2019 Spring Simulation

APRIL 29 - May 2, 2019
University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA



*Please note that the Tutorial Track will take place at the Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel on Monday, April 29, 2019. Further details will be provided in the program.
The 2019 Spring Simulation Conference (SpringSim’19) is an annual conference sponsored by The Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS), which covers state-of-the-art developments in Modeling & Simulation (M&S). SpringSim’19 invites original contributions to the theory and practice of modeling and simulation in any scientific or engineering discipline including but not limited to:
  • Simulation in Healthcare and Medical Systems
  • Simulation in Augmented and Virtual Environments
  • Human and Social Simulation
  • Simulation in Aviation and Aerospace
  • Simulation in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
  • Simulation-Driven Engineering
  • Simulation for Cybersecurity and Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Simulation for Social Networks
  • Cloud-based and High Performance Simulation Environments
  • Simulation in Advanced Manufacturing and Industry 4.0
  • Advanced and Visual Analytics for Simulation
  • Simulation for Training, Decision Support and Policy Analysis
The conference includes keynote speeches presented by technology and industry leaders, technical sessions, professional development tutorials, as well as vendor exhibits. Scientists, engineers, managers, educators, and business professionals who develop or use M&S methodologies and tools are invited to participate and present original contributions.



Conference Sponsorship Provided by:

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Important Dates

Workshop proposals: September 28, 2018
Tutorial proposals: October 28, 2018
Paper submission:
 January 8, 2019 (Extended)
Author notification: February 8, 2019
Short paper submission: February 15, 2019
Ext abstract submission: February 15, 2019
Demo proposals: March 1, 2019 (Extended)
Camera-ready: February 22, 2019



Wendy J. Nilsen, Ph.D.

Presentation Title: On the Road to Smart Health

Presentation Abstract: Science is changing rapidly and new transdisciplinary approaches are resulting in transformative change across domains. Health and medicine have slowly begun to embrace convergent approaches that involve expertise from non-traditional disciplines, such as computing and engineering, which has resulted in new methods and findings that could not have happened a decade earlier. That said, the confluence of the adoption of electronic health records by the medical community, mobile technology, the Internet of Things and data science have created opportunities for health and medicine that have not yet been realized. Computing and engineering research fields are especially poised to contribute to these changes by bringing sophisticated techniques to partnerships in the biomedical realm. This talk will cover some current advances and a vision for a future of smart health.

Biography: Wendy Nilsen, Ph.D. is the Program Director for the Smart and Connected Health Program in the computer and Information Science and Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation. Her work focuses on the intersection of 21st century computing, engineering and medicine/health. Her focus includes the supporting research, multidisciplinary dialogue and convergence training to encourage the development of a wide range of methods for data collection, advanced analytics and the creation of effective cyber-human systems. Her interests span the areas of sensing, analytics, cyber-physical systems, information systems, big data and robotics. More specifically, her efforts include serving as co-chair of the Health Information Technology Research and Development working group of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program; the lead for the NSF/NIH Smart and Connected Health announcement; convening workshops to address methodology in technology in health research; serving on numerous federal technology initiatives; and, leading training institutes. Prior to joining NSF, Wendy was at the National Institutes of Health.


Annual Simulation Symposium (ANSS)
Saurabh Mittal and José Luis Risco Martín

Theory and Foundations of Modeling and Simulation (TMS)
Gregory Zacharewicz, Joachim Denil, Hessam Sarjoughian, and Mamadou Seck 

High Performance Computing (HPC)
Masha Sosonkina, Dongyoon Lee, David Easterling, Will Thacker, and Wirawan Purwanto

Communications and Networking Simulation (CNS)
Abdolreza Abhari and Hala ElAarag

Modeling and Simulation in Medicine (MSM)
Jerzy W. Rozenblit and Johannes Sametinger

Krzysztof Rechowicz

M&S Demo Session and Student Colloquium
Salim Chemlal, Mohammad Moallemi, and Christopher Lynch

Doohwan Kim

Submission Guidelines

For all submissions, unless noted otherwise in their guidelines, go to: https://www.softconf.com/sim/SpringSim19

Authors of accepted papers are expected to attend the conference, present their work to their peers, transfer copyright, and pay a conference registration fee at the time their camera-ready paper is submitted. Conference proceedings will be submitted to the ACM Digital Library, for archiving and indexed in DBLP and SCOPUS. Some exceptions apply.

