Society Spotlight - The Simulation Society

(Prepared by Jie Xu, Assistant Professor, Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research, George Mason University)

The INFORMS Simulation Society (I-Sim) exists to encourage the development and dissemination of knowledge in the area of simulation, and to promote communication and interaction among individuals and organizations who share interests in the field of simulation. I-Sim has become a society from November 2004 and currently has close to 700 members with around 200 international members. 

I-Sim’s members are involved in all aspects of simulation applications and methodological research and actively explore the emerging frontiers in simulation and the cross-pollination of new ideas with other INFORMS societies. The themes of I-Sim’s sponsored biennial simulation workshops have spanned “simulation for better decisions in an uncertain world” (2007), “simulation at the interface of modeling and analysis” (2009), “simulation in complex service systems” (2011), and “at the interface of simulation and optimization” (2015). The next workshop will be held in Durham, UK in the summer of 2017 with a theme of “towards an ecosystem of simulation models and data” (2017).

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Figure 1: INFORMS Simulation Society at the PhD colloquium, 2015 Winter Simulation Conference

In addition to having a strong presence at the INFORMS Annual Meeting, I-Sim is also a co-sponsoring organization of the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC), held every year in December. Papers from past conferences can be found at Students may be particularly interested in the Ph.D. colloquium held at WSC. The colloquium gives an opportunity to students who are close to graduation to showcase their work and build a network that can support them in their careers. An award and honorarium is given by I-Sim to the best student papers. I-Sim also awards sponsorships each year to assist eligible graduate students to attend WSC. Applications are especially encouraged from women, underrepresented minorities, international students, or students who may add to the diversity of the community in other ways. Each awardee received an honorarium of $500.00. The application process can be found at

(Edited By: Lina Song)