EUROSIM President

Letter from the Past EUROSIM President - June, 2014

Dear colleagues from the modelling and simulation community:

It is a great pleasure for me to write to you as the new president of EUROSIM. This decision of the EUROSIM Board is a great acknowledgement for the Scandinavian Simulation Society (SIMS) as one of the eldest simulation societies in the world.

In the period between EUROSIM Congress 2013 in Cardiff and next EUROSIM Congress 2016 in Oulu, I plan to keep the good standard of the EUROSIM organization and focus the activities on supporting new trends in the area of modelling and simulation. EUROSIM has good and stable organization structure involving nearly all-European countries. The society is growing: new full and observer member societies have recently been accepted as a result of the active work of the former EUROSIM presidents and the Board. The flexible structure and attractiveness for young scientists and new application areas will be supported by specific arrangements at the coming EUROSIM conferences and the Eurosim 2016 Congress.

Modelling and simulation is becoming increasingly important in various fields: more and more complex systems require integration of various methodologies. Research continues to introduce improved software tools available for continuous and discrete event simulation, especially efforts are made to speed-up the steps from mathematical ideas to the simulation models. More detailed analysis can also be used for distributed parameter systems. Data mining with a multitude of methodologies is a good basis for the integration of simulation models and intelligent systems. Small, specialised systems have a large number of feasible solutions, but developing truly adaptive, and still understandable, systems for highly complex systems require domain expertise and more compact approaches at the basic level. Statistical methods and artificial neural networks form a good basis for the data-driven analysis of interactions and fuzzy logic introduces solutions for knowledge-based understanding the system behaviour and the meaning of variable levels. Nature-inspired methods bring new ideas to application development. More advanced model-based solutions improve control, scheduling, diagnostics and prognostics applications. To utilize domain expertise and keep process insight, efficient man-machine-interactions and interpretation in natural language are increasingly important. New embedded solutions are tested with hardware in loop simulations. Parallel computing combined with compact solutions on the basic level opens new application possibilities for highly complex systems. System dynamics extends the simulation to management and business studies.

The Scandinavian Simulation Society, SIMS, has members from the five Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Iceland. The SIMS, whose history goes back to 1959, has already had 54 annual conferences. In 2006, the organization of SIMS was renewed on the basis of national simulation organisations, including Finnish Simulation Forum (FinSim), which is a division of the Finnish Society of Automation. Now SIMS and FinSim, with the support of the other simulation societies, will do its best to organize the 9th EUROSIM Congress in Oulu, the capital of Northern Scandinavia. Oulu is a dynamic city of modern technology, nature and culture. The fast growing city invests in young people by valuing education, research and innovation, especially in industry, high-tech, energy and environment. You are kindly invited to participate in the event and versatile technical and social tours. Finland and Northern Scandinavia offers you a possibility to meet genuine Nordic nature and culture.

Finally on behalf of the new EUROSIM Board and all the EUROSIM societies I would like to thank Prof. Khalid Al-Begain and all the members of EUROSIM Board for their past efforts. I hope that the new board will continue their good work. I would also like to thank everybody who was active in the organization of very successful 8th EUROSIM Congress in Cardiff.

Esko Juuso