Breaking barriers with simulation: highlights from the AnyLogic Conference 2023

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Simulation modeling is a constantly evolving tool that enables us to predict and optimize complex systems using innovative techniques and technology. In September, the AnyLogic Conference 2023 took center stage, bringing together an impressive lineup of renowned companies with insightful presentations, some valuable and interactive workshops, and, of course, updates from our very own team.

In this blog post, we will delve into the details of this event and explore the exciting advancements and pivotal insights shared.

Insightful presentations

The 10th annual AnyLogic Conference, and the first in-person conference since 2019, saw the active participation of world-renowned companies that are pioneers in the simulation modeling arena. Industry giants showcased their expertise through captivating case studies, innovative simulation modeling techniques, and future-focused strategies, which stimulated discussions and inspired attendees.

A wide array of topics, including supply chain management, warehouse operations, digital twins, and many more, were covered. These illuminating and thought-provoking sessions provided attendees with a view of the potential applications, emerging trends, and advancements within the simulation modeling field.

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Let’s take a look at a few highlights now.

Amazon gave two presentations, the first of which used three case studies to show a network flow simulation, which is a tool built using AnyLogic. The idea behind this was to build an optimal fulfillment network from a network topology, planning, and execution perspective to find a balance between efficiency and effectiveness.

The second presentation focused on the analysis of transportation yards at scale using two agent-based models (a process flow and a geospatial traffic flow model). To allow the stakeholders in this project to run their own custom experiments, the AnyLogic Cloud platform was utilized.

PwC built a model in AnyLogic that connects to SAP Digital Manufacturing to orchestrate factory operations. Orders are assigned from SAP, and modifications to the model on the simulated factory floor are subsequently reported back to SAP. This results in the creation of a functional digital twin of the production line that can be utilized for planning and optimization.

The leading Swiss online supermarket, Migros Online, together with Decision Lab, developed a digital twin to better understand the impact of different initiatives on the overall costs of their manual picking customer fulfillment centers. The solution they created is a data-driven tool that enables managers to simulate various center layouts and operational policies.

Archer used AnyLogic to build a vertiport simulation model, which was designed to provide insights into the planning, design, and operation of vertiports. The model integrated various aspects of vertiport operations, including charging, staffing, and layout. Archer emphasized crucial elements of their simulation model and significant application cases in their presentation.

These are just a few select presentations highlighting the range of topics and ideas presented at our conference. But head over to the conference page, where the outstanding videos and presentations from all speakers are now available.

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Enriching workshop

In addition to the presentations, Dr. Benjamin Schumann’s workshop provided attendees with an immersive learning experience. The workshop focused on “The Flexible Twin”. According to Ben, this is not just another buzzword but refers to a simulation developer’s capacity to create a model that can be used over and over again.

In essence, you can create a single model that will scale and that can be reused for 90% of manufacturing challenges by implementing a solid architecture base, reusable assets, and a future-proof design.

AnyLogic updates

Our very own teams gave two presentations and a workshop that resonated with the audience. In the session titled “Striving for Better Performance in Demanding Simulations,” the AnyLogic 8 team demonstrated the latest updates and a roadmap of future plans, both short-term and long-term. Check out more in the video below.

The second talk, “AnyLogic Simulation Ecosystem,” explored new modeling capabilities and scalable optimization experiments, with an emphasis on the transition and advancements from AnyLogic 7 to 8. Enterprise simulation and simulation-based optimization were also a focus of this presentation. Find out more in the video below.

Finally, Dr. Andrei Borshchev and Nikolay Churkov led an interactive workshop that provided attendees with first-hand experience of AnyLogic 9. They designed and ran a model in their browsers, which allowed them to explore the integration of AnyLogic 9 with AnyLogic Cloud. Take a look at the video below.

All three of these presentations emphasized our commitment to driving innovation and demonstrated our expertise in the simulation modeling domain.

Celebrating success and inspiring future innovations

The AnyLogic Conference 2023 served as a platform for industry leaders, researchers, and enthusiasts to get together, collaborate, and inspire. Attendees left the conference equipped with fresh ideas, valuable connections, and renewed enthusiasm to apply simulation modeling in their organizations.

So, we would like to thank all those wonderful individuals who joined us at this year’s conference, both presenters and interested viewers. Your presence, participation, and enthusiasm truly made it an incredible event. The positive energy and insightful discussions throughout the conference were genuinely inspiring.

And finally, we would like to extend a warm invitation to all attendees and newcomers to join us at next year’s conference. We look forward to reconnecting with familiar faces and welcoming new additions to our ever-growing community.

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