2018 SimAUD


JUNE 04-07 | Tu Delft | Delft, The Netherlands

The Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD) offers a venue for architecture researchers and simulation researchers to come together to focus on this important area. Buildings are the largest consumers of energy responsible for 48% of all Green House Gas emissions and due to the complexity and multidisciplinary aspects of architecture design and construction, and urban design and society, modeling and simulation become valuable techniques to understand and optimize this enormous challenge. Scientists, engineers, managers, educators, and business professionals who develop or use simulation tools are invited to participate and present original papers.
Built environment simulation and design computation have become ubiquitous throughout the design world, from small scale offices to multinational firms. Simulation workflows harness the ever-growing power of personal computers, and the increasing use of cloud computing, to aid design teams in their increasingly complex endeavors throughout the globe. Disciplinary boundaries are blurring, as simulation-based decision support systems bring experts from various fields together to develop low-tech solutions, using high-tech simulation tools. The 9th annual Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD) therefore aims at creating a trans-disciplinary scholarly platform by bringing together the brightest researchers and practitioners in the fields of architecture, urban design, urban planning, building science, visualization and simulation. SimAUD offers the opportunity to present innovative simulation methods and techniques and to discuss their roles in bridging disciplinary gaps in urban planning, architecture, engineering, construction, and management. This year’s event will be held at TU Delft’s campus, the largest and oldest Dutch public technological university in the Netherlands.
In past years, attendees have included researchers and practitioners in the fields of urban planning and design, architecture and building science, visualization and construction, as well as software developers, managers, educators, and business professionals. Past SimAUD symposia have attracted exceptionally high-quality submissions (papers, notes, works in progress, datasets, and videos). We highly encourage you to take advantage of the free downloads of previous years’ proceedings. We invite you to submit and present an original contribution for SimAUD 2018. All submissions will be peer-reviewed, and accepted full papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Please observe the submission types and deadlines on the Symposium website. SimAUD is run collaboratively with ACM/SIGSIM and is sponsored by The Society for Modeling and Simulation International.

For additional conference information please visit:  www.simaud.org


Organization Committee

Areas of Interest


  • Simulation-Based Design Generation and Exploration
  • Simulation-Based Collaborative Design
  • Simulation-Based Design Tools and Methods
  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
  • Simulation Performance and Scalability
  • Building Comfort and Energy Performance
  • Simulation of Occupant Behavior
  • Simulation of Building Control
  • Physics-Based Simulation in Design
  • Visualization of Simulation Data
  • Urban-Scale Modeling
  • Design Agency & Multi-Agent Systems
  • Intelligent Buildings & Building Lifecycle Management
  • Sensor Networks & Building Performance Monitoring
  • Interactive Environments
  • Responsive Facades
  • Robotic Fabrication in Design

Conference Venue and Hotel

The conference takes place at Delft University of Technology. The TU Delft campus is one of the largest universities campus in the world, with about 27.000 people travelling across it every day. The campus offers an outstanding number of facilities and is organized as a park, mostly accessible on foot, by bike, or public transport. It includes unique buildings designed by internationally reputed architectural firms, such as the Central Library by Mecanoo. You may have a look at the campus’ map. The conference is hosted by the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, and mostly takes place within the Faculty’s building. The Faculty was established in 1904. Currently, it counts about 3000 students and hundreds of staff members. It has an international leading role in education and research, being raked in top positions. The 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject, listed the Faculty as third worldwide. The Faculty’s building is named BK-city and is located at the edge of the campus, adjacent to the city center of Delft and well connected to it. BK-city is a recently renewed building, transformed into a stylish 36,000 square meters space for studios, workshop rooms, CNC facilities, research labs, own library, conference rooms, cafe, restaurant and other facilities. The building includes exceptional spaces by famous architectural firms, such as the Tribune of the Orange Hall by MVRDV. The video below offers a sneak peek into the building. You may also have a look at its map and general guide.



In Delft, the majority of Hotels and B&B are situated in the city centre. Most of the historical city centre is within walking distance from the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture. The availability of accommodations in Delft is very limited. To guarantee a good Hotel or B&B room in Delft, booking well in advance is highly recommended. Alternatively, Rotterdam and Den Haag are not far and provide a larger variety of accommodations. To check the public transports and needed connection-time from an accommodation to the conference venue, 9292.nl offers a good overview.

For the SimAUD registered attendees, the hotels listed below offer special rates. A code is needed. Each Hotel requires a different code. Please contact the conference organizers.

