PhD Colloquium

In 2019, ACM-SIGSIM and INFORMS-Sim will once again sponsor the Ph.D. Colloquium for Ph.D. students that are within one year of graduation (planning to graduate by Dec. 2020). Students close to graduation will be given an opportunity to showcase their work during a short presentation session during the Colloquium (apart from the regular tracks). All Colloquium students will then participate in the Colloquium Poster Session. Presenting your Ph.D. work to your peers and the larger simulation community will give you the opportunity to receive valuable feedback and ideas, as well as introduce you to a network that can be very helpful with your career once you graduate. The Ph.D. Colloquium will be conducted on Sunday, December 8, 2019, starting with lunch. The keynote speaker (to be announced) will join us for a discussion over lunch.

Ph.D. Colloquium Committee 2019

Chair:

Weiwei Chen, Rutgers University, INFORMS-Sim

Members:

Anastasia Anagnostou, Brunel University London, ACM SIGSIM
Jose Padilla, ODU, ACM SIGSIM

Important Dates

August 2 Submit a 2-page extended abstract using the WSC 2019 submission system. The abstract should be formatted using the poster template in the WSC 2019 author’s kit.
August 28 Notification of acceptance to authors, including details about required revisions.
September 7 Submit final version of the extended abstract.
October 25 Upload slides for the Ph.D. Colloquium presentation in PPT or PDF format. The presentations are typically between 5 and 10 minutes. The time allotted for each student for the presentation will be determined once the number of participants in the colloquium is known.
December 8 Bring your poster to the WSC 2019 Ph.D. Colloquium.

Keynote Speaker

John R. Birge
Jerry W. and Carol L. Levin Distinguished Service Professor of Operations Management
The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, United States

Perspectives on Simulation for Optimization and Optimization for Simulation

Optimizing the inputs for simulation models has been a topic of interest in the OR community for many years. Similarly, Monte Carlo methods for optimizing even deterministic functions have been subjects of interest in the statistics and computing communities for at least the same length of time.  Recent interest in such global optimization problems as arise in deep neural networks and the implications for learning and exploiting complex relationships has only intensified these interests.  This talk will discuss frameworks to unify the views of these developments from different perspectives and particularly to address issues that arise in dynamic learning, optimization, and statistical inference.

John R. Birge is the Jerry W. and Carol Lee Levin Distinguished Service Professor of Operations Management at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Previously, he was Dean of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and Professor of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences at Northwestern University. He also served as Professor and Chair of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he also established the Financial Engineering Program. He is former Editor-in-Chief of Mathematical Programming, Series B, former President of INFORMS, and current Editor-in-Chief of Operations Research. His work focuses on stochastic optimization methods and analysis as well as applications in multiple domains. His honors and awards include the CORS Harold Larnder Prize, IIE Medallion Award, the INFORMS Fellows Award, the MSOM Society Distinguished Fellow Award, the Harold W. Kuhn Prize, the George E. Kimball Medal, the William Pierskalla Award, and election to the US National Academy of Engineering. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in Operations Research, and an A.B. in Mathematics from Princeton University.

Ph.D. Colloquium Participation Options

There are three options to participate in the Ph.D. Colloquium with different benefits:

  1. Poster Only: Submit a 2-page extended abstract and participate in the Ph.D. Colloquium poster session only.
    Benefit 1: If accepted, both ACM-SIGSIM and INFORMS-Sim provide a complimentary one-year membership.
  2. Poster and Presentation: Submit a presentation in addition to your 2-page extended abstract.
    Benefit 1: Both ACM-SIGSIM and INFORMS-Sim provide a complimentary one-year membership.
    Benefit 2: ACM-SIGSIM and INFORMS-Sim will reimburse the conference registration fee.
    Benefit 3: You will be eligible to participate in the Ph.D. colloquium lunch.
  3. Poster, Presentation, and Full Paper: Submit a 2-page extended abstract and a presentation for the Ph.D. Colloquium.  In addition, you have submitted a full paper to a regular track (a contributed paper, not an invited paper) and it has been accepted.
    Benefit 1: Both ACM-SIGSIM and INFORMS-Sim provide a complimentary one-year membership.
    Benefit 2: ACM-SIGSIM and INFORMS-Sim will reimburse the conference registration fee.
    Benefit 3: You will be eligible to participate in the Ph.D. colloquium lunch.
    Benefit 4: You will be eligible to compete for a best paper award, provided your full paper is accepted in a regular track. 

ACM-SIGSIM and INFORMS-Sim will each award a Best Ph.D. Student Paper prize among those final year students making a presentation at both the Ph.D. Colloquium and in a regular track at the conference. ACM-SIGSIM will award a prize for the best Ph.D. Student Paper in the “Computational and Model Representation Techniques in Modeling and Simulation”. INFORMS-Sim will award a prize for the best Ph.D. Student Paper in the “Advanced Applications of Simulation and Optimization”.

Those students who have a contributed paper in a regular track will be eligible for the Best Paper awards. Note that invited papers cannot be considered for the Best Paper awards.  Students interested in competing for a Best Paper award should include their contributed paper ID when completing the Ph.D. Colloquium submission.  An email should also be sent to the chair of the Ph.D. Colloquium that includes the contributed paper ID and indicates intent to participate in the Best Paper competition. 

Ph.D. Colloquium participants have to be present at all events (Sunday lunch, colloquium and poster sessions, WSC opening session, ACM-SIGSIM and INFORMS-Sim meetings) in order to be eligible for all benefits.

Note: Students who showcase their work as a poster in the regular WSC poster session are not eligible to participate in the Colloquium (and vice versa). Hence, one should select to participate in either the regular poster session or the Colloquium (not both).

Submission Requirements

Students interested in participating in the colloquium should submit a 2-page extended abstract by the deadline using the WSC submission system.  Extended abstracts are used for designing the tracks and are included in the proceedings distributed to conference attendees, but they are not included in the archival version of the proceedings in IEEE and ACM repositories. The extended abstract is required for all three Colloquium participation options.  The abstract should have a single author (the student) and must be formatted using the poster template in the WSC Author’s Kit.  In addition, the advisor needs to send an email to the chair of the Ph.D. Colloquium Committee by August 2, 2019 that states:

  1. That the Ph.D. student is within one year of graduation
  2. That the Ph.D. student is the main author of the submission
  3. That the Ph.D. student will attend WSC 2019 and participate in the Ph.D. Colloquium

Students are only allowed to participate in a WSC Ph.D. Colloquium one time. 

 

Additional Information about the Colloquium

Poster preparation guidelines:
Please bring a standard A0 size poster, or sheets which can be assembled to be that size or smaller. Your poster should cover the main points of your work and be as self-explanatory as possible. However, you should participate in the evening event when the posters are presented, as peers and society members will have additional questions. The poster session is always a great opportunity to talk about details, discuss relevant related research, and bond with fellow Ph.D. students.

Presentations:
If you submit a student paper for the conference, you can use your presentation for the Ph.D. colloquium as well as for the track presentation. You may need to edit the slides, as we may have more time constraints. You do not have to present something special in the Ph.D. colloquium that cannot be used in the regular sessions.

Student Papers:
Student papers are part of the regular conference and fall under the submission and review guidelines as documented on this WSC website. A full paper is not required to participate in the Ph.D. Colloquium.  However, if you have an accepted paper at WSC 2018 and participate in the Ph.D. Colloquium, then you are also eligible to compete for a Best Paper award.