Simulation saves 50% of car crash test costs

The Detroit News reports that a crash test simulation package developed by Key Safety Systems will save car manufacturers some of the costs associated with mandatory crash test programmes. The goal is to be able to control as many variables as possible, resulting in a fewer number of trials needed to predict the performance of…

Simulation of diabetes

An article in Diabetes care (Feb 2005) by Adrian Bagust and Philip McEwan sets out the practical value of modelling diabetes and its complications, which “encompasses probably the widest range of serious co-morbid interacting conditions of any chronic disease.” Sensibly the authors say that “Despite powerful computers and sophisticated software, no model generates new data–it…

Invasion of Japan simulated. (Why?)

According to a Japanese newspaper report the Japanese government is rehearsing measures to protect civilians against “missile strikes; bombing raids; assaults by guerrillas or special units; and full-scale invasions.” Local government authorities are now planning for and simulating these events. The article mentions two Prefectures (Tottori and Fukui) which are conducting simulation exercises involving the…

Business Simulation: what it can and cant do.

Theres an excellent essay by Bill Rosser on business uses of simulation and comments on it, both from Gartner Inc. Rosser says that business simulation is about to catch on: “We are on the brink of major change…. developments that enable much-easier human comprehension and a demand for superior performance… A substantial number of vendors…

“The wrong voting system”, says a simulation

The IHT reports that the wrong voting system was chosen in Iraq, according to an unexplained voting simulation. The single non-transferable vote system was apparently recommended by UN officials because it is easy to administer, but alas it virtually guarantees the formation of an unrepresentative parliament.” The article refers to a voting simulation which apparently…

JASSS: paper on the truth of simulation

An interesting paper on The Human Science of Simulation: a Robust Hermeneutics for Artificial Societies, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation vol. 8, no. 1 by Michael Drennan examines the extent to which “the inability to verify simulation behavior limits the veracity of our claims to the theories and assumptions underlying the design of…

Blogging is good for you!

Noting to do with simualtion, but see this link for the views of two doctors (specialists in neuroscience) on why blogging helps to develop the brain.