Annual Report of the OC-MISS/SCS
Ottawa Center of the McLeod Institute of Simulation Science of SCS
2001-2002 has been a year of restructuring for the Ottawa Center. Substantial progress has been made and several additional initiatives are underway.
Directorship changed on July 1, 2001
Current Board of Directors:
Director: Dr. Tuncer Ören, Professor Emeritus (Univ. of Ottawa)
Co-Associate Director: Dr. Gabriel Wainer (Carleton Univ.)
Co-Associate Director and Secretary: Dr. Jean-Michel Thizy (Univ. of Ottawa)
Past Director: Dr. Louis G. Birta, Professor Emeritus (Univ. of Ottawa)
Mission of the Center: (during the restructuring period of 2001-2002)
(during 2002-2003 mission will also include: networking with other MISS Centers)
The Ottawa Center of the MISS network (OC-MISS/SCS) is committed to promoting the modelling and simulation discipline within Ottawa's National Capital Region. Through both individual and collaborative projects, members of the Center will contribute to advancing the state-of-the-art of the discipline. Efforts will be undertaken to enhance both the educational opportunities in the discipline as well as the use of modelling and simulation as a teaching and research tool at both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. Broader based and more extensive application of modelling and simulation techniques within Ottawa's technology, research and government community will be actively promoted. More specifically, the goals are as follows:
- To promote widespread and successful use of modeling and simulation in the National Capital Region in such areas as: education, business, engineering, science, social systems/governance (including international relations, conflict management, peace support/assurance operations), and several aspects of defense requirements.
- To stimulate the development of modelling and simulation companies in Ottawa contributing to the solution of national and international problems.
- To enhance the educational opportunities in modelling and simulation in the National Capital Region including graduate theses work, academic courses, and professional training and seminars.
- To contribute to the advancement of the state-of-the-art of modelling and simulation methodology, technology, and tools.
- To contribute to the development of modelling and simulation as a professional discipline.
During the reorganization year, research was concentrated on the following areas:
A project for the Canadian Department of National Defense is underway by five members of the OC-MISS.
The following courses are offered:
CSI 4124/SYS 5110 Foundations of Modelling and Simulation, School of Information Technology and Engineering, University of Ottawa, (Fall 2001).
94.587. Methodological Aspects on Modelling and Simulation, Prof: G. Wainer, Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, Carleton University (Fall 2001/02).
Ören, T.I. (2001 – Invited contribution). Towards a Modelling Formalism for Conflict Management. In: Discrete Event Modeling and Simulation: A Tapestry of Systems and AI-based Theories and Methodologies. H.S. Sarjoughian and F.E. Cellier (eds.), Springer-Verlag, New York, pp. 93-106.
Ören, T.I. (ed.) (2001). Software Agents and Simulation. Special Issue of Simulation Journal. June 2001.
Ören, T.I. (2001). Guest Editor's Introduction: Software Agents and Simulation. Special Issue of Simulation Journal. June 2001, p. 328.
Ören, T.I. (2001). Advances in Computer and Information Sciences: From Abacus to Holonic Agents. Special Issue on Artificial Intelligence of Elektrik (Turkish Journal of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences - Published by TUBITAK - Turkish Science and Technical Council), 9:1, 63-70.
G. Wainer, S. Daicz, L. De Simoni, D. Wassermann. "Using the ALFA-1 simulated processor for educational purposes". To be published in ACM Journal on Educational Resources in Computing. 2002
G. Wainer, N. Giambiasi."N-Dimensional Cell-DEVS". In Discrete Events Systems Journal, Kluwer. January 2002.
S. Daicz; A. Troccoli, G. Wainer. "Experiences in modelling and simulation of computer architectures using DEVS". Accepted to be published in Transactions of the Society for Computer Simulation.
G. Wainer, N. Giambiasi. "Application of the Cell-DEVS paradigm for cell spaces modelling and simulation.". Simulation, January 2001.
G. Wainer. "Experiences with DEVS modelling and simulation". In IASTED Journal on Modelling and Simulation. March 2001.
Ören, T.I. (2001 - Invited Paper). Software Agents for Experimental Design in Advanced Simulation Environments. In: S.M. Ermakov, Yu.N. Kashtanov, and V. Melas (eds.) Proc. of the 4th St. Petersburg Workshop on Simulation, June 18-23, 2001, pp. 89-95.
