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

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Army
Amount:
$2,023,030.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
W911NF-08-C-0142
Agency Tracking Number:
A072-070-0029
Solicitation Year:
2007
Solicitation Topic Code:
A07-070
Solicitation Number:
2007.2
Small Business Information
OPTTEK SYSTEMS, INC.
1919 Seventh Street, Boulder, CO, 80302
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
128005423
Principal Investigator
 Fred Glover
 Chief Technology Officer
 (303) 447-3255
 glover@opttek.com
Business Contact
 Jay April
Title: Chief Development Officer
Phone: (303) 447-3255
Email: april@opttek.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The Phase II project will develop prototype software OptAgent™, built on the existing foundation of OptQuest®, 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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