Exploring the Reusability of Discrete-Event Simulation Models: Analyzing Feasibility and Alternative Solutions

Seminar Date: 
Seminar Time: 
11am - 12pm
Seminar Location: 
5607 Baum Boulevard, Room 407A
Karma L. Edwards
Presenter's Institution: 
Department of Biomedical Informatics Training Program, University of Pittsburgh

Abstract: This DBMI Colloquium presentation explores the potential challenges, surprises and practicalities involved in the consideration of possible reuse of 4 existing discrete-event simulation models designed to compare internal patient queueing methods in a Veterans Administration Health System specialty cardiac clinic.  Conducting an analysis of feasibility and alternative solutions to simulation model reuse optimally involves the investigative work of a team of experts possessing broad skill sets in order to gain familiarity with model parameters and construction, identify difficulties in the validation of development methods and model inputs, and, justify the time and cost of modifying existing models to new applications.  Application of project management techniques, comprehension of the intricacies inherent in simulation modeling, programming and scripting language, ability to design appropriate statistical experiments, and, the capacity to conduct literature research and communicate findings in the form of technical reports and presentations are all required competencies to be covered