CSS PhD Students @ the 2016 Winter Simulation Conference

CSS PhD students – Amy Hill, Brant Horio and Thomas Briggs – presented papers at the 2016 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC).

“WSC is the premier international forum for disseminating recent advances in the field of system simulation. In addition to a technical program of unsurpassed scope and quality, WSC provides the central meeting place for simulation practitioners, researchers, and vendors working in all disciplines in industry, service, government, military and academic sectors.”


Amy’s paper was entitled “Norovirus Outbreaks: Using Agent-Based Modeling to Evaluate School Policies” which examined the transmission of the Norovirus among elementary school classrooms, evaluating policies to reduce the number of children who become infected.

Brant’s paper coauthored with Juliette Shedd (Associate Dean, Administration, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University) was entitled “Agent-Based Exploration of the Political Influence of Community Leaders on Population Opinion Dynamics” and explored how community leaders can significantly contribute to consensus formation in peace agreements.

Tom’s paper coauthored with William Kennedy (Center for Social Complexity, George Mason University) was entitled “Active Shooter: An Agent-Based Model of Unarmed Resistance”  explored the potential for limiting casualties should a small proportion of potential victims swarm a gunman.