TU Wien:Modeling and Simulation VU (Bicher)

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Lecturers Felix BreiteneckerNikolas PopperMartin Bicher
Alias Modeling and Simulation (en)
Department Information Systems Engineering
When winter semester
Last iteration 2019WS
Language English
Links tiss:194076
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Mattermost: Channel "modeling-and-simulation"RegisterMattermost-Infos


Basic Modelling and Simulation techniques

  • System Dynamics
  • Discrete Event Simulation
  • Difference Equations
  • Agent-based Modeling
  • Cellular Automata

+ small intro to AnyLogic


Weekly Lectures, Pass/Fail TUWEL MC Test at the end of the semester, group project with presentation & report to hand in

Benötigte/Empfehlenswerte Vorkenntnisse[edit]

The course is pretty basic, but general knowledge of programming is probably helpful.


Prof. Bicher really tries to make the lectures interesting and easy to follow, and manages to do so. The only drawback of this is that some topics are repeated multiple times.


The group project at the end of the semester consists of selecting one of the possible assigments, where some require a certain modeling technique and others don't.

The assignments usually consists of modeling the problem, and then answering a few questions through extending the model, simulating, and evaluating the data.

Afterwards, the students have to present their results in front of the other groups, and hand in a report of the project (~5-7 pages).

The assignment is not too much work, but one should expect to spend about three afternoons on it.

Prüfung, Benotung[edit]

The quiz is really easy and just to determine whether you are fit for the group assignment, so it does not really count towards the final grade.

The assignment is not too hard, but I do not know yet how it is graded.

Dauer der Zeugnisausstellung[edit]

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Pretty low, since lecture attendance is not mandatory, and the quiz really easy, one could probably spend less than 25 hours to get through the lecture, if they want to spend as few time as possible.

Even if you want to learn as much as possible from it, the effort is not too high, since the topics are not covered in too much detail.


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Verbesserungsvorschläge / Kritik[edit]

Prof. Bicher was one of the few lecturers who recognized that expecting 110% from the students during a pandemic is not really reasonable, and really designed his course in such a way that everybody should be able to follow it.