Join us to celebrate the 10th ‘anniversary’ of the Simulation Workshop

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SW21Brought to you by The ORS and INFORMS Simulation Society

SW21 is the flagship showcase of simulation and modelling across industry and academia, providing both a great opportunity to celebrate developments in the field as well as a unique opportunity to collaborate extensively over a three-day period.  

  • Present: Raise your profile and demonstrate the impact of your work  
  • Progress: Exchange and gain new ideas  
  • Practice: insights you can action right away
  • Promote: help grow the profession with your peers from academia and industry. 


More reasons to attend SW21: 

  • Two high-profile international keynote speakers 
  • Lively panel discussions 
  • Technical sessions  
  • A wide range of tutorial sessions  
  • And much more......  

Call for poster deadline 12 January 2021Bookings of delegates who have previously registered for this event will be carried over.    

The conference is being held at Burleigh Court which is located on Loughborough University's campus in the East Midlands and is easily accessible by road, rail and air. We will continue to monitor the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic and take all the necessary measures to protect the wellbeing of delegates, staff and the public.   

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. Our programme is packed with interesting papers showcasing simulation work on discrete event simulation optimisation, metamodels, system dynamics, hybrid simulation, as well as on teaching simulation in the classroom. You will hear from authors from different destinations across the globe, USA, Spain, France, Ireland and the UK.

Prof. Susan M. Sanchez, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA 

Title of talk:
Data farming: the meaning and methods behind the metaphor

Dr Young-Jun Son, Systems and Industrial Engineering, The University of Arizona 

Title of talk:
A DDDAMS-based Surveillance and Crowd Control via UAVs and UGVs

Simon J.E. Taylor, 
Brunel University London
Stewart Robinson, 
School of Business & Economics, Loughborough University

Celebrating 20 years: The story of the simulation workshop

SW21This year marks the 10th Operational Research Society Simulation Workshop (SW). It is 20 years since the planning commenced for the very first SW which took place in Birmingham in March 2002.

To mark this occasion, this article presents a short history of the conference including the events that led up to the first conference, details of the first SW, a summary of all 10 SWs, and how all this led to the creation of the Journal of Simulation. As founders of the conference series we provide our personal reflections on these events.


Enjoy our technical sessions

Feedback from delegates asks for more technical talks about simulation methodology and so following the success of the simulation tutorial sessions, we are pleased to announce that the conference will continue to feature an extra half-day dedicated to tutorial sessions for beginners and experienced simulation modellers alike.

We have created a programme of stimulating technical sessions by speakers from government, industry and academia on a range of subjects across a variety of industry sectors.  The final programme will be distributed nearer the date.

Join our Tutorial Sessions....

Prof Roger McHaney, Kansas State University, College of Business 

Title of talk:
“Text Analytics for simulation with Python”

Dr Antuela Tako, School of Business & Economics, Loughborough University

Title of talk:
“A Tutorial on Involving Stakeholders in Facilitated Simulation Studies”

Duncan Robertson, School of Business & Economics, Loughborough University 

Title of talk:
“Agent-Based Models: A Tutorial”

Dr Kathy Kotiadis, University of Kent and co-founder of PartiSim 

Title of talk:
“A Tutorial on Involving Stakeholders in Facilitated Simulation Studies”

Dr Thomas Monks, University of Exeter

Title of talk:
“How to choose the best set up for a system”

Dr Christine Currie, University of Southampton 

Title of talk:
“How to choose the best set up for a system”

What else is happening...


Zoo Modelling Hackathon – with prizes!

We are planning a surprise “zoo modelling” competition with a hands-on exercise. Seasoned and novice modellers will be invited to join and work in groups in a hackathon-type environment during the conference, with prizes to be given out. Watch the space for more details to follow.


Special Interest Group

The Simulation Special Interest group will also meet to discuss the SIGs ambitious plans, including past activities, ideas for future directions, assess the potential for hosting the flagship Winter Simulation Conference 2026 in the UK or Ireland. The session will be chaired by the SIG chair Dr Stephan Onggo (University of Southampton).


Closing Panel Session

The conference will close with a topical panel session on artificial intelligence and simulation with the title Artificial Intelligence and Simulation: Friend or Foe?, chaired by Professor Simon Taylor from Brunel University.


Women in OR & Analytics Network Event

This year we are hosting a Women in OR & Analytics Network event.  We need your voice, your knowledge and your experience to help us to build a strong, self-supporting network and to set better conditions for each new generation of women entering these professions.


Exhibitors & Sponsors




Key Dates

All the key dates are listed here.  

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Organising Commitee

Meet the organisers of SW21

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Programme Commitee

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Advisory Board

Meet the advisory board members

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By Car
Use the postcode LE11 3GR or type 'Holywell Way, Loughborough' into your sat nav.  Free car parking is available.

By Train
Loughborough mainline station is only 3 miles away, so 10 minutes in a cab.

By Bus
The popular University shuttle bus runs between the University and Loughborough's train station every 10 minutes during term time and 20 minutes out of term time.

By Air
We are just 8 miles from East Midlands Airport and 38 miles from Birmingham International Airport.

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