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The Fourth International Conference on Advances in System Simulation

SIMUL 2012

November 18-23, 2012 - Lisbon, Portugal

Call for Papers

SIMUL 2012 continues a series of events focusing on advances in simulation techniques and systems providing new simulation capabilities.  While different simulation events are already scheduled for years, SIMUL 2012 identifies specific needs for ontology of models, mechanisms, and methodologies in order to make easy an appropriate tool selection.  With the advent of Web Services and WEB 3.0 social simulation and human-in simulations bring new challenging situations along with more classical process simulations and distributed and parallel simulations. An update on the simulation tool considering these new simulation flavors is aimed at too. 

The conference will provide a forum where researchers shall be able to present recent research results and new research problems and directions related to them. The conference seeks contributions to stress-out large changels in scale system simulation, and advanced mechanisms and methodologies to deal with them.

We solicit both academic, research, and industrial contributions. We welcome technical papers presenting research and practical results, position papers addressing the pros and cons of specific proposals, such as those being discussed in the standard fora or in industry consortia, survey papers addressing the key problems and solutions on any of the above topics short papers on work in progress, and panel proposals.

Industrial presentations are not subject to the format and content constraints of regular submissions. We expect short and long presentations that express industrial position and status.

Tutorials on specific related topics and panels on challenging areas are encouraged.

The topics suggested by the conference can be discussed in term of concepts, state of the art, research, standards, implementations, running experiments, applications, and industrial case studies. Authors are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review in any other conference or journal in the following, but not limited to, topic areas.

All topics and submission formats are open to both research and industry contributions.

Simulation models
Monte Carlo simulation
Statistical analysis of simulation output
Analytical simulation modeling
Discrete event simulation models
Credible simulation models
Multi-objective simulation models
Multisimulation with multiresolution, multistage multimodels
Verification and validation of simulation models
Simulation metamodels
Executable simulation models
Emulation models
Regression models and experimental designs
Kriging metamodeling
Kriging metamodeling in discrete-event simulation
Kriging modeling for global approximation

Simulation methodologies
Sensitivity analysis
Rare-event simulation methodology
Agent-based modeling and simulation
Regenerative steady-state simulation
Simulation-based ordinal optimization
Ontology-based simulation methodology
Simulation component reuse methodology
Two-level simulation methodology
Emulation methodologies
System adaptation simulation
Simulation methodologies for autonomic and autonomous systems
Virtual reality simulation methodologies
Virtualization simulation
Construction simulation methodologies

Sensitivity analysis
Systematic simulation using sensitive analysis
Probabilistic sensitivity analysis
Sensitivity analysis of simulation technologies (Monte Carlo, Streamline, Spatial models, etc.)
Domain-oriented sensitivity analysis (optimization, estimation matching, climate)
Sensitivity analysis of products features, formalisms, design optimization (systems, code)
Assessing the competency of business services (public, health, transportation, etc.)
Sensitivity analysis and performance extrapolation
Adjoint transient sensitivity analysis
Causality and sensitivity analysis
Assessing the accuracy of sensitivity analysis

Simulation mechanisms
Composing simulation models
Reusable simulation model
Uncertainty simulation
Continuous-variable simulation optimization
Approximate zero-variance simulation
Probabilistic processes for simulation
Progressive model fitting
Steady-state simulations with initial transients
Merging simulation and optimization
Simulation optimization, stochastic programming and robust optimization
Overlapping variance estimators
Kriging interpolation in simulation
Kriging versus regression analysis
Random simulation
Prediction and simulation
Interpolation /Kriging, Cokriging, Conditional Simulation, and Inverse Distance Weighting/

Model based system prediction
Model based prediction of system quality characteristics and their trade-offs
Prediction models
Methods and tools for system quality prediction
Reliability prediction
Security prediction
Risk prediction
Performance prediction
Uncertainty handling in prediction models
Prediction of change impacts on system quality and risk
Quality and trustworthiness of prediction models
Predictability of system quality characteristics
Predictability of dynamic and adaptive systems
Data acquisition methods in system quality prediction
Traceability and maintainability of prediction models
Inference types in prediction models
Experience reports on and application areas for system quality prediction
Empirical studies on system quality prediction