Hampshire Hotel Delft Centre
Keopoortplaats 3, Delft | 2612 RR | 18-22 | Delft | Nederland
Phone: +31 (0) 152122125 |  Fax: +31 (0) 152122125
Description: SimAUD 2018 attendees can benefit from a special rate of € 106.50 per night for a single room including breakfast (€ 116.50 per a double room including breakfast). The rate is excluding the city tax of € 2.90 per person per night. To benefit from the offer, a code is needed when booking. Please ask the conference organizers for the code. The reservations are based on availability. https://www.hampshire-hotels.com/en/hampshire-hotel-delft-centre

Hotel Johannes Vermeer
Molslaan 18-22 | 2611 RM | Delft | Mederland
Phone: +31 (0) 152126466 | Fax: +31 (0) 152134835
Description: SimAUD 2018 attendees can benefit from a special rate of € 106,40 per night for a single use room (€ 118,70 for a double room). The rate is including breakfast and WIFI. The rate is excluding the city tax of € 2,90 per person per night. A credit card number is needed to reserve the room. To benefit from the offer, a code is needed when booking. Please ask the conference organizers for the code. The reservations are based on availability. http://www.hotelvermeer.nl/

Museumhotels Delft
Oude Delft 189 | 2611HD | Delft
Phone: +31 (0) 152153073
Description: SimAUD 2018 attendees can benefit from a special rate. The rate applies a 20% discount on the best available rate. To benefit from the offer, a code is needed when booking. Please ask the conference organizers for the code. The reservations are based on availability. http://www.museumhotels.nl/en/

Registration Pricing



Important Dates

Abstracts Deadline: October 20, 2017

Submission Deadline: December 23, 2017

Acceptance Notification: February 16, 2018

Camera-Ready Due: March 16, 2018

Conference Presentations: June 4-7, 2018

Submission Guidelines

Original and high-quality technical papers are solicited for review, possible presentation and subsequent publication in the conference proceedings. For further instructions, please refer to the Submission Instructions in the SCS Conference Proceedings Management System web site. They will be peer reviewed and – if accepted and presented at the conference – submitted to the ACM

Digital Library. Papers must not have appeared before (or be pending) in a journal or conference with published proceedings, nor may they be under review or submitted to another forum during SimAUD’17 review process.

At least one author of an accepted paper must register for the symposium and must present the paper at the symposium.

Online Submission

All abstracts and manuscripts must be submitted using the SimAUD 2018 Online Submission Site.

For the abstract submission, please submit your paper summary through the online submission site, and you will be able to update it at the time for the full paper submission.

Submission Types

Research works can be submitted in several categories:

  • Full Papers (Archived at the ACM Digital Library)
  • Short Papers (Not Archived at the ACM Library)
  • Invited Papers (Archived at the ACM Digital Library)
  • Posters & Videos (Not Archived at the ACM Digital Library

Note: All Submissions are published in SimAUD’s Proceedings.

Full Papers

Full papers (max. 8 pages) present significant contributions to research and practice in the SimAUD areas. Accepted full papers will be archived at the ACM Digital Library. Links to SimAUD papers in the Digital Library are posted at www.simaud.org/papers.php.

Please adhere to the 8-page limit and prepare your paper using one of the templates below:

Coming Soon

Short Papers

Short papers are non-archived publications (max. 4 pages) that present brief and focused research contributions that are noteworthy but may not merit a full paper. Typically, short papers provide an overview of research-in-progress and/or thought-provoking work relevant to the SimAUD community. They have not reached completion level necessary for jury review and acceptance as complete papers; however, authors will benefit from in-person feedback from symposium attendees.

Short papers should include:

  • A focused description, and if appropriate, analysis of the work
  • Potential impact of the work to the SimAUD community
  • Recommendations for future research and application in practice

Please adhere to the 4-page limit and prepare your paper using one of the templates below:

Coming Soon

Invited Papers

In order to help bring together diverse disciplines we aim to establish a common language of perspectives, case studies, techniques or technologies. One way to start this process is through invited works. The Committee may internally evaluate and invite certain papers, data sets, or videos to include in the symposium outside the formal peer-review process. To nominate research that you believe would be beneficial to building this new community, please email any of the chairs with suggestions.

Posters & Videos

Many architecture and urban design projects communicate visions of a proposed future. Posters and videos are among the best ways to communicate these visions. We invite video and poster submissions of high-quality scientific visualizations of architecture or urban design projects, interactive design decision support systems, compelling animations of construction simulation, and more. We strongly encourage authors of full and short paper submissions to also provide a high-quality video for peer-review and exhibition at the SimAUD symposium.

Accepted posters and videos will be featured at SimAUD’s website. If you plan to provide a video or poster, please notify the General Chair by email prior to the submission deadline.

Data Sets

Data sets are optional (but recommended) collections of ZIP files of original data that accompany full or short paper submissions. A data set submission may include, for example, a detailed Building Information Model (BIM) of a real or virtual building that would be of use to the SimAUD community for simulation testing or cross-validation. Another example would be a conceptual model of a process or event expressed as DEVS classes. Other data sets could be point clouds, sensor data, programs, models of HVAC units, fridges, escalators, geothermal, etc. Many scientific communities suffer from a lack of access to high-quality detailed data sets and algorithms. At SimAUD, an accepted peer-reviewed data set is recognized as a significant contribution to science, and we hope to encourage researchers and practitioners to share their data for the greater good of the community.

Data sets will be linked or archived at www.simaud.org/datasets. If you plan to contribute a data set, please notify the General Chair by email prior to the submission deadline.

Questions? Call Phone: 858-277-3888 or Email scs@scs.org