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Title: Building Virtual Cities: Computational Aspects of Modeling Large Societal Infrastructure Systems
Dr. Madhav Marathe, Dept. of Computer Science and Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory Virginia Bio-Informatics Institute Virginia Tech
Date & Time: February 21, 2008 11:30
Venue: Conference Room, ā€˜Cā€™ Block, 01st floor, Kanwal Rekhi Building
Abstract:

Socio-technical and information systems consist of a large number of interacting physical, technological, and human/societal components. Examples of such systems are urban regional transportation systems, national electrical power markets and grids, the Internet, ad-hoc communication and computing systems, public health, etc. All the above systems share an important common feature: these systems are networked. i.e. individual agents/components interact only with a specified set of components. Computer simulation aided decision support tools provide a compelling and practical approach for studying such systems.

Over the last 15 years, our group has established a theory based program for modeling, simulation and associated decision support tools for understanding such large socio-technical systems. The work is embodied in a highly scalable service-oriented modeling environment called Simfrastructure.

After a brief overview, I will describe the Simfrastructure within the context of a specific application: development of modeling and decision support environments to study public health planning related to epidemics of infectious diseases.
Speaker Profile:
Madhav V. Marathe is the Deputy Director of the Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory and a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Virginia Bio-Informatics Institute at Virgina Tech. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, he was the team leader in the Basic and Applied Simulation Science group, Computer and Computational Sciences at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He obtained his B.Tech in CS&E from IIT Chennai in 1989 and a Ph.D. in CS in 1994 from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany.
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