M&S Challenge Competition Value Proposition

The challenge should provide the following added value to the M&S community:

  • Contribute a creative solution to help the selected community/industry/business sector.
  • Form a competitive team to create a solution to a real world problem using M&S.
  • Receive recognition/award for your work while helping others.
  • Gain exposure and network amongst M&S professionals, industry and academia.
  • And of course: Bragging rights.

Challenge Competition Problems

Challenge Competition problems need to be compelling and relevant to the community or industry/business sector. While collaboration among academia, government and industry participants is desired it is not required.

Areas of interest (suggested):

  • Cyber Security
  • Crime
  • Flooding/Sea Level Rise (SLR)
  • Health
  • Education
  • Banking
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Safety & Justice

Software and Hardware Platforms

The participants may use any simulation platform. The following are suggested by the committee for participant use:

  • MIST (Monte-Carlo)
  • Simio (Discrete Event)

Preliminary Competition Rules

    • 1 Team size is not restricted. Industry and Academia can be on the same team.
    • 2 Faculty advisors are encouraged for teams comprised of only students.
    • 3 Abstracts welcome before submission deadline and feedback will be provided.
    • 4 Reports are submitted by Friday, February 1st, 2019 the Special Events Chair. Reports should include the following information.
      • Cover page (Team name, contact details, and Simulation development platform)
      • Executive Summary (1 page)
      • Report (Maximum 10 pages including references and screenshots)
    • 5 Teams should use the Judging Criteria as a checklist to ensure that they have addressed all relevant issues. Judging is done by a panel of industry and academic judges using this Judging Criteria. Juding of the projects will be blind based on the submitted executive summary and report. The names of the judges will be withheld until live judging at the conference.
    • 6 Three teams (as selected by the judges) will present on their project at the conference for final judging. Notification will occur by February 22nd, 2019. The judges and audience members will all vote in order to select the winner.
      • Presentations should be 5-8 minutes
      • There will be 2-3 minutes for questions
    • 7 Winners are selected and announced at the conference on April 24th, 2019.
    • 8 Winners are announced on the MODSIM World Conference website and the NTSA newsletter. Participants have the option of including their contact information to encourage networking and job offers.
    • 9 Rights to work: MODSIM World has the rights to show and display submitted work. The winning presentations are posted on the MODSIM World Conference website for general viewing.

Judging Criteria

Judging is based on two deliverables: written report and project presentation. Both the report and project presentation should include the same material, namely:

Description of the problem

Assumptions, inputs, and outputs – conceptual model, diagrams, equations, etc.

Snapshot of the model – the extent of which will differ between the presentation and the report (i.e. can explain what is happening during a model run in the presentation, but cannot in the report)

Verification and Validation

Analysis of results

Further experimentation performed, if any, outside of the original project description from the abstract


Contact Andy Collins for anything related to the MODSIM World Challenge Competition

Dr. Andrew Collins

E: dr.a.collins@gmail.com

Congratulations to Team SKY, the 2017 Challenge Competition Winner!

Click here to read about their winning project, Simulating the Impact of Sudarshan Kriya Yoga in Hampton Roads!

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