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Welcome Tom Baggio to the AnyLogic North America Team! 08.09.2014 Rene Reiter

The AnyLogic Company is pleased to welcome Tom Baggio - Sr. Solutions Architect to our rapidly growing North American office in Chicago, IL. Tom’s entire career has been customer facing with various management and technical leadership roles; most recently spending the last 7 years at a Fortune 50 company as the Group Manager of North American Services and Consulting for the factory automation group – working directly with some of the largest electronics companies in the world. Completion of an Executive Education program in Business Management at the University of Chicago, strong client recommendations and a substantial background in business development verifies Tom as the solutions expert for your complex organizational challenges. He makes a great addition to our team of technical consultants, business, and marketing professionals focused on assisting our customers from concept to completion in the modeling process. We are thrilled to welcome Tom as part of our team!
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November AnyLogic Fundamentals Training 27.11.2013 Rene Reiter

Let us start by thanking the participants from AnyLogic North America’s November Fundamentals training, we truly appreciate your active learning, experience sharing and enthusiasm for AnyLogic software. The impressive class roster made up of University Professors, Consultants and Industrial Engineers to name a few, joined us with many different modeling backgrounds and diverse matters they are using AnyLogic software to resolve. We were glad to hear that the event was successful for you not only from a learning perspective but a networking perspective as well. We look forward to hearing your future success stories on how AnyLogic software was the answer to your complex business problem, or a motivational outlet for your graduate student.
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AnyLogic in Asia: AnyLogic in Three Days in Japanese and Chinese October Events 01.11.2013 Stepan Egorov

This October, we participated in several events in Japan and China, including the ITpro Expo in Tokyo, and the China International Logistics and Transportation Fair (CILF) in Shenzhen, two of the biggest industry events in the countries. The book AnyLogic in Three Days, which is based on the 3 day AnyLogic training, will soon be published in Japanese. The book is co-authored by Ilya Grigoryev, Head of Training Services at the AnyLogic Company, and Nobuaki Minato, Project Associate Professor at Graduate School of SDM, Keio University.
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First European Combined AnyLogic Training Conducted 31.10.2013 Ilya Grigoryev

Last week, we were excited to conduct the first European combined AnyLogic training. This was also our biggest European training session, with 23 participants, mostly coming from research and educational institutions. The trainees represented Germany, France, UK, Italy, Denmark, and other countries.
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AnyLogic North America Attends ACI-NA 03.10.2013 John Yedinak

Last week AnyLogic North America attended the 2013 airport industry’s premier annual event, the ACI-NA Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Jose, California. This event has been recognized to offer unparalleled education and networking opportunities for the leadership of North America’s airports. The focus of the event was to demonstrate the latest trends in technology and operations management, insight into best practices for safety and security, and giving attendees opportunities to create new relationships with leading industry vendors. PERFECT fit for AnyLogic!
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City Rail Transfer Hub Simulation 24.09.2013 Stepan Egorov

How can an overpopulated city fight traffic congestion? Examples from many current metropolitan areas show that, apart from subways and buses, city railways can greatly improve traffic situations. Probably the most famous city rail system is the S-Bahn in Germany. In North America, one of the more well-known examples is the BeltLine in Atlanta, Georgia.
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AnyLogic 7 Alpha Presented at Simulation Events in the UK 24.09.2013 Alena Beloshapko

This September the simulation society in UK enjoyed two meaningful events – OR55 Annual Conference and 8th EUROSIM Congress. The first one is more attended by practitioners and the second one is a more academic event. At both conferences people were very excited about AnyLogic 7, although there were concerns by the move towards a wizard based system and how it might damage the 'power' of AnyLogic. We are keen to assure you that it is a baseless fear! Wizards are aimed to facilitate the learning curve for those who are new to the software. If you do not need Wizard’s assistance, you can easily skip this option and continue creating models via regular interface.
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Fundamentals and In-Depth Training in San Jose, CA 24.09.2013 Scott Hebert

AnyLogic North America had another successful training. In San Jose, over a dozen students representing commercial interests from marketing and epidemiology to semiconductor manufacturing and behavioral modeling, learned how to apply AnyLogic’s unique multimethod modeling capability to their business problems. Users of all three modeling methods – System Dynamics, Discrete Event, and Agent Based modeling – were represented. Many interesting discussions occurred regarding when to use which method, and the networking among the students yielded excellent benefits for both students and ALNA.
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The last (and the biggest) chapter of “The Big Book” available online 10.09.2013 Andrei Borshchev

In the chapter "Agent based modeling. Technology overview", we present an overview of the technologies and techniques used in agent based modeling. Agent based models are very diverse in architecture, behavior types, number of agents, space types and so on. Other modeling methods (discrete event and system dynamics) are often used inside and outside agents. Although there is no special or standard language for agent based modeling, there are “design patterns” that are common to many agent based models. The chapter includes example models described in the step-by-step manner: Air Defense System, Wildfire (featuring combined discrete-continuous space), and also some discrete space classics: Schelling Segregation and Conway’s Game of Life.
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Can one make precise forecasts of consumer behavior? 05.09.2013 Sergey Suslov

Many people, who are interested in sales forecasting, are familiar with the book Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely. The abstract of the book states: “Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. From drinking coffee to losing weight, from buying a car to choosing a romantic partner, we consistently overpay, underestimate, and procrastinate. Yet these misguided behaviors are neither random nor senseless. They're systematic and predictable—making us predictably irrational.” The irrationality of human decisions is the basis of behavioral economics. Predictably Irrational, and many other books, give many examples which argue the idea of consumer rationality. Businesses are irrational too, as they are guided by human beings.
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