Symposium on Emerging M&S Applications in Industry and Academia (EAIA'13)
April 7 - 10, 2013 | Bahia Resort | San Diego, CA, USA
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Chair: Rafael Diaz, Old Dominion University
Co-Chair: Francesco Longo, University of Calabria

The Symposium for Emerging Applications of Modeling and Simulation (M&S) in Industry and Academia (EAIA) has evolved into a hub for new ideas and successful applications thereof. The focus is on innovative applications of M&S in theory and practice. As such, we are looking for papers that show successful and promising trends. For 2013, we offer seven topic categories plus the "Other Emerging Application" category to be able to give a home to good papers that do not fit into the other categories.

  • M&S and Education will continue to look how M&S can be used to enrich education, ranging from public education in middle and high schools over colleges and universities to education of the work force.
  • M&S and Engineering has its focus on engineering applications of M&S as well as applying engineering methods to M&S. This includes new engineering management efforts, such as Scrum for M&S, or applying M&S as a Green Technology.
  • Business and Industry Simulation Applications shows "where the rubber meets the road." Where is M&S really making a difference in Industry? How can we optimize processes and businesses using new methods that combine M&S and heuristics?
  • M&S and Risk Management is looking for contributions regarding theory and application of supporting Risk Management with the full spectrum of M&S.
  • M&S and Philosophy is a new topic for EAIA, but as M&S grows as its own discipline, it is time to address some philosophical questions, including the question of how M&S is influenced and influences Philosophy and our understanding of what we understand.
  • M&S and Law Enforcement is starting to become a new application domain. The objective is to give a home to papers that evaluate the potential and applicability of the whole M&S spectrum to support law enforcement in training, analysis, and operations.
  • M&S Technology Transition is a contemporary interest to avoid the frequent loss of great ideas between R&D and distribution organizations. We are looking for lessons learned and methods derived to enable knowledge transfer.
  • Other Emerging Applications is interested other innovative applications of M&S in theory and practice.

Details about the Tracks

M&S and Education

Many educational institutions have begun to offer either courses or entire degree programs in modeling and simulation (M&S). This track is soliciting papers that explore the emerging field of M&S education and the issues surrounding its development and use. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Modeling and simulation as its own discipline
  • Modeling and simulation body of knowledge: what should be included?
  • Modeling and simulation curriculum: engineering, science, or multidisciplinary?
  • Modeling and simulation research and its role in education
  • Modeling, simulation, and gaming as a teaching tool
  • Modeling and simulation and workforce development: what are the challenges?

M&S and Engineering

The viewpoint of the symposium shows the neighborhood of M&S applications to the engineering discipline that is also more interested in finding applicable solutions (in contrast to science where the focused is more on extending the knowledge). Theoretical underpinnings are welcome, but the track will provide a forum for papers that address the engineering style applications of modeling and simulation. Simulation replaces more and more the traditional experimentation. Where until recently prototypes were created to conduct experiments, virtual prototypes are increasingly used in support of the engineering process. In order to support this use of M&S in engineering, the simulation must fulfill certain requirements, such as being verified and validated for the particular use, or that all data can be obtained in the required form and with the right content. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following examples:

  • Systems Engineering for M&S / M&S for Systems Engineering
  • Engineering Management for M&S / M&S for Engineering Management
  • Requirements for M&S in the context of engineering
  • M&S in the Lifecycle of Engineering Support of Systems

Business and Industry Simulation Applications

The Business and Industry Simulation track is one of the best established tracks within EAIA. Operational and financial stresses in conjunction with the demands of customers, both external and internal, have intensified pressure for competent industrial operations. The evolution of complex systems operating within intricate environments has placed pressure on the configuration and performance of agile, efficient, and flexible industrial operations. Firms are recognizing that the continual enhancement of existing operations is essential to gaining and holding a competitive edge. Government organizations today can effectively evaluate solutions for complex challenges in transportation, health care, security, or environmental effects before making decisions. This call for papers aims to highlight academic foundations as well as real-world industrial applications focusing on lessons learned, experienced constraints, and proof of concepts and generalizability of implemented solutions using M&S in such environments. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following examples:

  • Supply chain M&S
  • Simulation-based decision support systems
  • Transportation managent M&S
  • Health Care management M&S
  • M&S applications in institutional or defense environment
  • M&S applications Manufacuting or service industry

