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nach Berlin [bankrott!]

Posted in Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , , on September 16, 2012 by xi'an

I have started to make preparations for the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) in Berlin next December, like booking a (cheap) plane, finding a (cheap) flat thru Airbnb, and registering for the conference… However, when checking on the conference website, I was rather shocked to discover that the registration fee is $720 for non-members of sponsoring societies! (I am glad to be an ASA member as the registration fee down to $570.) I cannot really fathom the reason for this unusually high fee, the highest I ever paid for a conference. It indeed “includes access to all sessions, attendee bags, a USB stick or CD containing the conference proceedings, all coffee breaks, and a conference reception.” While I’d be happy to do without the useless “bags, coffee breaks and conference reception” package, this all-inclusive offer still does not add up to $720… By far. So either the organising society is making a profit by charging so much, or it picked such a luxurious hotel that it had to charge all participants enough to avoid making a loss. In both cases, not my vision of a conference run by an academic society… There is a clear tendency over the years to steadily increase conference rates and make conferences a source of profit for either the organisers or the organising society, tendency that I strongly object to.

By contrast, let me stress that MCMSki IV should have a fee of about 150 euros for the same duration (and in a highly touristy place in the heart of winter!). And all “ABC in…” have been free so far!

Winter simulation conference [im Berlin]

Posted in Statistics, Travel, University life with tags , , , , , on March 25, 2012 by xi'an

Here is a call for papers for the 2012 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) that will take place in Berlin, December 9-12, this year, following Phoenix last year. I am organising a session there on statistical Monte Carlo methods with Nial Friel, Anthony Lee, and Jean-Michel Marin as invited speakers.

The Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) is the premier international forum for disseminating recent advances in the  field of dynamic systems modeling and simulation. In addition to a technical program of unsurpassed scope and quality, WSC provides the central meeting place for simulation practitioners, researchers, and vendors. Research in modeling and simulation is propelled by fostering cross fertilization between various disciplines. 

Regular Paper Abstracts due April 2, 2012. See for additional deadlines and other information for Authors (including the Authors’ Kit).

Find out more about the tracks, the keynote speakers, the anniversaries that we celebrate in 2012, the venue, and how to submit a paper at: