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Thursday, 28 Jun 2018
Amy Hughes

17 July 2018, University of Exeter Business School


You are invited to this one-day workshop on transdisciplinary modelling and simulation (M&S), being co-organised by the University of Exeter Business School, the Centre for Simulation, Analytics & Modelling and The OR Society's Simulation SIG.

Transdisciplinary M&S brings together approaches and methodologies from distinct disciplines, with the objective of developing hybrid system models that transcend discipline-specific boundaries, thereby contribution to the development of the field of M&S. 

The workshop has two main goals are:

·        to bring together a wide variety of theorists and practitioners interested in modeling so that all may learn a diversity of approaches

·        to explore cross-connections between the approaches in the hope of forging new clusters. 

A full programme of this one-day workshop can be viewed here

 

Keynote Speakers

The workshop will feature two keynote addresses by:
  • Prof Paul Fishwick, Distinguished University Chair of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication, Professor of Computer Science, UT Dallas, USA, and The Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor with University of Exeter Business School.
  • Prof Andreas Tolk, The MITRE Corporation and Adjunct Professor at Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia.

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

This Event is free to attend! Please REGISTER HERE

 

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Tuesday, 26 Jun 2018
Amy Hughes

INVITATION TO OUR RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM SPECIAL EVENT

The latest installation of the UK Operational Research Society Simulation SIG Roadtrip with Paul Fishwick. The Surrey Business School is pleased to invite you to its “Research Colloquium in Application of Analytics, modelling and simulation in complex systems”

 

DATE AND TIME

Wed 4th July 2018
12:00 – 16:00
 

LOCATION

Treetops,
Wates House,
Stag Hill campus,
University of Surrey
GU2 7XH
  

Keynote Speakers:

Prof Paul Fishwick, Distinguished University Chair of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication, and Professor of Computer Science, UT Dallas, USA

Professor Nigel Gilbert, CBE, ScD, FREng, FAcSS, Professor of Sociology, University of Surrey, UK

This colloquium series at the University of Surrey aims to highlight and discuss the challenges of business analytics in the real world, create awareness on relevant cutting-edge technologies, tools, methods and processes in business analytics and data science, thus offering participants an exposure to various research trends in the industry and enabling them to engage with real-world business problems.

 

Professor Paul Fishwick: Biography

Paul Fishwick is Distinguished University Chair of Arts and Technology (ATEC), and Professor of Computer Science. He has six years of industry experience as a systems analyst working at Newport News Shipbuilding and at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia. He was on the faculty at the University of Florida from 1986 to 2012, and was Director of the Digital Arts and Sciences Programs. His PhD was in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Fishwick is active in modelling and simulation, as well as in the bridge areas spanning art, science, and engineering. He pioneered the area of aesthetic computing, resulting in an MIT Press edited volume in 2006.  He is a Fellow of the Society for Computer Simulation, served as General Chair of the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC), was a WSC Titan Speaker in 2009, and has delivered over 24 keynote addresses at international conferences. He was Chair of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group in Simulation (SIGSIM) for four years from 2012 to 2016. Fishwick has over 230 technical publications and has served on all major archival journal editorial boards related to simulation, including ACM Transactions on Modeling and Simulation (TOMACS) where he was a founding area editor of modelling methodology in 1990.  He is CEO of Metaphorz, LLC which assists the State of Florida in its catastrophe modelling software engineering auditing process for risk-based simulation for hurricanes and floods.
 

Programme:

12:00-13:00                    Lunch and Registration

13:00-13:15                    Welcome by Prof Ansgar Richter, Dean of Surrey Business School 

13:15-13:45                    Surrey Analytics and Industry-led Research by Prof Lampros Stergioulas (University of Surrey, UK)

13:45-14:15                    A Data Analytics Framework for Capturing and Analysing Real-time Data on A&E Waiting Time using the NHSquicker Platform by Prof Navonil Mustafee (University of Exeter, UK)
Abstract: Right Hospital – Right Time (RH-RT) is the conceptualisation of the application of descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics (including simulation) with Urgent Care/A&E wait time data; its objective is to derive the maximum value from wait time data for the benefit of both patients and the NHS. The paper presents an architecture for the implementation of RH-RT that is specific to the authors’ current work on a digital platform that makes available live waiting time data from multiple centres of urgent care (e.g., A&E departments, Minor Injury Units, etc.) in Devon and Cornwall (NHSquicker). The focus of the talk is on the prescriptive analytics component of RH-RT and which could be realised through a Hybrid Systems Model (HSM) comprising of business intelligence, forecasting techniques and computer simulation.
 
