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Conference Preview: Winter Simulation Conference

September/October 2012

Premier international forum set for Dec. 9-12 in Berlin.

Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg Gate

By Oliver Rose

The Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) has been the premier international forum for disseminating recent advances in the field of system simulation for more than 40 years. The longest-running conference devoted to simulation as a discipline, this year’s WSC will be held in Berlin, Germany, Dec. 9-12, at the InterContinental Berlin, located in the heart of the city. The Berlin Zoo and Berlin’s largest park, the Tiergarten, are just around the corner from the hotel, which is surrounded by the infrastructure of a metropolis and is easy to reach by plane, rail or car.)

The theme for WSC 2012 is “WSC Goes Europe.”

Simulation is widely applied across a diverse range of endeavors. This is reflected in WSC 2012, which includes tracks devoted to manufacturing, semiconductor fabrication, transportation and logistics, healthcare, social sciences and organization, construction, military, computer/communication networks, environmental sciences, project management, education and gaming. Moreover, WSC offers an invaluable educational opportunity for novices and experts alike, with a large segment of each program devoted to introductory and advanced tutorials. Tutorials are carefully designed to address the needs of simulation professionals at all levels of expertise and are presented by prominent individuals in the field. Of particular interest to virtually all attendees are the software tutorials and the exhibits by software vendors, which cover a broad range of commercial simulation products and services.

Rounding out the attractions are poster sessions, a Ph.D. colloquium and several social gatherings, as well as meetings of numerous professional societies and users’ groups. All of these events give attendees the opportunity to get acquainted and to become involved in the ongoing activities of the international simulation community.

Stefan Rahmstorf of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany and Thomas A. Henzinger, president of the Institute of Science and Technology (IST) in Austria, will deliver this year’s keynote presentations.

Berlin Zoo.
Berlin Zoo.

In 1999, Rahmstorf was awarded the $1 million Centennial Fellowship Award of the U.S.-based James S. McDonnell Foundation. Since 2000 he has taught physics of the oceans as a professor at Potsdam University. He is a member of the Academia Europaea and of the German Advisory Council on Global Change. He has published more than 60 scientific papers (14 papers in nature and science), including “Our Threatened Oceans” (2009, with Katherine Richardson) and “The Climate Crisis” (2010, with David Archer).

Henzinger’s research focuses on modern systems theory, especially models, algorithms and tools for the design and verification of reliable software, hardware and embedded systems. His HyTech tool was the first model checker for mixed discrete-continuous systems. He is an ISI highly cited researcher, a member of Academia Europaea, a member of the German Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), a corresponding member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the ACM and a Fellow of the IEEE.

Gianfranco Balbo of the University of Torino (Italy) will present the “simulation titan talk.” In 1984, together with M. Ajmone-Marsan and G. Conte, Balbo proposed the Generalized Stochastic Petri Net (GSPN) formalism, which, supported by the GreatSPN software package, quickly became one of the most popular modeling languages for the specification and analysis of performance models of computer and communication systems. He has published more than 70 scientific papers and co-authored three books. He is an ISI highly cited researcher, a member of the Academy of Sciences of Torino and a member of the ACM.

Berlin Cathedral.
Berlin Cathedral.

WSC is designed for professionals at several levels – those who want to apply science as well as art to quantitative business problems. It is for analysts to improve their productivity, for managers who lead technical staff and for executives who appreciate and want to learn more about the power behind the techniques and tools of simulation modeling. For more information, see www.wintersim.org.

WSC regularly attracts the best of the world’s simulation. Come and experience this gathering of the world’s best simulation researchers, thinkers and teachers, while they share their creativity, teach the basics of simulation and provide advanced state-of-the-art concepts and tutorials in modern day simulation.

For more information and updates, visit www.wintersim.org/.

Oliver Rose is the general chair of WSC 2012.

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