194.076 Modeling and Simulation
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC
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  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • LectureTube course
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to independently perform a typical, simplified modelling and simulation experiment for a given research problem. This goal implies:

  • Students understand the principals of modelling and simulation and are able to describe the involved standard-process.
  • Students are able to distinguish and classify different modelling methods and are able to name their typical fields of application.
  • Students are able to apply the modelling methods explained in the lecture to abstract given real systems and, furthermore, develop and analyse conceptional models.
  • Students are able to implement conceptional models in certain simulators and are able to perform simulations with them.

Subject of course

The lecture gives a broad introduction to modeling and simulation studies sketching all steps from formulation of the research question, system-abstraction, conceptional modeling, implementation, until experiment design, experiment execution and result interpretation.

Core part of this lecture is a broad overview over different modelling methods. We will focus on: system dynamics, difference-equations, discrete-event simulation, cellular automata and agent-based modelling. With respect to implementation we will take a close look on the simulator Anylogic. Yet, we will also explain how standard programming languages like MATLAB and Python are used to implement simulation models.

In WS2021 we will lay an additional focus on Modeling and Simulation of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in which we will present selected topics concerning the successful decision support of TU Wien for Austrias policy makers in the course of disease containment.

Teaching methods

  • Online lectures with regular discussion
  • Presentation of case studies
  • Hands-on programming
  • Supervised project work in teams

Mode of examination


Additional information

In WS2021, the course is fully held online via ZOOM.

Link for Preliminary https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/92831996829?pwd=OXozYTh2K3U2a0xOZE9IdlNiM2t3Zz09

Further links to lectures will become available on the TUWEL page of the lecture thereafter.

The preliminary discussion on the VU will take place on Thursday, 07.10.2021, 14:00-15:00 c.t. ct followed by an introductory lecture 15:00-16:00. Thereafter, the lecture will always take place on Thursday at the same time.

We expect the following expenditure of time:

  0.5h   Preliminary
18.5h   VU units (11 x 1.5h, 2 x 1.0h)
  0.5h   Project release
35.0h   Project work including meetings with your supervisor
15.0h   Preparation test
  1.0h   Test
  3.0h   Preparation for project presentation
  1.5h   Project presentation
75.0h  = 3 ECTS

Apart from units related with the project work and test, there is no compulsory attendance in the lecture. Yet, we ask you to comply with the LVA registration period.

The lecture will be administered in TUWEL.



Course dates

Thu14:00 - 16:0007.10.2021 https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/92831996829?pwd=OXozYTh2K3U2a0xOZE9IdlNiM2t3Zz09 (LIVE)Preliminary discussion Modeling & Simulation + first lecture
Thu14:00 - 16:0014.10.2021 - 27.01.2022 194.076: VU Modeling and Simulation
Modeling and Simulation - Single appointments
Thu07.10.202114:00 - 16:00 https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/92831996829?pwd=OXozYTh2K3U2a0xOZE9IdlNiM2t3Zz09Preliminary discussion Modeling & Simulation + first lecture
Thu14.10.202114:00 - 16:00 194.076: VU Modeling and Simulation
Thu21.10.202114:00 - 16:00 194.076: VU Modeling and Simulation
Thu28.10.202114:00 - 16:00 194.076: VU Modeling and Simulation
Thu04.11.202114:00 - 16:00 194.076: VU Modeling and Simulation
Thu11.11.202114:00 - 16:00 194.076: VU Modeling and Simulation
Thu18.11.202114:00 - 16:00 194.076: VU Modeling and Simulation
Thu25.11.202114:00 - 16:00 194.076: VU Modeling and Simulation
Thu02.12.202114:00 - 16:00 194.076: VU Modeling and Simulation
Thu09.12.202114:00 - 16:00 194.076: VU Modeling and Simulation
Thu16.12.202114:00 - 16:00 194.076: VU Modeling and Simulation
Thu13.01.202214:00 - 16:00 194.076: VU Modeling and Simulation
Thu20.01.202214:00 - 16:00 194.076: VU Modeling and Simulation
Thu27.01.202214:00 - 16:00 194.076: VU Modeling and Simulation

Examination modalities

Grades are given according to the student's performance in

  • a lecture test (theoretical knowledge), and
  • a supervised project work in teams and final presentation of the work (practical knowledge).


Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
29.07.2021 00:00 29.10.2021 00:59 29.10.2021 00:59



No lecture notes are available.

Previous knowledge

A basic university-level mathematics training is recommended.

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