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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


Wednesday, 29 Mar 2017
Thomas M Monks

19 – 21 MARCH 2018

ETTINGTON CHASE HOTEL, STRATFORD, WORCESTERSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM CV37 7NZ

Important Information

19th -21st 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, 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.

Location

Discover a charming and attractive hotel, set in 11 acres of grounds. Just seven miles away, explore over 800 year of history and the birthplace of William Shakespeare in the stunning Stratford upon Avon. Visit the Royal Shakespeare Company, take a trip on the river and soak up the historic and cultural atmosphere. Local attractions also include Warwick’s Medieval Castle.

Ettington Chase is easily accessible by air, rail or car. The nearest airport is Birmingham International a 30 minute drive away or by car from Junction 15 of the M40. London is only 1.5 hours away. http://www.ettingtonchasehotel.co.uk/location/

The Programme 

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!

Learn from and meet the top names in Simulation

The Simulation Workshop has a proud track record of attracting top names in computer simulation as keynote speakers. Previous keynotes have included Prof. Barry Nelson, Prof. Shane Henderson, Prof. Charles Macal and Prof. Paul Fishwick and at SW16 not one but two major keynote talks from Prof. Alexander Verbraeck and Prof. Sally Brailsford. SW18 will be just as exciting and 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 SW18’s best poster. We emphasise this competition is open to all SW18 delegates!

Conference Co-Chairs

Thomas Monks NIHR CLAHRC Wessex Methodological Hub Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton Southampton General Hospital Room AA72 thomas.monks@soton.ac.uk

Dr C S M Currie School of Management University of Southampton Highfield. SOUTHAMPTON 17 1BJ Christine.currie@soton.ac.uk



Thursday, 2 Feb 2017
Martin Kunc

Date:    Wed, 1 Feb 2017 15:15:17 +0000

From:    Thierry Chaussalet <chausst@WESTMINSTER.AC.UK>

Subject: Re: Funded PhD Opportunities in healthcare OR, machine learning and process mining at the University of Westminster in Central London

 

This is to remind you that we have funded PhD Opportunities in operational research, machine learning, and process mining applied to healthcare. Please send to those who may be interested. Application deadline is 10 February 2017.

 

SMART HEALTHCARE: ADVANCED INTEGRATED HEALTHCARE BASED ON SYSTEM MODELLING, ANALYSIS AND OPTIMISATION USING HEALTH INFORMATICS https://www.westminster.ac.uk/courses/research-degrees/research-areas/fst4-smart-healthcare-advanced-integrated-healthcare-based-on-system-modelling-analysis-and-optimisation-using-health-informatics

 

DESIGNING AND IMPLEMENTING NEW MACHINE LEARNING SYSTEMS FOR BETTER MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS https://www.westminster.ac.uk/courses/research-degrees/research-areas/fst3-designing-and-implementing-new-machine-learning-systems-for-better-medical-diagnosis

 

PROCESS MINING IN THE NHS

https://www.westminster.ac.uk/courses/research-degrees/research-areas/fst7-process-mining-in-the-nhs

 

If interested, please contact the person(s) indicated in the corresponding link.

 

Thierry C.

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Prof T.J. Chaussalet

Leader MSc Business Intelligence and Analytics and Health and Social Care Modelling Group Faculty Director of Business Development Faculty of Science and Technology University of Westminster

115 New Cavendish Street

London W1W 6UW

Tel: +44 (0)20 3506 4575

Email: chausst@westminster.ac.uk<mailto:chausst@westminster.ac.uk>

www.healthcareanalytics.co.uk<http://www.healthcareanalytics.co.uk>

 

 

The University of Westminster is a charity and a company limited by guarantee. Registration number: 977818 England. Registered Office: 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2UW.

 



Monday, 21 Nov 2016
Thomas M Monks

John Ladbrook and Michael Higgins

Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering, Ford Motor Company

Wednesday January 18th 2017, 10:00-12:00, Department of Computer Science, St John’s Building SJ050, Brunel University London

External visitors please see www.brunel.ac.uk for directions and notify Dr Simon J E Taylor (simon.taylor@brunel.ac.uk) if you wish to attend this event.

