Note: All presentations that provided consent will be recorded and uploaded with printed presentation online.
Step 1: Presenters should find their session schedule from the conference program online at scs.org/springsim and connect at least 15 minutes before their scheduled presentation time slot using the link provided in the email sent to you as a registered attendee.
Step 2: Using the presentation link mentioned above, the presenter should ideally be present during the entire session and must provide their full name on Zoom to make sure that the session chair can easily spot them. If there is a different name or nickname, a participant can rename his/her name after connecting.
Step 3: Presenters should be visible to all people attending the session, so testing your camera and audio before the day of the event is advised.
Step 4: Once it is the presenter’s allocated time slot, the session chair will call the presenter’s name and give the green light to start. Then, the presenter should share their screen using the green button located in the lower middle on Zoom. As a presenter, you have the option to share the entire screen or just the presentation application (e.g., PowerPoint).
Step 5: If this is a regular paper presentation, the presenter will have an 18-minute time slot. The presenter should spend the first 12 minutes for their live presentation without questions, and the last 6 minutes will be devoted to Q/A moderated by session chairs. (Please keep track of your time and practice your presentation before hand to keep within the time limit). All presentation times are provided on the SCS website within the program at scs.org/springsim.
Step 6: When the 18-minute time slot ends, the presenter will need to stop sharing their screen, the session chair will end the screen share at the designated time if the presentation is running over.
Step 7: If presenter would like to further discuss their paper or other papers, there are slack rooms available. They are listed on the website and within the email; you received of the Zoom link.
Suggestions for presenting on the video platform Zoom, to driving engagement with questions, and tips for powerful virtual presentations. Please visit https://www.zoom.us/resources for videos and prior to the meeting go to https://zoom.us/download#client_4meeting to allow you to join a meeting without downloading any software. How to videos for zoom are also located here https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/206618765-Zoom-Video-Tutorials
1. Practice Your Virtual Presentation (Twice)
Do not let the first time you use your presentation technology (audio tools, webinar software, etc.) be in front of your audience. Grab a friend, family member, or coworker to do a dry run.
Record yourself presenting in Zoom from start to finish (no stopping to fix something). Watch the recording later and make improvements. Do it again.
2. Consider Using a Virtual Background
Spotty Wi-Fi with an unprofessional background and a poorly lit face can damage your presentation.
Check what is visible in your camera background before you start.
Make use of virtual backgrounds. What you think of as an innocuous background can be extremely distracting to your audience. Zoom’s virtual backgrounds can be used.
Pay attention to your lighting (and do not forget how this changes throughout the day!) Too much light from behind leaves you featureless, so be sure to have good even lighting from the front. Check that you are lit from the front, not from behind
3. Minimize Distractions… And Unnecessary Tabs
Turn off your notifications. All of them. MacOS has a Do Not Disturb mode that is useful.
Pets can be a big distraction, and you may want to isolate yourself from them.
Only share the minimum necessary applications, close any tabs that you do not need for the presentation. If you have to share your whole desktop, remove anything that lives there and set a neutral background.
Check that you are looking straight at the camera and your video feed is framing the upper part of your torso and your head. Look directly into the camera and not down at your notes or screen.
Prepare some drinking water and set a timer.
4. Share Your Screen
Make sure you know how your computer full screen works before your presentation.
If you haven’t shared your screen on Zoom before, make at least one practice share because Zoom will require certain permissions to be given. In this way, you will not waste time during your actual presentation.
Check your bandwidth if you have any reason to suspect it is low.
Keep slides simple and clean.
Provide a good introduction and conclusion.
5. Test Your Audio, and Test it Again
Adding a microphone is better than your computers audio, suggestions are, Blue Yeti or Antlion Wireless ModMic.
“Check your sound. Zoom has a test function for this.
Always have a Plan B for audio. Your phone, headset, internal microphone are all good options.
Zoom has new features to cancel background noises from your microphone. If you do not see it, you may need to update the Zoom app.
6. Use Large Font Size
Present off the lowest resolution display you have.
Always assume that you need to make your text bigger. If you are sharing code or your command line, check your text color, background color, and font size. If you are not sure, ask a friend to check. In addition, if you have an opportunity to add a little personality with your background or color.
7. Schedule Time for Virtual Q&A
Presenting to a camera can feel lonely. If possible, build in a way for the audience to interact-chat, question & answer, and breakout rooms are all great options.
8. Look Directly at the Camera
Present as if you are talking to a person, not your camera.
Make sure you are making eye contact with the camera. Do not have your camera at one angle and looking at another angle.
Put your speaker notes or participant video as close to your camera as possible.
9. Backup Plan
If you know you will have spotty Wi-Fi, you can prepare a backup presentation to use.
10. Set Yourself up for Success
Audio and video quality make a big difference.
