ProModel hosted its 2011 Predictive Analytics with Simulation Conference October 30th through November 3rd at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Resort in beautiful Orlando, Florida. Close to 150 industry decision makers gathered together for a remarkable week of informative presentations and networking receptions that showcased how simulation technology can drastically improve productivity.
The conference kicked off with outdoor activities in the warm Florida sunshine including a golf tournament, days at some of the local amusement parks or a day at the Kennedy Space Center. These activities were followed by a welcome reception on Sunday evening where professionals across all industries were able to network and enjoy an outstanding dinner in the beautiful Grand Cypress Portico.
Right from the start on Monday morning, the conference began highlighting simulation success stories with a presentation from keynote speaker Henry T. Glisson, Lt Gen, U.S. Army Retired and Managing Director of True North Logistics, LLC. Mr. Glisson talked about the complexity of the Army’s logistics system and how the use of decision support tools can facilitate better decision-making and management across the enterprise as it performs the equipping function of the recurring Army Force Generation (ARFORGEN) process.
The talks in the general session ranged from expected and unexpected productivity improvements discovered at Bumblee Bee Foods; to the role simulation played in optimizing the lung cancer treatment process in the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System; to using Predictive Strategic Portfolio Simulation to help reflect on the effects of decisions that influence tactical implementations at Lockheed Martin.
Tuesday’s keynote speaker, Mark W. Shafer, Sr. Vice President of Revenue Management and Analytics at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, gave an inspiring presentation on game-changing analytics from a Disney perspective. Shafer explored some of the ways one of the most creative companies in the world thinks about analytical-based decision making and how it integrates technology and analytical innovation into delivering world-class experiences to its fans and guests across multiple platforms.
There were break-out tracks in three areas: Manufacturing/Logistics/DoD, Life Sciences and Academia. The Academic track had an international flavor and gave students and professor the chance to engage and discuss the current and future use of simulation in the class room. One of the featured presentations during this track was a student competition. For more details on the academic competition click here. Congratulations to the winners!
The Life Sciences track featured topics in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries being tackled with predictive analytics. The final track, Mfg/Logistics/DoD, brought together decision-makers from industry and the government to share simulation-based solutions that are working for them and included titles such as “Mitigate Risk Through Phased Dynamic Simulation Modeling” (Lockheed), “Simulation of Personnel in ARFORGEN to Predict Effects of Structure, Policy, and Demand Changes” (West Point), and “Maximize Return on Capital by Using a Reliability Flow Solver” (Barber & Barber Associates).
If you would like to review some of the presentations that are available for download you can visit the conference website.
After the client presentations were over on Tuesday, the ProModel consultants and instructors got busy for the next couple days offering a variety of training classes. These classes were very well attended and provided a nice wrap-up to the week. We look forward to bringing you more educational and networking events of all kinds going forward. If you have any specific ideas or suggestions for an event or educational community, please let us know. Thank you for joining us at the Predictive Analytics with Simulation Conference and if you were not able to attend we hope will be able to join us at our next event!