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5 reasons why you should attend SW16

Tuesday, 4 Aug 2015
Martin Kunc

This coming 11-13th April 2016 sees the return of the OR Society’s biennial simulation workshop (SW16).  The conference always boasts an excellent mix of delegates from the fields of simulation practice and research.  The conference covers application and theoretical developments across all simulation methods, for example agent based simulation, system dynamics, discrete-event simulation and monte-carlo simulation.  We have updated and refreshed the conference this year keeping the best of the original format and adding some exciting new elements. 

A brand new location

This year we have given the conference a fresh new feel and switched locations to the luxurious Ettington Chase Hotel, Stratford-Upon Avon (  This central location has good local transport links including from Birmingham International Airport.

An extra half day of simulation tutorials at no extra cost

Over the years we have received a lot of feedback from delegates asking for more technical talks about simulation methodology.  The committee have been listening!  We are pleased to announce that this year the conference will feature an extra half day dedicated to tutorial sessions for beginners and experienced simulation modellers alike.  We are even doing this at no extra cost to delegates!

Confirmed tutorial speakers are:

  • Prof. Stewart Robinson, President of the OR Society

  • Prof. Russell Cheng, University of Southampton

  • Dr Simon Taylor, Brunel University

  • David Buxton, dse Consulting

Learn from and meet the top names in simulation

The simulation workshop has a proud track record of attracting the top names in computer simulation as keynote speakers.  We hope to have two keynote talks this year from Professor Sally Brailsford and another speaker who has yet to be confirmed. Updates will be made to the conference website. Previous keynotes have included Prof. Barry Nelson, Prof. Shane Henderson, Prof Charles Macal and Prof. Paul Fishwick.

SW16 not only provides a platform for learning from these top names, but also the opportunity to meet them and get feedback on your work, either during the formal conference sessions, at the three-course conference dinner or the coffee breaks between sessions.

High quality talks – guaranteed

The conference typically features 30 high quality practitioner and researcher papers detailing applied case studies and theoretical developments in the field of computer simulation.  We ask delegates to submit a 3-10 page paper that is published in our proceedings.  Not only does this mean you get to take away 30 high quality papers in the proceedings, but it guarantees high quality talks!

Practitioner and researcher poster competition

If you don’t feel your work warrants a full oral presentation then the practitioner and researcher poster option is for you.  Poster delegates produce an A0 or A1 poster showcasing their applied or theoretical simulation work and are asked to give a 2 minute ‘elevator pitch’ presentation to argue why their poster deserves the title of SW16’s best poster.  We emphasise this competition is open to all SW16 delegates!

On behalf of the SW16 Conference Committee

  • Dr Christine Currie – Conference co-chair

  • Dr Thomas Monks – Conference co-chair

  • Dr Martin Kunc – Programme chair

  • Dr Anastasia Anagnostou – Programme chair

  • Dr Katy Hoad – Programme chair

  • Dr Anastasia Gogi – Poster Chair


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