*Extended Abstracts refer to tutorials, M&S Demo, and Student Colloquium
Annual Simulation Symposium (ANSS)
Erika Frydenlund and José Luis Risco Martín
Cyber Physical Systems (CPS)
Akshay Rajhans and Nikos Arechiga
Cyber Security Engineering (CSE)
Sachin Shetty and Danda Rawat
Humans, Societies, and Artificial Agents (HSAA)
Philippe J. Giabbanelli and Andrew T. Crooks
Communications and Networking Simulation (CNS)
Abdolreza Abhari and Ala’a Al-Habashna
High Performance Computing (HPC)
Dongyoon Lee and Shaikh Arifuzzaman
Modeling and Simulation in Medicine (MSM)
Jerzy W. Rozenblit and Johannes Sametinger
M&S for Smart Energy Systems (MSSES)
James Nutaro and Ozgur Ozmen
Theory and Foundations for Modeling and Simulation (TMS)
Joachim Denil, Hessam Sarjoughian, Gabriel Wainer, and Cristina Ruiz-Martín
M&S Demo and Student Colloquium Posters
Salim Chemlal, Youssef Bouanan, Nahom Kidane, and Mohammad Moallemi
SpringSim 2020 Runner Up Paper
Title: Exploring the Effects of Link Recommendations on Social Networks: An Agent-Based Modeling Approach
Authors: Ciara Sibley and Andrew T. Crooks
Session | Track: Advances in the Theory and Design of Agent-Based Models | Humans, Societies, and Artificial Agents (HSAA) Track
Date | Time: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | 11:00 a.m. ET
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 may be submitted to the ACM and IEEE Digital Libraries, 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’20 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’20 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.
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 M&S Demo Session is open not only to undergrads, grads, and post-docs, but also to researchers in the early stage of their career. A student must be the primary author while faculty can be added as co-authors.
Student Colloquium Posters
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:
All presented work will be available to conference attendees electronically.
Title: Comparing Models Rather than Simulation Outputs: An Introduction to Network Science for Model Comparison
Speaker: Philippe Giabbanelli
Abstract: As a simulation provides a small window into the behavior of a model, many simulations may be needed to comprehensively compare the models. In addition, comparing simulations as a means to compare their models may reveal differences but struggle to identify the reason. In this tutorial, we explain how to shift from the common practice of comparing `black box’ models using simulations to directly comparing the structure of the models themselves. A model is represented as an aggregate set of rules specifying the impact of a variable onto another. The comparison of two models is thus equivalent to comparing two networks of rules. The tutorial will cover how this comparison can be done comprehensively (e.g., through edit distances calculating how much work is needed to turn the rules of one model into another) or through selected measures (e.g., to compare models based on the most important variables in the rules).
Title: Implementing DEVS Models with Cadmium Simulator
Speakers: Cristina Ruiz Martin and Gabriel Wainer
Abstract: Discrete Event System Specification (DEVS) is a mathematical formalism to model and simulate discrete-event dynamic systems. Using DEVS for modeling and simulation has numerous advantages, which include a rigorous formal definition of models, a well-defined mechanism for modular composition, and separation of concerns between the model definition and the simulation of the model, among others. In this tutorial, we will present Cadmium, a new DEVS simulator based on C++17. We will discuss the tool’s Application Programming Interface and we will present the model of the Alternating Bit Protocol as an example to explain how to implement DEVS models in Cadmium.
Title: How Valid is your Simulation Model? Learn to Apply Metamorphic Testing to Increase Confidence on your Simulation
Speakers: Mohammad Raunak and Megan Olsen
Abstract: Simulation validation demonstrates that the model accurately represents the system it studies, and is a challenging task in part due to the absence of an oracle. An oracle is a definition of what output is expected given specific input. An oracle is needed determine if a program’s result is correct. Metamorphic testing (MT) is an effective technique to test software without an oracle. In MT one creates pairs of test cases that act as pseudo-oracles; these pairs determine how a change in the input, system, or configuration affects the output. MT as defined in software engineering is not directly applicable to simulation validation. In our prior work, we defined a modified version of MT that can be applied to increase confidence in the validity of simulation models. In this tutorial, we will explain MT and how to use it for simulation model validation.
Title: Prototyping for Extended Reality: Game Engines, Open Source, and Toolkits for Modeling and Simulation Spatial Software
Speaker: John Shull
Abstract: This tutorial will examine how Modeling and Simulation software solutions should embrace spatial computing systems, to transition from 2D development practices, and jump on the virtual wave of extended reality (XR). Join us as we ride the virtual wave of how we are working to build a more accessible, spatially aware, and device agnostic conceptual modeling tool; one software solution that surfs across Android, Windows, Linux, iOS, and all major head mounted display systems.
Title: Strategic Management and Simulation: A Live Interactive Experience for Experiencing the Methodology
Speakers: Agostino Bruzzone and Kirill Sinelshchikov
Abstract: This Special Tutorial presents a methodological approach devoted to use data to Strategy Management through use of modeling and simulation in combination with different techniques that operate in closed loop with the reality. The case study about this methodological approach is realistic and provided through different models and simulators allowing the attendees to experiment directly on their laptop or following on the screen the practical application of the methodology to an industrial application. The example uses different models and artificial intelligence methods to address strategy management for a large corporation.
Regular & Late Registration | *Presenters must register by May 5, 2020.
Mandatory Fee Explanation of 2020 Event FAQ
This FAQ provides details on how SCS figures out conference registration fees, and the changes for a virtual event like SpringSim’20.
The 2020 Spring Simulation Conference (SpringSim’20) will now be a virtual event. Stay tuned for more information in the near future.