulation environment such as Arena, Simio, or Tomas.
Basic knowledge about probability theory and statistics.
Course Contents
System Theory, Object Orientation, Discrete Event System Specification, and Distributed Simulation will be the core topics of the course. After an introduction to system theory, the inner working of simulation environments will be illustrated. Several special topics will be taught, such as distributed and real-time simulation, and component-based simulation. This material will be illustrated in intensive and interactive courses in which the material will partly be prepared and presented by the students. Several other simulation environments will be studied by groups of students. A modeling project will be carried out in groups. This course requires an active participation of the students.
Study Goals
After taking this course the student will have knowledge about:
- internal working of different kinds of discrete event simulation languages and environments;
- underlying theories and formalisms of discrete event simulation, such as DEVS and DESS;
- important differences and similarities between simulation environments;
- examples of successful and less successful simulation studies and the learning experiences of those studies;
- object-oriented simulation environments;
- structure and abilities of distributed simulation; the concept of HLA;
- latest research activities in the field of simulation, with research topics like web-based simulation, real-time control using simulation, agent based modeling, interactive simulation and gaming, and simulation in special domains;
Education Method
Lectures about simulation theory
Guest lectures on special topics
Lectures by students on special topics
Set of problems to be modeled in a simulation environment
Literature and Study Materials
Set of papers and book chapters that will be made available through Blackboard.
The mark for this course will be based on the result of group assignments and on a written exam.
MSc level