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COMSATS University Islamabad Researchers Provide New Data on Social Science (Towards Agent-Based Model Specification of Smart Grid: A Cognitive Agent-Based Computing Approach)

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2019 NOV 06 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at NewsRx Science Daily -- Data detailed on social science have been presented. According to news originating from Islamabad, Pakistan, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, “A smart grid can be considered as a complex network where each node represents a generation unit or a consumer, whereas links can be used to represent transmission lines. One way to study complex systems is by using the agent-based modeling paradigm.”

The news editors obtained a quote from the research from COMSATS University Islamabad: “The agent-based modeling is a way of representing a complex system of autonomous agents interacting with each other. Previously, a number of studies have been presented in the smart grid domain making use of the agent-based modeling paradigm. However, to the best of our knowledge, none of these studies have focused on the specification aspect of the model. The model specification is important not only for understanding but also for replication of the model. To fill this gap, this study focuses on specification methods for smart grid modeling. We adopt two specification methods named as Overview, design concept, and details and Descriptive agent-based modeling. By using specification methods, we provide tutorials and guidelines for model developing of smart grid starting from conceptual modeling to validated agent-based model through simulation. The specification study is exemplified through a case study from the smart grid domain. In the case study, we consider a large set of network, in which different consumers and power generation units are connected with each other through different configuration. In such a network, communication takes place between consumers and generating units for energy transmission and data routing. We demonstrate how to effectively model a complex system such as a smart grid using specification methods.”

According to the news editors, the research concluded: “We analyze these two specification approaches qualitatively as well as quantitatively. Extensive experiments demonstrate that Descriptive agent-based modeling is a more useful approach as compared with Overview, design concept, and details method for modeling as well as for replication of models for the smart grid.”

For more information on this research see: Towards Agent-Based Model Specification of Smart Grid: A Cognitive Agent-Based Computing Approach. Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems, 2019,17(3-B):546-585. (Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems - The publisher for Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems is Croatian Interdisciplinary Society.

A free version of this journal article is available at

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting Waseem Akram, COMSATS University Islamabad, Computer Science Department, Islamabad, Pakistan. Additional authors for this research include Muaz Niazi, Laszlo Barna Iantovics, Athanasios V. Vasilakos.


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