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Automated agent-based method for identifying infrastructure interdependencies

United States Patent Application

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This invention relates to a method, apparatus, and means for simulating interdependent infrastructures. This may involve selecting a subset of an interdependent infrastructure system, equivalencing the subset, creating a plurality of agents to model with the subset, and simulating multi-scale agent interactions. It may also include selecting subsets based on geographic region or selecting components for two way analysis or simulating across concurrent time, or selecting a plurality of infrastructures to simulate and connecting the infrastructures by screening candidate interconnections and assigning candidates a likelihood of connection, or identifying connections extending outside of the subset and calculating flow limit for each connection extending outside the subset, or creating agents from templates and data for a infrastructure and creating agents at equivalenced connections, or advancing agent conditions through time and re-equivalencing the infrastructure and continuing until a steady state is achieved.
North, Michael J. (Wheaton, IL), Miller, Daniel J. (Naperville, IL), Thomas, William Howard II (King George, VA), DeWald, Scott D. (Fredericksburg, VA)
The University of Chicago
10/ 825,572
April 15, 2004
[0001] This invention was made with government support under Contract No. W-31-109-ENG-38 awarded to the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.