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Peer-Olaf Siebers

Assistant Professor in Computer Science, Faculty of Science

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Biography

My main research interest is the application of computer simulation to study human-centric and coupled human-natural systems. Here I focus on model development strategies. I am a strong advocate of object oriented Agent-Based Social Simulation (ooABSS). This is a novel and highly interdisciplinary research field, involving disciplines like Social Science, Economics, Psychology, Operations Research, Geography, and Computer Science. My current research focusses on Urban Sustainability. I am a co-investigator and supervisor in several related projects and a member of the university's "Sustainable and Resilient Cities" Research Priority Area management team.

Teaching Summary

Current Modules

  • G52SWM: Software Maintenance
  • G54SOD: Simulation and Optimisation for Decision Support

Research Summary

Funding

  • COI: Sustaining Urban Habitats: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Leverhulme RP2013-SL-015 - £1,75M with an additional £1,65M Institutional Support)

Research

  • Engineering Agent-Based Social Simulations
  • Using Agent-Based Modelling as a Communication Tool in Multi-Stakeholder Projects

Recent Publications

Past Research

Funding

  • PI: Creating an Artificial Hotspot Laboratory Prototype for Investigating HGV Hotspot Incidences (funded internally by D^3 RPA Discipline Bridging Fund + ADAC - £11,022)
  • PI: Agent-Based Modelling for Simulating Peacebuilding: A Feasibility Study (funded internally - £5,100)
  • PI: Test Driven Object Oriented Simulation Modelling (funded internally - £1,500)
  • COI: Future Energy Decision Making for Cities - Can Complexity Science Rise to the Challenge? (EPSRC EP/G05956X/1 - £254,133)

Research

  • Modelling and Analysing the Cargo Screening Process (EPSRC EP/G004234/1)
  • A Multi-Agent Simulation of Retail Management Practices (EPSRC EP/D503949/1)