14:15-14:30                  Coffee Break
 
14:30-14:45                  KEYNOTE: The Art and Science of Modelling and Simulation by Prof Paul Fishwick (University of Texas at Dallas, USA)

Abstract: One of the characteristics of being human is to model. In our history, we began with representations of animals made from natural materials, and painted on cave walls.  We also made regular marks on animal bones. While the modern accounting of these products is art (animal representations) and mathematics (bone marks), a more comprehensive understanding points to modelling in both cases. We saw or imagined things, and then we made models of our experience. This talk will be a non-technical, cross-disciplinary, introduction to modelling. Professor Paul Fishwick will discuss (1) the history of modelling, (2) a way of thinking about modelling using three broad categories, (3) the notion that computer and information science is a form of modelling, and (4) approaches to modelling across disciplines – from art and humanities to business, science, and engineering.

14:45-15:15                   KEYNOTE: Simulating Societies: A Computational Approach to Social Science, by Prof Nigel Gilbert CBE, ScD, FREng, FAcSS (University of Surrey, UK)

Abstract: While the idea of computer simulation has had enormous influence on most areas of science, and even on the public imagination through its use in computer games, it has only recently had a significant impact in the social sciences. The breakthrough came when it was realised that computer programs offer the possibility of creating ‘artificial’ societies in which individuals and collective actors such as organisations could be directly represented and the effect of their interactions observed. This provided for the first time the possibility of using experimental methods with social phenomena, or at least with their computer representations; of directly studying the emergence of social institutions from individual interaction; and of using computer code as a way of formalising dynamic social theories. In this talk, these advances in the application of computer simulation will be illustrated with a number of examples of recent work, showing how this methodology is appropriate for analysing social phenomena that are inherently complex.

15:15-15:45                   Panel Discussion on the Application of Analytics, modelling and simulation in complex systems with all speakers, Chaired by Dr Masoud Fakhimi
   
15:45-16:00                   
Closing comments
 

This Research Colloquium is for Academics, Researchers, PhD students, Industry leaders and experts, practitioners or anyone else interested in Simulation and  Business Analytics.

This is an open invitation and a free event.  Lunch, tea and Coffee will be provided.
 

SIGN UP FREE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/research-colloquium-in-application-of-analytics-modelling-and-simulation-in-complex-systems-tickets-46902044277

 
We look forward to seeing you on the day!
 
Hosts: Prof Lampros Stergioulas and Dr Masoud Fakhimi (Surrey Business School)
Organised by the Surrey Business Analytics Cluster.
Prof Paul Fishwick’s visit to the UK is funded by the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship award with Exeter Business School.

 
 



Monday, 11 Jun 2018
Hope Meadows

Research Colloquium in Application of Analytics, modelling and simulation in complex systems

Half-Day Workshop organised by the UK OR Society and Surrey Business School

Wednesday 4th July 2018 12:00-16:00pm in the Business Insight Lab

 

          

 

INVITATION TO OUR RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM

SPECIAL EVENT

 

UK Operational Research Society Simulation SIG

Roadtrip with Paul Fishwick

 

 

Sign up to this event for free: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/research-colloquium-in-application-of-analytics-modelling-and-simulation-in-complex-systems-tickets-46902044277

The Surrey Business School is pleased to invite you to its “Research Colloquium in Application of Analytics, modelling and simulation in complex systems” taking place on Wednesday 4th July 2018 12:00-16:00pm in Room 34MS01 (Business insights Lab), Rik Medik Building, University of Surrey, with our Keynote speakers:

Prof Paul Fishwick, Distinguished University Chair of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication, and Professor of Computer Science, UT Dallas, USA

Professor Nigel Gilbert, CBE, ScD, FREng, FAcSS, Professor of Sociology, University of Surrey, UK.

This colloquium series at the University of Surrey aims to highlight and discuss the challenges of business analytics in the real world, create awareness on relevant cutting-edge technologies, tools, methods and processes in business analytics and data science, thus offering participants an exposure to various research trends in the industry and enabling them to engage with real-world business problems.

