Agent-based (AB) and system dynamics (SD) modeling and simulation techniques have been studied and used by various research fields. After the new hybrid modeling field emerged, the combination of these techniques started getting attention in the late 1990's. Applications of using agent-based (AB) and system dynamics (SD) hybrid models for simulating systems have been demonstrated in the literature. However, majority of the work on the domain includes system specific approaches where the models from two techniques are integrated after being independently developed. Existing work on creating an implicit and universal approach is limited to conceptual modeling and structure design. This dissertation proposes an approach for generating AB-SD hybrid models of systems by using Systems Modeling Language (SysML) which can be simulated without exporting to another software platform. Although the approach is demonstrated using IBM's Rational Rhapsody® it is applicable to all other SysML platforms. Furthermore, it does not require prior knowledge on agent-based or system dynamics modeling and simulation techniques and limits the use of any programming languages through the use of SysML diagram tools. The iterative modeling approach allows two-step validations, allows establishing a two-way dynamic communication between AB and SD variables and develops independent behavior models that can be reused in representing different systems. The proposed approach is demonstrated using a hypothetical population, movie theater and a real–world training management scenarios. In this setting, the work provides methods for independent behavior and system structure modeling. Finally, provides behavior models for probabilistic behavior modeling and time synchronization.
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Modeling & Simulation
Length of Campus-only Access
Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Soyler Akbas, Asli, "Agent-Based and System Dynamics Hybrid Modeling and Simulation Approach Using Systems Modeling Language" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 5167.