Ören, T.I. (2001 – Invited Paper). Impact of Data on Simulation: From Early Practices to Federated and Agent-Directed Simulations. In: A. Heemink et al. (eds.) Proc. of EUROSIM 2001, June 26-29, 2001, Delft, the Netherlands.
Ören, T.I., Elzas, M.S., Smit, I., and L.G. Birta (2002). A Code of Professional Ethics for Simulationists. Proceedings of the 2002 Summer Computer Simulation Conference.
Ören, T.I. (2002). Rationale for A Code of Professional Ethics for Simulationists. Proceedings of the 2002 Summer Computer Simulation Conference.
Ören, T.I. (2002). Future of Modelling and Simulation: Some Development Areas. Proceedings of the 2002 Summer Computer Simulation Conference
Ören, T.I. (2002 - In Press - Invited Plenary Paper). Ethics as a Basis for Sustainable Civilized Behavior for Humans and Software Agents. Proceedings of the InterSymp 2002 - The 14th International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics of the IIAS, July 29 - August 3, Baden-Baden, Germany.
Ören, T.I. (2002 - In Press - Invited Plenary Paper). In Search of a Value System for Sustainable Civilization: Ethics and Quality. Special Focus Symposium (within InterSymp 2002) on: Cognitive, Emotive and Ethical Aspects of Decision Making and Human Actions, August 1-2, Baden-Baden, Germany
Ören, T.I. (2002 - In Press - Invited Plenary Paper). Growing Importance of Modelling and Simulation: Professional and Ethical Implications. Proceedings of the ICSC'2002 - The 5th Conference on System Simulation and Scientific Computing (Part of the Asian Simulation Conference)
L. Morihama, V. Pasuello, G. Wainer. "Automatic verification of DEVS models". In Proceedings of SISO Spring Interoperability Workshop. Orlando, FL. U.S.A. 2002.
A. Muzy, G. Wainer, E. Innocenti, A. Aiello, J.F. Santucci. "Comparing simulation methods for fire spreading across a fuel bed". In Proceedings of AIS'2002. Lisbon, Portugal. 2002.
C. Jacques, G. Wainer. "Using the CD++ DEVS toolkit to develop Petri Nets". In Proceedings of the 2002 Summer Computer Simulation Conference. San Diego, U.S.A. 2002.
E. Glinsky, G. Wainer. "Definition of Real-Time simulation in the CD++ toolkit". In Proceedings of the 2002 Summer Computer Simulation Conference. San Diego, U.S.A. 2002.
E. Glinsky, G. Wainer."Performance Analysis of Real-Time DEVS models". Accepted for publication in Proceedings of 2002 Winter Simulation Conference. San Diego, U.S.A. 2002.
A. Muzy, G. Wainer, E. Innocenti, A. Aiello, J.F. Santucci. "Dynamic and discrete quantization for simulation time improvment: fire spreading application using the cd++ tool". Accepted for publication in Proceedings of 2002 Winter Simulation Conference. San Diego, U.S.A. 2002.
A. Díaz, V. Vázquez, G. Wainer. "Defining vehicle movement under congestion in the ATLAS modelling language". In Proceedings of the 2001 Summer Computer Simulation Conference. Orlando, FL. U.S.A. 2001.
A. Troccoli, G. Wainer. "Performance results of parallel Cell-DEVS execution". In 2001 Summer Computer Simulation Conference. Orlando, FL. U.S.A. 2001.
P. Rogina, G. Wainer. "Including fault-tolerant sensor replication techniques in RT-Minix" (in Spanish). In Proceedings of 2001 Latinamerican Conference on Informatics. Mérida, Venezuela.2001.
A seminar series has been started in Ottawa..
Dr. Tuncer Ören and Dr. Louis G. Birta are donating their collections of M&S material, as well as Systems books and proceedings, to the library of University of Ottawa. The collection, with the existing collection of the University of Ottawa, will be a solid source of information on modelling and simulation and will be accessible through interlibrary loans.
Interactions with other Centers within the MISS Network:
The following are planned:
Development of M&S curricula - with the Chico and the Mexico Centers
Joint research – with Hungarian Center
The interactions with other Centers will be explored.