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Agent-Directed Simulation and Systems Engineering

Levent Yilmaz (Editor), Tuncer Ören (Editor)
ISBN: 978-3-527-62779-0
550 pages
November 2009
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The only book to present the synergy between modeling and simulation, systems engineering, and agent technologies expands the notion of agent-based simulation to also deal with agent simulation and agent-supported simulation. Accessible to both practitioners and managers, it systematically addresses designing and building agent systems from a systems engineering perspective.
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Table of Contents

Part One: Background
1. Modeling and Simulation: a Comprehensive and Integrative View (Tuncer I. Íren)
2. Autonomic Introspective Simulation Systems (Levent Yilmaz and Bradley Mitchell)

Part Two: Agents and Modeling and Simulation
3. Agents: Agenthood, Agent Architectures, and Agent Taxonomies
(Andreas Tolk and Adelinde M. Uhrmacher)
4. Agent-directed Simulation (Levent Yilmaz and Tuncer I. Íren)

Part Three: Systems Engineering and Quality Assurance for Agent-directed Simulation
5. Systems Engineering: Basic Concepts and Life Cycle (Steven M. Biemer and Andrew P. Sage)
6. Quality Assurance of Simulation Studies of Complex Networked Agent Systems (Osman Balci, William F. Ormsby, and Levent Yilmaz)
7. Failure Avoidance in Agent-directed Simulation: Beyond Conventional v&v and qa (Tuncer I. Íren and Levent Yilmaz)
8. Toward Systems Engineering for Agent-directed Simulation (Levent Yilmaz)
9. Design and Analysis of Organization Adaptation in Agent Systems (Virginia Dignum, Frank Dignum, and Liz Sonenberg)
10. Programming Languages, Environments, and Tools for Agent-directed Simulation (Yu Zhang, Mark Lewis, and Maarten Sierhuis)
11. Simulation for Systems Engineering (Joachim Fuchs)
12. Agent-directed Simulation for Systems Engineering (Philip S. Barry, Matthew T.K. Koehler, and Brian F. Tivnan)

Part Four: Agent-directed Simulation for Systems Engineering
13. Agent-implemented Experimental Frames for Net-centric Systems Test and Evaluation (Bernard P. Zeigler, Dane Hall, and Manuel Salas)
14. Agents and Decision Support Systems (Andreas Tolk, Poornima Madhavan, Jeffrey W.Tweedale, and Lakhmi C. Jain)
15. Agent Simulation for Software Process Performance Analysis (Levent Yilmaz and Jared Phillips)
16. Agent-directed Simulation for Manufacturing System Engineering (Jeffrey S. Smith, Erdal Sahin, and Levent Yilmaz)
17. Organization and Work Systems Design and Engineering: from Simulation to Implementation of Multiagent Systems (Maarten Sierhuis, William J. Clancey, and Chin H. Seah)
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Author Information

Levent Yilmaz is assistant professor of computer science and software engineering at the College of Engineering, Auburn University, USA. Before joining the faculty in 2003, Professor Yilmaz worked as a senior research engineer in the Simulation and Software Division of Trident Systems, Inc., where he held the position of a lead project engineer and principle investigator for advanced simulation methodology, model-based verification, and simulation interoperability efforts. Professor Yilmaz received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, USA.

Tuncer I. Íren is professor emeritus of computer science at the School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE) of the University of Ottawa, Canada, where he held a chair as full professor from 1981 to 1996. Professor Íren's research interests focus on the topics of modelling and simulation, agent-directed simulation, cognitive simulation, reliability and quality, and ethics in simulation. He has published over 300 papers and several books.
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"They provide an overview of the... areas; describe principles, methods, tools, and environments; and discuss application in such areas as testing and evaluation, process performance analysis, decision support, and organization and work system engineering." (SciTech Book News, December 2010)

“It is probably the only book to date, to present the synergy between modeling and simulation, systems engineering, and agent technologies and to also deal with agent simulation and agent-supported simulation.” ( Inside OR, November 2009)
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