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8th Simulation Workshop (SW16)

11-13 APRIL 2016


Held in cooperation with the INFORMS Simulation Society and the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS).


Important Information

This coming 11-13th April 2016 sees the return of the OR Society’s biennial simulation workshop (SW16).  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.  


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.

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!

Our confirmed tutorial speakers are:

  • Stewart Robinson, Loughborough University
  • Russell Cheng, University of Southampton
  • John Morecroft, London Business School
  • Simon Taylor, Brunel University
  • Bhakti Stephan Onggo, Lancaster University

Details of the tutorials contents can be found here:

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.  Previous keynotes have included Prof. Barry Nelson, Prof. Shane Henderson, Prof Charles Macal and Prof. Paul Fishwick.  In 2016 we have not one but two major keynote talks from Professor Alexander Verbraeck, Delft University of Technology and Professor Sally Brailsford, University of Southampton. SW16 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.Further information 

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 SW16’s best poster.  We emphasise this competition is open to all SW16 delegates!

Conference Co-Chairs

Thomas Monks
NIHR CLAHRC Wessex Methodological Hub
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton
Southampton General Hospital
Room AA72

Dr C S M Currie
School of Management
University of Southampton
Highfield. SOUTHAMPTON 17 1BJ