Week 3 – CCT395
Simulator: A complex melding of physical devices that mimic real
controls and sensors with computer software that feeds signals to
those devices to make the situation seem real.
A Simulator is NOT ALL virtual – we can use a joystick, audio inputs,
keyboard strokes can be seen as a simulator. It is not only just the
software that a simulator is but it is also the connection of the physical
to the software to mimic the real life within a virtual world.
Micro Simulation – a way to use web based browising to help
understand different in world scenarios. Ex- Traffic Flow Control
Why are computer simulations used?
1. complex situations where mathematical probability is insufficient;
when consequence prediction is difficult; when large numbers of
objects need to be accounted for; and when variability is high.
2. • Goals/Purpose/Use: Aids in general public’s understanding of traffic
flow, supports experimentation, also helps understand fuel
consumption, effects of driver behaviour, and the role of
**Essentially computer simulations have a goal, purpose and a use.
3. Structure - Observing traffic for a lo