Ben Schumann is a senior modeler at decisionLab, a company in the UK which designs and builds custom models and decision-support tools that help their clients to make evidence-based strategic, tactical and operational decisions. Ben, a significantly experienced AnyLogic user, works with diverse clients such as the MoD, Rolls-Royce or GSK. He handles project delivery from start to end, managing team members, and client communication.
Ben Schumann holds a Ph.D. in Complex Systems Simulation and developed an advanced aerospace design simulation model for the early design phase. It was applied for designing several real unmanned aircraft (the first 3D-printed aircraft on the planet, see New Scientist: http://bit.ly/1D3UDSK). Ben enjoyed a thorough training in simulation modelling thanks to his Grad School on Complex Systems Simulation.
He has become an expert on agent-based modelling techniques and is considered an authority on modelling agents in digital maps (i.e. GIS). In fact, maps are his passion and you might well see him on conferences waving around a particularly nice one.
Ben shares his expertise with the Simulation Modeling community through his work, multiple Conference presentations, networking, and periodically through his blog. A recent blog entry “When to Use Action Charts or Functions in AnyLogic,” is a comprehensive exploration of when you should use Action Charts instead of Functions when creating algorithms in AnyLogic. Read further to find out what Action Charts and Functions are useful for when to use Action Charts vs. Functions, and how to avoid serious problems.