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Improving Intersection Efficiency with Connected Vehicle Technology 25.05.2017 Rene Reiter

Traffic control strategies at intersections have evolved through applying advanced control technologies during recent decades, especially for signalized intersections around urban areas. Now, with emerging connected vehicle technology there is a renewed potential to improve the overall efficiency and safety conditions at intersections. A group from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville conducted a study of the relationship between average system delay and average queue length for traffic approaching signalized intersections. The team utilized data from the City of Detroit collected in a field test during the 2014 Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress. [...]
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Lockheed Martin - Improving Military Aircraft Turnaround Process 09.12.2016 Rene Reiter

The military aircraft maintenance turnaround process is highly complex and includes multiple interacting and parallel workflows between humans and machines. Lockheed Martin, one of the largest companies in the aerospace, defense, security, and technologies industry sought to improve decision-making in regards to the complete turnaround process and to identify process changes that could be implemented to reduce turnaround time. There are two distinct features unique to the project. One being the use of AnyLogic to model people, machines and workstations, and how they interact, which identified previously unknown workflow peculiarities. The second, a portable Android tablet application developed and tested by the team for workflow authoring and data collection that provided the input data to the process simulation model.
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Congratulations Sadegh Asgari, Winner of the IISE Competition 07.07.2016 Rene Reiter

We are proud to announce Sadegh Asgari, Winner of the IISE Construction Division Best Student Paper Award. Sadegh presented his research and received the award at the Industrial & Systems Engineering Research Conference (ISERC) organized by the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IISE) last month. IISE is the global association of productivity and efficiency professionals specializing in industrial engineering, healthcare, ergonomics and other related professions. The organization provides a place where these varied fields come together to advance the engineering profession through networking, training, and knowledge sharing (http://www.iienet2.org/Annual2/details.aspx?id=560). Sadegh completed the three-year research project as a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University and is currently Research Scientist at New York University.
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IBM Project Published in Journal of Medical Systems and Recognized by the United States House of Representatives 11.01.2016 Rene Reiter

At the AnyLogic Conference 2014, Kyle Johnson, Global Business Services in Advanced Analytics and Optimization at IBM partnered with Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, presented a “Multi-Agent-Based Simulation of a Complex Ecosystem of Mental Health Care.” To date, the research paper was published in the Journal of Medical Systems and received the attention of the United States House of Representatives [1]. The project revolves around the housing cycle of the United State’s Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill (SPMI). An SPMI patient defines someone with a diagnosis of Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, or Major Depressive Disorder, and this group constitutes about 1.7% of the US population. To better understand the condition and possible improvements, IBM Global Research and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals used an agent-based approach to model the SPMI living situations over the second half of the 20th century.[...]
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An Agent-Based Explanation for the Housing Plight of America’s Mentally Ill 15.09.2015 Rene Reiter

The largest public mental health facility in the United States is not a hospital; it is the Los Angeles County Jail. A Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill (SPMI) patient generally defines someone with a diagnosis of Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, or Major Depressive Disorder, and this group constitutes about 1.7% of the US population. To better understand the condition and possible improvements, IBM Global Research and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals used an agent-based approach to model the SPMI living situations over the second half of the 20th century. Kyle Johnson, Managing Consultant with IBM Global Business Services presented this project at the 2014 AnyLogic Conference. He works within the Advanced Analytics and Optimization branch of IBM BAO. [...]
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Modeling Healthcare at Different Abstraction Levels 02.06.2015 Stepan Egorov

There are many cases of simulation modeling in healthcare. Application areas can vary, from process optimization in hospitals to macrolevel agent-based epidemiology models. Due to its multimethod nature, AnyLogic allows models to be built at various abstraction levels. A good illustration of how researchers and consultants can apply the same tool to different problems is the three models built by the Stockholm County Health Administration in Sweden. The models included macro, meso, and micro abstraction level applications in healthcare simulation. The microlevel model simulated the maternity ward in a hospital that was currently under construction. The purpose of the model was to support discussions related to which resources, capacity, and work methods were required in the new ward. One relevant discussion was whether to keep mother and child in the same room during their entire stay or to have dedicated rooms for antenatal care, delivery, and postnatal care. [...]
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Disaster Response Applications Using Agent-Based Modeling 14.04.2015 Rene Reiter

