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

Venue: Business Insight Lab, Rik Medik Building, Surrey Business School, University of Surrey, Guildford, GU2 7XH
Speaker: Prof Lampros Stergioulas, Prof Paul Fishwick, Prof Navonil Mustafee and Prof Nigel Gilbert
Date: Wednesday, 04 July 2018 at 12:00 - 16:00

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







UK Operational Research Society Simulation SIG

Roadtrip with Paul Fishwick



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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.



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.



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


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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.