The Student Simulation Competition at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference 2018, which was organized by the Society of Healthcare Systems of Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, was successfully held the final in Atlanta, US on February 23, 2018 (local time). IME Team from Tsinghua University won the championship of the competition.
With the background that people are in urgent need of medical assistance under the post-disaster (earthquake and hurricane) condition, this year’s competition requires all the participating teams to evaluate and improve the current operation of the field hospital in terms of resources allocation, staff arrangement and facility layouts to meet the medical need of large amounts of patients in a short time by building a simulation model. All the participating teams were required to submit their reports and simulation models and three of them were selected as the finalists by the competition committee. The finalist teams will defend themselves at 2018 FlexSim Healthcare System Improvement Conference, and the winner will be determined by the competition committee. 29 teams of 117 members from 7 countries, including the teams from world-renowned universities like Georgia Institute of Technology, University of California-Berkeley, and University of Wisconsin-Madison, submitted their work. IME team from Tsinghua University consists of three undergraduates from Department of Industrial Engineering and Department of Mechanical Engineering. The team leader is Yang Zou from Class 41, Department of Industrial Engineering, and the team members are Yishen Xu (Class 40) and Hao Ye (Class 44) from Department of Mechanical Engineering. The faculty advisor is Xiaolei Xie, Associate Professor from Department of Industrial Engineering.
Under Prof. Xie’s detailed instruction, all the team members spent a tremendous amount of time on preparing the results of simulation model and presentation. During the final competition, the team members showed high level of language skills and on-site performance and fully demonstrated their optimization techniques and work highlights to the competition committee. Their research results were highly praised by the experts and they finally defeated the other two teams and won the first place.