Conference Preview: Winter Simulation Conference 2013
By Raymond R. Hill
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, with the principal focus being discrete-event simulation and combined discrete-continuous simulation. In addition to a technical program of unsurpassed scope and high quality, WSC provides the central meeting place for simulation researchers, practitioners and vendors working in all disciplines and in industrial, governmental, military, service and academic sectors. WSC 2013 will be held Dec. 8-11 at the JW Marriott Hotel in the heart of Washington, D.C.
The appeal of simulation is its relevance to a diverse range of interests. WSC has always reflected this diversity and WSC 2013 aligns with and expands upon this tradition. For those more inclined to the academic aspects of simulation, we offer tracks in modeling methodology, analysis methodology, simulation-based optimization, simulation for decision-making and agent-based simulation. For those more inclined to the application of simulation, tracks include health care, supply chain management, military applications, project management and construction, homeland security and emergency response, environmental and sustainability applications and applications in social science and organization.
The Modeling and Analysis of Semiconductor Manufacturing (MASM) is a conference-within-a-conference featuring a series of sessions focused on the semiconductor field. Back for WSC 2013 is the Industrial Case Studies track affording industrial practitioners the opportunity to present their best practices to the simulation community. Finally, WSC provides a comprehensive suite of introductory and advanced tutorials presented by prominent individuals in the field along with a lively poster session, Ph.D. colloquium, a newcomers’ orientation and a distinguished speaker lunchtime program.
The theme for WSC 2013, “Simulation: Making Decisions in a Complex World,” is timely and relevant. The conference keynote speaker is Dr. Eric Bonabeau, founder, CEO and chief scientific officer of ICOSYSTEM, and one of the world’s leading experts in complex systems and the application of complexity science to real-world problems. The military keynote speaker is Jeff Cares, a naval captain, the founder and president of Alidade Incorporated, and one of the top thought leaders in “Information Age” innovation.
The WSC is designed for professionals at all levels of experience across broad ranges of interest. The extensive cadre of exhibitors, the meetings of various professional societies and user groups, along with the various social gatherings, give all attendees the opportunity to get acquainted with each other and to become involved in the ever-expanding activities of the international simulation community.
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Raymond R. Hill is the general chair of WSC 2013.