INFORMS NEWS: WSC 2015 - Social and Behavioral Simulation

By Charles M. Macal

The Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) has been the premier international forum for disseminating recent advances in the field of dynamic systems modeling and simulation for more than 40 years. 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 2015 will be held Dec. 6-9 in Huntington Beach, Calif., at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa. The theme for WSC 2015 is “Social and Behavioral Simulation.”

The appeal of simulation is its relevance to a diverse range of interests. WSC has always reflected this diversity, and WSC 2015 aligns with and expands upon this tradition. For those more inclined to the academic aspects of simulation, the conference offers tracks in modeling methodology, analysis methodology, simulation-based optimization, hybrid simulation and agent-based simulation. For those more inclined to the application of simulation, tracks include healthcare, manufacturing, logistics and supply chain management, military applications, business process modeling, project management and construction, homeland security and emergency response, environmental and sustainability applications, and networks and communications.

The theme for WSC 2015, “Social and Behavioral Simulation,” is timely and relevant. The explosion in the number of simulations that include descriptive models of behavioral and social decision-making is creating both opportunities and challenges to the business, operations and scientific communities. Presenters will discuss how simulation can help.

In addition to special tracks on social and behavioral simulation and agent-based simulation applications, conference keynote speaker Joshua Epstein, professor of Emergency Medicine and director, Center for Advanced Modeling in the Social, Behavioral and Health Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, will speak about the rise of artificial social simulation.

The military keynote speaker is Timothy H. Chung, deputy director of the Consortium for Robotics and Unmanned Systems Education and Research at the Naval Postgraduate School, who will speak about multi-agent coordination for information gathering applications.

A distinguished speaker lunchtime program features the “Titans of Simulation,” Pierre L’Ecuyer and Averill M. Law.

The Modeling and Analysis of Semiconductor Manufacturing (MASM) is a conference-within-a-conference featuring a series of sessions focused on the semiconductor field. The Industrial Case Studies track affords industrial practitioners the opportunity to present their best practices to the simulation community. The Simulation Education track presents approaches to teaching simulation at education levels ranging from K-12 to graduate and professional workforce levels. 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 and a new attendee orientation.

The WSC is designed for professionals at all levels of experience across broad ranges of interest. The extensive cadre of exhibitors and vendor presentations, the meetings of various professional societies and user groups, along with the various social gatherings give all attendees the opportunity to become involved in the ever-expanding activities of the international simulation community.

For more information, visit http://wintersim.org/2015/.

Charles M. Macal is general chair of WSC 2015.