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Bruzzone A.G.,University of Genoa | Massei M.,University of Genoa | Poggi S.,MAST Srl | Ferrando A.,MAST Srl
Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing | Year: 2015

Goal of the present paper is providing support to operations planning and management in complex scenarios. The authors are mainly focused on South Asia region, which is subject of experimental analysis by running an Intelligent Agents driven HLA Federation. Simulation of investments and operations over an asymmetric mission environment with several parties, insurgents, terrorists and dynamic social framework is the aim. The scenario has various degrees of freedom and M&S enables evaluation of human behavior evolution and socio-psychological aspects. The presented models include Computer Generated Forces (CGF) driven by Intelligent Agents (IAs) that represents not only units on the battlefield, but also people and interest groups (i.e. Middle Class, Nomads, Clans). The study is focused on Civil Military Co-operations (CIMIC) and Psychological Operations (PSYOPs). The simulation is based on specific architecture that involves various federates playing different roles. Verification, Validation and Accreditation (VV&A) has been applied along the whole life cycle of the research, in order to determine the correctness and effectiveness of the results. The paper proposes experimental results obtained during the dynamic test of the federations. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.


Bruzzone A.,University of Genoa | Fadda P.,University of Cagliari | Fancello G.,University of Cagliari | Massei M.,University of Genoa | And 3 more authors.
Simulation | Year: 2011

This paper focuses on the development of a new generation of interoperable simulators of micro activities in a logistics node; the proposed example focuses on a real-time full-scope virtual simulator of port activities able to simulate the activities of the whole port by having ships, cranes, trucks and containers interoperating in a federation. The technologies adopted in terms of architecture and installation were very effective in creating a mobile laboratory open to further extension by online interoperation with other simulators and with biomedical devices for assessing human capabilities within this framework. This approach allows us to face the existing challenges in extending the capabilities of a logistics node over their current capabilities limited by technological and human factors. © The Author(s) 2011.


Massei M.,University of Genoa | Poggi S.,MAST Srl | Tremori A.,University of Genoa | Ferrando A.,Simulation Team
International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling | Year: 2014

Innovative simulation models are proposed for supporting operational planning related to civil military cooperation (CIMIC) and psychological operations (PSYOPs) within complex scenarios. The paper describes these models as well as the experimentation in situations involving crisis and conflicts (i.e., Afghanistan); these models are based on the intelligent agent computer generated forces (IA-CGF) developed by simulation team and they have been extensively used in CIMIC and planning research in complex operational realistic network (CAPRICORN) project, an initiative led by University of Genoa for European Defense Agency (EDA). The proposed models take care both of logistics and operational issues as well as of the effects on the people and interest groups; indeed the paper proposes the simulator developed to demonstrate these capabilities that include the communications among the stakeholders, the population models as well as the effects of human factors including social and cultural aspects. The paper includes experimental results based on this simulator devoted to validate and test the models in strong cooperation with final users and subject matter experts (SME); the proposed experimentation is based on design of experiment techniques including mean square pure error (MSpE) and sensitivity analysis. Copyright © 2014 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.


Massei M.,University of Genoa | Poggi S.,Simulation Team | Agresta M.,Simulation Team | Ferrando A.,MAST srl
Journal of Computational Science | Year: 2014

The paper presents the potential of using interoperable agent driven simulation to support development planning; indeed the use of simulation represents a strong benefit to improve planning of infrastructures and plants devoted to disaster relief, civil protection and/or support to country development; the paper describes models used to face these challenges and last updates in population modeling for these applications. The proposed models include population characteristics, need as well as their social networks. In humanitarian support operations and country reconstruction there is a huge potential to use simulators; the paper describes how these models should be designed to support training as well operational planning. The models should be able to consider the impacts of contingencies as well as to guarantee the quick responsiveness requirements for humanitarian crisis management. The authors propose a simulator to be shared and used among Armed Forces and Civil Agencies for addressing Crisis Management, Humanitarian Missions, Country Reconstruction and Development considering joint operations (i.e. Civil Military Cooperation); indeed the paper outlines the importance of training people devoted to guarantee interoperability among civil organization and military units in this sector. The paper describes the models based on interoperable simulation as well as the agents driving the entities during the simulation to create quickly complex scenarios able to consider the impact on population and communities of the different actions by including human behavioral models. The proposed approach guarantees interoperability among different simulators within an HLA (High Level Architecture) federation in order to recreate crisis scenarios combining detailed simulation of multiple factors. The proposed approach is verified and validated by proposing an experimental analysis where it is evaluated a set of construction projects (i.e. digging wells) in a stabilization area and their effectiveness both in terms of direct result (i.e. water availability) as well as of population consensus and disaster relief (i.e. stress mitigation, trustiness respect supporting players). © 2014.