Future Research

Interests

  • Intelligent Mobility Studies using Agent-Based Simulation
  • Test-Driven Simulation
  • Model Development Strategies for Human Centric and Human Natural Systems
  • UWE AICKELIN, JENNA MARIE REPS and PEER-OLAF SIEBERS, 2017. Using Simulation to Incorporate Dynamic Criteria into Multiple Criteria Decision Making
  • ZHANG, TAO, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and AICKELIN, UWE, 2016. Simulating user learning in authoritative technology adoption: An agent based model for council-led smart meter deployment planning in the UK Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 106, 74-84
  • FIGUEREDO, GRAZZIELA P, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, AICKELIN, UWE, WHITBROOK, AMANDA and GARIBALDI, JONATHAN M, 2015. Juxtaposition of system dynamics and agent-based simulation for a case study in immunosenescence PloS one. 10(3), e0118359
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and DAVIDSSON, PAUL, 2015. Engineering agent-based social simulations: An introduction Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation. 18(3),
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and FABOYA, OLUSOLA, 2015. Simulating airline marketing strategies using system dynamics modelling In: 29th European Conference on Modelling and Simulation (ECMS2015), Albena (Varna), Bulgaria.
  • MAY, LEEANNE and SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, 2015. Using simulation to assist recruitment in seasonally dependant contact centers In: 2015 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC15), Huntington Beach (CA), USA. 1573-1584
  • ASTA, S., ÖZCAN, E. and SIEBERS, P.O., 2014. An Investigation on Test Driven Discrete Event Simulation In: Proceedings of the 7th OR Society Simulation Workshop (SW14), 1-2 Apr, Worcestershire, UK.
  • SIEBERS, P.O., AICKELIN, U., CELIA, H. and CLEGG, C.W., 2014. Towards the Development of a Simulator for Investigating the Impact of People Management Practices on Retail Performance. In: TAYLOR, S.E., ed., Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation (OR Essentials) OR Society. 97-132
  • FIGUEREDO, GRAZZIELA P, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, OWEN, MARKUS R, REPS, JENNA and AICKELIN, UWE, 2014. Comparing stochastic differential equations and agent-based modelling and simulation for early-stage cancer PloS one. 9(4), e95150
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and ONGGO, STEPHAN, 2014. Graphical representation of agent-based models in Operational Research and Management Science using UML In: 7th OR Society Simulation Workshop (SW14), Worcestershire, UK.
  • CHAPMAN, JACOB, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and ROBINSON, DARREN, 2014. Coupling multi-agent stochastic simulation of occupants with building simulation In: Building Simulation and Optimization 2014 (BSO14), London, UK.
  • YU, LEI, ZHANG, TAO, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and AICKELIN, UWE, 2014. Modelling electrical car diffusion based on agents International Journal of Digital Content Technology and its Applications. 6(19), 424-431
  • DAWSON, DANIEL, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and VU, TUONG MANH, 2014. Opening Pandora's box: Some insight into the inner workings of an agent-based simulation environment In: 8th International Workshop on Multi-Agent Systems and Simulation (MAS&S'14), Warsaw, Poland.
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, 2014. Changing the assessment strategy for the computer science module 'Simulation for Decision Support': A longitudinal study
  • FABOYA, OT and SIEBERS, PO, 2014. On the search for novel simulation application to support airport operations management In: 26th European Modeling & Simulation Symposium (EMSS2014), Bordeaux, France.
  • VU, TUONG MANH, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and WAGNER, CHRISTIAN, 2014. The potential of object-oriented analysis and design for agent-based computational economics In: 28th European Simulation and Modelling Conference (ESM2014), Porto, Portugal.
  • LI, XIA, BAI, RUIBIN, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and WAGNER, CHRISTIAN, 2014. Modeling urban road risky driving behaviors in China with multi-agent microscopic traffic simulation In: 17th International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC), At Qingdao, China. 1740-1745
  • SIEBERS, P.O. and WILKINSON, I., 2013. From the Special Issue Editors: Multi-Agent Simulation as a Novel Decision Support Tool for Innovation and Technology Management International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management. 10(5), 1-4
  • FIGUEREDO, GRAZZIELA P, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and AICKELIN, UWE, 2013. Investigating mathematical models of immuno-interactions with early-stage cancer under an agent-based modelling perspective BMC Bioinformatics. 14(Suppl 6), S6
  • FIGUEREDO, GRAZZIELA P, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, AUGUSTO, DOUGLAS A, BARBOSA, HELIO JC and AICKELIN, UWE, 2013. The use of agent-based simulation to discover extreme cases in immune-interactions with early-stage cancer scenarios In: 12th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL 2013), Taormina, Italy.. 854-855
  • VU, TUONG MANH, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and WAGNER, CHRISTIAN, 2013. Comparison of crisp systems and fuzzy systems in agent-based simulation: A case study of soccer penalties In: 13th UK Workshop on Computational Intelligence (UKCI), Guildford, UK. 54-61
  • SHERMAN, GALINA, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, MENACHOF, DAVID and AICKELIN, UWE, 2012. Evaluating different cost-benefit analysis methods for port security operations. In: Decision Making in Service Industries: A Practical Approach CRC Press.
  • FIGUEREDO, GRAZZIELA P, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, AICKELIN, UWE and FOAN, STEPHANIE, 2012. A beginner’s guide to systems simulation in immunology In: International Conference on Artificial Immune Systems (ICARIS2012), Taormina, Italy. 57-71
