The Brahms MultiAgent Simulation Environment
- Brahms is a simulation tool for representing the interactive
behaviors of people and objects in a simulated world.
- Brahms consists of a modeling language, parser, simulation
engine, behavior visualization & interactive development
environment (Brahms IDE)
- A virtual reality browser environment (Brahms
VE) is under development.
- Maarten Sierhuis' dissertation research shows the potential
of using Brahms for analyzing and designing complex work systems.
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Contrast with other modeling frameworks
- Represents work in more detail than a business process model,
but generally less detail than a cognitive, problem-solving model.
- Focus is more on how/whose knowledge is called into play,
rather than specifying the ideal knowledge required to solve
- Represents spatial-temporal aspects of work in some detail,
especially the geographic layout and its influence on agent-object
- Developed by NYNEX to improve upon then conventional work
process modeling tools used for "Business Process Reengineering"
- Response to business process reengineering view of starting
with blank slate, rather than understanding worker capabilities
and trajectory of change inherent in the workplace.
- Joint project (1992-1997) between NYNEX Science & Technology
and Institute for Research on Learning (Clancey & Jordan;
Eichner, Sachs, Torok, & Sierhuis)
- "Make social processes visible"
- Process modeling tool usable in collaboration with workers
- Represent what work flows omit: informal assistance, interrupt-resume,
Complex models developed as of Spring 2001
- NYNEX T.1 Provisioning Turf Coordinator
- NYNEX Business Network Architecture (BNA) Order Processing
- Kaiser-Permanente Medical clinic (paper design only)
- Apollo ALSEP Deployment (Sierhuis dissertation)
- Victoria Lunar Mission Design (Sierhuis dissertation)
Models under development (Spring 2001)
- William J. Clancey, Project Lead, Co-Principal Investigator
- Maarten Sierhuis, Project Manager, Co-Principal Investigator
- Ron Van Hoof, Lead Programmer
- Michael Scott, Senior Programmer
- Boris Brodsky, Modeler
- Chin Seah, Modeler
- Alessandro Acquisti, Research Assistant
- Charis Kaskiris, Research Assistant