Reflective simulation of logistic and production systems

Eugene Kindler and Ivan Krivý
Ostrava University Faculty of Sciences
CZ 701 03 Ostrava, Dvorakova 7, Czech Republic

Alain Tanguy
LIMOS CNRS UMR 6158, Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand
Complexe scientifique des Cézeaux, F 63177 Aubière, France


Object-oriented Programming, Production Systems, Nesting Computer Models, Automatic Programming, Logistics


Simulation of anticipatory production/logistic systems is a fundamental step in acquiring information necessary for decision support concerning such systems, but it is not practiced because of programming obstacles. The authors have developed a software that translates a knowledge base on a certain class of systems into that on similar systems containing simulating computers. The software is programmed in SIMULA and translates knowledge bases written and debugged in SIMULA into those written in SIMULA for reflective simulation.


Eugene Kindler studied mathematics at Charles University in Prague where he got a PhDr (doctor of philosophy) degree in logic and a RNDr (doctor of sciences) degree in mathematics. He worked as research specialist with Research Institute of Mathematical Machines in Prague (1958-66), and then as scientific specialist with Biophysical Institute at the Faculty of General Medicine of Charles university (1966-73) and with Faculty of Mathematics and Physics (1974-2000) of the same University. He was visiting professor with the university at Pisa (Italy), at Morgantown (West Virginia) and at Clermont-Ferrand (France) and foreign lector of Humboldt university (Berlin). Czechoslovak Academy of Science gave him a degree CSc (Candidate of sciences) in physics and mathematics. Nowadays he is associate professsor at a new University of Ostrava in Czech Republic. He is a member of Liophant Simulation Club and since 1993 he has been a senior member of The Society for Computer Simulation. E. Kindler was the author of the first Czechoslovak Algol compiler and of the first Czechoslovak digital simulation system. Since 1967, his main interests have been oriented to simulation, the object-oriented programming and to applications in industry, life sciences and transportation.

After having finished his study at the Czech Technical University in Prague, Ivan Krivý worked for 13 years at the Nuclear Research Institute (1962-1975) and later (1975-1977) he worked at the Computer Art Establishment as a system programmer. In 1974 he graduated at the Charles University and in 1975 he obtained the degree Ph.D. in solid state physics. Since 1977 he has been teaching courses in programming, probability theory and statistics at the Pedagogical Faculty at Ostrava. After the University of Ostrava having been established in 1991, he entered the Mathematics Department of the Faculty of Science and now he works as the head of the Computer Science Department. He is Assoc. Prof. in both applied mathematics and solid state physics. Since 1992 his research activities have been oriented to dynamic modeling and computer simulation (e.g. local epidemics, population dynamics) as well as to stochastic algorithms and their use in the global optimization. I. K?ivý is a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the Association of Simula Users, and the International Association for Statistical Computing. He is author of about 140 publications including 3 monographs. Stays abroad: Silesian University of Katowice (1991), Portsmouth Polytechnic (1991), University of Wroclaw (1995), Universidad de Cordoba (1996, 2000), and Luleå University of Technology (1999).

Alain Tanguy studied mathematics and computer sciences at the French University Blaise Pascal of Clermont-Ferrand. He received a DEA in real world modelling and a Ph.D. in modelling and simulation of manufacturing systems. He has taught as assistant professor at the CUST engineering high school and presently at ISIMA as MCF (Master of Conferences). Since his graduation he works as researcher at the University laboratory LIMOS (CNRS UMR 6158). His main research interests include object-oriented modelling with process-oriented approach and evaluation using mathematical methods and discrete event simulation of systems providing a service, such as manufacturing or transportation systems. He is a member of BERMUDES and MMS (Multi Modelling and Simulation) work groups. Since 1995 he has been chairman of the Association of Simula Users.

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