Cognitive behaviors modeling using uml profile: Design and experience

Zhi Zhu, Yonglin Lei, Yifan Zhu, Hessam Sarjoughian

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To achieve model reuse in combat effectiveness simulation systems development, cognitive decision behaviors are usually implemented using a scripting language, which is separate from the programming language used to implement simulation models. Therefore, it is desirable to establish a much better grounding for cognitive behaviors modeling. In the context of domain specific modeling, metamodeling from scratch for designing such a scripting language poses some limitations, among which is the issue of integrating various models that are represented by various customized languages with different syntax and semantics, together with a large expenditure of designing, implementing, and maintaining these languages and their supporting resources. Instead, UML profile-based metamodeling is adopted, as a lightweight extension to capture the cognitive domain specific concepts, relationships, and constraints. Moreover, a unifying framework is proposed to guide the cognitive domain specific profiles design. Upon this framework, the development process is shown through constructing an anti-submarine tactical profile in combat effectiveness simulation systems domain and the feasibility of the domain specific language is illustrated with an armed escort scenario.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number8059777
Pages (from-to)21694-21708
Number of pages15
JournalIEEE Access
StatePublished - Oct 4 2017


  • Computer languages
  • DSL
  • Metamodeling
  • UML profile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • General Computer Science


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