|OR Society Simulation Special Interest Group Meeting|
Date & Time: Thursday 24th March 2011, 10am - 4:30pm
"Are we there yet?: Simulation modellers on what needs to be done to involve agent-based simulation in practical decision making"
Agent-based - or multi-agent - simulation (ABS) has been employed for over two decades in theoretical work in the social sciences, but its practical use has been limited compared to other approaches to simulation, especially Monte Carlo, discrete-event simulation (DES) and system dynamics (SD). The Centre for Research in Social Simulation (CRESS) at the University of Surrey plays host to a day of presentations on agent-based simulation models that have already led to or are close to leading to influencing decision makers in a range of application areas, including healthcare, consultancy and economics. We hope to address some of the challenges posed by using this type of simulation, and offer guidance and contacts for those interested in adding it to their modelling toolkit. The event will build on the previous meeting of the Simulation SIG that compared DES and SD, as well as a stream at the OR Society's 2010 Simulation Workshop, and a recent special issue of the Journal of Simulation.
Deadline: 9th March 2011
10:00am Coffee & Registration
10:30 Welcome address and introduction (Professor Nigel Gilbert)
11:00 - 12:30 Presentations (Download Audio, 210.9 MB : Morning session: NG, SR, SM)
"Migration in an agent-based labour market: how can ABM be used to influence policy decisions?"
12:30 - 13:30 Buffet lunch provided
13:30 - 15:00 Presentations (Download Audio, 229.3 MB : Afternoon session: MT, P-O S, DB)
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee
15:30 - 16:30 Q&A Panel (Download Audio, 137.2 MB :Panel discussion: NG, SR, SM, DB)
Professor Nigel Gilbert (Director, CRESS, University of Surrey)
Professor Stewart Robinson, ORMS Group, Warwick Business School
Dr Peer-Olaf Siebers, University of Nottingham
David Buxton, dse Consulting
Jeremy Franklin, Home Office
Dr Mark Temple, NHS
Professor Scott Moss, Scott Moss Associates and University of Koblenz
Dr Christopher Watts, CRESS, University of Surrey