are areas in which simulation can be applied immediately, but where we have
not taken full advantage of the technology that is available.
|It is possible to
embed simulation modes in the operating systems of computer systems. These
systems can feed data about their operations into a data store accessible to
the simulation process. Periodic execution of these would evaluate the
performance data and identify operational trends.
|The world is filled
with opportunities to apply computer simulations to assist in real-time
decision making. Any place that information is available in a digital form
and humans are evaluating that information to make decisions based on it,
there is an opportunity to support the human with simulation. Combat
consultant, aircraft navigation or crowd management are just three examples
of the potential areas of application.
|We need to create
virtual environments that are persistent over many years and that form the
foundation for specific studies, training and entertainment that will be
conducted within them. The gaming community has already done some steps in
this direction. Similar virtual worlds need to be created by high level
sponsors of studies and training events.
|In the simulation
business we strive to create virtual worlds that accurately represent the
real world. However, there are few simulations that portray a really
convincing virtual world. Statistically accurate simulations are excellent
for many applications, but we need to focus also on the richness of the
|(Page at. al., 1999)