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is a Research Scientist in the Social Decision Analytics Laboratory at Virginia Tech. Her research interests involves understanding and exploring complex social systems using computational methods, including agent-based modeling (ABM), social network analysis (SNA), and geographic information systems (GIS) to model human movement and behavior. As part of her dissertation, Dr. Pires developed an ABM using MASON (a multi-agent simulation library core in Java) to explore how the dynamics of an urban slum, human behavior, and the diffusion of a rumor can influence the emergence of riots. The development of an urban environment using crowdsourced data for the agents to move and interact was a key component of this model, including the creation of the transportation network and the geo-location of facilities. Agent behavior, grounded in theory, helped created dynamic social networks. Prior to her dissertation research, Dr. Pires spent nearly 10 years working in industry, where she gained extensive experience analyzing large datasets and developing industry ready simulation and statistical models. Dr. Pires holds a B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering, an M.A. in International Business from the University of Florida, and a Ph.D. in Computational Social Science from George Mason University.

 Research Scientist, Social Decision Analytics Laboratory at Virginia Tech

Bianica Pires,

Mini-cours 1: What are Agent-based Models and Why Build Them?

Date : samedi le 25 mai 2019

Heure : 08h30 à 10h15

Local : 1102 – CIPP

Abstract : Agent-based models (ABMs) simulate “artificial” societies from the bottom-up. They are used to explore and understand the social world as a complex system. In this mini-course, I will give an introduction to agent-based modeling, review a few classic examples, and describe the key components of any ABM. I will also discuss more advanced techniques for creating more “realistic” ABMs using examples particularly relevant to project management. Finally, the course will include some hands-on exercises using NetLogo, a programmable environment for developing agent-based models


is senior partner of Mews Partners, consultancy dedicated to operational performance. Expert of PLM (Product Life Cycle Management), he performed more than 50 assignments in PLM scopings, business cases, roadmaps, audits, change management…

He is author of “PLM, Gestion collaborative des données produit” (Hermes Lavoisier, 2004), co-author of “Gestão de projeto do produto” (Elsevier, 2013), and “le projet PLM par l’expérience” (Hermes Lavoisier 2013). Engineer Ms Science from Ecole Centrale de Lyon, he has a 10 years’ experience as project manager and product manager at Dassault Systèmes, the 10 years’ experience of consulting in PLM, supply chain and organization at PEA Consulting, consultancy of Areva Group, then 11 years of experience as project director & partner at Mews partners.

His experience encompasses main industry vertical (aerospace, defense, automotive, equipment, shipbuilding, oil & gas, machinery…) and all phases and size of PLM projects, from small to very large. He is co-founder and vice president of PLM Lab, non-governmental association dedicated to spread PLM best practices across industries.

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Denis Debaecker,

Mini cours 2: Structuration and management of a PLM project

Date : samedi le 25 mai 2019

Heure : 10h30 à 12h15

Local : 1102 – CIPP

Abstract: Deploying Product Life Cycle Management encompasses 4 dimensions : functional (what functions are needed, when?), applicative (what applications will be replaced, interfaced ?), data (what data will be managed, how should they be structured), business processes (which processes are impacted / should be reengineered ?) and infrastructure. The various workstreams and tasks of a successful PLM project will be reviewed, from scoping to roll-out, focusing on global consistency / program reporting, managing software vendors and integrators, selecting data for migration, taking into account specificities of various industry verticals. A focus will be made on change management, communication & people involvement.