Bruzzone A.G.,University of Genoa | Massei M.,University of Genoa | Tremori A.,University of Genoa | Poggi S.,MAST Srl | And 2 more authors.
International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling | Year: 2014

This paper describes ongoing researches and preliminary results obtained about the potential of serious games for identification, development and education of specific soft skills. These characteristics correspond to the capability to catch at glance a solid understanding of the details in a scenario or the identification of missing elements in a set of information. This paper proposes an interdisciplinary research where expertise in modelling and simulation and serious gaming are mixed with skills in education and decision-making development. The authors' goal is to develop a methodology and a set of games that could support decision makers to develop intuition and the capability to think and understand out of personal frameworks (Baisini et al., 2010, 2011). Preliminary experimentations are proposed by using an existing serious game 'Sibilla'. The results are also useful to direct the research where to focus the efforts for developing ad hoc games for this very specific purpose. © 2014 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.


Bruzzone A.,University of Genoa | Bocca E.,MAST Srl
International Journal of Modeling, Simulation, and Scientific Computing | Year: 2012

The research proposes a simulation model combined with smart optimizer based on Artificial Intelligence techniques, in order to support service and maintenance of pools within Complex Systems, such as power plants or vessel/aircraft fleet. The authors propose an innovative methodology allowing the evaluation and the optimization of service and maintenance policies in order to improve inventory management and scheduling operations within complex systems. This methodology is based on the development of a simulator combined with an intelligent optimizer. The authors proposed a new metrics to evaluate the real performance of pool service management of the whole complex system and support the optimization processes. © 2012 World Scientific Publishing Company.


Bruzzone A.G.,University of Genoa | Massei M.,University of Genoa | Bartolucci C.,MAST srl | D'Agostino L.C.,MAST srl
SIMULTECH 2013 - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications | Year: 2013

This research aims to support operations planning and management in complex scenarios where population and interest groups are critical elements; in particular the paper propose experimental analysis carried out on a complex South Asia scenario by running an HLA Federation driven by Intelligent Agents; the context is allows to simulate investments and operations over a an asymmetric mission environment with insurgents, terrorists, different parties and articulated social frameworks. The proposed scenario is characterized by various degrees of freedom and it needs to be modelled and simulated in order to evaluate the evolution of human behaviour and socio-psychological aspects. The authors have developed special models in which Computer Generated Forces (CGF) are driven by Intelligent Agents (IAs) that represents not only units on the battlefield, but also people and interest groups (i.e. Middle Class, Nomads, Clans); the study is focused on Civil Military Co-operations (CIMIC) and Psychological Operations (PSYOPs); while the simulation has been developed using an architecture that involves various federates in different roles. Along the entire life cycle of the research processes of Verification, Validation and Accreditation have been applied in order to determine the correctness and effectiveness of the results and the paper proposes experimental results obtained during the dynamic test of the federations.


The present invention relates to a structural plate component for modular staircase sides having at least two main substantially flat surfaces (2) extending parallel to each other and delimiting at least two holes or slots (3a, 3b, 3c, 3d, FP, 10, 15, 16, 39, 69, 70, 74a, 74b, 74c, 74d) therein, the structural plate component comprising at least one pre-oriented engagement means including at least one tooth or recess (5, 11, 17, 40, 71, 75) provided at at least one main surface (2) and at at least one hole or slot (3b, 3d, 10, 15,39).

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