SIM SI: Modeling Sustainability for Third Millennium

Call For Papers

SIMULATION: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International

Special Issue: Modeling Sustainability for Third Millennium

Simulation as Enabling Technology for investigating Technical, Economic, Social and Environmental Robustness and Sustainability of Human Enterprises


Starting from 1980 a continuous markets globalization process has taken place involving all kinds of human enterprises (i.e. industry, business, public services, operations, projects, logistics) causing a remarkable extension of goods, services, information and financial flows (globalization process). Over the last 20 years, the economic development model of companies and nations was oriented to achieve higher robustness levels, trying to keep under control processes performances in industry, business and public services (i.e. production costs, service levels, etc.) in correspondence of internal/external risks variability. Contingent situations such as terroristic attacks (i.e. New York, London, Madrid), natural disasters (i.e. Katrina hurricane in New Orleans, Indian Ocean Tsunami, Hearth), health threats (i.e. BSE, HPAI and recent H1N1 diffusion) and economic crisis affected the resilience of human activities without halting its continuous growth due to population trends and the increased expectations from populations, governments and companies.

In other words, while the economic development was moving toward markets globalization and national and international networks, human enterprises management models were moving toward higher resilience levels trying to reduce (or keep under control) the internal/external risks effects.

The financial crisis (started at the beginning of 2008) has deeply modified the above presented context, creating a "new reference scenario" for companies operating in global markets and even for the existing nations. In fact, the financial crisis is not a contingent situation anymore, but it has to be regarded as continuous action (still in progress) whose effects will affect human activities and their sustainability in the medium/long period, if they are not balanced with all the boundary conditions (planet resources, population growth, geographic social/economic evolutions, social changes, etc.). Companies are now operating in an altered reference scenario where the presence of global markets still remains, but the financial crisis is causing the absence of that market lubricant (liquidity), which allowed the development of globalization as well as its existence.

The financial crisis is afflicting the main industrial sectors (automotive, transportations and distributions, high-tech, etc.); the innumerable cases of bankruptcies, production stops, disruption of supply chains, insolvency of suppliers registered in 2008 clearly show that current models for industrial and logistics processes management are not capable to keep up the economic development. The technical, economic, and social environment assumptions that have ensured till today the survival of companies have been undermined, while the very short term horizon (driven by elections) of political organizations seems to be unable to properly address sustainability issues affecting the medium long term.

This special issue aims at providing the opportunity for authors to submit original and unpublished articles on innovative ways to use Modeling and Simulation as Enabling Technology for investigating Technical, Economic, Social and Environmental sustainability of Human Enterprises. Simulation represents probably the only methodology to provide to the human race a tool for enabling control of mankind evolution; in fact historical data for understanding the situation evolution in this context could be collected just when it is too late to react. Validated, verified and accredited models represent the cornerstone for anticipating future critical situations.
Models proposed must ensure correct and adequate management of processes, controls, infrastructure and management strategies.

Multidisciplinary approaches are encouraged to properly address the framework of complex system sustainability. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Coupling economic, social, business and environmental models for studying sustainability
  • Interoperable simulation for combining different models addressing sustainability issues
  • Modeling and simulation as support risks and opportunities analysis within the new reference scenario characterized by the global financial crisis
  • Modeling social and human factors and their influence in human enterprises and activities
  • Modeling drivers and guidelines definition for human enterprise sustainability
  • Modeling global or local sustainability
  • Models for estimating medium and long term sustainability
  • Models of sustainability of new policies and strategies in public services and national regulations
  • Metrics for anticipating the identification unsustainable situations and models to identify possible solutions
  • Operations analysis based on simulation for new industrial and business strategies
  • Models of sustainability of business, industrial and logistics processes
  • New sourcing strategies and new resource management paradigms investigated by M&S
  • Modeling new transportation and distribution strategies for sustainable industrial operations
  • Forecasts based on M&S for estimating the impact of complex systems evolution
  • Modeling economic sustainability of industrial and business processes on medium long term
  • Modeling solution for Greening operations, logistics and supply chain

Papers that propose innovative models including multiple sustainability aspects are particularly encouraged.

Instructions for Manuscript Preparation

For manuscript formatting and other guidelines, please visit the Author Guidelines for SIMULATION.

Submissions for Full Paper Review

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the paper submission system to the SIMULATION Manuscript Submission System. Please note in your online cover letter the special issue for which your submission is intended.

Note: Manuscripts must not have been previously published or be submitted for publication elsewhere. Each submitted manuscript must include title, names, authors' affiliations, postal and e-mail addresses, an extended paper, and a list of keywords. For multiple author submission, please identify the corresponding author.

Due Dates

Full Papers Due August 1, 2011
Notification of Acceptance October 1, 2011
Minor Revisions Due November 1, 2011
Major Revisions Due December 1, 2011
Final Papers Due December 1, 2011
Publication Expected Fall 2012

Final paper submissions

Each final submission must be prepared based on the Simulation journal requirements (see Author Guidelines for SIMULATION page).

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