Analytics Magazine Analytics Magazine, November/December 2014 - Page 68

co n fere n c e p r e v i e w WSC 2014: Exploring big data through simulation WSC has been the premier international forum for disseminating recent advances in the field of system simulation for more than 40 years. By Stephen J. Buckley 68 | The Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) has been the premier international forum for disseminating recent advances in the field of system simulation for more than 40 years, with the principal focus being discrete-event simulation and combined discrete-continuous simulation. In addition to a technical program of unsurpassed scope and high quality, WSC provides the central meeting place for simulation researchers, practitioners and vendors working in all disciplines and in industrial, governmental, military, service and academic sectors. WSC 2014 will be held Dec. 7-10 in Savannah, Ga., at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa and the adjacent Savannah International Trade & Convention Center. The appeal of simulation is its relevance to a diverse range of interests. WSC has always reflected this diversity, and WSC 2014 aligns with and expands upon this tradition. For those more inclined to the academic aspects of simulation, the conference offers tracks in modeling methodology, analysis methodology, simulation-based optimization, hybrid simulation and agent-based simulation. For those more inclined to the application of simulation, tracks include healthcare, manufacturing, logistics and supply chain a n a ly t i c s - m a g a z i n e . o r g w w w. i n f o r m s . o r g