 

Professor Paul Fishwick

Distinguished University Chair of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication, and Professor of Computer Science

Recipient of Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship award, supporting his Research Visit to UK including Surrey Business School.

 

BIOGRAPHY

Paul Fishwick is Distinguished University Chair of Arts and Technology (ATEC), and Professor of Computer Science. He has six years of industry experience as a systems analyst working at Newport News Shipbuilding and at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia. He was on the faculty at the University of Florida from 1986 to 2012, and was Director of the Digital Arts and Sciences Programs. His PhD was in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Fishwick is active in modelling and simulation, as well as in the bridge areas spanning art, science, and engineering. He pioneered the area of aesthetic computing, resulting in an MIT Press edited volume in 2006.  He is a Fellow of the Society for Computer Simulation, served as General Chair of the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC), was a WSC Titan Speaker in 2009, and has delivered over 24 keynote addresses at international conferences. He was Chair of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group in Simulation (SIGSIM) for four years from 2012 to 2016. Fishwick has over 230 technical publications and has served on all major archival journal editorial boards related to simulation, including ACM Transactions on Modeling and Simulation (TOMACS) where he was a founding area editor of modelling methodology in 1990.  He is CEO of Metaphorz, LLC which assists the State of Florida in its catastrophe modelling software engineering auditing process for risk-based simulation for hurricanes and floods.

KEYNOTE: The Art and Science of Modeling and Simulation

One of the characteristics of being human is to model. In our history, we began with representations of animals made from natural materials, and painted on cave walls.  We also made regular marks on animal bones. While the modern accounting of these products is art (animal representations) and mathematics (bone marks), a more comprehensive understanding points to modelling in both cases. We saw or imagined things, and then we made models of our experience. This talk will be a non-technical, cross-disciplinary, introduction to modelling. Professor Paul Fishwick will discuss (1) the history of modelling, (2) a way of thinking about modelling using three broad categories, (3) the notion that computer and information science is a form of modelling, and (4) approaches to modelling across disciplines – from art and humanities to business, science, and engineering.

 

Programme:

12:00-13:00 Lunch and Registration

13:00-13:15 Welcome by Prof Ansgar Richter, Dean of Surrey Business School

13:15-13:45 Surrey Analytics and Industry-led Research by Prof Lampros Stergioulas (University of Surrey, UK)

13:45-14:15 A Business Analytics Framework for Capturing and Analysing Real-time Data on A&E Waiting Time using the NHSquicker Platform by Prof Navonil Mustafee (University of Exeter, UK)

14:15-14:30 Coffee Break

14:30-14:45 KEYNOTE: The Art and Science of Modelling and Simulation by Prof Paul Fishwick (University of Texas at Dallas, USA)

14:45-15:15 KEYNOTE: Simulating Societies: A Computational Approach to Social Science, by Prof Nigel Gilbert CBE, ScD, FREng, FAcSS (University of Surrey, UK)

15:15-15:45 Panel Discussion on the Application of Analytics, modelling and simulation in complex systems with Prof Paul Fishwick, Prof Navonil Mustafee, Prof Nigel Gilbert and Prof Lampros Stergioulas, Chaired by Dr Masoud Fakhimi

15:45-16:00 Closing comments

 

This Research Colloquium is for Academics, Researchers, PhD students, Industry leaders and experts, practitioners or anyone else interested in Simulation and  Business Analytics. This is an open invitation and a free event.  Lunch, tea and Coffee will be provided.

 

We look forward to seeing you on the day!

 

Prof Lampros Stergioulas and Dr Masoud Fakhimi

Surrey Business School

 

Sign up to this event for free: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/research-colloquium-in-application-of-analytics-modelling-and-simulation-in-complex-systems-tickets-46902044277

Organised by the Surrey Business Analytics Cluster.

 

Prof Paul Fishwick’s visit to the UK is funded by the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship award with Exeter Business School.



Tuesday, 5 Jun 2018
Hope Meadows
 

School of Business and Economics 

   
 

Decision Sciences

 

                              

A Decision Sciences Workshop and Lecture

Tuesday 12th June 2018

School of Business and Economics is delighted to invite you to a Decision Sciences Workshop and Lecture

About the Workshop

Hosted by the Simulation Practices Research Interest Group at the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University in association with the UK’s Operational Research Society Simulation Special Interest Group. Attendants will have the opportunity to learn about research on client engagement in simulation modelling and operational research, with a hands-on practical session.

