Geographic automata systems and the OBEUS software for their implementation

Itzhak Benenson, Slava Birfur, Vlad Kharbash

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The concept of Geographic Automata System (GAS) formalizes an object-based view of city structure and functioning; OBEUS software implements this view on the operational level. The paper presents the GAS paradigm and latest user-friendly version of OBEUS, the latter based on.NET technology and developed according to OODBMS logic. OBEUS boosts further development of GAS theory, especially regarding the treatment of time in models describing collectives of multiple interacting autonomous urban objects. We claim that all high-resolution urban Cellular Automata and Multi-Agent models of which we are aware can be described in GAS terms and represented as OBEUS applications. GAS and OBEUS can thus serve as a universal, transferable framework for object-based urban simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComplex Artificial Environments
Subtitle of host publicationSimulation, Cognition and VR in the Study and Planning of Cities
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)3540259171, 9783540259176
StatePublished - 2006


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