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Title: Ontology engineering for simulation component reuse
Authors: Bell, D
Mustafee, N
de Cesare, S
Lycett, M
Taylor, SJE
Fishwick, PA
Keywords: Simulation components;Ontology;Model integration
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: IGI Global
Citation: International Journal of Enterprise Information Systems, 4(4): 47-61
Abstract: Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) simulation packages (CSPs) are widely used in industry, although they have yet to operate across organizational boundaries. Reuse across organizations is restricted by the same semantic issues that restrict the inter-organizational use of web services. The current representations of web components are predominantly syntactic in nature lacking the fundamental semantic underpinning required to support discovery on the emerging semantic web. Semantic models, in the form of ontology, utilized by web service discovery and deployment architectures provide one approach to support simulation model reuse. Semantic interoperation is achieved through the use of simulation component ontologies to identify required components at varying levels of granularity (including both abstract and specialized components). Selected simulation components are loaded into a CSP, modified according to the requirements of the new model and executed. The paper presents the development of an ontology, connector software and web service discovery architecture. The ontology is extracted from simulation scenarios involving airport, restaurant and kitchen service suppliers. The ontology engineering framework and discovery architecture provide a novel approach to inter-organizational simulation, adopting a less intrusive interface between participants. Although specific to CSPs the work has wider implications for the simulation community.
ISSN: 1548-1115
Appears in Collections:Computer Science
Dept of Computer Science Research Papers

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