SIM 101 Workshop

Sunday, December 3, 1:00pm – 7:00pm

Additional Fee Required ($125) – Sign-up when you register for the meeting.  Light dinner included.

Overview
The pre-conference Simulation 101 Workshop is designed for newcomers to discrete-event and Monte Carlo simulation. The target audience consists of both technical and non-technical persons who may have a background in computing, engineering, management, mathematics, and/or statistics but who have had minimal exposure to simulation and its applications. Attending this workshop will help newcomers assimilate the technical sessions presented at WSC ’17. By working on specific examples, the focus of the workshop will be on the intuition associated with simulation rather than on underlying theory and mathematics. Participants will be introduced to the conceptual, algorithmic and implementation steps of the development of several simple discrete-event and Monte Carlo simulation models, and then will experiment with those implementations using software developed specifically for the workshop.

Presenters
Larry Leemis, Professor of Mathematics, College of William & Mary
Barry Lawson, Professor of Computer Science, University of Richmond

Who Should Attend?
This pre-conference workshop is designed for newcomers to discrete-event and Monte Carlo simulation. The target audience consists of both technical and non-technical persons who may have background in computing, engineering, management, mathematics, and/or statistics but who have had minimal exposure to simulation and its applications. Familiarity with a high-level programming language is helpful but not required.

Why Should You Attend?
Attending the workshop will help newcomers to simulation assimilate the technical sessions presented at WSC ’17. Due to the limited time, the workshop will be light on theory and, by working on specific examples, focus more on intuition associated with simulation. This will be accomplished by running through the conceptual, algorithmic, and implementation steps of the development of several simple discrete-event and Monte Carlo simulation models.  Those implementations will be used in associated hands-on lab experiments during the workshop.

Bring Your Laptop
Each participant should bring a laptop to the workshop. A suite of simulation programs and utilities written specifically for Simulation 101 will be distributed and should be installed by each participant on her/his laptop prior to the workshop. Participants will experiment with the programs throughout the workshop.

Preliminary Schedule
1:00-1:20pm                  Overview of Simulation
1:20-2:00pm                 Monte Carlo Simulation (with lab)
2:00-2:40pm                 Introduction to Modeling:  Queueing (with lab)
2:40-2:50pm                 Break
2:50-3:30pm                 Generating Random Variates (with lab)
3:30-4:10pm                 Modeling Input Data (with lab)
4:10-4:50pm                 Next-event Simulation (with lab)
5:00-6:00pm                Dinner
6:00-6:40pm                Analyzing Simulation Output (with lab)
6:40-7:00pm                Simulation Animation (brief)