Integrated simulation and optimization in heuristiclab

Andreas Beham, Gabriel Kronberger, Johannes Karder, Michael Kommenda, Andreas Scheibenpflug, Stefan Wagner, Michael Affenzeller

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Process simulation has many applications that are closely related to optimization. Finding optimal steering parameters for the simulated processes is an activity in which the simulation model is often used as an evaluation function to an optimization procedure. Combining optimization and simulation has been achieved in the past already, however optimization procedures implemented in simulation software are often only black box solvers that are difficult to change, extend or parameterize. Optimization software frameworks on the other hand host a range of suitable algorithms, but often lack the ability to describe and run simulation models. Exchange protocols have been proposed in the past, however the interchange has still proven to be complex and work on simplification is ongoing. In this work, we want to pursue a different approach. We intend to integrate simulation capabilities into an optimization framework and thus want to better support applications for simulation-based optimization. We will describe a suitable generic simulation framework and its integration into HeuristicLab. A case study is presented as a demonstration of its usefulness.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication26th European Modeling and Simulation Symposium, EMSS 2014
EditorsYuri Merkuryev, Lin Zhang, Emilio Jimenez, Francesco Longo, Michael Affenzeller, Agostino G. Bruzzone
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9788897999324
ISBN (Print)978-88-97999-38-6
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event26th European Modeling and Simulation Symposium, EMSS 2014 - Bordeaux, France
Duration: 10 Sept 201412 Sept 2014

Publication series

Name26th European Modeling and Simulation Symposium, EMSS 2014


Conference26th European Modeling and Simulation Symposium, EMSS 2014


  • Optimization
  • Simulation


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