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Future Meetings

Winter Simulation Conference 2018

Speaker: Keynote: Dr. Jean Baderschneider
Date: Sunday, 09 December 2018 at 09:00 - 12 December 2018

Simulation for a Noble Cause

The Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) is the premier international forum for disseminating recent advances in the field of system simulation.  In addition to a technical program of unsurpassed scope and quality, WSC provides the central meeting place for simulation practitioners, researchers, and vendors working in all disciplines in industry, service, government, military and academic sectors.

Simulation has been found useful for a range of scientific, engineering and business applications as evident by the papers presented at Winter Simulation Conferences over the past 50 years.  Simulation has been employed to help noble causes too over the recent past but such efforts have received limited attention.  The 2018 conference seeks to highlight applications of simulation for noble causes in addition to continuing to report leading developments and applications in other fields.  The track sessions will feature uses of simulation in efforts analyzing and addressing issues facing humanity including, but not limited to, reducing poverty and world hunger, social causes, social problems, improving natural environment, and disaster response.

Learn about simulation applications for analyzing social issues such as human trafficking in the keynote address by Dr. Jean Baderschneider, CEO of the Global Fund to End Slavery.


Dr. Jean Baderschneider , CEO and Founding Board Member Global Fund to End Modern Slavery

Title: The potential of simulation for disrupting modern slavery systems

According to recent global estimates, over 25 million people are in conditions of modern slavery around the world. Modern slavery, an umbrella term which includes forced labor and forced sexual exploitation, is an economic crime of opportunity that occurs in every country in the world, generating an estimated $150 Billion USD in illegal profits to traffickers. It is a massive system of exploitation driven by both supply of vulnerable populations and demand for cheap products and services.

The Global Fund to End Modern Slavery (GFEMS) is a bold public-private partnership with a mission to make modern slavery economically unprofitable by catalyzing and coordinating a global, coherent strategy. Dr. Baderschneider will discuss how developing this coherent strategy will require innovative approaches to collecting data and to evaluating and disrupting systems driving modern slavery. She will highlight the potential of simulation to be a game-changer in this effort.

Two excellent speakers will present during the conference lunches, Dr. Peter Frazier, Associate Professor at Cornell University and Staff Data Scientist and Data Science Manager at Uber, and Dr. Russell Cheng, Emeritus Professor at the University of Southampton.