Advancing the Frontiers of Simulation: A Festschrift in by Christos Alexopoulos, David Goldsman, James R. Wilson

By Christos Alexopoulos, David Goldsman, James R. Wilson

This Festschrift honors George Samuel Fishman, one of many founders of the sphere of desktop simulation and a pace-setter within the disciplines of operations learn and administration technological know-how for the earlier 5 a long time. The papers during this quantity span the idea, technique, and alertness of computing device simulation. popular researcher, instructor, mentor, and writer, Fishman has made basic contributions to either the idea and perform of simulation, the dissemination of data, provider to the occupation, and the development of the prestige of the sector. between his many honors and awards are the prestigious carrier Award from TIMS/College on Simulation; the Frederick W. Lanchester Prize from INFORMS; and the INFORMS Simulation Society’s Lifetime specialist success Award.

Individual papers during this quantity contain a biography after which an interview with Fishman; machine extensive Statistical version development; Patchwork Distributions; Asymptotic Validity of Batch skill Steady-State self belief durations; effective Modeling of Delays in Discrete-Event Simulation; Sampling from Linear Multivariate Densities; issue Screening in Simulation Experiments; etc that every one honor the achievements, impact, and friendship of George Samuel Fishman.

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In particular, it established an accommodation between industry and universities, which in many ways continues to this day, perhaps in different proportions. It was well understood that both domains would be respected and be part of the annual conference. The first several conferences were unusually successful. Its sponsorship progressively got broader. For a number of years, the then National Bureau of Standards was a cosponsor. The name of the fellow there slips my mind. He was very instrumental in helping with it.

Never mind that they were talking to one of the tenure-track faculty. ] That issue eventually became less of a topic of conversation. To get back to the simulation side, issues that I and others had raised began to attract more attention. Better random number generators were materializing as A Conversation with George Fishman 35 were better variate generation methods. More academics were expressing interest in simulation statistical analysis. Jim was one. Lee Schruben was another. Lee’s appointment to Cornell in about 1976 gave me considerable satisfaction.

The remarks were usually made by individuals who had not confronted problems as complex as those under study. That attitude continued well into the 1970s. However, I was reassured by the knowledge that people like Harris, von Neumann, Arrow, and Markowitz had interests in the area and recognized the challenge. Another man who was involved with it was Herman Kahn. Although you 36 C. Alexopoulos et al. may remember Kahn from his work on variance reduction, he achieved his greatest notoriety from a book he wrote while at RAND, On Thermonuclear War.

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