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WSC 2018: ‘Simulation for a Noble Cause’

By Björn Johansson

WSC 2018: ‘Simulation for a Noble Cause’The Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) is the premier international forum for disseminating recent advances in the field of dynamic systems modeling and simulation and has been for 50 years (2017 was the 50th anniversary!). In addition to a technical program of unsurpassed scope and quality, WSC is the central meeting place for simulation researchers, practitioners and vendors spanning all disciplines and working in industry, government, military, service and academic sectors. WSC 2018 will be held Dec. 9-12 in Gothenburg, Sweden, at the Swedish Exhibition and Congress Centre. The theme for WSC 2018 is “Simulation for a Noble Cause.”

One great aspect of the simulation field is the wide range of interests it attracts. The academic tracks include analysis methodology, modeling methodology, simulation optimization, agent-based simulation and hybrid simulations. The applied uses of simulation showcased at the conference include homeland security enterprise, modeling and analysis of semiconductor manufacturing (MASM), healthcare applications, logistics, manufacturing applications, aviation modeling and analysis, networks and communications, military applications, gaming, complex, intelligent, adaptive and autonomous systems (CIAAS), project management and construction, environmental and sustainability applications, simulation standards and reproducibility, and cyber-physical systems.

Additionally, the conference will include introductory and advanced tutorials, simulation education, case studies, Ph.D. colloquia, poster sessions and vendor tutorials. Whatever your specialty, WSC will have something for you.

Simulation has been found useful for a range of scientific, engineering and business applications as evident by the papers presented at Winter Simulation Conferences over the past 50 years. Simulation has been recently employed to help noble causes, but such efforts have received limited attention. The 2018 conference seeks to highlight applications of simulation for these noble causes in addition to continuing to report leading developments and applications in other fields. The track sessions will feature uses of simulation in efforts analyzing and addressing issues facing humanity including, but not limited to, reducing poverty and world hunger, social causes, social problems, improving natural environment and disaster response.

Dr. Jean Baderschneider, CEO of the Global Fund to End Modern Slavery, will deliver an opening keynote on applying simulation for analyzing social issues such as human trafficking, a reflection of the theme for WSC 2018, “Simulation for a Noble Cause.”

The military keynote speaker is Dr. Reiner Huber, emeritus professor, University of the German Federal Armed Forces, Munich, Germany. He will speak about the role of modeling and simulation from a WWII recollection, as well as onward toward perspectives of today. On a related note, the homeland enterprise keynote will be delivered by David M. Wulf, acting deputy assistant secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who will discuss security and resilience of critical infrastructure.

The “Titans of Simulations” plenary talks feature two excellent speakers: Dr. Peter Frazier, associate professor at Cornell University and data science manager at Uber, and Dr. Russell Cheng, emeritus professor at the University of Southampton.

Professor Stewart Robinson from Loughborough University will present the Ph.D. colloquium keynote on a topic that will challenge Ph.D. students: building and using the right model for the right purpose.

WSC 2018 also incorporates the Modeling and Analysis of Semiconductor Manufacturing (MASM) conference-within-a-conference. This conference features a keynote by Professor Lars Mönch, University of Hagen, Germany, who will talk on “Reflections on Reference Modeling, Simulation Testbeds and Reproducibility,” which is timely because testbeds and digital hubs are now increasingly populating our world.

The Winter Simulation Conference is designed for professionals and academics from all backgrounds and across a broad range of interests. From the extensive group of exhibitors and vendor presentations to the meetings of various professional societies and user groups, along with various social gatherings, WSC provides all attendees the opportunity to become involved in the ever-expanding activities of the international simulation community. We hope that you have the opportunity to join us in Gothenburg, Sweden, to actively participate in continuing the great tradition of WSC.

For more information, visit http://wintersim.org/2018/.

Björn Johansson is general chair of WSC 2018.

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