Calls for papers


International Journal of Business and Systems Research
International Journal of Business and Systems Research


Special issue on: "Modelling and Simulation of Discrete Systems in Business, Engineering and Economics"

Guest Editors:
Prof. Istvan Molnar, Bloomberg University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA
Prof. Reggie Davidrajuh, University of Stavanger, Norway

Modelling and simulation of discrete systems is a multidisciplinary research area actively developed by researchers of applied mathematics and statistics, computer science, industrial engineering, management science, and operations research. Furthermore, it is a research area consisting of various hybrid approaches by those disciplines as researchers and practitioners alike actively seek newer and better methods for their modelling and simulation needs for most efficient solution of problems in engineering, business, management, and economics.

Discrete event systems modelling and simulation is indeed a broad area covering both theoretical and practical aspects, including theory and formal models (e.g. Petri nets, Markov processes, queuing theory, etc.), performance analysis, optimization, and hybrid approaches (discrete-continuous systems, AI based techniques, etc.), application of modern tools, algorithms, technologies, and techniques.

For the special issue, we are seeking high quality papers on modelling and simulation of discrete event systems presenting general theories, methodologies, solutions or presenting specific problems with solutions. Papers ranging from micro systems to large scalable systems are of interest, as are papers discussing practical problems and ad hoc methodologies and solutions. Recent topics like Web-based simulation and distributed simulations are also welcome. Preference will be given to high quality papers that have a firm grounding in scientific and mathematical methods, instead of primarily application-based papers. Because a substantial gap continues to exist between theory and practice, theoretical papers that also include a real-world applications are very much appreciated.

Subject Coverage
We encourage submission of high-quality papers that take a systems approach to modelling and simulation of discrete event systems. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Petri Nets, Automata, and queuing theory for discrete event modelling and simulation
  • Stochastic processes and Markov processes
  • Software tools and technologies for discrete event modelling and simulation
  • Use of high level programming languages like Python, Java and .NET
  • Applied statistical methods for discrete modelling and simulation
  • Modular approaches for large scale models
  • Modelling, simulation and analysis of business processes and systems
  • Business systems dynamics; system dynamics in enterprise modelling
  • Value chain modelling, analysis, simulation and management
  • Performance evaluation and performance measurement of discrete event systems
  • Web based simulations, internet modelling, semantic web and ontologies
  • Simulation using distributed systems and networks
  • Optimization of discrete event systems
  • Agent based simulation behaviour, emotion and conflict/rebellion modelling
  • Energy, power generation, control and distribution simulation
  • Manufacturing and logistics: planning, control, robotics, measurement, monitoring
  • Development and application of new methods and techniques (e.g. fuzzy modelling, knowledge and data mining, neural networks and evolutionary computation, GIS-based modelling)
  • Case studies in business, health care, and economics
  • Case studies in flexible manufacturing systems, production and industrial engineering
  • Any other interdisciplinary research relevant to discrete event modelling and simulation

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper was not originally copyrighted and if it has been completely re-written).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Full paper deadline: 1 March, 2011

Notification of acceptance and review results: 1 May, 2011

Revised submission deadline: 1 June, 2011

Notification of acceptance: 15 July, 2011

Camera-ready version deadline: 15 August, 2011