Presentation of Simulation Centers
Simulation in Magdeburg
Simulation News Europe 1997
Simulation in Magdeburg has a historical background which goes back to the 60ies.
The first analogue computer was installed in the late 60ies and used for continuous
modeling and simulation (R. Hohmann).
An electro-mechanical simulator for material flow systems was installed
in the early 70ies (D. Ziems) and the first lecture on discrete event simulation using was held
at that time, too (P. Lorenz).
Simulation tools and applications have been subject of diploma theses since the 70ies and of Ph.D. theses since the 80ies. Subject of research and development have been a FORTRAN based GPSS simulator SIMFOR (R. Knocke), and a continuous system simulator SIM-SKR (R.Hohmann) for minicomputers, a Pascal based simulator SIMPC for PCs (Th. Schulze), simulation of DBMS (A. Winkler and V. Toleva), interaction with simulators (F. Preuss), decision table techniques for modeling control strategies (H. Herper), real time applications (R. Koeppe) and simulation environments (V. Hinz).
A Students' Simulation Lab founded in 1985 has been involved in a series of practical simulation and animation projects and services, most of them in manufacturing and warehouse systems simulation.
In 1990 the Institut für Simulation und Graphik on the Fakultät für Informatik was established, which is indication of a strong interest in all fields of combining simulation, computer graphics and image processing.
In 1992 the Fraunhofer IFF was founded. Its Department for Planning and Logistics uses simulation and VR methods for optimization of production and service processes (E. Blümel).
Since 1990, the ISG offers a special curriculum "Simulation and Graphics" for
Computer Science students, which includes five courses in simulation and one course in animation.
In the courses the students are introduced to discrete and continuous simulation and simulators,
mathematical and methodical foundations of simulation,
simulator architecture and construction and to simulator applications.
Research Projects and Fields of Interest