General Technical Papers
Original, high-quality technical papers are solicited for review, possible presentation and subsequent publication in the conference proceedings. Papers are max 12 pages long with single column format (see author’s kit at https://scs.org/authorskit). 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 SpringSim’19 review process.

All submissions will be peer reviewed by a minimum of 3 reviewers and feedback will be provided. Authors of papers accepted for the SpringSim’19 Conference are expected to attend the conference, present their work to their peers, transfer copyright, and pay a conference registration fee at the time their camera-ready paper is submitted.

Tutorial proposals should be two pages in length. Interested authors are invited to submit an accompanying optional paper: maximum of 12 pages long, with a minimum of five pages, with single column format.

M&S Demo
The underlying M&S theory and formalism as well as the implementation overview must be documented in a 2-page abstract paper submitted prior to the conference. The paper must embed screenshots of the displays and list all of the capabilities of the system. Limited use of open-source tools and libraries can be incorporated into the system; however, the use of commercial simulation tools is not allowed in the demo. The demo should convey the development, theories, challenges, objectives, or any findings and results of the simulation. The demo should not be a plug-and-play experience that conveys various simulation outcomes. Accepted abstracts will need to be submitted in poster format.

Each participant will need to demo and present the M&S system during the M&S Demo session, the demo can be joined with a PowerPoint presentation. Allotted time for each demo/PowerPoint is 15mins with 5mins of Q&A.

The Demo session is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at all stages of their careers. A student must be the primary author while faculty can be added as co-authors.

Travel support will be provided to students on a first come first serve basis. For additional information, please contact scs@scs.org.

Student Colloquium
Graduate students are invited to submit a 2-page extended abstract describing their research work, which can be in the proposal stage or early/middle stages of development.

Accepted abstracts will need to be presented in a poster format. Additionally, authors of accepted abstracts will give a short 10 minutes presentation during the Student Colloquium session.

In addition, we welcome submissions of the following types of contributions and/or proposals:

  • Workshops
  • Short papers, describing early research efforts (6 pages max)
  • Extended abstracts (2 pages max)
  • Live demonstrations to be given during the conference

All presented work will be available to conference attendees electronically.


Location: Tucson Marriott University Park Hotel
880 East 2nd St., Tucson, A.Z. 85719
Date: Monday, April 29, 2019


Title: Information and Process Modeling for Simulation: How to Model an Economy
Time: 08:45 – 10:15
Speaker: Gerd Wagner
Abstract: Like a system model in information systems and software engineering (IS&SE), also a system model in simulation engineering mainly consists of an information model and a process model. In the fields of IS&SE there are widely used standards such as the Class Diagrams of the Unified Modeling Language (UML) for making information models, and the Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) for making process models. This tutorial shows how to use UML class diagrams and BPMN process models at all three levels of model-driven simulation engineering: for making conceptual simulation models, for making platform-independent simulation design models, and for making platform-specific, executable simulation models. As a running example for illustrating the proposed modeling approach, a full-fledged model of an economy with a consumption good market and a labor market is used.


Title: Integrating Hardware and Software in Simulation Development: a Flight Simulator Example
Time: 10:30 – 12:00
Speaker: John Sokolowski
Abstract: This tutorial will describe the challenges of building are virtual simulation system that must integrate simulation software with real world components to provide a realistic immersive experience for the user. It will describe the design considerations for both hardware and software selection, level of fidelity choices, and integration challenges for developing such a system. A real world example of a flight simulator design and construction will be used to illustrate the effort. Attendees will learn the design process issues, integration challenges, and simulation interface issues to achieve a working virtual simulator.


