Ottawa Student Chapter of the SCS (Society for Modeling and Simulation)

SCS Student Chapter Seminars

Systems with Understanding Ability: Toward Advanced Agents


Dr. Tuncer Ören

School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE)
Faculty of Engineering  

When? Wednesday, September 13th 2006, 5:00 pm
Where? Room 4359, Mackenzie Engineering Building, Carleton University.


Use of agents in several types of applications of modeling and simulation is maturing. However, among some of the remaining challenges is the specification and realization of agents with understanding ability.  
After clarification of several aspects of the concept of “understanding,” anatomy of systems with understanding abilities will be presented. This will be followed by a systematic presentation of about 40 types of understanding. The desirability of multivision understanding as well as its essence will be clarified and performance factors of systems with understanding abilities will be discussed.


Dr. Tuncer I. Ören is a professor emeritus of computer science at the School of Information Technology and Engineering of the University of Ottawa. His current research interests include (1) agent-directed simulation, (2) cognitive simulation (including fuzzy agents with dynamic personality for human behavior simulation), (3) multimodeling, (4) multisimulation (to allow simultaneous simulation of several aspects of a system), (5) M&SBOK (Modeling and Simulation Body of Knowledge) that he is formulating under the aegis of the NTSA (National Training and Simulation Association), (6) development of a multilingual M&S dictionary, (7) reliability issues in M&S, and (8) ethics for M&S professionals. Publications: over 340 (In 2006, three books and over 12 articles). Contributions in over 340 conferences and seminars held in nearly 30 countries. (In 2005, 10 invited talks in four countries.) Currently he is a member of the Board of Directors, AVP on Ethics, AVP for Student Chapters, a distinguished lecturer, Director of the M&SNet (McLeod Network of Modeling and Simulation), and members of Awards and Nominating Committees of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS). Honors: A Canadian computing pioneer; fellowships, scholarships, or sponsorships from 11 countries, as well as from NATO and United Nations. Over 20 Who's Who citations. Awards: "Information Age Award" from the Turkish Ministry of Culture, SCS Distinguished Service Award, and plaques and certificates of appreciation from organizations including ACM, AECL, AFCEA, and NATO.


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