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The Art and Science of Modelling @ LU School of Business and Economics

June 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A Decision Sciences Lecture by Professor Paul Fishwick

Tuesday 12th June 2018

School of Business and Economics @ Loughborough University

One of the characteristics of being human is to model. In our history, we began with representations of animals made from natural materials, and painted on cave walls.  We also made regular marks on animal bones. While the modern accounting of these products is art (animal representations) and mathematics (bone marks), a more comprehensive understanding points to modelling in both cases. We saw or imagined things, and then we made models of our experience.

This talk will be a non-technical, cross-disciplinary, introduction to modelling. I will discuss the history of modelling, a way of thinking about modelling using three broad categories, the notion that computer and information science is a form of modelling and approaches to modelling across disciplines – from art and humanities to business, science, and engineering.

Prof Paul Fishwick is Distinguished University Chair of Arts and Technology (ATEC), and Professor of Computer Science at University of Texas at Dallas. He leads a lab aimed at bringing human elements to the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)

His main research area is modelling and simulation, with a focus on education and public engagement in modelling as used in the arts, science and engineering. Paul pioneered the area of aesthetic computing. Since 1995, he is CEO of Metaphorz, LLC, which assists the State of Florida in its catastrophe modelling software engineering auditing process of risk-based simulation for hurricanes and floods.

Fishwick was faculty at the University of Florida (1986 to 2012) and earned his PhD in Computer and Information Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

During the afternoon there is an opportunity to participate in a separate workshop

Hosted by the Simulation Practices Research Interest Group at the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University in association with the UK’s Operational Research Society Simulation Special Interest Group. Attendants will have the opportunity to learn about research on client engagement in simulation modelling and operational research, with a hands-on practical session.

The afternoon programme is available on the event webpage and starts at 12.30 until 17.00

Free to attend, registration is required on-line

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June 12, 2018
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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