 

12:30

Lunch and registration

13.30

Welcome & Introductions

Dr. Antuela Tako, Leader of the Simulation Practices RIG

13:45

Supporting the delivery of new community-based services in Leicestershire through simulation: The Lightbulb Programme.

Dr. Antuela Tako

14.30

A tutorial on PartiSim – How to engage clients in simulation projects

Dr Kathy Kotiadis & Dr. Antuela Tako

16.00

Unpacking microprocesses of Facilitated Modelling practice

Professor Alberto Franco, Associate Dean (T) SBE

16.45 – 17.00

Close

About the Lecture

One of the characteristics of being human is to model. In our history, we began with representations of animals made from natural materials, and painted on cave walls.  We also made regular marks on animal bones. While the modern accounting of these products is art (animal representations) and mathematics (bone marks), a more comprehensive understanding points to modelling in both cases. We saw or imagined things, and then we made models of our experience. This talk will be a non-technical, cross-disciplinary, introduction to modelling. I will discuss the history of modelling, a way of thinking about modelling using three broad categories, the notion that computer and information science is a form of modelling and approaches to modelling across disciplines – from art and humanities to business, science, and engineering.

Prof Paul Fishwick is Distinguished University Chair of Arts and Technology (ATEC), and Professor of Computer Science at University of Texas at Dallas. He leads a lab aimed at bringing human elements to the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). His main research area is modelling and simulation, with a focus on education and public engagement in modelling as used in the arts, science and engineering. Paul pioneered the area of aesthetic computing. Since 1995, he is CEO of Metaphorz, LLC, which assists the State of Florida in its catastrophe modelling software engineering auditing process of risk-based simulation for hurricanes and floods. Fishwick was faculty at the University of Florida (1986 to 2012) and earned his PhD in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

   

Timetable

17.00

Refreshments and registration

17.30

Introduction - Professor Stewart Robinson, Dean

17.40

The Art and Science of Modelling

Prof Paul Fishwick, Distinguished University Chair of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication, and Professor of Computer Science , The University of Texas at Dallas

18.40 –

19.00

Q&A and Closing Comments

Professor Stewart Robinson, Dean

 

Details

Date:

Tuesday 12th June 2018

Times:

Workshop 12.30 – 17.00

Lecture 17.00 – 19.00

Venue:

Refreshments - Stewart Mason Building 68, foyer

Lecture – James France, room CC.0.21

Loughborough University LE11 3TU Map

Directions

How to Find Us by rail and car

If travelling by car, on entering campus collect a car parking ticket from the security gate. They will also give directions to car parking.

 

Registration:

Free to attend, registration is required on-line

 

Event Website

 

Prof Paul Fishwick’s visit to the UK is funded by the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship award with University of Exeter Business School.



Friday, 25 May 2018
Hope Meadows

Joint meeting of the Southern OR Group, the OR Society Simulation SIG and CORMSIS

(Southampton Centre for OR, Management Science and Information Systems)

Monday 18 June 2018, 16:00 – 18:30

University of Southampton, Building 2A, Room 2077

 

  1. 1.       The Art and Science of Modelling: Paul Fishwick, UT Dallas 

One of the characteristics of being human is to model. In our history, we began with representations of animals made from natural materials, and painted on cave walls.  We also made regular marks on animal bones. While the modern accounting of these products is art (animal representations) and mathematics (bone marks), a more comprehensive understanding points to modelling in both cases. We saw or imagined things, and then we made models of our experience. This talk will be a non-technical, cross-disciplinary, introduction to modelling. I will discuss (1) the history of modelling, (2) a way of thinking about modelling using three broad categories, (3) the notion that computer and information science is a form of modelling, and (4) approaches to modelling across disciplines – from art and humanities to business, science, and engineering.

