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Trends and opportunities in simulation for Defence

Venue: Cranfield University, Shrivenham
Speaker: Various
Date: Wednesday, 16 November 2016 at 10:00 - 16:00

Joint meeting of the

Defence and Simulation Special Interest Groups

This joint session between the UK Operational Research Society Defence Special Interest Group and Simulation Special Interest Group will review current trends and challenges in Defence Simulation, and discuss the impact of the rapidly emerging areas of hybrid simulation and (big) simulation analytics.  Presentations in these areas will be followed by a panel discussion which will capture near and far term trends and challenges.  This is a great opportunity to find out what’s going on in these areas and to join and exciting debate.

The day will run as follows:

10.00      Registration and coffee

10.30      Welcome and intros

10.40      Hybrid simulation: sliced bread, or toast?; Prof Sally Brailsford, Southampton

11.10      Trends and challenges in defence simulation; Matt Moore, NSC

11.40      Coffee

11.50      Big simulation analytics; Dr Simon Taylor, Brunel

12.20      Tour of the Cranfield Sim Lab       (Depending on numbers, may be split with a visit to the Defence Capability Centre)

13.00      Lunch

13.30      Simulation for training warfare in the information age; Jon Lloyd, Dstl

14.00      Designing complex systems by combining simulation with optimisation; Juergen Branke, Warwick

14.30      Panel session

15.15      Tour of DCC/Sim Lab

16.00      Depart

The panel will consist of the five presenters, plus Martin Kunc from Warwick, Anastasia Anagnostou from Brunel and Alan Robinson from Dstl.

Lunch and Refreshments will be available.


The meeting is free, but spaces are strictly limited: if you would like to attend please register as soon as possible and no later than 11th November. Note that Photo ID will be required for entry to the Shrivenham Campus

To register, please contact .


Venue: Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham
Date: Tuesday, 26 July 2016 at 09:00 - 29 July 2016

The 33rd International Symposium on Military Operational Research

 26th to 29th July 2016

Royal Holloway, University of London


ISMOR is the world's foremost international conference on defence operational research.  ISMOR is officially endorsed by the UK Ministry of Defence, and strongly supported by the Defence Special Interest Group of the OR Society.

ISMOR fosters excellence in analysis and its application to defence and security through providing a forum for staff in government departments and agencies, international organisations, academia and industry.  Participants from all nations are welcome; recent symposia have included delegates from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Israel, Korea, Norway, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK and USA.

The symposium will begin on Tuesday 26th July and will end after lunch on Friday 29th July.

The Symposium starts on Tuesday morning with a keynote address by a senior member of the defence scientific community.  The rest of Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning consist of sessions with papers delivered in Plenary.  Wednesday has workshops, a dedicated poster session, and tutorials covering techniques, professional practice and case studies. 

There is an excellent programme of practice-based papers, workshops, tutorials and posters offering value to all, whether experienced practitioners, those in the early stages of their careers or users of analysis.  ISMOR is an excellent opportunity to keep up to date, find new approaches to problems, seek informal peer review, and engage across the national and international community.

Delegates may choose to attend the whole symposium, or to attend on specific days.  The cost of attendance will be £1145.  This fully inclusive fee covers the symposium, accommodation and all meals including the Symposium Dinner.

Early career analysts (under 30 years of age and in the first 3 years of an analysis career), undergraduate and postgraduate students, and postdocs will be able to attend the full event for a heavily discounted price of just £600 including all meals and accommodation, or just £100 for an individual day without accommodation.

There is a full programme of social activities, including a BBQ, informal evening presentations in the bar and the conference dinner. Full programme details will be available on line.




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