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Program

  • Keynote Speakers

    Click here to view the ANNSIM 2024 Keynote Speakers Dr. Moira Zellner and Dr. Ashok Srinivasan.

    Keynote Speaker No. 1

    Moira Zellner (she/her/hers)

    Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
    Director of Participatory Modeling and Data Science, College of Social Sciences and Humanities
    Co-Director, NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks Northeastern University

    Presentation Title: Participatory Modeling for Collaborative and Equitable Planning: From Potential to Realization.

    Abstract: Participatory modeling (PM) is a collaborative approach to formalize shared representations of a problem and, through the joint modeling process, design, and test solutions. This approach is particularly well-suited to address complex socio-environmental problems like climate change and its implications on equitable and sustainable resource management and landscape planning. Despite its potential to inform planning and policy, PM has yet to become a mainstream practice for decision-making. While most of the PM research and development has focused on modeling tools and engagement techniques, multiple other dimensions must be recognized and articulated for impactful planning support. I present a PM platform, fora.ai, that is supportive of the iterative steps in PM: problem definition and goal setting, preference elicitation, collaborative scenario-building, simulation, tradeoff deliberation, and solution-building. I demonstrate the platform’s effectiveness when embedded in a stakeholder-led process that integrates diverse knowledge, data sources, and values in pursuit of equitable green infrastructure (GI) planning to address flooding. The immediate visualization of simulated impacts, followed by reflection on causal and spatial relationships and tradeoffs across diverse priorities, enhanced participants’ collective understanding of how GI interacts with the built environment and physical conditions to inform their intervention scenarios. Participants shifted from untested beliefs to designs that were specifically tailored to the problem in the study area and the diversity of values represented, attending to both localized flooding and neighborhood-level impacts. They also derived generalizable design principles that could be applied elsewhere. I show how the combination of specific facilitation practices and platform features leveraged the power of data, computational modeling, and social complexity to contribute to collaborative learning and creative and equitable solution-building for urban sustainability and climate resilience. Grounded on a more fully integrated picture of PM, I propose an interdisciplinary research agenda to further evolve and scale up this practice for collaborative and just planning and policy. I highlight aspects of interface design and model biases, value elicitation and inclusion, management of diversity and innovation through facilitation, and the potential of novel computer-assisted assessment methodologies.

    Biography: Moira Zellner’s academic background lies at the intersection of Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Science, and Complexity. She has served as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator in interdisciplinary projects examining how specific policy, technological and behavioral  factors influence the emergence and impacts of a range of complex socio-ecological systems problems, where interaction effects make responsibilities, burdens, and future pathways  unclear. Her research also examines how participatory complex systems modeling with stakeholders and decision-makers can support collaborative policy exploration, social   learning, and system-wide transformation. Moira has taught a variety of workshops on complexity-based modeling of socio-ecological systems, for training of both scientists and decision-makers in the US and abroad. She has served the academic community spanning across the social and natural sciences, as reviewer of journals and grants and as a member of various scientific organizations. She is dedicated to serving the public through her engaged research and activism.

    Before coming to Northeastern, Moira was an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning and Policy and the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy at University of Illinois at Chicago. She also headed the Urban Data Visualization Lab at UIC. Prior to her academic career, Moira worked as an environmental consultant for local and international environmental engineering firms and for the undersecretary of Environment in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    https://cssh.northeastern.edu/faculty/moira-zellner/

    Keynote Speaker No. 2

    Ashok Srinivasan

    Dr. Ashok Srinivasan is the Program Director at the NSF CISE Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure

    Presentation Title: NSF Programs to Democratize Cyberinfrastructure Access.

    Abstract: The talk will describe research, development, and learning/workforce development (LWD) programs within the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) in the CISE Directorate at the National Science Foundation. OAC’s mission is to support advanced cyberinfrastructure to accelerate discovery and innovation across all science and engineering disciplines. The programs specifically addressed include: the Cyber Training program for research workforce preparation; the OAC Core Research Program that is part of the CISE Core Research programs solicitation; and the Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) program for creating software and data cyberinfrastructure products and services.

    Biography: Ashok Srinivasan is a Program Director in the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation and is involved in the Cyber Training, CSSI, PPoSS, ACED, and OAC Core programs. Srinivasan has a permanent position as a Professor of Computer Science and the William Nystul Eminent Scholar Chair at the University of West Florida and is a Fulbright Fellow. Srinivasan’s research interests focus on the applications of high performance computing to science and public health policy. Results of that research to protect public health, especially during air travel, have been highlighted in over 300 news outlets around the world and cited in testimony to the US Congress.

  • Workshops/Panels & Tutorials

    Click here to view the tutorials and workshops offered at ANNSIM.

    Tutorials

    Introductory Tutorial on Agent-Based Modeling and Simulation
    Date | Time: Monday, May 20, 2024 | 11:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
    Presenter: Chick Macal

    Pattern Oriented Modeling and Test Driven Development: A Combined Approach to Improve Verification and Validation for Agent-based Models
    Date | Time: Monday, May 20, 2024| 1:30 p.m.– 3:00 p.m.
    Presenter: Sarah Wise

    Discrete-Event Modeling and Simulation-Based Development of Embedded Systems
    Date | Time: Monday, May 20, 2024| 3:30 p.m.—5:00 p.m.
    Presenters: Cristina Ruiz Martin and Gabriel Wainer

    Discrete-Event Manufacturing Simulation Using the Open-Source Simprocesd Environment: A Tutorial
    Date | Time: Wednesday, May 22, 2024| 10:30 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
    Presenters: Serghei Drozdov and Mehdi Dadfarnia

    Designing and Running Quantum Circuits on a Quantum Simulator
    Date | Time: Wednesday, May 22, 2024| 1:00 p.m.—3:00 p.m.
    Presenter: Deniz Cetinkaya

    Policy Modeling Meets Policy Practice Workshop
    by Prof. Dr. Petra Ahrweiler, Asst.-Prof. Dr. Taylor Anderson, Prof. Dr. Erik W. Johnston, Dr. Andreas Tolk, and Prof. Dr. Thomas Clemen

    May 21, 2024, Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.