Paul Fishwick is Distinguished University Chair of Arts and Technology (ATEC), and Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas.  He has six years of industry experience as a systems analyst working at Newport News Shipbuilding and at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia. He was on the faculty at the University of Florida from 1986 to 2012, and was Director of the Digital Arts and Sciences Programs. His PhD was in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Fishwick is active in modelling and simulation, as well as in the bridge areas spanning art, science, and engineering. He pioneered the area of aesthetic computing, resulting in an MIT Press edited volume in 2006.  He is a Fellow of the Society for Computer Simulation, served as General Chair of the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC), was a WSC Titan Speaker in 2009, and has delivered over 24 keynote addresses at international conferences. Fishwick has over 230 technical publications and has served on all major archival journal editorial boards related to simulation, including ACM Transactions on Modeling and Simulation (TOMACS) where he was a founding area editor of modelling methodology in 1990.  He is CEO of Metaphorz, LLC which assists the State of Florida in its catastrophe modelling software engineering auditing process for risk-based simulation for hurricanes and floods.

This talk is part of the “Simulation SIG Paul Fishwick roadshow” co-sponsored by the UK OR Society and the Leverhulme Trust.  

 

  1. 2.       Talk by Nav Mustafee and John Powell, University of Exeter Business School

 

TITLE: Investigating the use of real-time data in nudging patients' emergency department attendance behaviour using the NHSquicker Platform

ABSTRACT: Decision-making in healthcare is a complex process involving multiple stakeholders. One such stakeholder category is the intended users of the system itself – the patients. We present a study in which users use real-time hospital operations data to make attendance choices.  The aim of this research is to provide information transparency on Emergency Department /Minor Injury Unit (ED/MIU) waiting times which would allow recipients, including, significantly, patients who are in need of urgent medical attention, to make informed decisions as to the facility that could best serve their needs. This work is expected to contribute towards reducing pressure in ED by redistributing demand for minor ailments among the MIUs, since the MIUs have facilities for the treatment of minor injuries and the ED exists mainly for emergency and life-threating conditions.

The initial work was carried out with the Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trust (TSDFT) and its network of Minor Injury Units (MIUs) and one Emergency Department (ED). It has since expanded to include several trusts in South West England, the creation of the Health & Care IMPACT Network, and the development of the NHSquicker platform.

Bio:

Navonil Mustafee is Associate Professor of Operations Management & Analytics and Deputy Director of the Centre for Simulation, Analytics and Modelling (CSAM) at University of Exeter Business School. He is the founding co-chair of the Health and Care IMPACT Network and honorary researcher with Torbay and South Devon and RD&E Foundation Trusts. His interests are in hybrid systems modelling, hybrid simulation, healthcare analytics and bibliometric analysis. He is the current Chair of the OR Society’s Simulation SIG.

John Powell is Professor of Strategy at Exeter University Business School. Prior to that he led the University of Stellenbosch Business School in Cape Town.

His main research interests are in formal and semiformal methods applied to strategic problems and issues. These include representations of knowledge flow, scenario modelling, and, latterly, systems modelling of health and critical systems. He holds a PhD from Carnfield University and is a winner of HM the Queens Medal for Academic Excellence, and the President's  Medal from the OR Society.

 



Tuesday, 8 May 2018
Hope Meadows

A Decision Sciences Workshop and Lecture

Tuesday 12th June 2018

School of Business and Economics is delighted to invite you to a Decision Sciences Workshop and Lecture

About the Workshop

Hosted by the Simulation Practices Research Interest Group at the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University in association with the UK’s Operational Research Society Simulation Special Interest Group. Attendants will have the opportunity to learn about research on client engagement in simulation modelling and operational research, with a hands-on practical session.

 

12:30

Lunch and registration

13.30

Welcome & Introductions

Dr. Antuela Tako, Leader of the Simulation Practices RIG

13:45

Supporting the delivery of new community-based services in Leicestershire through simulation: The Lightbulb Programme.

Dr. Antuela Tako

14.30

A tutorial on PartiSim – How to engage clients in simulation projects

Dr Kathy Kotiadis & Dr. Antuela Tako

16.00

Unpacking microprocesses of Facilitated Modelling practice

Professor Alberto Franco, Associate Dean (T) SBE

16.45 – 17.00

Close

About the Lecture

One of the characteristics of being human is to model. In our history, we began with representations of animals made from natural materials, and painted on cave walls.  We also made regular marks on animal bones. While the modern accounting of these products is art (animal representations) and mathematics (bone marks), a more comprehensive understanding points to modelling in both cases. We saw or imagined things, and then we made models of our experience. This talk will be a non-technical, cross-disciplinary, introduction to modelling. I will discuss the history of modelling, a way of thinking about modelling using three broad categories, the notion that computer and information science is a form of modelling and approaches to modelling across disciplines – from art and humanities to business, science, and engineering.

