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ISE Graduate Seminar 9/18/20

TITLE; Simulation as a Virtual Operations Laboratory (VOL)



Simulation is a key means for improving organizational performance because it provides valuable support to the problem-solving and decision-making processes. As such, it is oftentimes used in conjunction with process-improvement approaches, such as Lean, Six Sigma, and Industry 4.0. Simulation provides a powerful and robust means to represent any system; and it enables experimentation and analyses. Therefore, in addition to being an important means for designing and managing operations systems, simulation is a significant research tool for developing and testing ideas, theories, and hypotheses. It provides a test bed for prototyping and exploring new concepts in operations management and operation research.  Simulation is also a complement to other operations research techniques, such as optimization.

This seminar explores a number of the topics outlined above. After a brief introduction to the fundamentals of simulation, the seminar introduces how simulation is used to design, manage, and conduct research about operations systems. The description is supported by examples, mostly from the author’s work. The seminar also provides a brief introduction to one of the leading state-of-the-art simulation technologies, FlexSim simulation software.

The seminar is designed to be of interest to a diverse audience. It is expected to be relevant to a broad spectrum of industrial engineering domains. A detailed understanding of simulation and operations research is not required.





Friday, September 18, 2020 at 2:30pm to 3:30pm

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Lectures & Presentations




Current Students, Faculty & Staff




Industrial and Systems Engineering
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Mingzhou Jin

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