50th Anniversary Keynote: Barry L. Nelson

Walter P Murphy
Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences
Northwestern University

WSC 2067:   What Are The Chances?

At the November 1967 “Conference on the Applications of Simulation Using GPSS” it seems unlikely that anyone was wondering if the conference would still be occupying a big hotel in 2017. Conferences persist for many reasons, but a technical conference like WSC has to remain relevant to users, vendors, researchers and consumers (not just hotels) to survive. If our kind of simulation vanished, then so (eventually) would WSC.  What is required for simulation to “remain relevant” for the next 50 years?  Without fear of having to answer for my crimes in 2067, I boldly speculate on what SHOULD matter for the next 10-20 years, if not the next 50, with a focus on our strength: dealing with uncertainty.

50th Anniversary Titans

Robert G. Sargent

Professor Emeritus – Syracuse University

A Prospective on Fifty-Five Years of the Evolution of Scientific Respect for Simulation

This presentation will give a personal perspective on the evolution of how simulation moved from the image of being a “brute force programming effort” and a “method of last resort” in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s to today’s status where simulation enjoys “considerable scientific respect” and is often the “method of choice.”

Bernard P. Zeigler

Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering – University of Arizona

Why Should We Develop Simulation Models in Pairs?

The conventional approach to model construction for simulation is to focus on a single model and follow a more or less structured development cycle. Why we put in twice the time and effort to develop two models rather than one? The answer lies in the fact that like most greedy heuristics, short-sightedness at the beginning may be much more costly in the end. This talk will champion the cause of the pairs-of-models (perhaps families of models) with discussion of multiresolution modeling. We show how the pair-of-models approach leads to be better results overall than construction of a complex model followed by a simpler model developed subsequently by necessity under stress when complexity overwhelms. Benefits include the ability to perform mutual cross-calibration, avoiding the usual difficulties in harmonization of the underlying ontologies as well as ability to better reconcile and correlate predictions of referent system outcomes.

MASM Keynote

Stéphane Dauzère-Pérès

Professor, Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne

Achievements and Lessons Learned from a Long-term Academic-Industrial Collaboration

Military Keynote

Douglas Hodson

Associate Professor, Professor of Computer Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)

Military Simulation:  A Ubiquitous Future

The Department of Defense uses Modeling and Simulation to support a variety of activities ranging from engineering to theater-level analytical studies, training, strategy evaluation and test. This talk presents some of the current challenges, research directions and promising opportunities to further exploit this powerful tool to understand complex system dynamics and predict performance.


History of Simulation Keynote

Brian Hollocks

Brian Hollocks

Professor, Bournemouth University, Faculty of Management.


History of Simulation in the United Kingdom