Call for Abstracts

If you would like to present an application of probability management at the 2018 Annual Conference, please submit a brief abstract to by Friday, December 8.

Presentations are 30 minutes, including time for Q&A. Abstracts should be no more than 200 words. Speakers receive free conference registration and an invitation to a dinner for conference speakers and sponsors on Monday, March 26. Speakers are responsible for their travel expenses and cost of the dinner.


Loring Ward Corporate Office
10 Almaden Boulevard, 15th Floor
San Jose, CA 95113

Registration Details



(before 1/31/18)

(after 1/31/18)

(must use a current .gov, .mil, or .edu email address to qualify, no alumni accounts)






  • 30% discount for additional attendees from the same organization. Contact Melissa Kirmse for the discount code.
  • Cancellations received by Friday, March 2, 2018 will receive a full refund. No refunds will be given for cancellations received after Friday, March 2, 2018. Cancellations must be made in writing to Melissa Kirmse at Substitutions to this event are welcome in lieu of cancellations.

Registration includes access to:

  •  SIPmath™ Enterprise Software Tools (a $500 value)
  • General Sessions
  • Continental Breakfasts, Networking Breaks, and Networking Luncheons
  • Onsite Agenda and Meeting Materials
  • Post-event Online Speaker Proceedings (if released by speaker)

Hotel Reservations

Attendees are responsible for making their own guestroom reservations by contacting the hotel directly. We do not have a room block reserved, but several nearby hotels are listed below along with their distance from the Loring Ward offices.

Hotel De Anza (141 feet; 1 minute walk)
233 W Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95113  
Reservations | 800-843-3700

AC Hotel by Marriott (.1 mile; 3 minute walk)
350 W Santa Clara St.
San Jose, CA 95113

Hyatt Place San Jose (.3 mile; 8 minute walk)
282 Almaden Boulevard
San Jose, CA 95113
Reservations | 844-291-1579

Fairmont San Jose (.4 mile; 8 minute walk)
170 S Market St.
San Jose, CA 95113


Melissa Kirmse

2018 Annual Conference 

Standardizing Risk
March 27 - 28, 2018

Featured Speakers

Christine Cowsert Chapman
Senior Director of Asset Management & System Operations at Pacific Gas & Electric

Ann Dunkin
CIO of the County of Santa Clara and former CIO of the United States Environmental Protection Agency

Doug Hubbard
President of Hubbard Decision Research and author of How to Measure Anything in Cybersecurity Risk
Jack Jones
Co-Founder and EVP R&D of RiskLens and Chairman of the FAIR Institute

Harry Markowitz
Nobel Laureate and Board Member (via web)
Steve Roemerman
Chairman and CEO of Lone Star Analysis, Inc.

Sam Savage
Executive Director of and author of The Flaw of Averages

Also Featuring:

  • Mike Jerbic, Lecturer at San Jose State University
  • Tom Keelin, Managing Partner, Keelin Reeds Partners
  • John Scruggs, Vice President of Research at Loring Ward
  • Eng-Wee Ethan Yeo, Manager, Information Security Governance at Surescripts LLC

About the Conference

Keeping uncertainty visible through simulation lets diverse stakeholders assess the situation according to their own risk attitudes, allowing them to make well informed risk management decisions. The open SIPmath™ standard has enabled this approach in the modeling of operational risk, and has just been applied to an implementation of the Open Factor Analysis of Information Risk standard (Open FAIR™) to quantify cybersecurity risk.

This conference explores these and other standards that facilitate the adoption of simulated risk management in an effort to better serve diverse stakeholders.

Register before January 31 for early registration discount. Registration includes the SIPmath Enterprise Tools for Windows, a $500 value.

What You Will Learn

  • How organizations are standardizing their approach to risk management.
  • How the open SIPmath™ standard can serve as a foundation for your risk management discipline.
  • How to recognize best practices in managing uncertainty.

Who Should Attend?

  • Senior decision-makers in industry and government who must make plans in the face of uncertainty.
  • Risk Management professionals, including FAIR practitioners.
  • Simulation users, in particular those familiar with Oracle Crystal Ball, @RISK, Frontline Solvers, and Analytica.