 

host: Dr Simon J E Taylor

Modelling & Simulation Group, Department of Computer Science, Brunel University London

 

Abstract:

The Ford simulation team has consistently saved millions of dollars over the past four years and as a result there has been a marked increase in the use of simulation within Powertrain Manufacturing.  This talk outlines the methods and tools used by the team to achieve such savings and how the simulation approach is streamlined to meet the increased demand.  Further, the presentation identifies the benefits of forming strong links with academia as well as the areas of both current and future research interest.

 

Bios:

JOHN LADBROOK In 1998 after 4 years research into modelling breakdowns he gained an M.Phil. (Eng.) with the University of Birmingham.  It was at this time he was promoted to his current position of Simulation Technical Specialist.  Since 1982 he has used and promoted the use of Discrete Event Simulation within Ford and Education and has been responsible for sponsoring many projects with various universities. John currently leads a team of 10 modellers.  The team was recognised by Lanner in 2013 with a project of the year and just recently John was awarded the post of Honorary Professor at UEL <jladbroo@ford.com>.

 

MICHAEL HIGGINS graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics in 2011 and in 2014 gained an MPhil(Eng) through his research into the application of Discrete Event Simulation within the automotive industry.  He has worked with Ford Motor Company since 2012 where his current role is within Powertrain Manufacturing Engineering (PTME) as a Simulation Engineer. He has utilised simulation as a tool across several functions within PTME and is currently researching and developing methods to increase usability, and widen the application of, the Ford Simulation Toolset. His email address is <mhiggi37@ford.com>



Tuesday, 5 Jul 2016
Cara Quinton

Behavioral Operational Research: Theory, Methodology and Practice

Editors: Kunc, Martin, Malpass, Jonathan, White, Leroy (Eds.)

http://www.palgrave.com/gb/book/9781137535498



Thursday, 2 Jun 2016
Martin Kunc

The call for papers for a special issue on System Dynamics has been posted in JoS.

Please, share the information with your contacts.

Here is the link to the word document http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jos/Special_Issue_for_Journal_of_Simulation_jm.docx 

and to the journal website http://www.palgrave-journals.com/jos/index.html

 



Wednesday, 11 May 2016
Martin Kunc

JOHN CROCKER wrote his perceptions about the recent SW16 conference in OR Inside. He said: 

"Not a postal area of London, but the biennial Simulation Workshop which this year ran from 11 to 13 April and was held at the new venue, Ettington Chase Hotel, a few miles south of Stratford-upon-Avon. I have to admit that I rather like the new venue but it will be interesting to see what the feedback is from the other delegates. This year’s event was spread over three days with the first day’s series of tutorials starting after lunch, making it a lot easier for many of us to get there on time."

Other activities to highlight were:

  1. A good set of SD papers and a tutorial to complement the usual DES papers
  2. We had the Annual General Meeting of the SIG with the attendance of few but highly involved academics in the area of Simulation. Some of the issues discussed were:
    1. The arrangement to have a one-day PhD Colloqium on Simulation methods during 2016. We are looking for volunteers.
    2. The development of a one-day event on Distributed Simulation organised by Simon Taylor by the end of 2016.
    3. New chairs to be named before the end of 2016 to replace Tom Monks (DES) and Martin Kunc (SD)

Please, participate in the SIG by delivering any activity that helps to discuss advances in the area, connect practitioners with academics, support PhD students or just have a bit of social networking.

The SIG has a budget to support activities.

Thank you,

Martin Kunc

 



Dear All,

The System Dynamics community has held the UK Chapter annual conference. The event was in London at the Warwick Business School campus. More than 40 participants attended the event and there was an interesting blend between practitioners', academics' and students' presentations. Some presentations and videos can be obtained from the website of the UK Chapter of the SD Society.

From May 9-11, the first NATCOR course for PhD students on System Dynamics was held at the Warwick Business School campus in Warwick. Eigthteen students from different universities in the UK and Europe attended the course. It was very good to see so many enthusiastic students sharing their research topics. John Morecroft, Brian Dangerfield and Martin Kunc were the lecturers. We hope to see more students in the next course.

