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Contextual Activation For Agent-Based Simulation


Fabien Badeig, Flavien Balbo, Suzanne Pinson

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ECMS 2007 Proceedings

Edited by: Ivan Zelinka, Zuzana Oplatkova, Alessandra Orsoni


ISBN: 978-0-9553018-2-7

Doi: 10.7148/2007


21st European Conference on Modelling and Simulation,

Prague, June 4-6, 2007


Citation format:

Badeig, F., Balbo, F., & Pinson, S. (2007). Contextual Activation For Agent-Based Simulation. ECMS 2007 Proceedings edited by: I. Zelinka, Z. Oplatkova, A. Orsoni (pp. 128-133). European Council for Modeling and Simulation. doi:10.7148/2007-0128.



When   designing agent-based   simulation, the choice of a coordination model is a key issue, since one of the difficulties is to link the activation of the agents with their context efficiently. Current solutions sepa- rate the activation phase from the action phase of the agents, and each action phase is based on local agent context analysis which is time-expensive. Moreover, be- cause the link between the context and the action is an internal part of the agent, it is more difficult to modify the way the agent reacts to the context without altering the way the agent is implemented. Our proposal, called EASS (Environment as Active Support for Simulation), is a new approach for agent activation, where the con- text is analysed inside the environment and conditions the activation of the agents. The main result of contex- tual activation is to simplify the achievement of complex simulations and to decrease run-time. The EASS model has been implemented within the kernel of MadKit, a multi-agent platform, and the first results are given.

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