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Modeling and Simulation Textbook by ODU Researchers to be Translated into Korean

The reach of Old Dominion University's modeling and simulation expertise extends around the world.

The Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, a think tank based in Seoul, South Korea, has requested that the textbook "Principles of Modeling and Simulation - A Multidisciplinary Approach," written by ODU faculty members John Sokolowski and Catherine Banks, be translated into Korean.

The textbook, the first of its kind to take a modern look at the field of modeling and simulation and explain it in a form that non-scientists and non-engineers can understand, was published early in 2009.

"Modeling and simulation, from a user perspective, is a valuable tool that provides a capability to explore problems and test solutions before implementing them in the real world," said Sokolowski, director of research and acting director of ODU's Virginia Modeling, Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC).

"Prior to M&S coming to the forefront this capability did not exist. It is starting to become as ubiquitous as mathematics from a universal application standpoint. This translation is clearly evidence of that."

There have been technical books written about the emerging field, which involves the creation of computer simulations and models to test experimental concepts without constructing expensive prototypes. But Sokolowski said this book is different because it offers a multidisciplinary perspective.

The idea for the textbook came from Sokolowski and Banks' belief that non-science and non-engineering students should be introduced to the modeling and simulation field, because it has proven to be a useful tool across many disciplines.

The translation request "indicates that ODU and VMASC are at the forefront of providing both educational materials and research products," Sokolowski said.

The book gathers expertise from several ODU researchers, along with experts from the U.S. Marine Corps, Texas A&M University, the University of Florida, the University of Virginia, the University of Alabama-Huntsville and the University of Ottawa.

To students, the book offers a concise look at the key concepts that comprise the field of modeling and simulation.

For instructors, it covers a lot of ground on the creation of the discipline, how models and simulations are used to solve problems, real-world examples, human interaction with modeling and simulation, and the future of the discipline.

The authors envision the textbook being used in both undergraduate and graduate programs, in fields from computer science to medicine.

This article was posted on: January 8, 2010

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