Paul A. Fishwick

SCS Distinguished Lecturer

Paul A. Fishwick
Computer and Information Science and Engineering
University of Florida,
Gainesville, FL 32611, USA



Paul A. Fishwick is Professor of Computer and Information Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. He received the BS in Mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University, MS in Applied Science from the College of William and Mary, and PhD in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1986. He also has six years of industrial/government production and research experience working at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. (doing CAD/CAM parts definition research) and at NASA Langley Research Center (studying engineering data base models for structural engineering). His research interests are in computer simulation modeling and analysis methods for complex systems. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and a Fellow of the Society for Computer Simulation. He is also a member of the IEEE Society for Systems, Man and Cybernetics, ACM and AAAI. Dr. Fish wick founded the comp. simulation Internet news group (Simulation Digest) in 1987, which has served numerous subscribers. He has chaired several workshops and conferences in the area of computer simulation, including serving as General Chair of the 2000 Winter Simulation Conference. He was chairman of the IEEE Computer Society technical committee on simulation (TCSIM) for two years (1988-1990) and he is on the editorial boards of several journals including the ACM Transactions on Modeling and Computer Simulation, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, The Transactions of the Society for Computer Simulation}, International Journal of Computer Simulation, and the Journal of Systems Engineering. He has delivered 12 International Keynote addresses at major conferences relating to simulation. He has published over 180 technical publications, written one textbook, co-edited two Springer Verlag volumes in simulation, and published ten book chapters. He recently finished a book for MIT Press on Aesthetic Computing, which will be published in April 2006, and he is Editor of the CRC Handbook for Dynamic Systems Modeling, to be published in 2007.

Lecture Topics

The Nature of Model Representation for Simulation

Modeling is a core activity for most forms of scientific analysis. Where sufficient data are available, models can be hypothesized. However, no decision procedure exists to output one model for a domain problem since there are literally hundreds of types of models along with varieties for each one. We discuss the nature of modeling from the perspective of language (syntax, syntax, and pragmatics) as a holistic way to understand the complex relationship between models of different types, and to better understand human-model integration.

Teaching Simulation with Creativity and SimPack

 It is a real challenge to get students interested in modeling and simulation without the appropriate tools. One of the ways that we have found to improve motivation and creativity is to provide an environment that allows students to explore their own model representations and behaviors, allowing for full 2D, 3D, and aural feedback. We describe an open source package (SimPack) that has been used  over the past three years to teach fundamental concepts in model design and simulation execution. Students come away from the class, learning the concepts while creating multimedia presentations.