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Discrete-event simulation is dead, long live agent-based simulation!

Siebers, Peer-Olaf; Macal, Charles M; Garnett, Jeremy; Buxton, David; Pidd, Mike


Charles M Macal

Jeremy Garnett

David Buxton

Mike Pidd


There has been much discussion about why agent-based simulation (ABS) is not as widely used as discrete-event simulation in Operational Research (OR) as it is in neighbouring disciplines such as Computer Science, the Social Sciences or Economics. To consider this issue, a plenary panel was organised at the UK Operational Research Society’s Simulation Workshop 2010 (SW10). This paper captures the discussion that took place and addresses the key questions and opportunities regarding ABS that will face the OR community in the future.


SIEBERS, P., Macal, C. M., Garnett, J., Buxton, D., & Pidd, M. (2010). Discrete-event simulation is dead, long live agent-based simulation!. Journal of Simulation, 4(3), 204-210

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 23, 2010
Publication Date Sep 2, 2010
Deposit Date Jan 5, 2019
Print ISSN 1747-7778
Electronic ISSN 1747-7786
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 3
Pages 204-210
Keywords discrete-event simulation; agent-based simulation; panel discussion; the future
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