Battelle is the world’s largest, non-profit, independent R&D organization, and is a worldwide leader in the development, commercialization, and transfer of technology. They manage or co-manage laboratories for the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and an international nuclear laboratory in the United Kingdom. Battelle developed a disaster response solution for a federal government agency using AnyLogic, and in particular, agent-based modeling due to its multimethod capabilities. Joe Simkins, Economist at Battelle shared the solution with the AnyLogic community during the AnyLogic Conference 2013 in Washington D.C. Joe works in the fields of applied microeconomics, emergent simulation, and behavioral economics with experience in a wide variety of project applications ranging from health care to disaster response.
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Find Optimal Product Sampling Using Agent-Based Modeling 19.03.2015 Rene Reiter

Before launching a new drug, a pharmaceutical company should decide the optimal promotional mix for both patient and doctors, and the optimal sampling level, high enough to induce therapy without cannibalizing paid prescriptions. Using AnyLogic Simulation Modeling, JP Tsang, Ph.D. & MBA, addresses the complexities of launching a new drug in the pharmaceutical industry, the need for a Contract Sales Organization (CSO) and the influence of Key Opinion Leaders (KOL). The project zeroed in on the medical group practice in order to better understand the dynamics between physician and patient, and between physician and medical representatives. The Agent Based Model (ABM) allows you to understand local behavior, identify bottlenecks regarding certain output variables and better grasp the big picture.
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Agent-Based Model for the Secondary Threat Resulting from a Ballistic Impact Event 30.01.2015 Rene Reiter

The process by which a high-velocity impact event leads to fire ignition onboard military vehicles is complex, influenced by the interaction of heated debris fragments and fuel spurting from ruptured tanks. Matthew J. Bova of the University of Cincinnati, Frank W. Ciarallo of Wright State University, and Raymond R. Hill of the Airforce Institute of Technology completed a proof-of-concept project involving the secondary threat resulting from a ballistic impact event using agent-based modeling in AnyLogic. Developing a complete characterization of the secondary threat resulting from a high-velocity projectile impact on the exterior of an aircraft body is of particular concern to the aircraft survivability community. Such ballistic impacts typically result in penetration of the body, generating clouds of debris fragments and releasing large quantities of thermal energy. [...]
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Simulation Modeling Based on Routine Healthcare Data 23.01.2015 Rene Reiter

Decisions made by health care professionals require tools for planning, testing and assessment of new technologies or interventions. The complex structures, interactions and processes involved in health care, make change and innovation an ongoing challenge. Patrick Einzinger and Christoph Urach from DWH Simulation Services and Vienna University of Technology in partnership with the Austrian Association of Social Insurances (AASI) were given an opportunity to analyze public data for the purpose of critical future decision making. The AASI assembled routine care data upon reimbursement of heath care providers, which includes drugs prescribed, services rendered and diagnosis. Typical statistics and mathematical modeling were considered as a tool to analyze the data, but simulation was chosen to ensure the mass amount of data could be fully utilized, thus increasing the accuracy of the analysis and results. [...]
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What’s New in AnyLogic 7? Agent-Based Modeling Enhancements 06.08.2014 Rene Reiter

“The Great Merge.” Most likely this is a familiar term, but perhaps you haven’t been able to experience the idea quite yet, or are not familiar with the many benefits “The Great Merge” permits. Let us take a moment to expand upon “The Great Merge,” other Agent-Based modeling enhancements, and what these changes mean for future model building. “The Great Merge,” in summary, is an ultimate unification of agents, entities, resources, pedestrians, trains, etc. and is useful to modelers in a multitude of ways. Read through the following list to familiarize yourself with the new developments.
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AnyLogic 7 Training in Chicago, IL, USA 17.07.2014 Rene Reiter