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, 2012. Everything you always wanted to know about Dr Siebers (academic details only :) In: 8th Conference of the European Social Simulation Association (ESSA2012), Salzburg, Austria.
  • ZHANG, TAO, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and AICKELIN, UWE, 2012. Modelling the effects of user learning on forced innovation diffusion In: 6th OR Society Simulation Workshop (SW12), Worcestershire, UK.
  • MCCULLEN, NJ, ZHANG, TAO, BALE, CSE, FOXON, TJ, GALE, WF, RUCKLIDGE, AM, AICKELIN, UWE and SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, 2012. Energy decision-making for cities In: UKERC Meeting on Energy and Complexity, Oxford, UK.
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and AICKELIN, UWE, 2011. A first approach on modelling staff proactiveness in retail simulation models Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation. 14(2),
  • ZHANG, TAO, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and AICKELIN, UWE, 2011. Modelling electricity consumption in office buildings: An agent based approach Energy and Buildings. 43(10), 2882-2892
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, 2011. A first approach on modelling staff proactiveness in retail simulations In: OR Social Simulation Special Interest Group (SSIG) Meeting, Surrey, UK.
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, 2011. A Young OR guide to: Everything you always wanted to know about agent-based modelling and simulation In: Young OR (YOR17), Nottingham, UK.
  • FIGUEREDO, GRAZZIELA, AICKELIN, UWE and SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, 2011. Systems dynamics or agent-based modelling for immune simulation? In: 10th International Conference on Artificial Immune Systems (ICARIS2011), Cambridge, UK. 81-94
  • ZHANG, TAO, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and AICKELIN, UWE, 2011. A three-dimensional model of residential energy consumer archetypes for local energy policy design in the UK In: Energy and People: Futures, Complexity and Challenges, Oxford, UK.
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, GALINA, SHERMAN, UWE, AICKELIN and DAVID, MENACHOF, 2011. Comparing decision support tools for cargo screening processes In: 10th International Conference on Modeling and Applied Simulation (MAS2011), Rome, Italy.
  • SIEBERS, PEER OLAF, MACAL, CHARLES M, GARNETT, JEREMY, BUXTON, DAVID and PIDD, MICHAEL, 2010. Discrete-event simulation is dead, long live agent-based simulation! Journal of Simulation. 4(3), 204-210
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, AICKELIN, UWE, CELIA, HELEN and CLEGG, CHRIS W, 2010. Simulating customer experience and word-of-mouth in retail: A case study Simulation: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International. 86(1), 5-30
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, AICKELIN, UWE, CELIA, HELEN and CLEGG, CHRIS W, 2010. Towards the development of a simulator for investigating the impact of people management practices on retail performance Journal of Simulation. 5(4), 247-265
  • SHERMAN, GALINA, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, AICKELIN, UWE and MENACHOF, DAVID, 2010. Scenario analysis, decision trees and simulation for cost benefit analysis of the cargo screening process In: International Workshop of Applied Modelling and Simulation (WAMS2010), Buizos, Brasil. 287-295
  • SHERMAN, GALINA, MENACHOF, DAVID, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and AICKELIN, UWE, 2010. Scenario analysis, decision trees and simulation for cargo screening In: 5th OR Society Simulation Workshop (SW10), Worcestershire, UK.
  • ZHANG, TAO, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and AICKELIN, UWE, 2010. Modelling office energy consumption: An agent based approach In: Proceedings of the 3rd World Congress on Social Simulation (WCSS2010), Kassel, Germany. 5-9
  • SHERMAN, GALINA, MENACHOF, DAVID, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and AICKELIN, UWE, 2010. Towards modelling cost and risks of infrequent events in the cargo screening process In: 5th OR Society Simulation Workshop (SW10), Worcestershire, UK.
  • MAZLINA, ABDUL MAJID, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and AICKELIN, UWE, 2010. Modelling reactive and proactive behaviour in simulation In: 5th OR Society Simulation Workshop (SW10), Worcestershire, UK.
  • SIEBERS, P.O., AICKELIN, U., CELIA, H. and CLEGG, C., 2009. Modeling and Simulating Retail Management Practices: A First Approach International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling. 5(3), 215-232
  • MAJID, M.A., AICKELIN, U. and SIEBERS, P.O., 2009. Comparing Simulation Output Accuracy of Discrete Event and Agent Based Models: A Quantitative Approach In: Proceedings of the Summer Computer Simulation Conference (SCSC2009), 13-16 Jul, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, AICKELIN, UWE, CELIA, HELEN and CLEGG, CHRIS W, 2009. Modelling and simulating retail management practices: A first approach International Journal of Simulation and Process Modelling. 5(3), 215-232
  • MAJID, MAZLINA ABDUL, AICKELIN, UWE and SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, 2009. Comparing simulation output accuracy of discrete event and agent based models: A quantitive approach In: 2009 Summer Computer Simulation Conference (SCSC09), Istanbul, Turkey.
  • MAJID, MAZLINA ABDUL, AICKELIN, UWE and SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, 2009. Investigating output accuracy for a discrete event simulation model and an agent based simulation model In: INFORMS Simulation Society Research Workshop (I-SIM2009), Warwick, UK.
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, AICKELIN, UWE, MENACHOF, DAVID, SHERMAN, GALINA and ZIMMERMAN, PETER, 2009. Modelling and analysing cargo screening processes: A project outline In: INFORMS Simulation Society Research Workshop (I-SIM2009), Warwick, UK.
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, SHERMAN, GALINA and AICKELIN, UWE, 2009. Development of a cargo screening process simulator: A first approach In: 21st European Modeling and Simulation Symposium (EMSS2009), Tenerife, Spain.
