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Integrating agent based modeling into a discrete event simulation

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2 Author(s)
Dubiel, B. ; Dept. of Ind. & Operations Eng., Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor, MI, USA ; Tsimhoni, O.

Movement of entities in discrete event simulation typically requires predefined paths with decision points that dictate entity movement. Human-like travel is difficult to model correctly with these constraints because that is not how people move and large individual differences exist in capabilities and strategies. Agent based modeling is considered a better way to simulate the real-time interaction of people with their environment. In this paper we propose to integrate agent based modeling with discrete event simulation to simulate the movement of people in a discrete event system. An agent based module was constructed within the AutoMod simulation package, and a test case was modeled in which people (agents) at a theme-park interact with objects and people in their environment to get directions and then walk or take a tram to their final destination. We explain the details of model implementation and describe the verification and initial validation of the model.

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Simulation Conference, 2005 Proceedings of the Winter

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4-7 Dec. 2005