The Profession of Modeling and Simulation: Discipline, Ethics, Education, Vocation, Societies, and Economics


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The definite guide to the theory, knowledge, technical expertise, and ethical considerations that define the M&S profession

From traffic control to disaster management, supply chain analysis to military logistics, healthcare management to new drug discovery, modeling and simulation (M&S) has become an essential tool for solving countless real-world problems. M&S professionals are now indispensable to how things get done across virtually every aspect of modern life. This makes it all the more surprising that, until now, no effort has been made to systematically codify the core theory, knowledge, and technical expertise needed to succeed as an M&S professional.

This book brings together contributions from experts at the leading edge of the modeling and simulation profession, worldwide, who share their priceless insights into issues which are fundamental to professional success and career development in this critically important field. Running as a common thread throughout the book is an emphasis on several key aspects of the profession, including the essential body of knowledge underlying the M&S profession; the technical discipline of M&S; the ethical standards that should guide professional conduct; and the economic and commercial challenges today’s M&S professionals face.

• Demonstrates applications of M&S tools and techniques in a variety of fields—such as engineering, operations research, and cyber environments—with over 500 types of simulations

• Highlights professional and academic aspects of the field, including preferred programming languages, professional academic and certification programs, and key international societies

• Shows why M&S professionals must be fully versed in the theory, concepts, and tools needed to address the challenges of cyber environments

The Profession of Modeling and Simulation is a valuable resource for M&S practitioners, developers, and researchers working in industry and government. Simulation professionals, including administrators, managers, technologists, faculty members, and scholars within the physical sciences, life sciences, and engineering fields will find it highly useful, as will students planning to pursue a career in the M&S profession.

“ …nearly three dozen experts in Modeling and Simulation (M&S) come together to make a compelling case for the recognition of M&S as a profession… Important reading for anyone seeking to elevate the standing of this vital field.”

Alfred (Al) Grasso, President & CEO, The MITRE Corporation

Andreas Tolk, PhD, is Technology Integrator for the Modeling, Simulation, Experimentation, and Analytics Division of The MITRE Corporation, an adjunct professor in the Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering and the Department for Modeling, Simulation, and Visualization Engineering at Old Dominion University, and an SCS fellow.

Tuncer Ören, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science at the University of Ottawa. He is an SCS fellow and an inductee to SCS Modeling and Simulation Hall of Fame. His research interests include advancing methodologies, ethics, body of knowledge, and terminology of modeling and simulation.

Foreword xiii

Preface xv

List of Contributors xix

Notes on Contributors xxiii

Part I Foundation 1

1 An Introduction to the Facets of the Profession of Modeling and Simulation 3
Andreas Tolk

2 An Index to the Body of Knowledge of Simulation Systems Engineering 11
Umut Durak, Tuncer Ören, and Andreas Tolk

3 Code of Ethics 35
Andreas Tolk

Part II Education 53

4 M&S as a Profession and an Academic Discipline: A Contemporary View 55
John A. Sokolowski and Roland R. Mielke

5 Academic Education Supporting the Professional Landscape 87
Margaret L. Loper and Charles D. Turnitsa

6 The Certified Modeling and Simulation Professional Certification and Examination 109
Mikel D. Petty, Gregory S. Reed, and William V. Tucker

Part III Society 129

7 Modeling and Simulation Societies Shaping the Profession 131
Robert K. Armstrong and Simon J.E. Taylor

8 The Uniformed Military Modeling and Simulation Professional 151
Rudolph P. Darken and Curtis L. Blais

9 M&S as a Profession and Discipline in China 167
Lin Zhang, Yingnian Wu, and Gengjiao Yang

10 Modeling and Simulation for the Enterprise: Integrating Application Domains for the M&S Professional 183
Steve Swenson, Robert M. Gravitz, and Gary M. Lightner

Part IV Application 209

11 A Complexity and Creative Innovation Dynamics Perspective to Sustaining the Growth and Vitality of the M&S Profession 211
Levent Yilmaz

12 Theory and Practice of M&S in Cyber Environments 223
Saurabh Mittal and Bernard P. Zeigler

Part V Economics 265

13 Funding an Academic Simulation Project: The Economics of M&S 267
Saikou Y. Diallo, Christopher J. Lynch, and Navonil Mustafee

14 Why Spend One More Dollar for M&S? Observations on the Return of Investment 287
Steven Gordon, Ivar Oswalt, and Tim Cooley

15 Does M&S Help? Operationalizing Cost Avoidance and Proficiency Evaluations 325
Steven Gordon, Tim Cooley, and Ivar Oswalt

Part VI Policy 351

16 Building a National Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Coalition 353
Randall B. Garrett, James A. Robb, Richard J. Severinghaus, and Richard Fujimoto

Index 373

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