OptAgent: A Generalized Framework for the Optimization and Analysis of Agent-based Models

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$720,637.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911NF-08-C-0142
Award Id:
81445
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-070-0029
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
1919 Seventh Street, Boulder, CO, 80302
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
128005423
Principal Investigator:
Fred Glover
Chief Technology Officer
(303) 447-3255
glover@opttek.com
Business Contact:
Jay April
Chief Development Officer
(303) 447-3255
april@opttek.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The Phase II project will develop prototype software OptAgentT, built on the existing foundation of OptQuestr, a commercial metaheuristic-based optimization engine, to provide a generalized framework for the analysis and optimization of agent-based models by combining optimization algorithms, agent-based simulation, and distributed processing. The software will overcome those weaknesses typically found in the use of agent based modeling technology including the difficulty in solving the model for optimality. The OptAgent software will function in three stages. In the first stage a diverse set of solutions will be created and a Markov blanket-based feature selection methodology will identify the most influential variables. In the second stage the agent-based model optimization search process will be performed. This process will be enhanced by classification and discrimination rules developed from the initial solution set using satisfiability data mining. In the final stage the best combination of agent and environment parameters will be presented along with statistics providing insights into the behavior of the model across the myriad possible combinations of inputs.

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