Auburn Simulation Lab accepts grant from Department of Defense, continues international collaboration

Published: Apr 3, 2015 9:00:00 AM
Media Contact: Morgan Stashick,, 334-844-3591

An international research team working within the Auburn Simulation Lab has accepted a three-year grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) to further develop advanced model-driven simulation experiment management and optimization methods.

The research team, which formed in 2013 after accepting a similar grant from the DoD, consists of faculty members and graduate students from Auburn University and Middle East Technical University (METU), the top ranking university in Turkey. The team is led by Levent Yilmaz, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Alice Smith, W. Allen and Martha Reed professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Halit Oğuztüzün, associate professor from the Department of Computer Engineering at METU.

“Our objective is to develop a software system and computational science and engineering tool suite to design, translate, execute, analyze and adapt simulation experiments, as well as provide reliable and flexible system optimization,” Yilmaz said. “The premise of the project is based on the observation that goal-directed reproducible experimentation with simulation models and practical, but rigorous, optimization are currently significant challenges.”

The challenges facing simulation studies often cause incomplete or flawed analysis and wasted human and computer effort. Yilmaz says the team will use the design of experiments methodology to develop a domain-specific experiment management language to define families of simulation experiments, which include system understanding and comparison, variable screening and optimization.

Contributed by Valerie Cashin