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A Decision Sciences Workshop and Lecture

Tuesday 12th June 2018

School of Business and Economics is delighted to invite you to a Decision Sciences Workshop and Lecture

About the Workshop

Hosted by the Simulation Practices Research Interest Group at the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University in association with the UK’s Operational Research Society Simulation Special Interest Group. Attendants will have the opportunity to learn about research on client engagement in simulation modelling and operational research, with a hands-on practical session.


12:30 - Lunch and registration

13.30 - Welcome & Introductions

Dr. Antuela Tako, Leader of the Simulation Practices RIG

13:40 - Supporting the delivery of new community-based services in Leicestershire through simulation: The Lightbulb Programme.

Dr. Antuela Tako

14.30 - A tutorial on PartiSim – How to engage clients in simulation projects

Dr Kathy Kotiadis & Dr. Antuela Tako

16.00 - Unpacking microprocesses of Facilitated Modelling practice

Professor Alberto Franco, Associate Dean (T) SBE

16.45 – 17.00 - Close

About the Lecture

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. I will discuss the history of modelling, a way of thinking about modelling using three broad categories, the notion that computer and information science is a form of modelling and approaches to modelling across disciplines – from art and humanities to business, science, and engineering.
Prof Paul Fishwick is Distinguished University Chair of Arts and Technology (ATEC), and Professor of Computer Science at University of Texas at Dallas. He leads a lab aimed at bringing human elements to the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). His main research area is modelling and simulation, with a focus on education and public engagement in modelling as used in the arts, science and engineering. Paul pioneered the area of aesthetic computing. Since 1995, he is CEO of Metaphorz, LLC, which assists the State of Florida in its catastrophe modelling software engineering auditing process of risk-based simulation for hurricanes and floods. Fishwick was faculty at the University of Florida (1986 to 2012) and earned his PhD in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

17.00 - Refreshments and registration

17.30 - Introduction - Professor Stewart Robinson, Dean

17.40 - The Art and Science of Modelling

Prof Paul Fishwick, Distinguished University Chair of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication, and Professor of Computer Science , The University of Texas at Dallas

18.40 – 19.00 - Q&A and Closing Comments

Professor Stewart Robinson, Dean


Refreshments - Stewart Mason Building 68, foyer

Lecture – James France, room CC.0.21

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How to Find Us by rail and car

If travelling by car, on entering campus collect a car parking ticket from the security gate. They will also give directions to car parking.


Free to attend, registration is required on-line

Event Website

Prof Paul Fishwick’s visit to the UK is funded by the Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship award with University of Exeter Business School.