Prof Paul Fishwick is Distinguished University Chair of Arts and Technology (ATEC), and Professor of Computer Science at University of Texas at Dallas. He leads a lab aimed at bringing human elements to the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). His main research area is modelling and simulation, with a focus on education and public engagement in modelling as used in the arts, science and engineering. Paul pioneered the area of aesthetic computing. Since 1995, he is CEO of Metaphorz, LLC, which assists the State of Florida in its catastrophe modelling software engineering auditing process of risk-based simulation for hurricanes and floods. Fishwick was faculty at the University of Florida (1986 to 2012) and earned his PhD in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

   

Timetable

17.00

Refreshments and registration

17.30

Introduction - Professor Stewart Robinson, Dean

17.40

The Art and Science of Modelling

Prof Paul Fishwick, Distinguished University Chair of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication, and Professor of Computer Science , The University of Texas at Dallas

18.40 –

19.00

Q&A and Closing Comments

Professor Stewart Robinson, Dean

 

Details

Date:

Tuesday 12th June 2018

Times:

Workshop 12.30 – 17.00

Lecture 17.00 – 19.00

Venue:

Refreshments - Stewart Mason Building 68, foyer

Lecture – James France, room CC.0.21

Loughborough University LE11 3TU Map

Directions

How to Find Us by rail and car

If travelling by car, on entering campus collect a car parking ticket from the security gate. They will also give directions to car parking.

 

Registration:

Free to attend, registration is required on-line

 

Event Website

 

Prof Paul Fishwick’s visit to the UK is funded by the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship award with University of Exeter Business School.



Thursday, 26 Apr 2018
Hope Meadows

Venue: Alliance Manchester Business School Dover Street Building, Room 1.037 (1st floor), M13 9GB

Speaker: Paul Fishwick, Andi Smart, Nathan Proudlove, Navonil Mustafee and Stephan Onggo
Date: Wednesday, 30 May 2018 at 12:00 - 26 April 2018 - 16:30

 

Prof Paul Fishwick’s visit to the UK is funded by the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship award with University of Exeter Business School.

Programme:

12:00-13:00: Lunch and registration

13:00-14:00: Paul Fishwick (UT Dallas) - The Art and Science of Modelling

14:00-14:30: Andi Smart (Exeter) – Enhancing Visitor Experience at Cultural Heritage Sites: Hybrid Systems Approach Incorporating Gaze-time Data with Computer Simulation

14:30-15:00: Nathan Proudlove (Manchester) - Modelling Patient Flows: Developing BPMN for Fit-for-purpose Operational Flow Mapping

15:00-15:30: Break

15:00-16:00: Enabling Real-time Simulation using Symbiotic Simulation, NHSquicker and Demand Forecasting (Navonil Mustafee (Exeter), Alisson Harper (Exeter) and Stephan Onggo (Trinity College Dublin)

16:00-16:30: Closing (informal discussion + tea/coffee + we may go to a pub afterward)

Programme Detail

The Art and Science of Modelling (Paul Fishwick, UT Dallas)

One of the characteristics of being human is to model. In our history, we began with representations of animals made from natural materials, and painted on cave walls.  We also made regular marks on animal bones. While the modern accounting of these products is art (animal representations) and mathematics (bone marks), a more comprehensive understanding points to modelling in both cases. We saw or imagined things, and then we made models of our experience. This talk will be a non-technical, cross-disciplinary, introduction to modelling. I will discuss (1) the history of modelling, (2) a way of thinking about modelling using three broad categories, (3) the notion that computer and information science is a form of modelling, and (4) approaches to modelling across disciplines – from art and humanities to business, science, and engineering.

