Methods of Modelling People using Discrete-event Simulation

Andrew Greasley


Discrete-event simulation (DES) is a developed technology used to model manufacturing and service systems. However, although the importance of modelling people in a DES has been recognised, there is little guidance on how this can be achieved in practice. The results from a literature review were used in order to identify examples of the use of DES to model people. Each article was examined in order to determine the method used to model people within the simulation study. It was found that there are no common methods but a diverse range of approaches used to model human behaviour in DES. This paper provides an outline of the approaches used to model people in terms of their decision making, availability for work, task performance and arrival rate. The outcome brings together the current knowledge in this area and will be of interest to researchers considering developing a methodology for modelling people in DES and to practitioners engaged with a simulation project involving the modelling of people’s behaviour.


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Greasley A. (2016). Methods of Modelling People using Discrete-event Simulation . In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications - Volume 1: SIMULTECH, ISBN 978-989-758-199-1, pages 312-317. DOI: 10.5220/0006005803120317

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author={Andrew Greasley},
title={Methods of Modelling People using Discrete-event Simulation},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications - Volume 1: SIMULTECH,},

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JO - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications - Volume 1: SIMULTECH,
TI - Methods of Modelling People using Discrete-event Simulation
SN - 978-989-758-199-1
AU - Greasley A.
PY - 2016
SP - 312
EP - 317
DO - 10.5220/0006005803120317