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Invitation to our research colloquium special event

The latest installation of the UK Operational Research Society Simulation SIG Roadtrip with Paul Fishwick. The Surrey Business School is pleased to invite you to its “Research Colloquium in Application of Analytics, modelling and simulation in complex systems”

Date and time

Wed 4th July 2018

12:00 – 16:00


Wates House,
Stag Hill campus,
University of Surrey

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: Biography
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.


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 Data 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)
Abstract: Right Hospital – Right Time (RH-RT) is the conceptualisation of the application of descriptive, predictive and prescriptive analytics (including simulation) with Urgent Care/A&E wait time data; its objective is to derive the maximum value from wait time data for the benefit of both patients and the NHS. The paper presents an architecture for the implementation of RH-RT that is specific to the authors’ current work on a digital platform that makes available live waiting time data from multiple centres of urgent care (e.g., A&E departments, Minor Injury Units, etc.) in Devon and Cornwall (NHSquicker). The focus of the talk is on the prescriptive analytics component of RH-RT and which could be realised through a Hybrid Systems Model (HSM) comprising of business intelligence, forecasting techniques and computer simulation.

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)

Abstract: 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.

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)

Abstract: While the idea of computer simulation has had enormous influence on most areas of science, and even on the public imagination through its use in computer games, it has only recently had a significant impact in the social sciences. The breakthrough came when it was realised that computer programs offer the possibility of creating ‘artificial’ societies in which individuals and collective actors such as organisations could be directly represented and the effect of their interactions observed. This provided for the first time the possibility of using experimental methods with social phenomena, or at least with their computer representations; of directly studying the emergence of social institutions from individual interaction; and of using computer code as a way of formalising dynamic social theories. In this talk, these advances in the application of computer simulation will be illustrated with a number of examples of recent work, showing how this methodology is appropriate for analysing social phenomena that are inherently complex.

15:15-15:45 Panel Discussion on the Application of Analytics, modelling and simulation in complex systems with all speakers, 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!

Hosts: Prof Lampros Stergioulas and Dr Masoud Fakhimi (Surrey Business School)

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.