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2016/2017 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
Responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Prof.dr.ir. A. Verbraeck    A.Verbraeck@tudelft.nl
Co-responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Dr. L.J. Kortmann    L.J.Kortmann@tudelft.nl
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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 addition to the lecture topics, several other simulation topics will be studied by groups of students, who will write a scientific paper, and present their findings in class. 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 state-of-the-art simulation theory
Paper writing by students on special topics
Lectures by students on special topics

Literature and Study Materials
Set of scientific 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