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OR Society Simulation Special Interest Group Meeting


Date & Time: Thursday 24th March 2011, 10am - 4:30pm
Venue: Treetops room, Wates House, University of Surrey, Guildford

"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)

  • Stewart Robinson, ORMS Group, Warwick Business School

"Are Agent Based Simulation and Operational Research Commensurable Paradigms"

  • Scott Moss, Scott Moss Associates and University of Koblenz

"Evidence-based modelling with agents: a defensible approach to the use of models in policy analysis"

  • Jeremy Franklin, Home Office

"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)

  • Mark Temple, NHS

"Finding both the needle and the haystack: Contact tracing and the role of social networks"

  • Peer-Olaf Siebers, University of Nottingham

"A First Approach on Modelling Staff Proactiveness in Retail Simulation Models"

  • David Buxton, dse Consulting

"My Agents can't decide...could Bayesian Belief Networks be the solution?"


15:00 - 15:30      Coffee

15:30 - 16:30      Q&A Panel (Download Audio, 137.2 MB :Panel discussion: NG, SR, SM, DB)


Invited Speakers:

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
Dr Katy Hoad, ORMS Group, University of Warwick
Dr Christine Currie, School of Mathematics, University of Southampton