2018 International Symposium on Simulation and Process
Shenyang, Liaoning, China 21-22 July 2018
Professor Peter Ball
Director of Business and Community Engagement
The York Management School
University of York
Freboys Lane, Heslington, York, YO 10 5GD
Office +44 1904 325302, Mobile +44 7952 427374
Peter Ball is Professor of Operations Management and Director for Business and Community Engagement at The York Management School. The school belongs to the University of York, one of the prestigious UK "Russell Group" research intensive universities.
His research focuses on how operations can be designed and improved. Application areas span manufacturing, supply chain and service. His research takes a ‘hard’ view of processes by developing and applying modelling and simulation techniques to understand performance as well as a ‘soft’ view of processes by creating and capturing methods and practices that underpin performance. Environmental sustainability and resource efficiency feature strongly.
Peter has published this work in numerous papers globally in journals, conferences and practitioner publications. As a result of this he has co-chaired three international conferences. Additionally, he publishes for a practitioner audience, including authoring the Institution of Engineering and Technology's (IET) Sustainable Manufacturing Insight series.
Peter has won, led and supported many technology transfer programmes with local industry directly or through the use of Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programmes on projects ranging from business process improvement projects, manufacturing simulation, sustainable manufacturing and supply chain developments. Peter was recruited as a Supply Chain Counsellor by Scottish Enterprise to work with electronics companies to improve their business performance through benchmarking and focused bottom line improvement programmes.
Recent work has been funded through the UK’s EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) and Innovate UK on service simulation and sustainable manufacturing, notably in the THrough-life Energy and Resource Modelling (THERM) project and the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing (CIM) in Industrial Sustainability. At the University of York he has led several projects in the last year for the food and drink industry aimed at improving environmental.
Professor Georgios Theodoropoulos
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech)
1088, Xueyuan Rd. Xili
Georgios Theodoropoulos is a Chair Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, at the Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), in Shenzhen. He joined SUSTech from the University of Durham in the UK, where he was the inaugural Executive Director of the Institute of Advanced Research Computing (iARC) and held a Chair in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. Prior to that, he was a Senior Research Scientist with IBM Research, Dublin. In the past he has been affiliated with the University of Birmingham, UK, the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Trinity College Dublin. He is a Chartered Engineer and holds a PhD from the University of Manchester, UK.
His research is in Big Data Computing, Systems and Analytics, with particular interests and contributions in Modelling and Distributed Simulation, Complexity and Multi-agent systems; Data intensive computing and Info-Symbiotic Systems and Parallel and Distributed Computing Systems. Professor Theodoropoulos has a leading international presence sitting in editorial boards of top-ranked journals and organising and chairing leading conferences in the field of simulation. He has received several nominations and Best Paper Awards while his work was listed in the prestigious “ACM Best of Computing” for Computer Systems Organization. Over the years, and from both academic and industry positions, Professor Theodoropoulos has been part of some of the most strategic research programmes in the field of Computer Systems. He has been strategically involved in the UK's e-Science and the EU’s Digital Infrastructures programmes and he has played a leading role in the establishment of the IBM’s Exascale Systems research work in Europe. He has a strong interest in interdisciplinary and Mode2 research and in knowledge transfer ecosystems between academia and industry.
Professor Libero Nigro
Department of Informatics, Modelling, Electronics and Systems Science
University of Calabria
87036 Rende (CS)
Libero Nigro is a full professor of Computer Engineering in the Department of Informatics, Modelling, Electronics and Systems Science (DIMES) of University of Calabria, 87036 Rende (CS) Italy. He currently teaches Object Oriented Programming and Systems Programming (covering modelling, simulation, real-time and multi-agent systems) courses. He heads the Software Engineering Laboratory at DIMES (www.lis.dimes.unical.it) whose main goal is formal modelling (by Petri nets, DEVS, actors, statecharts, timed automata etc.) and tool development for analysis (e.g. by distributed/parallel simulation (based on optimistic or conservative synchronization) or by exhaustive model checking), and concrete implementation of complex timed systems. In some cases published articles in int. conferences were selected for the best paper award. In addition, some papers published on journals were often among the most cited ones. Libero was the tutor of several PhD students at DIMES, some of which have gained international relevance. He is currently an editor of Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory (SIMPAT) and Int. J. of Simulation and Process Modelling. In addition, from years, he is serving in the program committee of well-known int. conferences and symposia on modelling, simulation and real time applications, and as a referee of journals including Science of Computer Programming, J. of Systems and Software, SIMPAT, Simulation Trans. of SCS, J. of Cellular Automata, Discrete Event Dynamic Systems etc.