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390053 DK PhD-L: Advanced Stochastic Models (2021W)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 15 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Monday 25.10. 12:55 - 16:00 Digital
Monday 15.11. 13:00 - 16:00 Digital
Monday 06.12. 13:00 - 16:00 Digital
Monday 24.01. 13:00 - 16:00 Digital
Monday 21.02. 09:45 - 16:30 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 22.02. 09:45 - 16:25 Hörsaal 17 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

Business research increasingly considers wicked problems and complex dynamic systems. Analytical models of such problems and systems quickly become untraceable and unsolvable. Given increasing computational power, simulation models provide an alternative tool. They can fuel studies tracing the long-term evolution of systems and comparing the outcomes of alternative scenarios. However, successfully applying simulation modeling for business research requires expertise on applicable simulation paradigms, approaches to model validation and the analysis of stochastic results.

Participants gain theoretical background knowledge in
- System dynamic, discrete event-based and agent-based simulation paradigms
- Analysis of stochastic simulation results
- The role of simulation validation and calibration
- Challenges of computational efficiency
They also gain hands-on experience in applying these concepts to case scenarios in implementing simulation models in Python SimPy and NetLogo.

Assessment and permitted materials

Presentations by the participants

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Participants need to be able to present their project in the context of models discussed, apply discussed modelling languages, propose relevant approaches to analysing stochastic input data and results, and present an implemented prototype.

Reading list

Recommended reading:

- Robinson, S. (2005). Discrete-event simulation: from the pioneers to the present, what next?. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 56(6), 619-629.
- Tako, A. A., & Robinson, S. (2012). The application of discrete event simulation and system dynamics in the logistics and supply chain context. Decision Support Systems, 52(4), 802-815.
- Chan, W. K. V., Son, Y. J., & Macal, C. M. (2010, December). Agent-based simulation tutorial-simulation of emergent behavior and differences between agent-based simulation and discrete-event simulation. Proceedings of the 2010 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC), (pp. 135-150). IEEE.
- Sargent, Robert G. "Verification and validation of simulation models." Journal of Simulation 7, no. 1 (2013): 12-24.

- Law: Simulation Modeling and Analysis (2014)

Association in the course directory

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