Proceedings of the 2009 INFORMS Simulation Society Research Workshop L.H. Lee, M.E. Kuhl, J.W. Fowler, and S. Robinson, eds. INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARING AN EXTENDED ABSTRACT USING MICROSOFT WORD Loo Hay Lee Michael E. Kuhl Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering National University of Singapore Singapore 117576, SINGAPORE Industrial & Systems Engineering Department Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 14623, U.S.A. John W. Fowler Stewart Robinson Department of Industrial Engineering Arizona State University Tempe, AZ 85287-5906, U.S.A. Warwick Business School University of Warwick Coventry, CV4 7AL, U.K. ABSTRACT Simulation Methodology Continuous stochastic optimization Discrete optimization with simulation, including ranking and selection Optimization heuristics Stochastic programming Experimental designs for simulation Efficiency improvement techniques Technology transfer and implementation Market driven-demand for specific decision support features This word processing document summarizes the main points for formatting extended abstracts for the 2009 INFORMS Simulation Society Research Workshop, which is on the topic “Simlation: At the interface of modeling and analysis”. Extended abstracts of three to five pages are required for all presentation proposals that are accepted for participation in the Research Workshop. The final submissions of the extended abstracts must otherwise adhere to the general formatting requirements of Winter Simulation Conference Proceedings articles. 1 INTRODUCTION Discrete event simulation and stochastic simulation are often used to support practical decisions. A lot of theory has been developed to optimize system outputs, to model system inputs, and how to simulate more efficiently. Some of that theory is very applicable to a broad range of applications. Some of that theory is rather specialized, and applies to a rather small subset of the potential uses of simulation. A number of applications require ad hoc adjustments to complement existing theory, in some cases because adequate theory has not yet been fully developed, and in other cases because theory has not yet been integrated into readily available general simulation and/or decision-support software. The goal of the first INFORMS Simulation Society is to bring together researchers to discuss advances in the development of theory to support decisions more effectively. Talks may focus on simulation methodology, decision methodology, or special needs that arise in applications. Examples include: Decision Methodology Models of uncertainty Bayesian and classical uncertainty analysis Inference for stochastic models Simulation in the decision-making process Model validation Special Needs that Arise in Applications Operations management Finance and risk management Service delivery system 2 USING MICROSOFT WORD STYLES The use of styles can greatly simplify the generation of consistently formatted papers. Up to 85% of accepted papers for the Winter Simulation Conference had formatting problems and were returned to the authors for revisions. This wastes a tremendous amount of time and creates extra work for the editors and the authors. A significant portion Authors Names Here of these revisions can be eliminated through the consistent use of the provided template and the associated styles. Since the INFORMS Simulation Society is using the same basic formatting style, this document has been provided with a number of those styles. The easiest way to use the Word template, rw09word.dotx, is to simply copy the template to your working directory and double-click the template from Windows Explorer. This will launch Word and will create a new document based on the template. An alternate way involves copying the template into the directory containing Word’s default templates. The default template directory depends on the operating system. Find the default template directory by searching for one of the default templates (for example, normal.dotx). Then place the new template in that directory. To access the template, you should open a new Word document by selecting File/New from Word’s menu bar; then the dialog box opens with an option to find templates. The word template for the INFORMS Research Workshop, <rw07word.dot>, is available from the Workshop’s WWW site at <http://www.insead.edu/issrw/ call_for_papers.htm>. From that point on, it is highly recommended to consult the user documentation that is available for the Winter Simulation Conference in the Author Kit. In particular, consult <http://www. wintersim.org/authkit.htm> for further instructions on how to use the styles, in the document “Instructions for Preparing Manuscripts in Word”. 3 TABLES, FIGURES AND MORE Please consult the documentation for preparing WSC Proceedings papers in the Word format to learn about how to format tables, figures, hyperlinks, bibliographic references, and more. That information can be found at that conference’s www site, <http://www. wintersim.org/authkit.htm>. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Place the acknowledgments section, if needed, after the main text, but before any appendices and the references. The section heading is not numbered. These instructions are adapted from instructions that have been updated and improved by proceedings editors and several other individuals, who are too numerous to name separately (our apologies, but it is necessary), since the first set of instructions were written by Barry Nelson for the 1991 WSC. REFERENCES Perrone, L. F., F. P. Wieland, J. Liu, and B. G. Lawson. 2006. Instructions for preparing manuscripts [online]. Available via <www.wintersim.org/authki t.htm> [accessed February 11, 2006]. Wilson, James R. 2006. Guidelines on writing a good paper for the Proceedings of the Winter Simulation Conference [online]. Available via <www.wintersim. org/authkit.htm> [accessed February 11, 2006]. AUTHOR BIOGRAPHIES Be sure to change the heading of this section to “BIOGRAPHY” when the paper has a single author. Also, use the “Biography” style when adding in each author. LOO HAY LEE is a associate professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the National University of Singapore. His e-mail address is <[email protected]>. MICHAEL E. KUHL is an associate professor in the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department at Rochester Institute of Technology. His e-mail address is <[email protected]>. JOHN W. FOWLER is a professor in the Operations Research and Production Systems group of the Industrial Engineering Department at Arizona State University. His email address is <[email protected]>. STEWART ROBINSON professor of Operational Research and Associate Dean of Specialist Masters Programmes in the Operational Research and Management Sciences Group in the Warwick Business School at the University of Warwick. His e-mail address is <[email protected]>.