M&S and Risk Management

There has been compelling signs of the great potential of building further synergy with academics, researchers, and industry practitioners from the areas of Modeling and Simulation (M&S) in coping with Emergent Risks. M&S’s potential goes far beyond its power to tell us how systems may, would, and should work.And for this same reason, M&S also has a great and still untapped power to tell us how complex systems may fail. Nonetheless, there needs to be the conscious and deliberate attempt to harness this power by bringing together current knowledge and game-changing ideas from the best academics, researchers, and industry practitioners in M&S and Emergent Risk Management. Objectives of the track comprise benchmarking current practices on how M&S are being used in managing emergent risks, identifying important and high-yield research activities towards better application of M&S in managing emergent risk, and developing synergistic collaboration among participants. Topics of interest to this track are:

  • Types of risks suitably addressed by M&S (e.g. technical, programmatic, financial)
  • M&S within the risk management processes (e.g. risk identification, assessment, management)
  • Spectrum of M&S solutions to risk problems (e.g. complexity, resolution)
  • Paradigms for risk problems (e.g. system dynamics, discrete event, agent-based)

M&S and Philosophy

Many M&S researchers are not explicitly aware of their philosophical research assumption and the ontological, epistemological, and teleological implications thereof. Ontology is the study of being or the study of what exists, often captured as a system defined by a finite set of systems. Computational representations thereof are only a small subset. Epistemology is the study of how we come to know, or how we define knowledge, represent it, and communicate it with others. Teleology is the study of action and purpose, resulting in methods.

Often without knowing it, M&S experts sub-scribe with their methods to a positivistic worldview. In short, positivism is rooted in the belief that truth exists on its own, it is indepen-dent of the observer and reality is separated from the individual who observes it. The traditional scientific method is rooted in positivism. The al-ternative viewpoint is interpretivism that holds the belief that truth is a construct of the observer. Reality is relative and cannot be separated from the individual who observes it. Following topics are of interest to this track:

  • Philosophical underpinning of M&S
  • Ontology, Epistomology, and Teleology of M&S
  • Theory of M&S
  • Russel-like paradoxes
  • Answers to life the universe and everything

M&S and Law Enforcement

The Department of Justice established a Technical Working Group on Modeling and Simulation to coordinate the application of M&S solutions and research of M&S capabilities of interest. Currently, M&S within the Department of Justice is focused on – but not limited to – training, in particular for Law Enforcement organizations. One of the main facilities to support training is the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Georgia. FLETC utilizes M&S as one option to provide better training to Law Enforcement officer. Furthermore, several training systems developed for other departments, in particular training simulation systems developed for the Armed Forces, are evaluated according to the adaptability and applicability for training provided at FLETC. However, the Technical Working Group is also looking at alternative uses of M&S, including serious gaming. The use of emerging technologies, including social networks, is another topic of interest.

Within this track, the current work, vision, and objectives for M&S Support shall be closer evaluated. We are therefore looking for topics like:

  • Application transfer from other application domains to law enforcement
  • A research agenda for the M&S in the Department of Justice
  • Application domains and solutions for M&S in the Department of Justice
  • Gaming for law enforcement

M&S Technology Transition

Technology Transition (T2) is a contemporary interest due to the frequent loss of great ideas to the “Valley of Death” between R&D and distribution organizations. Because T2 is often viewed as a process, the goal here is to demonstrate the successful use of modeling and simulation to emulate and facilitate the underlying innovation process to ensure good ideas make their way to candidate users. While developers have internal research and development (IRAD) processes and the sales chain maintain business development processes, the goal here is to describe and demonstrate the too often grey area in-between. The suggested domains over which to describe the large-scale integrated system’s pricing technique include -

  • Case Studies on Technology Transition in small, medium and large enterprise
  • Use of Technology Transition Agreements within and between organizations
  • Use of personnel transfer to disseminate knowledge
  • Model based prediction of technology transition success
  • Technology Transition Metrics – Technology Readiness Levels (TRL), Manufacturing Readiness Levels (MRL) …
  • Common metric combination techniques such as Balanced Scorecard, etc.
  • Novel project / program management gating techniques
  • Colloquially used product / process measures from the software / systems development community
  • Leveraging of techniques in other domains (e.g., Taguchi) to describe and maintain user advocacy through the development process
  • Methods of leveraging technical talent to assist in technology transition
  • Organization reuse / modification vs. design from first principles