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SWORDS meeting of the 2014-2015 programme

23 February 2015

The next SWORDS meeting of the 2014-2015 programme is scheduled for Wednesday 4 March 2015.

How do you solve a problem like Analytics?

  • Venue: Cardiff School of Mathematics, Room M/0.40
  • Speaker: Professor Stewart Robinson

The meeting, together with the AGM will be held in room M/0.40 at the Mathematics Institute, Cardiff University. There will be drinks available from 17:15 in the Internet Café which is just inside the main entrance to the Mathematics Institute. The AGM will start at 17:30 with the talk commencing at about 17:45. It will be a joint SWORDS / WORDS meeting.


“Analytics” seems to be everywhere, job adverts abound, companies talk of their analytics capabilities, and the press regularly report on activities in analytics. Meanwhile, in the OR world, our US counterpart, INFORMS, have thrown huge resources at analytics. So how should we, as UK based OR practitioners and academics, respond?

In this talk I shall reflect upon my own analytics journey which started in around 2006. We shall ask what is analytics? Is it just another fad or something that will stay? And we shall finish by thinking about what this means for us. Come ready to discuss your own ideas on how we “solve a problem like analytics.”


Stewart Robinson is Professor of Management Science and Associate Dean Research at Loughborough University, School of Business and Economics. Previously employed in simulation consultancy, he supported the use of simulation in companies throughout Europe and the rest of the world. He is author/co-author of five books on simulation. 

His research focuses on the practice of simulation model development and use. Key areas of interest are conceptual modelling, model validation, output analysis and alternative simulation methods (discrete-event, system dynamics and agent based). 

Professor Robinson is co-founder of the Journal of Simulation and President of the Operational Research Society. He is helping to lead an OR Society Charitable Project on Analytics Education.


For more information about the event, please contact:

Dr Jonathan Thompson

Dr Jonathan Thompson

Head of School

+44 (0)29 2087 5524

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