GRADUATE SCHOOL OF INFORMATICS


Modeling and Simulation Department

Academic Programs in Modeling and Simulation Department:


 A new MODSIM master's programme for professionals with work experience! See here.

The Modeling and Simulation Department (MODSIM) at Middle East Technical University (METU) was established in 1999 within the Informatics Institute. It offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Modeling and Simulation. MODSIM M.S. program is the first second education program of METU. It is the first and the only Modeling and Simulation program in Turkey that offers an M.S. degree. MODSIM department conducts interdisciplinary research focusing on Operations Research Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Computer Simulation. MODSIM aims at educating students with sufficient background in various disciplines, and is intended mainly for those who will work as professionals as they pursue an academic career. In this manner, other programs of the Informatics Institute as well as related departments of METU contribute to the MODSIM graduate curriculum.

From the Head of the Department

Modeling and Simulation (MODSIM) has become more popular and important in recent years since information technologies has resulted in cost effective software and hardware solutions for applications that rely on complex and computationally intensive problems.  MODSIM has a great impact on many sectors, such as automotive, aircraft and defense. More specifically, the application areas of modeling and simulation include training, analysis, design and acquisition of complex systems and devices. Other areas include entertainment and serious gaming, which were studied more at research centers and universities in the last decade. Some developed countries have accepted this area as a national critical technology for which some actions with appropriate investments have been planned to make maximum use of this technology. The progress in this area requires the enhancement of modeling and simulation within higher education and separate classification of modeling and simulation occupations. As the only modeling and simulation department in Turkey, we aim to support this area by providing state-of-the art knowledge to our students to prepare them for involvement in industrial and research projects after graduation. Within the last decade, we have graduated more than 60 MODSIM experts who now work on large size and critical MODSIM projects. In order to ensure quality of the education and the research in MODSIM M.S. program, the department closely adheres to its principals.

Furthermore, we developed a new M.S. program on Computer Gaming. Computer Gaming is a promising and challenging area which shares many common aspects with MODSIM regarding research and development. Due to the technical challenges and potential market size, students are attracted to studying computer gaming technologies. The Modeling and Simulation Department will accept students to the Game Technologies M.S. program starting from Fall 2009. The experience and the knowledge accumulated through MODSIM M.S. program will be transferred to this attractive and promising specific area. In this program, knowledge will be produced and disseminated in a large spectrum of computer gaming, including online gaming, serious gaming, testing methodologies, massively multiplayer online games, virtual reality in gaming, and art of gaming.  Additionally, as culture serves as a source to derive game stories, the Turkish culture, being one of the oldest and the richest in the world with untouched historical stories, will be utilized in the projects studied in the Game Technologies M.S. Program.

We would like to invite all individuals from various disciplines to take part in this exciting world of MODSIM and Gaming Technologies through education, research and development.

With my best wishes,

Veysi İşler
 

MODSIM at METU

The Modeling and Simulation Department (MODSIM) at Middle East Technical University (METU) was established in 1999 within the Informatics Institute. It offers a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Modeling and Simulation. MODSIM M.S. program is the first second education program of METU. It is the first and the only Modeling and Simulation program in Turkey that offers an M.S. degree. 
MODSIM department conducts interdisciplinary research focusing on Operations Research Modeling, Virtual Environments, and Computer Simulation. MODSIM aims at educating students with sufficient background in various disciplines, and is intended mainly for those who will work as professionals as they pursue an academic career. In this manner, other programs of the Informatics Institute as well as related departments of METU contribute to the MODSIM graduate curriculum.