Title: From Mental Models to Computational Models: Theory, Software, and Applications of Fuzzy Cognitive Maps
Time: 13:00 – 14:30
Speaker: Philippe Giabbanelli
Abstract: Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCMs) are an increasingly popular aggregate modeling technique, in which a model is built from qualitative data provided by stakeholders and/or from quantitative data used by learning algorithms. Although the technique was introduced in 1986, new software and libraries have made it accessible to stakeholders and modellers while requiring little to no coding. An FCM has relatively few key principles, as it is made of a causal network where the fixed weight of edges is set using Fuzzy Logic, and where the weight of nodes is updated until some nodes of interests (i.e. model outputs) stabilize. Despite this relative simplicity, an FCM can be answer ‘what-if’ questions for complex problems ranging from engineering to medicine and business. We will explain and exemplify the key principles of FCMs, compare software solutions to use FCMs in research projects with minimal coding efforts, and present active research areas including machine learning and FCMs as well as agent-based modeling and FCMs.


Title: Agent-Based Modeling with Symmetric DEVS
Time: 14:45 – 16:15
Speaker: Rhys Goldstein
Abstract: This tutorial demonstrates a practical way to combine agent-based modeling with discrete event simulation. The approach is based on the DEVS formalism, where the idea is to provide a common form for all simulation models regardless of their domain, time scale, or time advancement scheme. When DEVS is used for agent-based modeling, it is conventional to adopt a dynamic structure variant of the formalism allowing model compositions to reconfigure themselves over time. Symmetric DEVS offers a simpler alternative, where agents are handled by dedicated elements called collections. The tutorial will show how to formally specify Symmetric DEVS models, and how to implement them using the SyDEVS open source C++ library. After learning the essence of DEVS theory, participants will be guided through a concrete example of agent-based modeling involving the simulation of occupants in a built environment.


Title: Introduction to Strategic Engineering: A New Discipline Combining Simulation, Big Data, AI/IA to Support Strategic Decision Making
Time: 16:30 – 18:00
Speaker: Agostino Bruzzone and Kirill Sinelshchikov
Abstract: This tutorial provides an overview of the foundations of Strategic Engineering and provides a case study as example to interactively apply the related concepts into creating an innovative decision support systems that combines simulation, big data and AI.


A call for Workshops and Panel proposals is open to raise visibility on topics of focused interest in a particular scientific or applications areas such as Humanities, Social Science, & Philosophy, Engineering, Science, & Education, Critical Infrastructure, Healthcare and Medical, Military & Homeland Security, Avionics, etc. Proposals in all areas of Simulation that may be of interest to both modelers and Simulationists, which help, generate new ideas and applications in simulation research are welcome. Proposals for Workshops should be submitted by e-mail to the corresponding Track Chair with a copy to the Program Chair, Xiaolin Hu.

Title: The Role of Simulation in Shaping the Future of Humanity
Abstract: The NORCE Center for Modeling Social Systems and the MODRN project at the University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway, are sponsoring a SpringSim 2019 Workshop on the use of modeling and simulation to study the cognitive and cultural mechanisms that shape challenges facing individuals and societies in the contemporary world. The Workshop will have three sessions, each dealing with a different dimension of “Human Simulation.” The first session will explore ways in which the computational simulation of human minds and groups can produce new insights into philosophical issues related to ethics, epistemology, and ontology. Case studies involving models oriented toward solving concrete policy challenges, such as those related to the refugee crisis, human trafficking or cultural conflict, will be the focus of the second session. Our final session will provide an opportunity for dialogue on best practices in human simulation, especially focusing on the construction of cognitively complex agents and artificial societies and the related ethical challenges.

Registration & Foreign Travel


SpringSim 2019 Registration Fees:

Regular Registration *Before April 1, 2019

  • Member: $750
  • Non-Member: $880
  • Member-Student: $375
  • Non-Member Student: $440
  • Retiree: $375

Late Registration
  |  *April 2, 2019 thereafter

  • Member: $800
  • Non-Member: $930
  • Member-Student: $375
  • Non-Member Student: $440
  • Retiree: $375

Foreign Travel

Student Verification Form
Retiree Verification Form
Visa Invitation Request Form

Venue & Hotels

Venue Address

University of Arizona, Student Union Memorial Center
Level 3
1303 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Ph: +1 520-621-1989

Established in 1885, the University of Arizona, the state’s land-grant university with two medical schools, produces graduates who are real-world ready through its 100% Engagement initiative. Recognized as a global leader, the UA is also a leader in research, bringing more than $622 million in research investment each year, and ranking 22nd among all public universities. The UA is advancing the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships and is a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $8.3 billion annually.