I am looking for volunteers interested in organising events that connect System Dynamics with the wider Simulation community. Feel free to send me an email if you have an idea. The SIG has funding to support the initiative.

Martin Kunc

 



Thursday, 25 Feb 2016
Sion Cave

System dynamics for developing strategy in the real world – 2016 UK SD Conference

The UK System Dynamics conference this year is taking place on April 14th and 15th at the Shard in London. The conference includes presentations from eminent practitioners and interactive workshops. Tickets for the event can be booked from here, with tickets available for both days and for single days. The price to attend the whole conference is currently £110, with a special student price of £55. In addition we are also still accepting student presentations or posters and submissions for the student prize paper worth £250.

The theme for the conference this year is “System dynamics for developing strategy in the real world” and presentations include:

The Powertrain Technology Transition Market Agent Model (PTT-MAM) and application to EU transport policy

Gillian Harrison and Christian Theil (JRC)

 

Are all swans white?: Improving the Adaptive Response of British Telecom through the transformative fusion of cybernetics, systems dynamics and social capital

Steve Brewis CEng (Chief Research Scientist, British Telecom)

 

OSCAM: 20 years of making better operating and support cost estimates of fleets of ships and aircraft for the US Department of Defense

Stephen Curram (Decision Analysis Services Ltd)

Brittany Basilone (Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division)

 

Modelling the economy as if real data matters

Simon Roberts (Arup)

Colin Axon (Brunel University)

 

From problem-solving to problem-prevention with model-based management

Kim Warren (Strategy Dynamics)

 

Behavioural Operational Research: The contributions of System Dynamics

Martin Kunc (Warwick Business School)

 

Group model building

David Carter (Plymouth University)

Jennifer Morgan (Cardiff University)

 

Further information on the conference can be found here. We look forward to seeing you there!


Best wishes

 

Siôn



Wednesday, 14 Oct 2015
Martin Kunc

UK SD Chapter: Event news and Geoff Coyle Prize notice

Events

As you are no doubt aware, the UK Chapter hold a (seemingly) random series of events throughout the year and most of these are held in London, in response to previous questionnaires.  Our next such random event, to be held in Edinburgh (see, we do listen ;-) ) on the 19th of this month, will no doubt prove once again to be interesting, entertaining and an ideal opportunity to meet fellow practitioners.

We like these events, and we want more!  This is where you come in.  The UK Chapter wants to encourage others to organise relevant events to be publicised to the wider community.  So, if you know of such events or are organising or thinking of organising an event, we are here to help.

In addition to publicising your event to almost 500 members (actually 421 but it sounds better) we can provide some financial support up to a maximum of £500.  This can be used towards travel & subsistence costs for speakers or for event hire.  A formal submission would need to be made to the Policy Council who will meet in a secret location in a dark corner of the island to determine the worthiness of your begging letter, I mean, request for financial assistance.

Not all events can be supported, if you want to increase the chance that your event will attract financial support, we are particularly looking for events covering a specific industry sector or theme.

In addition to the above, if there are any events you believe would be of interest to the membership (either national or local events), please do let us know, preferably with a link to the event notice or some information regarding subject, location and time.  We will then advertise the event on our website and (subject to the number of such notices we receive) publicise via email to the subscribed members.

 

Geoff Coyle Prize

The Geoff Coyle prize is to be awarded for innovative system dynamics work in the UK.  Since Geoff Coyle had encouraged early career developments in SD, this will form the scope of the prize for either research or practice.

The prize takes the form of a medal and will be presented at our annual conference on April 15th 2016 .

Guidelines for submission:

    UK-based nominee

    Early career: within 10 years of commencing use of SD

 

    Only submissions reported in calendar year considered

    Description of work and contribution (no more than 800 words,12pt font size in plain text)

    Discretionary award by 3 member panel of policy council

    No age limit applies

The awarding panel will contact short-listed nominees in order to discuss their work, prior to award.

Closing date Friday 1st April 2016

Please, go to the UK SD Chapter website for more information

 

Best regards

Lee Jones

VP Membership

 

Posted by Martin Kunc



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