2018 IOE Alumni Merit Award Recipient: Robert G. Sargent
WHEN: October 5, 2018 12:00 pm-1:30 pm
Please join us for a lunch and seminar with the 2018 IOE Alumni Merit Award Recipient, Robert G. Sargent
Title: My Journey in Simulation
A leading figure in the simulation community, Robert G. Sargent will discuss his life prior to learning about discrete-event simulation, a brief history of simulation, his professional life observations which span decades of service and how he fostered significant contributions to the field throughout his career.
Robert G. Sargent is a Professor Emeritus of Syracuse University. At Syracuse, Dr. Sargent held appointments in different departments and interdisciplinary programs in the L. C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science and was Director of the Simulation Research Group. Professor Sargent received his education at University of Michigan, earning a BSE(EE) in 1959, MS in Industrial Administration in 1963, and a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in 1966. A simulation scientist and former President of The Institute of Management Sciences (TIMS) College of Simulation and Gaming (now the INFORMS Simulation Society) his work in simulation created an environment and relationship in which he could foster significant contributions to the field throughout his career.
Dr. Sargent’s current research interests include the methodology areas of modeling and discrete event simulation, model validation, and performance evaluation. Professor Sargent has made numerous research contributions in his career. He was one of the first individuals to initiate the modeling of computer systems for performance evaluation and this work included the analysis of system data. Most of his research contributions have been in the methodology areas of simulation including the modeling area, computational speedup, statistical output analysis, verification and validation, visual interactive simulation systems, and the theory of simulation.
Dr. Sargent is especially well known for his work in validation of simulation models. He has developed numerous validation techniques, approaches, and methodologies and also graphical views of how Verification and Validation (V&V) relate to the modeling process. His paper “Verification and Validation of Simulation Models” received one of the Winter Simulation Conference 40th anniversary landmark paper awards in 2007. For over twenty-five years the U.S. Air Force supported Dr. Sargent’s academic research and applied work on military problems. Professor Sargent has performed considerable professional service and he has received several awards and honors for his professional contributions including the INFORMS Simulation Society Lifetime Professional Achievement Award, INFORMS Simulation Society Distinguished Service Award, ACM SIGSIM Distinguished Contributions Award, service awards from ACM and IIE, and selection as a Fellow of INFORMS.
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