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5 reasons why you should attend SW18

Monday, 21 Aug 2017 (revised date: Wednesday, 23 Aug 2017)
Thomas M Monks

Deadline for contributed papers: 29th September 2017

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This coming 19-21 March 2018 sees the return of the OR Society’s biennial simulation workshop (SW18).  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.  Here are 5 reasons to attend SW18: 

  1. A picturesque location

After positive feedback from SW16 we are delighted to announce that SW18 will again be hosted in the luxurious Ettington Chase Hotel, Stratford-Upon Avon (  This central location has good local transport links including from Birmingham International Airport.  More details can be found on the conference website


  1. Introductory and advanced tutorials in simulation

We are pleased to announce that this year the conference will feature a half day dedicated to tutorial sessions for beginners and experienced simulation modellers alike.  Tutorials will cover topics such as discrete-event simulation, agent based simulation, system dynamics, model validation and simheuristics and hybrid simulation.

Confirmed tutorial speakers are:

  • Prof. Stewart Robinson, Loughborough University
  • Dr Angel A. Juan, Open University Catalonia
  • Prof. Sally Brailsford, University of Southampton
  • Dr Duncan Robertson, Loughborough University
  • Dr Martin Kunc, University of Warwick
  • Alan Robinson and Paul Glover, DSTL


  1. 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 have two keynote talks from Prof. John Fowler and Prof. Russell Cheng. 

SW18 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.

  1. It’s a conference for practitioners as well as academics

The conference particularly welcomes delegates from industry and practice.  After all it is you guys who use the methods academia produces!  The programme has a long tradition of including a good balance been theoretical developments and applied simulation studies from industry.  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!

  1. Practitioner and researcher poster competition

If you don’t feel your work warrants a full oral presentation or prefer to present your work more visually 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 SW18’s best poster.  We emphasise this competition is open to all SW18 delegates!


Sent On behalf of the SW16 Conference Committee

  • Christine Currie – Conference co-chair
  • Thomas Monks – Conference co-chair
  • Anastasia Anagnostou – Programme chair
  • Rudabeh Meskarian – Programme chair
  • Duncan Robertson – Programme chair
  • Tom Boness – Poster Chair


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