Hotel Accommodations

Tucson Marriott University Park
880 East 2nd St., Tucson, AZ 85719
Ph: +1 520-792-4100
Group Rate

ALOFT Tucson University
1900 Speedway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ, 85719
Ph: +1 520-908-6820

UA Mirror Lab Tour

**There have been tickets reserved for attendees to attend a tour at the Richard F. Caris Mirror Lab in the University of Arizona on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Below are the details you need to know if you would like to attend.**

At the University of Arizona’s Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory, a team of scientists and engineers are making giant, lightweight mirrors of unprecedented power for a new generation of optical telescopes.

These mirrors represent a radical departure from the conventional solid-glass mirrors used in the past. They have a honeycomb structure on the inside; made out of Ohara E6-type borosilicate glass that is melted, molded and spun cast into the shape of a paraboloid in a custom-designed rotating oven. Honeycomb mirrors offer the advantages of their solid counterparts – rigidity and stability – but they can be significantly larger, and dramatically lighter.

This 90-minute tour provides a unique opportunity to learn how innovative engineering and optical technology melds with manufacturing techniques to produce the largest and most advanced giant (8.4 meters / 27 ft.) telescope mirrors in the world!

Visitors will see the unparalleled technology and revolutionary processes involved in making the next generation of telescopes that will explore deep into outer space and produce cutting-edge scientific research.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) ranks the University of Arizona’s Department of Astronomy and Steward Observatory #1 in Astronomy programs in the United States. Come see one of the reasons why!

Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019

Time: 12:45 pm (Tour begins at 1 pm)

Mirror Lab Tours
University of Arizona
527 National Championship Drive
Tucson, Arizona 85721

Availability: 20 Spots

This tour is on a first come, first serve basis. Please email the SCS Office at scs@scs.org to reserve your spot. A response will be emailed back to you to let you know that you have been added to the list.

Notice: Tour participants MUST be able to ascend and descend stairs and stand for periods of time. The tour is about 50/50 for sitting and standing.

Organization Committee

Honorary Chair: Jerzy W. Rozenblit, University of Arizona, USA
General Chair: Andrea D’Ambrogio, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Vice-General Chair: Fernando Barros, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Program Chair: Xiaolin Hu, Georgia State University, USA
Publicity Chair: Umut Durak, German Aerospace Center, Germany
Proceedings Chairs: Alberto Del Barrio Garcia, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain and Christopher J. Lynch, Old Dominion University, USA
Tutorial Chair: Krzysztof Rechowicz, Old Dominion University, USA
Sponsorship Chair: Saikou Diallo, Old Dominion University, USA
Awards Chair: Gregory Zacharewicz, IMT Mines Alès, France

Technical Committee

Abdolreza Abhari, Ryerson University, Canada
Joachim Denil, University of Antwerp, Belgium
David Easterling, University of Dayton Research Institute, USA
Hala ElAarag, Stetson University, USA
Erika Frydenlund, Old Dominion University, USA
Dongyoon Lee, Virginia Tech, USA
Saurabh Mittal, MITRE Corporation, USA
Jose Luis Risco Martin, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Jerzy Rozenblit, The University of Arizona, USA
Johannes Sametinger, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
Hessam Sarjoughian, Arizona State University, USA
Mamadou Seck, Old Dominion University, USA
Masha Sosonkina, Old Dominion University, USA
Will Thacker, Winthrop University, USA
Gregory Zacharewicz, University of Bordeaux, France

Advisory Board

Andreas Tolk, The MITRE Corporation, USA (IEEE Senior Member & Fellow of SCS)
Gabriel Wainer, Carleton University, Canada (IEEE Senior Member & Fellow of SCS)
Bernard Zeigler, University of Arizona & RTSync Corporation, USA (Fellow of IEEE & Fellow of SCS)
Lin Zhang, Beihang University, China (IEEE Senior Member & Fellow of SCS)

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