These AnyLogic 7 Trainees have just finished building the Bass Diffusion System Dynamics Model, they have moved on to discuss the theory behind Agent-Based modeling and build an SIR Model Calibration. Keep in mind, this is only the start of day 2! The course agenda includes an introduction to multimethod modeling and simulation, both by theory and demonstration, getting you familiar with the AnyLogic software model development environment. Ilya Grigoryev, Head of Training Services made it his top priority to update the training content ensuring a world class program upon the release of AnyLogic 7, our newest version. Now is the best time to sign up for a course and become familiar with AnyLogic 7 capabilities. [...]
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Why Use Multimethod Modeling? 07.07.2014 Rene Reiter

AnyLogic multimethod or multi-paradigm simulation gives you the opportunity to choose the most efficient method or a combination, in order to best address your problem. Whether you are familiar with one or more modeling paradigms, or new to modeling and simulation, employing multimethod modeling capabilities will enhance business process optimization, strategic planning, forecasting and beyond. Let us first take a look into each paradigm and where they are best utilized, then explain where multimethod modeling fits and how it can improve your modeling process and simulation results.
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Electric Vehicle Driver Simulation using Agent-Based Modeling 19.06.2014 Rene Reiter

Recargo is a software and services company that provides guidance to drivers and industry, to support the adoption and growth of plug-in car technology. Wherever you are on the road to sustainable transportation, Recargo gives the critical intelligence you need to choose the right path forward.
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Agent Based Models Trending at WinterSim 2013 06.03.2014 Rene Reiter

Industry leaders are realizing the benefits of Agent Based Modeling with AnyLogic software. In the dynamic and complex market environments of telecommunications, insurance, epidemiology, and healthcare, consumers make choices based on the characteristics of the consumers themselves and other factors that are best captured by the agent based modeling paradigm. Individual-centric data from Customer Relationship Management systems can be used to parameterize the model agents. The number of papers published for WinterSim 2013 using Agent Based Models nearly doubled from that of 2012. See how industry leaders are putting CRM, ERP and other big data to work using Agent Based Models.[...]
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Can one make precise forecasts of consumer behavior? 05.09.2013 Sergey Suslov

Many people, who are interested in sales forecasting, are familiar with the book Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely. The abstract of the book states: “Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. From drinking coffee to losing weight, from buying a car to choosing a romantic partner, we consistently overpay, underestimate, and procrastinate. Yet these misguided behaviors are neither random nor senseless. They're systematic and predictable—making us predictably irrational.” The irrationality of human decisions is the basis of behavioral economics. Predictably Irrational, and many other books, give many examples which argue the idea of consumer rationality. Businesses are irrational too, as they are guided by human beings.
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AnyLogic North America Attends Agent-Based Modeling Bootcamp for Health Researchers 27.08.2013 John Yedinak

AnyLogic North America was to take part in Dr. Nate Osgood’s 3rd Annual Agent-Based Modeling Bootcamp for Health Researchers last week at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK, Canada. Dr. Osgood’s platform of choice is AnyLogic for many reasons, not least the graphical nature of the editor, the excellent support offered by The AnyLogic Company, and the software’s multimethod capabilities. The bootcamp was attended by roughly 25 people, most of them academicians, with a high proportion of them interested in epidemiology. However, according to Dr. Osgood, a large proportion of attendees indicated that multimethod modeling was an item of high interest to them, and he adjusted the course content accordingly.
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AnyLogic 7 Alpha Version Released 14.08.2013 Stepan Egorov

This alpha version is not intended as an official release and will not be distributed publicly. However, AnyLogic users will get an opportunity to get a glimpse of it at any of the upcoming events the AnyLogic Company is going to take part in. For example, the first unofficial presentation will be made at the Agent-Based Modeling Bootcamp for Health Researchers on August 19-24, in Saskatoon, Canada. You are also welcome to reach us at other events to see the alpha version! The final official release of AnyLogic 7 will be available in winter 2013. Stay tuned!
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Big Book of AnyLogic has a new chapter 10.08.2012 Irina Pavlova

The Big Book of AnyLogic has been recently updated! The chapter "How to build agent based models. Field service example" considers the design process of an agent based model at a very detailed level; from conceptual design to animation and optimization experiments.
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