BIOGRAPHY: Paul Fishwick is Distinguished University Chair of Arts and Technology (ATEC), and Professor of Computer Science. He has six years of industry experience as a systems analyst working at Newport News Shipbuilding and at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia. He was on the faculty at the University of Florida from 1986 to 2012, and was Director of the Digital Arts and Sciences Programs. His PhD was in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Fishwick is active in modelling and simulation, as well as in the bridge areas spanning art, science, and engineering. He pioneered the area of aesthetic computing, resulting in an MIT Press edited volume in 2006.  He is a Fellow of the Society for Computer Simulation, served as General Chair of the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC), was a WSC Titan Speaker in 2009, and has delivered over 24 keynote addresses at international conferences. He was Chair of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group in Simulation (SIGSIM) four years from 2012 to 2016. Fishwick has over 230 technical publications and has served on all major archival journal editorial boards related to simulation, including ACM Transactions on Modeling and Simulation (TOMACS) where he was a founding area editor of modelling methodology in 1990.  He is CEO of Metaphorz, LLC which assists the State of Florida in its catastrophe modelling software engineering auditing process for risk-based simulation for hurricanes and floods.

 

Enhancing Visitor Experience at Cultural Heritage Sites: Hybrid Systems Approach Incorporating Gaze-time Data with Computer Simulation (Andi Smart, Exeter)

The VISTA AR project (Interreg FCE programme) focuses on the use of digital technologies to enhance the visitor experience and to develop innovative business models for cultural heritage sites. This talk focuses on the development of a hybrid systems model using visitor intelligence (VI), gaze-time and computer simulation. VI tools are focused on understanding the visitor journey and experience. The visitor journey analysis includes assessing dwell-time and gaze-time. 

A pilot study was undertaken in Exeter cathedral to capture the customer journey and included the use of eye-tracking technology to capture gaze-time of particular artefacts. The analysis of gaze duration was undertaken using heat-maps, which were indicative of the visitors' attention and interest. A particular challenge is communicating these results to management. A simulation model was developed to allow the presentation of the visitor journey. This allows management to observe the pattern of visitor journeys and the interest in different artefacts. The simulation model conforms to a ‘hybrid’ approach in that the data exported from the vision analysis software (Tobii Pro) directly informs duration activity (dwell-time and gaze-time). The sequence within the model is also derived from the vision data. A Discrete Event Simulation (DES) model, superimposed on a map of the building, was constructed using this data.

 

Modelling patient flows: Developing BPMN for fit-for-purpose operational flow mapping (Nathan Proudlove, Manchester)

Process mapping is a central tool in the understanding, improvement and design of processes. Different approaches have developed within different disciplines, in particular Value Stream Mapping in operations management, Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) in enterprise information systems, and activity cycle/process flow diagrams for discrete-event simulation (DES) in operational research. Mapping patient pathways is a key tool in healthcare quality improvement, sometimes as a precursor to DES modelling. However, there is little formal guidance or widely-used approach. This work arises from projects involving process mapping in several hospitals. We find that BPMN tools are potentially very useful and provide nascent automated links to DES modelling for process improvement, but the treatment of important issues in flow (in particular queues/buffers/waste) is naïve and restrictive. We propose that some extensions to the BPMN object set to bring in operations management thinking and accommodate flow structures as found in, for example, hospitals, would produce a powerful, fit-for-purpose process mapping toolkit.

 

Enabling Real-time Simulation using Symbiotic Simulation, NHSquicker and Demand Forecasting Navonil Mustafee (Exeter) and Stephan Onggo (Trinity College Dublin)

Symbiotic simulation is one of Industry 4.0 technologies that enables a close relationship between a physical system and the simulation model that represents it as its digital twin. Symbiotic simulation is designed to support decision making at the operational levels by making use of real- or near real- time data which are only available after the simulation model has been developed. From the modelling perspective, a symbiotic simulation system comprises a hybrid model that combines simulation, optimization and machine learning models as well as a data acquisition module and an actuator. The actuator is needed when the symbiotic simulation system is designed to directly control the physical system without any human intervention. This talk reviews the components of a symbiotic simulation system from the perspective of hybrid modelling. Examples within health care will be presented including NHSQuicker, demand forecasting for urgent care, and hospital bed management.

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Thursday, 29 Mar 2018
Hope Meadows

UK Operational Research Society Simulation SIG Roadtrip with Paul Fishwick

Hosted by the Modelling & Simulation Group, Brunel University London, 

Prof Paul Fishwick’s visit to the UK is funded by the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship award with University of Exeter Business School.