Distributed simulation
Large-scale simulation experiments
Industrial scale simulation
Time aspects in distributed simulation
Resource constraints in distributed simulation
Distributed disaster decision simulation
Simulation for rapid assessment of distributed impacts
Parallel and distributed simulation

Human-in simulation
User-in-the-middle simulations
User-feedback in simulations
User-adaptive simulations
Bioterrorism preparedness simulation
Probabilistic risk assessment
Measurement of situation awareness

Simulations in advanced environments
Simulation in Virtualized systems
Simulation in Cloud environments
Simulations in GRID environments
Simulation in Cognitive systems
Simulation in P2P systems
Simulation in Data Centers
Simulation in Power Distribution Centers
Simulation in micro- and nano-systems
Simulation in Geospatial systems
Geostatistics simulation
Spatial simulation
Simulation in Self-Adaptable systems
Simulation in Ubiquitous systems
Simulation in Underwater Vehicular and Communications systems
Simulations in Mobile and Vehicular systems
Simulation in eHealth systems
Computational fluid dynamics simulations for urban and environmental applications

Practical applications on process simulations
Uncertainty in industrial practice
Simulation for business planning
Application to finance
Logistics simulation
Supply chain simulation
Software reliability simulation
Simulation in vehicular systems /avionics, satellites, terrestrial/
Simulation models for manufacturing
Climate and weather-related simulations
Biological system simulation
Chemical system simulation
Commercial simulation environments
Healthcare simulation
Hospital planning
Simulation-based scheduling
Simulation in warehouse operations
Manufacturing simulation interoperability
Telecommunications simulations /reliability, queuing, fault spreading, virus contamination/
Cyber-attack modeling and simulation
Sensor fusion simulation

Case studies on social simulation
Group-work interaction simulation
Behavior analysis in simulations
Social need simulations
Simulating urban open spaces
Social decision simulation
Real-time decision making simulation
e-Polling simulation
Validation of simulated real-world
Simulation to predict market behavior
Predictions via similarity-based data-mining
Simulation of groups in e-Government systems
Simulation of urban mobility

Online social simulation
Online social models, social networking
Simulation of conflicts, cooperation, persuasions
Simulation of dynamics, group decisions, emerging behavior and situations
Simulation of interactive games, predictions and distributed tasks
Simulation of 3D online communities, massive online multiplayers, virtual social communities
Life problems simulation (sociology, political science, economics, anthropology, geography, archeology and linguistics)
Group innovation and consumption simulation
Applications, techniques, tools, computational frameworks, experiments and lessons

Building simulation
Simulation of building physics
Human simulation of the indoor environment
Civil-oriented and enterprise-oriented simulations
Simulation of building services (lightning, heating, cooling, ventilation, insulation, etc.)
Simulation of energy capture and conversion
Simulation of solar buildings, geothermal energy buildings, ,
Simulation for earthquakes, flooding, fire propagation, etc.
Simulation of design practice
Tools and applications to simulate building-related properties and situations

Transport simulation
Transport system models
Airport simulation
Public transport simulation
Merchandise port simulation
Rural transport simulation during harvest time
Shipping transport simulation
Content and volume-based transport simulation
Simulation of traffic control and synchronization
Prediction accuracy of transport simulations
Simulation of transport projects

Warfare simulation
Warfare simulation environments and models
Tactical and strategic warfare simulation
Attack warfare simulation
Urban warfare simulation
Warfare simulation in unknown environment
Underwater, terrestrial, and spatial simulations
Hierarchical control simulation
Warfare gaming

Simulation tools and platforms
Discrete-event simulation software
Commercial off-the-shelf simulation package interoperability
Ontology-based tools for simulation integration
Simulation frameworks for energy-efficient systems
Public system applications
Simulators for business planning
Simulation tools for systems biology
Simulation tools for constructions /bridges, railways, industrial buildings, subways/

Experience report on ready-to-use tools
ShowFlow and XJ technologies
Rockwell Automation and Frontline Systems
SIMULE-Planner, AutoMOD
PMC-Kanban Simulator, Program Portfolio Simulator and Asprova Scheduler
3D simulator tool-kits
Wolverine Software-SLX
Open source tools



Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit extended versions to one of the IARIA Journals.

