10th Simulation Workshop (SW20)

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

Held in cooperation with the INFORMS Simulation Society

SW20 features an exciting line-up of high profile international keynote speakers addressing promising avenues in purposeful data generation from simulation models using data analytics and agent-based simulation:

This would be a great opportunity to:

  • Present: Raise your profile and demonstrate the impact of your work.
  • Progress: Exchange and gain new ideas by immersing yourself in our great programme including two keynotes, a panel discussion, introductory and advanced tutorials and parallel streams. You will learn all about simulation and have the opportunity to discuss how to further develop the field.
  • Promote: Network with peers from academia and industry, and tell them about your work.

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 dynamic data-driven adaptive multi-scale simulation-based Surveillance and Crowd Control via UAVs & UGVs”

Join our Tutorial Sessions....

Prof Roger McHaney, Kansas State University, College of Business 

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

Simon J.E. Taylor, Brunel University London

Title of talk:
“Celebrating 20 years: The story of the simulation workshop"

Stewart Robinson, School of Business & Economics, Loughborough University

Title of talk:
“Simulation Model Verification and validation”

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

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

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”

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 on Tuesday afternoon 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.


Exhibitors & Sponsors




Key Dates

All the key dates are listed here.  

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Organising Commitee

Meet the organisers of SW20

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Programme Commitee

Meet the programme organisers

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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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