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Agent Based Simulation and Operational Research – Some Thoughts

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Tuesday 30 November 2010, 14:00
LT12, Management School

Stewart Robinson
Operational Research and Management Sciences Group
Warwick Business School

Abstract: There is a growing interest in what Agent Based Simulation (ABS) can do for Operational Research, but at present there are very few real applications. In this talk I will discuss some agent based models I have built or worked with and demonstrate some models. These have looked at the interaction of decision-makers in supply chains, the diffusion of ideas in a social network and the simulation of service operations. We will also think about a key barrier for using ABS in OR: the collection of data on human behaviour. The talk will conclude with some thoughts on how those of us working in OR might use ABS.

Biography: Stewart Robinson is Professor of Operational Research and Head of the Operational Research and Management Sciences Group at Warwick Business School. Previously employed in simulation consultancy, he supported the use of simulation in companies throughout Europe and the rest of the world. He is author/co-author of four books on simulation. His research focuses on the practice of simulation model development and use. Key areas of interest are conceptual modelling, model validation, output analysis and alternative simulation methods (discrete-event, system dynamics and agent based). Professor Robinson is co-editor of the Journal of Simulation and Vice President of the Operational Research Society. For more details see:

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