M&S Challenge Competition Value Proposition

The challenge should provide the following added value to the M&S community:

  • Contribute a creative solution to help the selected community/industry/business sector.
  • Form a competitive team to create a solution to a real world problem using M&S.
  • Receive recognition/award for your work while helping others.
  • Gain exposure and network amongst M&S professionals, industry and academia.
  • And of course: Bragging rights.

Challenge Competition Problems

Challenge Competition problems need to be compelling and relevant to the community or industry/business sector. While collaboration among academia, government and industry participants is desired it is not required.

Areas of interest (suggested):

  • Cyber Security
  • Crime
  • Flooding/Sea Level Rise (SLR)
  • Health
  • Education
  • Banking
  • Manufacturing
  • Transportation
  • Safety & Justice

Software and Hardware Platforms

The participants may use any simulation platform. The following are suggested by the committee for participant use:

  • MIST (Monte-Carlo)
  • Simio (Discrete Event)

Preliminary Competition Rules

  • 1 Invited Teams are given approximately ten calendar weeks to develop a solution for a case. This case study will be a problem chosen by the participants on their area of interest.
  • 2 Team size is not restricted. Industry and Academia can be on the same team.
  • 3 Faculty advisors are encouraged for teams comprised of only students.
  • 4 Solutions are submitted online and include a report (maximum of 10 pages including a 1 page executive summary), presentation slides, and a video described below. All presentations must be in English.
    • Provide a video (maximum of 10 minutes) to introduce the project team members and their affiliations, as well as, clearly explain the problem and solution. Teams may use slides and video recordings from the model.
    • The video must be posted by the teams as an unlisted YouTube video (unlisted so that competing teams cannot see your solutions). For teams unable to access YouTube, arrangements can also be made to directly submit your video. A link to the video shall be submitted with the project.
  •  Teams should use the Judging Criteria as a checklist to ensure that they have addressed all relevant issues. Judging is done by a panel.
  •  Submission is completed upon receipt of a confirmation email. The projects are submitted online (more details to follow) and must include the following:
    • Team name.
    • Simulation development platform.
    • A written report, not to exceed 10 pages including a 1 page executive summary.
    • Project presentation slides.
    • Link to the video.
    • A letter signed by the faculty advisor (if one is used) and team members certifying that the project work was completed solely by the team members and that the solution/results provided have not been given to the team before (either at another venue/conference or for school work, etc.).
  •  The videos will be posted online, prior to the conference, for people to vote for their favorite.
  •  The team with the most video votes, and three other teams (as selected by the judges) will present on their project at the conference for final judging. The judges and audience members will all vote in order to select the winner.
    • Presentations should be 5-8 minutes.
    • There will be 2-3 minutes for questions.
  •  All videos will be available for viewing at the conference.
  •  Winners are selected and announced at the conference on April 27, 2017.
  •  Winners are announced on the MODSIM World Conference website and the NTSA newsletter. Participants have the option of including their contact information to encourage networking and job offers.
  •  Rights to work: MODSIM World has the rights to show and display submitted work. The winning presentations are posted on the MODSIM World Conference website for general viewing.

Judging Criteria

Judging is based on two deliverables: written report and project presentation. Both the report and project presentation should include the same material, namely:

Description of the problem

Assumptions, inputs, and outputs – conceptual model, diagrams, equations, etc.

Snapshot of the model – the extent of which will differ between the presentation and the report (i.e. can explain what is happening during a model run in the presentation, but cannot in the report)

Verification and Validation

Analysis of results

Further experimentation performed, if any, outside of the original project description from the abstract


Contact Andy Collins for anything related to the MODSIM World Challenge Competition

Dr. Andrew Collins

E: dr.a.collins@gmail.com

Congratulations to Team SKY, the 2017 Challenge Competition Winner!

Click here to read about their winning project, Simulating the Impact of Sudarshan Kriya Yoga in Hampton Roads!

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