3e Conférence Francophone de MOdélisation et SImulation (MOSIM'01)  

The Third Francophone Conference on Modelisation and Simulation (MOSIM'01) - Conception, Analyse et Gestion des Systèmes Industriels - held at the Technical University of Troyes, France on 2001-04-25/27, was attended by 300 participants, with 90 % from academia coming from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Franco-Canada and Africa and some from Eastern European countries. 20 exhibitors from consulting companies supporting logistics and enterprise resource planning to be noticed Graisoft and IDS Scheer. 

The conference was structured in five parallel sessions covering the topics of concepts of integrated industrial systems, ERP, piloting, flexible enterprises, methodologies, objects and multi agents for modelling, simulation and decision support. These topics were mostly presented from the viewpoint of academic research people, e.g. from the aspect of proposing innovative methodologies, often together with languages and architectures . One focus was on mathematical methods for generic problem solving , meta heuristics, and genetic algorithms. Application areas were traffic, safety Very little applications oriented developments, by ICT providers, or on user problems.

The future of modelling was addressed by Francois Vernadat in a key note on 'UEML - Unified Enterprise Modelling Language' pointing out the needs for language integration and the concepts and constructs proposed for it. And on the future of Simulation Jerry Banks in a key note predicted new trends and areas of growth in simulation such as: less complex to use tools, integration of simulation software and data exchange, component based simulation - topics which apply also to modelling.

Issues : Though a reasonable portion the of the papers reported on the industrial applications and validation of new methodologies, the conference was attended by 90 % participants coming from academia and less than 5 % participants coming from Industry e.g. as system users. This had an effect on the discussions which were mostly academia driven.

Further, themes like integration, collaborative work, standardisation or the vendor/user problems in ICT where less addressed., (possibly because the objective of academia seems to be to produce new results) Sometimes without enough considering the state of the art or taking care of validation and verification of the thesis.
It is widely accepted that information is modelled with the object oriented paradigm and schemas are to be represented UML or XML.

The COA contribution was on user oriented modelling language and developments of user defined construct types.

For more information visit http://www.univ-troyes.fr/mosim01

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