Applied System Simulation: Methodologies and Applications

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Springer US, Oct 31, 2003 - Business & Economics - 514 pages
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Simulation and molding are efficient techniques that can aid the city and regional planners and engineers in optimizing the operation of urban systems such as traffic light control, highway toll automation, consensus building, public safety, and environmental protection. When modeling transportation systems such as freeway systems, arterial or downtown grid systems, the city planner and engineer is concerned with capturing the varied interactions between drivers, automobiles, and the infrastructure. Modeling and simulation are used to effectively optimize the design and operation of all of these urban systems. It is possible that in an urban simulation community workshop, citizens can work interactively in front of computers and be able using the click of the mouse to walk up to their own front porch, looking at the proposed shopping mall alternatives across the street from virtually any angle and proposed bridge or tunnel and see how it can reduce traffic congestion. Buildings can be scaled down or taken out, their orientation can be changed in order to check the view and orientation in order to have better site with efficient energy-conservation. The stone or brick material on a building can be replaced by colored concrete, or more trees and lampposts can be placed on the site. Such flexibility in simulation and animation allows creative ideas in the design and orientation of urban sites to be demonstrated to citizens and decision makers before final realization.

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Mohammad S. Obaidat, recognized around the world for his pioneering and lasting contributions to several areas, including wireless sensor networks, green ICT, wireless and wired networks, performance evaluation of computer systems and networks, and information and network security, is a Professor of Computer Science at Monmouth University, New Jersey. He is the editor-in-chief or editor of many international journals, and has published over thirty books and over six hundred technical papers to date. He has received numerous awards, including a Nokia Research Fellowship, Distinguished Fulbright Scholar Award, McLeod Founder's Award, SCS Presidential Award, SCS Hall of Fame- Lifetime Achievement Award, and Best Paper awards in many conferences. He has given numerous keynote speeches at international conferences worldwide and has chaired numerous international conferences. He is a distinguished speaker/lecturer of ACM and SCS and served as a distinguished speaker of IEEE-CS. He also served as the Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Director of the Graduate Program at Monmouth University, SCS President, and Advisor to the President of Philadelphia University. He is a Fellow of IEEE and a Fellow of SCS.