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9th Simulation Workshop (SW18)

19 – 21 MARCH 2018



Held in cooperation with the INFORMS Simulation Society

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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.


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

The SW18 Simulation Workshop event opens on Monday 19 March 2018 with registration at 11:00 followed by lunch for all delegates at 12:00 The conference ends on Wednesday 21 March 2018 at 15:00.

We ran tutorials for the first time at the last Simulation Workshop back in 2016. They proved very popular and are now a key feature of this conference. Topics are chosen to allow delegates to find out more about the full range of simulation techniques.  The tutorials on offer at this year’s conference are: -

  • Discrete Event Simulation by Prof. Stewart Robinson (Loughbough University)
  • Simheuristics by Dr Angel A. Juan, Open University Catalonia, Spain
  • Verification and Validation by Alan Robinson and Paul Glover (DSTL).
  • System Dynamics by Dr Martin Kunc (Warwick Business School)
  • Hybrid Modelling by Prof. Sally Brailsford (University of Southampton)
  • Agent Based Modelling by Dr Duncan Robertson (Loughborough University)

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 high quality papers in the proceedings, but it guarantees high quality talks!

Poster presentations are a good alternative when a full paper presentation is too formal or not suitable for the project. Each contributor provides a two-minute 'elevator pitch' to introduce their work followed by a networking session where everyone can come and talk to the presenters. This session provides valuable one-to-one feedback about the theory behind projects and useful discussions about practical realities and other related projects.

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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, for example, Prof. Shane Henderson, Prof. Barry Nelson, Prof. Alexander Verbraeck and Prof. Sally Brailsford, to name but a few. This year is no exception and our Keynote Speakers at SW18 will be Prof. John Fowler, Motorola Professor of International Business, Arizona State University and Prof. Russell Cheng, Emeritus Professor within Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton and 2016 winner of the INFORMS Simulation Lifetime Professional Achievement Award.   Attending SW18 not only provides a platform for learning from these two top names, but also the opportunity to meet them and get feedback on your work, either during the formal conference sessions, at the conference dinner or the coffee breaks between sessions. Further information

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