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Towards an Agent Based Framework for Modelling Smart Self-Sustainable Systems

Igor Tomièiæ () and Markus Schatten ()
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Igor Tomièiæ: Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Faculty of Organization and Informatics - University of Zagreb

Interdisciplinary Description of Complex Systems - scientific journal, 2015, vol. 13, issue 1, 57-70

Abstract: Self-sustainability is a property of a system; a system is considered to be self-sustainable if it can sustain itself without external support in an observed period of time. If this property is mapped to a human settlement in context of resources (water, energy, food, etc.), it would describe a human settlement which is independent of external resources (like the national electrical grid or a central water distribution system), where such external resources are either not available, or not desirable. This article contributes to presenting the state-of-the-art overview of self-sustainability-related research. While self-sustainability as in the above described form was not a direct subject of research, there are several fields which are either related to, or could be of significant value to the self-sustainability research in this context. The extensive literature overview also showed no frameworks for modeling self sustainable systems in the context of human settlements. Herein a motivation for using agent-based modeling and simulation techniques will be given.

Keywords: self-sustainability; sustainable development; multi-agent systems; agent-based modelling (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q20 Q29 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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