The Art and Science of Modelling

 

13:00-16:00 Friday June 8th

WBB 207

Brunel University London

Uxbridge

Middx UB8 3PH

 

One of the characteristics of being human is to model. In our history, we began with representations of animals made from natural materials, and painted on cave walls.  We also made regular marks on animal bones. While the modern accounting of these products is art (animal representations) and mathematics (bone marks), a more comprehensive understanding points to modelling in both cases. We saw or imagined things, and then we made models of our experience. This talk will be a non-technical, cross-disciplinary, introduction to modelling. I will discuss (1) the history of modelling, (2) a way of thinking about modelling using three broad categories, (3) the notion that computer and information science is a form of modelling, and (4) approaches to modelling across disciplines – from art and humanities to business, science, and engineering.

 

Professor Paul Fishwick

Distinguished University Chair of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication, and Professor of Computer Science

BIOGRAPHY

Paul Fishwick is Distinguished University Chair of Arts and Technology (ATEC), and Professor of Computer Science. He has six years of industry experience as a systems analyst working at Newport News Shipbuilding and at NASA Langley Research Center in Virginia. He was on the faculty at the University of Florida from 1986 to 2012, and was Director of the Digital Arts and Sciences Programs. His PhD was in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Fishwick is active in modelling and simulation, as well as in the bridge areas spanning art, science, and engineering. He pioneered the area of aesthetic computing, resulting in an MIT Press edited volume in 2006.  He is a Fellow of the Society for Computer Simulation, served as General Chair of the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC), was a WSC Titan Speaker in 2009, and has delivered over 24 keynote addresses at international conferences. He was Chair of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Special Interest Group in Simulation (SIGSIM) four years from 2012 to 2016. Fishwick has over 230 technical publications and has served on all major archival journal editorial boards related to simulation, including ACM Transactions on Modeling and Simulation (TOMACS) where he was a founding area editor of modelling methodology in 1990.  He is CEO of Metaphorz, LLC which assists the State of Florida in its catastrophe modelling software engineering auditing process for risk-based simulation for hurricanes and floods.

 

If you would like to come please register by emailing Simon Taylor (simon.taylor@brunel.ac.uk) before 1st June 2018

 

Directions and parking arrangements: https://www.brunel.ac.uk/about/finding-us (Note that we are now in the Wilfred Brown Building!) 

Please note that Lunch will not be supplied for this event – Brunel has several options for dining – see the campus map.



Saturday, 25 Nov 2017
Cara Quinton

Poster submission deadline 8th Janurary 2018

Submit 150 word abstract: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sw18

There is a little known fact about the OR Society simulation workshop.  In addition to our programme of talks and tutorials we also provide a poster stream that is open to delegates from practice, simulation software development and research!   

The biennial conference is taking place 19th – 21st March at the Ettington Chase Hotel in Stratford, UK.  We are hoping that this year we can fill the walls with posters! 

We are often asked – ‘could I have submitted a poster to the conference?’  The answer is yes!  The poster stream is open to all delegates.  Below is a short, but definitely not exhaustive, list of suggestions about what a poster might contain: 

  • An overview of a simulation case study either complete or in progress; 
  • An overview of a simulation research project either complete or in progress; 
  • A description of an important issue in simulation research or practice; 
  • A description of a new way to visualise simulation results; 
  • An overview of a piece of simulation software; 
  • Insights from practice about how to successfully run simulation studies; 
  • Links between simulation and analytics; 
  • Links between simulation and behavioural OR

In addition to bringing a poster along to the conference each delegate is given one minute to provide an elevator pitch talk.   This is an opportunity to tell other conference delegates why they should view your poster and come and talk to you!   

Poster delegates are also entered into the best poster competition judged by a prestigious panel of simulation practitioners and academics.  If you fancy winning our advice is to get creative with your poster design! 

The call for posters is open until the 8th January 2018.  By this time you need to submit a title and 150 word abstract.  You then need to create your poster and remember to bring it to the conference! 

Guidelines for poster format can be found on the conference site: http://www.theorsociety.com/SW18  



Monday, 21 Aug 2017
Thomas M Monks

Deadline for contributed papers: 29th September 2017

Submit your paper here: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sw18

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 (www.ettingtonchasehotel.co.uk).  This central location has good local transport links including from Birmingham International Airport.  More details can be found on the conference website https://www.theorsociety.com/SW18

 

  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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