    The 1-day workshop will be attended by modelers as registered participants of ANNSIM 2024 and invited policy practitioners.

    The main objective is to provide a unique learning opportunity as a platform for discussion and interaction between modelers and practitioners. Policy modelers will present their ideas and approaches to practitioners for feedback and guidance and to learn about the policy world – its rationales, its everyday challenges, its priorities, its needs, its language, its work environment, its wish list to modelers, its requirements on validity and credibility of models, and its current uptake of policy models. 

    For more information, you can check out the flyer here

    Discriminatory Gaslighting and Imposter Syndrome Session
    by Christy L. Pichichero

    May 21, 2024, Tuesday, 5:15 p.m.
    This event seeks to empower women and underrepresented groups in the modeling and simulation community. Attendees will have the opportunity to network, fostering a community that encourages collaboration, mentorship, and support. The event will feature a short talk by Dr. Christy Pichichero, Associate Professor of History and French, and the Director of Faculty Diversity at George Mason University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr. Pichichero will address “Discriminatory Gaslighting and Imposter Syndrome,” offering insights into re-framing and overcoming such challenges faced by women and underrepresented groups in STEM. This event is open to all interested in supporting and building such a community.”

    Advancing Educational and Research Programs: Insights from Agencies Panel
    by Dr. Ghaith Rabadi
    May 22, 2024, Wednesday, 9:00 a.m.
    Chair: Ghaith Rabadi, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Modeling and Simulation Graduate Programs, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

    In this panel, the speakers will give a brief overview of their research programs and provide insights into the latest research priorities through an interactive moderated discussion. The panel moderator will then answer questions from conference attendees.
    Panelists:

    1. KC Morris, Leader, Life Cycle Engineering Group; Adv Manufacturing Data Infrastructure and Analytics Program and the Circular Economy efforts for NIST’s Engineering Lab
    National Institute of Standards and Technology(NIST)

    2. Syed Mohammad, Ph.D., Lead, Modeling and Simulation Technology Center
    DHS Science and Technology Directorate
    Department of Homeland Security

    3. Moria Fisher Bittmann, Ph.D., Program Director
    National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

    KC Morris
    KC Morris leads the Life Cycle Engineering Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). She applies her background in computer science, information modeling, and knowledge representation to solve industrial challenges in the manufacturing sector while ensuring that new practices lead to more competitive and sustainable manufacturing. Building on a 30+ year career contributing to research and standards for manufacturing systems integration, she currently leads the effort towards standards for transitioning manufacturing to a circular economy. KC’s earlier work contributed foundational standards for sharing product designs followed by leadership in smart and sustainable manufacturing. She serves on the executive committee of ASTM International’s E60 Committee on Sustainability, as vice-chair of ASTM E60.13 on Sustainable Manufacturing, member of the US TAG for ISO 323 on Circular Economy, a technical expert to ISO TC 184 on Automation systems and integration, and President for SME’s North American Manufacturing Research Institute (NAMRI). KC served as an ASME Congressional Fellow during the 116th Congress (2018-2020) where she focused on US manufacturing policy while supporting the US Congressional House Manufacturing Caucus. KC is a Fellow of SME and AAAS.

    Syed Mohammad
    Syed Joined the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate in 2014 and he currently serves as the Lead for the Modeling and Simulation Technology Center. Prior to DHS, he supported Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle acquisition and R&D programs for the U.S. Army’s Tank-automotive Command since 2001. Throughout his Federal career Syed has supported collaboration amongst the Acquisition, R&D, and Test & Evaluation communities. Syed holds a BSE and MSE from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, PhD from the University of Central Florida, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.

    Moria Bittmann
    Dr. Moria Fisher Bittmann joined the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) in 2019 as a Program Director in the Division of Discovery Science and Technology. Dr. Bittmann received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Moria conducted her graduate work at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago where she developed customized robotic therapies for post-stroke rehabilitation. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Wisconsin in computational biomechanics. Prior to joining NIBIB, she was a Health Program Specialist at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) supporting BRAIN Initiative funding opportunities for invasive technologies, computational neuroscience, and technology dissemination. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed working on interdisciplinary topics, collaborating on projects with engineers, clinicians, computer scientists, and biologists.

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  • AGU Tour

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    AGU Tour

    The AGU Building will have a building tour for ANNSIM 2024 attendees on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. If you are interested in signing up to attend, please email the SCS Office at scs@scs.org and provide the full names of those interested in going. There are 40 spots and they will be given on a first-come-first-serve basis. The deadline to sign up is May 10, 2024. 

    About the Tour
    AGU’s headquarters exemplifies its vision of a thriving, sustainable, and equitable future supported by scientific discovery, innovation, and action. They welcome people to tour the renovated net zero energy building located in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood.

    The tour provides a look at the sustainable practices utilized in the building’s renovation and daily operation, including its systems, workspaces, and conference facilities. Tour participants will learn about the four key principles that inspired the building’s renovation: reduction, reclamation, absorption, and generation.

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ANNSIM 2024 will be located in Constitution Hall.