SIM Special Issue: Driving Simulation

Call For Papers

SIMULATION: Transactions of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International

Special Issue: Driving Simulation


The domain of automotive driving simulation, born in the 70s, went recently through a dramatic technological and industrial mutation thanks to the advent of high-performance, real-time motion and image rendering techniques as well as the effective industrial use of driving simulation for automotive vehicle design.

Human factor studies are providing data on the use of dynamic simulators, especially on the effect of motion on driving behavior, both for lateral and longitudinal accelerations. Motion rendering, one of the fastest growing research domains for realistic driving simulation, provides the necessary motion and environmental cues for correct driver perception.

Different types of applications in driving simulation, including economical and electrical vehicle driving and fuel efficiency, are becoming socially important. Also of primary importance are perception and human factors, virtual prototyping and Automotive Driver Aid Systems (ADAS), connected vehicles and Augmented Reality (AR) vehicle systems, among others.

Virtual prototyping is a key area in vehicle engineering design, contributing to the zero physical prototype vehicle development. ADAS and autonomous vehicle systems are the newest and progressively most visible part of this trend, as cars are including more and more sophisticated driver aid systems. These are costly to develop and difficult to validate in realistic driving conditions calling for more and more sophisticated man- machine interfaces which must be understandable and easy to use. These systems necessitate the use of high-performance driving simulators as the behavior of the vehicle needs to be of high fidelity.

We hope strongly that this Special Issue in Driving Simulation will help the readers learn more about the latest technological and scientific advances in the domain of driving simulation and gain insight on the use of driving simulators. Editors of this special issue seek original experimental research in which new methods, techniques, and processes are discovered, adapted, and appropriated in the context of modeling and simulation of the built environment. Architects, scientists, engineers, educators, business professionals who develop or use simulation tools are invited to submit original papers that explore, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • virtual prototyping and industrial applications
  • driving simulator design and architecture (architecture, database modeling, restitutions)
  • driver perception and modeling (perception, simulator sickness, driver behavior, ergonomics, human factors)
  • motion rendering for driving simulators (motion control, scale factors, visuo-vestibular integration)
  • connected driving simulation (networked multi-drivers simulation, connected simulator environment)
  • driver training (curriculum, validation, part task trainers, experiment feedback)

Instructions for Manuscript Preparation

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

Due Dates

Full Papers Due December 15, 2014
Notification of Acceptance April 30, 2015
Submission of final (revised) papers May 28, 2015 (minor) June 30, 2015 (major)
Publication TBD Papers will be published online as soon as accepted

Submissions for Full Paper Review

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically through the paper submission system to the SIMULATION Manuscript Submission System. Manuscripts must be formatted in single-column pdf format, double-spaced, and use 12pt fonts. In the title page, author(s) must specifically mark that the paper is intended for this special issue as follows: "Driving Simulation."

Please contact one of the guest editors if you have any questions. 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.

Final paper submissions

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

Guest Editors:

  • Andras Kemeny, General Manager, Technical Center for Simulation, Director Laboratory of Immersive Visualization Renault-ENSAM, Renault, Associate Professor, Arts et Métiers, ParisTech, France, andras.kemeny@renault.com, andras.kemeny@ensam.eu
  • Heinrich Bülthoff, Director, Max Planck Institut for Biological Cybernetics, Germany, heinrich.buelthoff@tuebingen.mpg.de
  • Frédéric Mérienne, Professor, Arts et Métiers, ParisTech, Director if Image Institut, frederic.merienne@ensam.eu
  • Erwin Boer, CEO, Entropy Control Inc., US, Invited Professor University of Delft, Netherlands, University of Leed