Publisher: XPS (Xpert Publishing Services)
Archived: ThinkMindTM Digital Library (free access)
Prints available at Curran Associates, Inc.
Articles will be submitted to appropriate indexes.

Important deadlines:

Due to many requests, submission deadline is extended to July 29.

Submission (full paper) July 7, 2012 July 29, 2012
Notification September 7, 2012
Registration September 21, 2012
Camera ready September 21, 2012

Only .pdf or .doc files will be accepted for paper submission. All received submissions will be acknowledged via an automated system.

Regular Papers (up to 6-10 page article)

Final author manuscripts will be 8.5" x 11", not exceeding 6 pages; max 4 extra pages allowed at additional cost. The formatting instructions can be found on the Instructions page. Helpful information for paper formatting can be found on the here.

Your paper should also comply with the additional editorial rules.

Once you receive the notification of paper acceptance, you will be provided by the publisher an online author kit with all the steps an author needs to follow to submit the final version. The author kits URL will be included in the letter of acceptance.

Work in Progress (short paper up to 4 pages long)

Work-in-progress contributions are welcome. Please submit the contributions following the instructions for the regular submissions using the "Submit a Paper" button and selecting the contribution type as work in progress.  Authors should submit a four-page (maximum) text manuscript in IEEE double-column format including the authors' names, affiliations, email contacts. Contributors must follow the conference deadlines, describing early research and novel skeleton ideas in the areas of the conference topics. The work will be published in the conference proceedings.

For more details, see the Work in Progress explanation page

Posters (poster or collection of 6 to 8 slides, including industrial presentations)

Posters are intended for ongoing research projects, concrete realizations, or industrial applications/projects presentations. Acceptance will be decided based on a 1-2 page abstract and/or 6-8 .pdf slide deck submitted through the conference submission website. The poster may be presented during sessions reserved for posters, or mixed with presentation of articles of similar topic. The slides must have comprehensive comments. One big Poster and/or the associated slides should be used for discussions, once on the conference site.

For more details, see the Posters explanation page.

Ideas (2 page proposal of novel idea)

This category is dedicated to new ideas in their early stage. Contributions might refer to PhD dissertation, testing new approaches, provocative and innovative ideas, out-of-the-box, and out-of-the-book thinking, etc. Acceptance will be decided based on a maximum 2 page submission through the conference submission website. The contributions for Ideas will be presented in special sessions, where more debate is intended. The Idea contribution must be comprehensive, focused, very well supported (details might miss, obviously). A 6-8 slide deck should be used for discussions, once on the conference site.

For more details, see the Ideas explanation page.

Technical marketing/business/positioning presentations

The conference initiates a series of business, technical marketing, and positioning presentations on the same topics. Speakers must submit a 10-12 slide deck presentations with substantial notes accompanying the slides, in the .ppt format (.pdf-ed). The slide deck will not be published in the conference’s CD Proceedings. Presentations' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your presentations to


Tutorials provide overviews of current high interest topics. Proposals should be for three hour tutorials. Proposals must contain the title, the summary of the content, and the biography of the presenter(s). The tutorials' slide decks will be posted on the IARIA's site. Please send your proposals to

Panel proposals

The organizers encourage scientists and industry leaders to organize dedicated panels dealing with controversial and challenging topics and paradigms. Panel moderators are asked to identify their guests and manage that their appropriate talk supports timely reach our deadlines. Moderators must specifically submit an official proposal, indicating their background, panelist names, their affiliation, the topic of the panel, as well as short biographies. The panel's slide deck will be posted on the IARIA's site.

For more information,

Workshop proposals

We welcome workshop proposals on issues complementary to the topics of this conference. Your requests should be forwarded to


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