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Filling gaps in simulation of complex systems: the background and motivation for CoSMoS

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JournalNatural Computing
DateE-pub ahead of print - 4 Oct 2014
DatePublished (current) - Mar 2015
Issue number1
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)49-62
Early online date4/10/14
Original languageEnglish


Modelling and simulation of complex systems can create scientific
research tools that allow the inaccessible dynamic aspects of systems to be ex-
plored in ways that are not possible in live systems. In some scientific contexts,
there is a need to be able to create and use such simulations to explore and
generate hypotheses alongside conventional laboratory research. The princi-
pled CoSMoS approach was created to support these activities, as a response
to a perceived gap in the software engineering development process for sim-
ulation. The article presents some of the software engineering motivation for
CoSMoS, by exploring this perceived gap. Following from this analysis, the ar-
ticle considers the validation of complex systems simulators, especially where
these are to be used in ongoing research.

    Research areas

  • Agent-based simulation Software engineering CoSMoS Complex system Modelling and simulation

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