Integrated Simulation Approach for Assessment of Performance in Construction Projects: a System-of-Systems Framework Jin Zhu, Ali Mostafavi. Winter Simulation Conference, 2014.

This research proposes and tests an integrated framework for bottom-up simulation of performance in construction projects. The proposed framework conceptualizes construction projects as systems-of-systems in which the abstraction and micro-simulation of dynamic behaviors are investigated at the base-level consisting of the following elements: human agents, information, and resources.
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Towards a Semiconductor Supply Chain Simulation Library (SCSC-SIMLIB) Jingjing Yuan, Thomas Ponsignon, Infineon Technologies AG. Winter Simulation Conference, 2014.

Simulation is a widely used technique for analyzing and managing supply chains. Simulation software packages offer standard libraries for selected functions and application areas. However, no commercial or freeware simulation tool proposes building blocks specific to semiconductor manufacturing.
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Discrete Choice, Agent Based and System Dynamics Simulation of Health Profession Career Paths T. Flynn, Y. Tian, K. Masnick, G. McDonnell, E. Huynh, A. Mair, N. Osgood. Winter Simulation Conference, 2014.

Modelling real workforce choices accurately via Agent Based Models and System Dynamics requires input data on the actual preferences of individual agents. Often lack of data means that analysts can have an understanding of how agents move through the system, but not why, and when.
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A Hybrid Simulation Approach to Dynamic Multi-Skilled Workforce Planning of Production Line Yuan Feng, Wenhui Fan, Tsinghua University. Winter Simulation Conference, 2014.

Workers cross-trained with multiple tasks can improve the workforce flexibility for the plant to handle
variations in workload. Therefore, it is necessary to study the dynamic multi-skilled workforce planning
problem of production line with the application of cross-training method.
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Return to Work Behavior of People with Disabilities: A Multi-Method Approach Mariusz Balaban, MYMIC LLC. Winter Simulation Conference, 2014.

This paper discusses the development of a simulation model to mimic a return to work phenomenon of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) enrollees in the United States. Agent Based and Bayesian Network methods are used within a multi-method simulation model to capture system conditions and enrollee behavior.
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Modeling Human Behavior – An (ID)entity Crisis? Sally C. Brailsford, University of Southampton. Winter Simulation Conference, 2014.

Agent-based modeling (ABM) has gained great popularity in recent years, especially in application areas where human behavior is important, because it opens up the possibility of capturing such behavior in great detail. Hybrid models which combine ABM with discrete-event simulation (DES) are particularly appealing in service industry applications.
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Towards Closed Loop Modeling: Evaluatng The Prospects for Creating Recurrently Regrounded Aggregate Simulation Models Using Particle Filtering Nathaniel Osgood, Juxin Liu, University of Saskatchewan 106 Wiggins Road, University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon. Winter Simulation Conference, 2014

Public health agencies traditionally rely heavily on epidemiological reporting for notifiable disease control, but increasingly apply simulation models for forecasting and to understand intervention tradeoffs. Unfortunately, such models traditionally lack capacity to easily incorporate information from epidemiological data feeds.
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An Agent-Based Explanation for 20th Century Living Situation Changes in America’s Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill Population Kyle L. Johnson, Dr. Dimitris Alevras, IBM Global Business Services; Dr. John Docherty, Dr. Erin Falconer, Otsuka Medical Affairs. AnyLogic Conference 2014

The largest public mental health facility in the United States is not a hospital; it is the Los Angeles County Jail. This paper describes an agent-based approach to explaining why prisons and jails house so many of America’s most seriously mentally ill. It traces this fact to the differing ways in which various housing situations react to mental illness and to legislation passed in the 1960’s, which allocated public funding away from state mental hospitals.
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Simulating A Physical Internet Enabled Mobility Web: The Case Of Mass Distribution In France D. Hakimi, B. Montreuil, and others. 9th International Conference of Modeling, Optimization and Simulation

Physical Internet (PI) is a novel concept aiming to render more economically, environmentally and socially efficient and sustainable the way physical objects are transported, handled, stored, realized, supplied and used throughout the world. It enables, among other webs, the Mobility Web which deals with moving physical objects within an interconnected set of unimodal and multimodal hubs, transits, ports, roads and ways.
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Quantitative analysis of bidding strategies: a hybrid agent based–system dynamics approach Arash MAHDAVI and Makarand HASTAK, Purdue University

Economic slowdown and construction demand shrinkage reduces the profit backlog for construction contractors and bites into their profit margin. The resulting fierce competition for jobs forces construction companies to look for more sophisticated analytical tools to analyze and improve their bidding strategies. For each contractor, bidding strategy is a decision-making process that is driven by the firm’s financial goals with the final objective of maximizing the firm’s gross profit and surpassing the breakeven point. This paper proposes a methodology to model and analyze different bidding strategies with hybrid agent based-system dynamics (ABSD) simulation.
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