IV109 Modeling and Simulation

Faculty of Informatics
Spring 2009
Extent and Intensity
2/1. 3 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. Mgr. Radek Pelánek, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Mojmír Křetínský, CSc.
Department of Computer Science - Faculty of Informatics
Tue 10:00–11:50 B011
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
IV109/01: each even Tuesday 12:00–13:50 B311, R. Pelánek
IV109/02: each odd Tuesday 12:00–13:50 B311, R. Pelánek
Course Enrolment Limitations
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Course objectives
This course is an general introduction into modeling and simulation and an overview of several different approaches. We will study the following approaches: system dynamics modeling, agent based modeling, modeling of networks. We will apply modeling to problems from different application domains: economy, ecology, sociology, environmental problems. The goal of the course is not to master single modeling methodology, but to get acquainted with several different methods and to learn to think in new ways.
  • Introduction, history, role of modeling and simulation in research, applications.
  • System thinking, feedback.
  • System dynamics approach: basic principles, simulation and analysis methods, case study "Limits to growth". Examples and exercises in Stella.
  • Agent based modeling: basic principles, cellular automata, cooperation, adaptation. Examples and exercises in NetLogo.
  • Modeling of networks: examples of networks and their properties, random graphs, small-world model, scale-free networks, dynamic processes on networks. Excercises with Pajek.
  • Application of modeling from different areas (economics, traffic, biology, ...).
  • BARABÁSI, Albert-László. Linked :how everything is connected to everything else and what it means for business, science, and everyday life. New York: Plume Book, 2003. 294 s. ISBN 0-452-28439-2. info
  • WEINBERG, Gerald M. An introduction to general systems thinking. New York: Dorset House Publishing, 2001. xxi, 279 s. ISBN 0-932633-49-8. info
  • RESNICK, Mitchel. Turtles, termites, and traffic jams : explorations in massively parallel microworlds. Cambridge: Bradford Book, 2000. xviii, 163. ISBN 0-262-68093-9. info
Assessment methods
teaching: lectures, software labs evaluation: 40% project (modeling and simulation of a choosen problem), 40% written exam, 20% "reading report"
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2006, Spring 2007, Spring 2008, Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020, Spring 2021.
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