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Why Simulation?

Jose J. Padilla, Research Assistant Professor, Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center
Erika Frydenlund, Research Assistant Professor, Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center
Saikou Diallo, Research Associate Professor, Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center

Simulations are everywhere. From your car to your home and in your place of work you are as likely to interact with a simulated entity as you are with a real human being. Who are the people who make simulations? What do they think about? How do they come up with ideas?

Simulation4All is an initiative that tries to provide a glimpse into the world of professional modelers and simulationists. One of the products of the initiative is a series of conversations between researchers from the Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) and attendees of the Spring Simulation Multi-Conference held in Virginia Beach in April 2017. In the series, VMASC researchers interview 15 attendees who share insights into projects they are currently working on, discuss how they got involved in Modeling and Simulation (M&S), touch on the role of gender, culture and social context in the development of M&S and present what the future holds for the discipline. Through this initiative, we hope to provide a platform that sparks interest in the exciting and diverse field of M&S, as well as showcase the fascinating M&S research happening around the world. If you have ideas for future topics, questions, or interviewees, please send your suggestions to simulation4all@gmail.com.

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