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Complex Systems Simulation as a Scientific Instrument

Complex Systems Simulation as a Scientific Instrument
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Presenter(s) Prof. Susan Stepney, Dept. of Computer Science, University of York
Seminar type Open Seminar Series
Location SEERC Conference room - Strategakis Bld.
Date and time 17/02/2012, 10:00 - 11:00
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Computer-based simulation is a key tool in many fields of scientific research. In silico experiments can be used to explore and understand complex processes, to guide and complement in vitro and in vivo experiments, to suggest new hypotheses to investigate, and to predict results where experiments are infeasible. Simulation is an attractive, accessible tool - producing new simulations of simple systems is relatively easy - but it is also a dangerous one - simulations are often complex, buggy, and difficult to relate to the real-world system.

In this talk, Dr Susan Stepney, Professor of Computer Science at the University of York, will describe the CoSMoS approach to engineering trustworthy simulations: simulations that are both scientifically useful to the researcher, and scientifically credible to third parties. The approach emphasises two key aspects: the use of models to capture the scientific domain and the simulation platform; and the close co-working of scientific domain experts and simulation software engineers. The approach is generic: it does not mandate a particular modelling technique, or particular implementation language. What it does mandate is the careful and structured use of models and arguments, to ensure that the simulation both is well-engineered, and seen to be well-engineered.

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