Automation in Experimentation with Constructive Simulation
Today constructive simulations are used mainly to support training and education subdomain from the modelling and simulation applications portfolio as defined in the NATO Modelling and Simulation (M&S) Master Plan. Other M&S application areas, namely Support to Operations, Capability Development, Mission Rehearsal and Procurement can benefit from already implemented constructive simulations. The recommended approach is to use constructive simulation to design, execute and analyze an experiment to get insights in problems being solved in the previously mentioned M&S application areas. The first part of the article descripts the value of experimentation for the military and explains fidelity, cost and automation factors in Live, Virtual and Constructive simulation if used for experimentation purposes. Further basic building blocks of an experiment with constructive simulation are described. Starting from the scenario development block up to the analytical and customized visualization block to better fit a need of the customer of the experiment results. The second part describes the current architecture of constructive simulation and its challenges when trying to cover all the building blocks of an experiment. The common denominator of all challenges is automation. Therefore the role of human being and automata will be discussed in the context of an experiment. The last part covers the Test Case when the constructive simulation, MASA Sword, is used to demonstrate current state of the art and limitation of automation in the experimentation field.
KeywordsAutomation Constructive simulation Experiment
This work is sponsored by the Czech MoD project called STRATAL (2016-2020).
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