Congratulations to Matthew Oldham for best paper award @ MABS 2016

Congratulations to Matthew Oldham, a recent MAIS-CSS graduate, and now CSS PhD student for receiving a “best paper” award at the 17th International Workshop on Multi-Agent-Based Simulation (MABS 2016), which was held as a workshop within the Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (AAMAS) conference in Singapore, May 10, 2016. His paper entitled “To big wing, or not to big wing, now an answer” addressed the different tactics the Royal Air Force used to defend England during the Battle of Britain. For a copy of Matt’s paper click here.





The Churchillian quote “Never, in the field of human conflict, was so much owed by so many to so few”, encapsulates perfectly the heroics of Royal Air Force (RAF) Fighter Command (FC) during the Battle of Britain. Despite the undoubted heroics, questions remain about how FC employed the ‘so few’. In particular, the question as to whether FC should have employed the ‘Big Wing’ tactics, as per 12 Group, or implement the smaller wings as per 11 Group, remains a source of much debate. In this paper, I create an agent based model (ABM) simulation of the Battle of Britain, which provides valuable insight into the key components that influenced the loss rates of both sides. It provides mixed support for the tactics employed by 11 Group, as the model identified numerous variables that impacted the success or otherwise of the British.

Full reference:

Oldham, M. (2016). To Big Wing, or Not to Big Wing, Now an Answer. In International Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (pp. 73-89). Springer International Publishing.