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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.
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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
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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”.
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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]>.