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Winter Simulation Conference - Simulation Practitioners Wanted

  • 1.  Winter Simulation Conference - Simulation Practitioners Wanted

    Posted 07-01-2021 16:49

    2021 Winter Simulation Conference -

    Conference Theme:  Simulation for a Smart World

    December 12-15 conference at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Arizona  

    The focus of WSC 2021 is on the design and innovation of smart cities using simulation. This vision relies on significant advancement from simulation both in theory and practice as modelling, experimentation and data analysis needs to come together to tackle various challenges. We invite papers that highlight innovations with a specific interest in the use of simulation in smart cities design, implementation, development, and vision.

    Commercial Case Studies Track
    WSC 2021 will feature a comprehensive program ranging from introductory tutorials to state-of-the-art research and practice. About 30 tracks are planned, most requiring full papers.

    Many busy professionals have done important work that others would like to see, but commercial practitioners often don't have the time and resources required to submit a full paper. If this describes you, then the Commercial Case Studies Track is a program designed specifically for you.

    This track is a multidisciplinary forum for commercial simulation practitioners to share what they have learned modeling real world problems using simulation. The applications are open to all areas, including but not limited to Manufacturing, Logistics and distribution, Healthcare, Mining, Social and human behavior, Aerospace, Food services, Military, Data analytics, etc.

    Submission to the case studies track saves commercial practitioners some of the time and resource demanded by full length papers:

    • A full paper is not All we need is a brief abstract and a two-page extended abstract. This is not only easier to write, but an abstract is often easier to get approvals for because you are less likely to expose any proprietary information.
    • Early commitment is not While the normal submission deadline is early April, the submission deadline for a case study is August 3rd– much closer to the December presentation date – a time frame where (hopefully) you will have a better idea of what your December schedule will look like.
    • The presentation at the December conference is generally about a 20-minute talk with a few minutes for Q&A, and the audience generally consists of your peers – people who have similar interests, challenges, and skill levels who are anxious to learn from your experiences.
    • A case study presentation gives you a relatively easy way to get published and share your work and insights with the world. Accepted abstracts will appear in the final program of WSC and on the WSC Archive website. If you need justification to attend this conference, what better justification than to present to, network with, and learn from your industry peers.

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    Case Study Deadlines

    • August 3, 2021: electronically submit 2-page extended abstracts for presentations.
    • August 31, 2021: Notification of acceptance to authors (including details about submitting slides, and formats of the posters).
    • September 13, 2021: Final extended abstracts due.

    WSC 2021 Publicity Chairs

    Chao Meng
    Assistant Professor
    University of Southern Mississippi
    Hattiesburg MS