  • SIEBERS, P.O., AICKELIN, U., BATTISTI, G., CELIA, H., CLEGG, C.W., FU, X., DE HOYOS, R., IONA, A., PETRESCU, A. and ADRIANO, P., 2008. The Role of Management Practices in Closing the Productivity Gap Available at: <http://arxiv.org/pdf/0803.2995>
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and AICKELIN, UWE, 2008. Introduction to multi-agent simulation. In: Encyclopedia of Decision Making and Decision Support Technologies Idea Group Publishing. 554-564
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, AICKELIN, UWE, CELIA, HELEN and CLEGG, CHRIS W, 2008. Understanding retail productivity by simulating management practise In: EUROSIM Congress on Modelling and Simulation (EUROSIM2008), Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, AICKELIN, UWE, BATTISTI, GIULIANA, CELIA, HELEN, CLEGG, CHRIS W, FU, XIAOLAN, DE HOYOS, RAPHAEL, IONA, ALFONSIANA, PETRESCU, ALINA and ADRIANO, PEIXOTO, 2008. Enhancing productivity: The role of management practices
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, AICKELIN, UWE, CELIA, HELEN and CLEGG, CHRIS W, 2008. An agent-based simulation of in-store customer experiences In: 4th OR Society Simulation Workshop (SW08), Worcestershire, UK.
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, AICKELIN, UWE, CELIA, HELEN and CLEGG, CHRIS, 2008. Multi-agent simulation and management practices. In: Encyclopedia of Decision Making and Decision Support Technologies Idea Group Publishing. 645-652
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, AICKELIN, UWE, CELIA, HELEN and CLEGG, CHRIS W, 2008. Agent based simulation as a novel decision support tool for retail managers In: 15th European Conference on Mathematics for Industry (EMI2008), London, UK. 49
  • MAJID, MAZLINA ABDUL, AICKELIN, UWE and SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, 2008. Modelling and analysing human behaviour in a department store using discrete event and agent based simulation In: 50th Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society (OR50), York, UK.
  • SIEBERS, P.O., AICKELIN, U., CELIA, H. and CLEGG, C.W., 2007. Understanding Retail Productivity by Simulating Management Practices In: Proceedings of the EUROSIM Congress on Modelling and Simulation (EUROSIM07), 9-13 Sep, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, AICKELIN, UWE, CELIA, HELEN and CLEGG, CHRIS W, 2007. Using intelligent agents to understand management practices and retail productivity In: 2007 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC07), Washington DC, USA. 2212-2220
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, AICKELIN, UWE, CELIA, HELEN and CLEGG, CHRIS W, 2007. A multi-agent simulation of retail management practices In: 2007 Summer Computer Simulation Conference (SCSC07), San Diego (CA), USA.. 959-966
  • MAJID, MAZLINA, AICKELIN, UWE and SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, 2007. Human behavious modelling for discrete event and agent based simulation: A case study In: 49th Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society (OR49), Edinburgh, UK.
  • CELIA, HELEN, CLEGG, CHRISTOPHER, ROBINSON, MARK, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, AICKELIN, UWE and SPRIGG, CHRISTINE, 2007. Using intelligent agents to understand organisational behaviour In: British Psychological Society, Division of Occupational Psychology Annual Conference, Bristol, UK.
  • CELIA, HELEN, CLEGG, CHRIS W, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and AICKELIN, UWE, 2007. Understanding the impact of management practices and other factors on productivity in the UK retail sector In: 13th European Congress of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP2007), Stockholm, Sweden.
  • MAZLINA, ABDUL MAJID, AICKELIN, UWE and SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, 2007. Human behaviour modelling for discrete event and agent based simulation: A case study In: 49th Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society (OR 49), Edinburgh, UK.
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, 2006. Worker performance modeling in manufacturing systems simulation: Proposal for an agent-based approach. In: Handbook of Research on Nature Inspired Computing for Economics and Management Idea Group Publishing. 661-678
  • MASON, S.A., BAINES, T.S., SIEBERS, P.O. and LADBROOK, J., 2004. The Impact of Modelling Human Performance Variation Modelling in a Typical Manufacturing System In: Proceedings of the OR Society Simulation Workshop (SW04), 1-2 May, Birmingham, UK.
  • BAINES, TIM, MASON, STEPHEN, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and LADBROOK, JOHN, 2004. Humans: The missing link in manufacturing simulation? Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory. 12(7), 515-526
  • SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF, 2004. The impact of human performance variation on the accuracy of manufacturing system simulation models
  • SIEBERS, P, BAINES, TIM, MASON, S and LADBROOK, J, 2004. Modelling human variation in assembly line models In: 2nd OR Society Simulation Workshop (SW04), Worcestershire, UK.
  • SIEBERS, PO, BAINES, TIM S, MASON, SA and LADBROOK, J, 2003. Worker behaviour modelling: Does it matter? In: 45th Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society (OR45), Keele, UK.
  • MASON, SA, BAINES, T, SIEBERS, PO and LADBROOK, J, 2003. Measurement and analysis of blocked and starved conditions in a flow line assembly plant In: 45th Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society (OR45), Keele, UK.
  • MASON, STEVE, SIEBERS, PEER-OLAF and BAINES, TIM, 2002. Humans: The missing link in simulation? In: Simulation Workshop (UK OR Society), Birmingham, UK.
  • SIEBERS, PO and BAINES, TIM S, 2001. Integrated human performance modelling: An overview of human performance modelling and its usability in manufacturing system design In: 43th Annual Conference of the Operational Research Society (OR43), Bath, UK.

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