Special Issue "Pervasive Simulation for Enhanced Decision Making"


A special issue of Systems (ISSN 2079-8954).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. José Luis Risco Martín

Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
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Interests: DEVS formalism; modeling and simulation methodologies and tools; parallel/distributed simulations; metaheuristics; feature engineering; computer aided design
Guest Editor
Prof. Andrea D’Ambrogio

University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
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Interests: software performance engineering; model-driven systems and software engineering; business process management; distributed and web-based simulation; systems and software quality
Guest Editor
Prof. Helena Szczerbicka

University of Hannover, Germany
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Interests: computer science; simulation; modeling; sensor networks; nature-based algorithms

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Theory, Modeling, and Simulation (TMS) play significant roles in almost every aspect of current decision-making challenges. TMS consists of three distinct components: A theory, which can be defined as a set of scientific principles that explains phenomena, modeling, the analytical/numerical applications of theory to solve specific problems, and simulation, which aims to faithfully render the physical problem in the appropriate level of details, so that the critical features emerge organically.

Systems are becoming more complex, more responsive and dynamically adaptive in a shorter timeframe. This new current trend is moving the traditional TMS of decision making systems to a new network-centric, knowledge-based systems of systems TMS paradigm. Thus, TMS of these complex systems necessitates advanced simulation methodologies and tools. In this regard, pervasive simulation technologies may provide the necessary tools to tackle this complexity.

Pervasive simulation integrates and applies the technology developed for cyber physical systems technology, cloud computing, distributed interactive simulation and high performance computing to provide highly available, adaptive and effective simulation platforms. This architecture can be built to encapsulate different simulation resources as fine-grained and/or coarse-grained services so that they can be shared, reused and orchestrated in highly-connected networks. These aspects eventually lead to a new TMS paradigm, in which simulation tools are built upon a potential heterogeneity of hardware or software entities.

The aim of this special issue is to present recent advances on the pervasive role of simulation tools, methodologies and technologies for enabling a more informed and effective online decision making.

All contributions related to the use of pervasive simulation to support decision making in various application areas are welcome. Possible topics of interest are (but are not limited to) the following ones:

  • Agent-based Modeling and Simulation
  • Bio-Medical and Population Modeling
  • Computer Graphics for Simulation
  • Cyber Modeling & Simulation, Ranges, and Tools
  • DEVS Modeling & Simulation
  • Dynamic Data Driven Application Systems
  • Emergency Management Simulation
  • Grand Challenges in Modeling and Simulation
  • Modeling and Simulation as a Service
  • Modeling and Simulation based Systems Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation for Cyber Physical Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation for Industry 4.0
  • Modeling and Simulation for Intelligent, Adaptive and Autonomous Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation for Sustainability
  • Modeling of 3G, 4G, 5G Networks
  • Modeling of Networking and Telecommunication Systems
  • Performance Evaluation Applied to Network and Telecommunication Systems
  • Performance Validation of Software Systems
  • Simulation applied to Security and Safety
  • Simulation for Performance Evaluation of Computer Systems
  • Simulation in the System Design Flow
  • Verification and Validation of Computer Simulation Models

José L. Risco Martín
Andrea D’Ambrogio
Helena Szczerbicka
Guest Editors


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