2020 Spring Simulation

May 18 - 21, 2020
Virtual Conference
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Hosted by The Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS), SpringSim’20 covers state-of-the-art developments in Modeling & Simulation (M&S). Springsim’20 invites original contributions to the theory and practice of modeling and simulation in any scientific or engineering discipline. Scientists, engineers, managers, educators, and business professionals who develop or use M&S methodologies and tools are invited to participate and present original contributions. The technical proceedings of SCS will be listed in the ACM and IEEE digital libraries.


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Conference Summary
The 2020 Spring Simulation Conference (SpringSim’20) Virtual Conference will take place over the course of four days from Monday, May 18, 2020 through Thursday, May 21, 2020.
SpringSim’20 will present five tutorials, one Demo Session, one DEVS Dissertation Awards Session, eighteen track sessions, and five panels for eighty-nine presentations in total.
Tutorials, Demo Session, and DEVS Dissertation Awards will take place on Monday, May 18, 2020. Tracks CNS, HPC, HSAA, AIS, CIAAS, ANSS, CSE, MSM, TMS, CPS, Mod4Sim, and MSSES will take place from Tuesday, May 19, 2020 to Thursday, May 21, 2020.
Topics covered range from Hybrid Modeling and Simulation of Complex Data Networks, Artificial Social Ethics: Simulating Culture, Conflict, Cooperation, and Reinforcement Learning for Traffic Signal Optimization and On the Influence Blocking Maximization for Minimizing the Spreading of Fake Information in Social Media.
The SpringSim 2020 Virtual Conference is open to all paid attendees from May 18, 2020 to May 21, 2020 and will be available to the public beginning May 25, 2020. Session times are ET (Eastern Time, UTC-4).
If you have not registered and would like to sample our conference for a day and you are new to our events, please contact us at 858-277-3888 or scs@scs.org for a daily rate. If you are having any problems with Zoom, you can contact Zoom Technical Support.
We would like to thank those who registered for the SpringSim 2020 Virtual Conference, Chalmers University of Technology, which contributed the Zoom Licensing and Rooms, Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center (VMASC), VMASC Industry Association, and KaDSci LLC, the SpringSim’20 sponsors.

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Thank You!
Thank you all for coming together and participating in the SpringSim 2020 Virtual Conference. It could not have been possible without all of you who came together. Organizers and attendees such as you are the reason we were able accomplish our goal of this virtual event announcing the cancellation of the in-person event at George Mason University. So, thank you all again for giving us the opportunity to have the SpringSim 2020 Conference through this Virtual Conference. We look forward to seeing you next year!

SpringSim’20 Schedule

Day 1: SpringSim 2020 Virtual Conference Agenda - May 18, 2020

Parallel Meeting One               Location: Zoom Room: Peacock

Tutorial Session One

  • 11:00am-11:50am ET: Tutorial: Comparing Models Rather Than Simulation Outputs: An Introduction To Network Science For Model Comparison by Philippe Giabbanelli
  • 11:50am-12:00pm ET: Question and Answer

Break: 12:00pm-12:30pm ET

Tutorial Session Three

  • 12:30pm-1:20pm ET: Tutorial: How Valid Is Your Simulation Model? Learn To Apply Metamorphic Testing To Increase Confidence On Your Simulation by Mohammad Raunak and Megan Olsen
  • 1:20pm-1:30pm ET: Question and Answer

Break: 1:30pm-2:00pm ET

Tutorial Session Five

  • 2:00pm-2:50pm ET: Tutorial: Strategic Management and Simulation: A Live Interactive Experience For Experiencing The Methodology by Agostino Bruzzone and Kirill Sinelshchikov
  • 2:50pm-3:00pm ET: Question and Answer

Break: 3:00pm-3:30pm ET

DEMO Session
Chairs: Salim Chemlal and Nahom Kidane

  • 3:30pm-3:48pm ET: Simulation Demonstration Of Telehealth Supply And Demand by Matthew Henchey, Deborah Ercolini and Sybil Klaus
  • 3:48pm-4:06pm ET: The MITRE Maternal Mortality Interactive Dashboard (3MID) by Kevin Comer, Abdul Sheikhnureldin, Rachel Mayer and Sybil Klaus
  • 4:06pm-4:24pm ET: A Simulation Software For Hybrid Agent-Based Models And Fuzzy Cognitive Maps by Nuo Xu, Yujia Chen, Bingfan Tian, Haosong Hong and Philippe Giabbanelli
  • 4:24pm-4:42pm ET: Energetics And Thermodynamics Of Polymer Condensed Phases From The Adaptive Tempering Monte Carlo by Greg Helmick, Yoseph Abere and Estela Blaisten-Barojos
  • 4:42pm-5:00pm ET: Demonstrating PyMAPP And Auto_Diff: Simulating A Ring Oscillator by Parth Nobel

Parallel Meeting Two               Location: Zoom Room: Goose

Tutorial Session Two

  • 11:00am-11:50am ET: Tutorial: Implementing DEVS Models With Cadmium Simulator by Cristina Ruiz Martin and Gabriel Wainer
  • 11:50am-12:00pm ET: Question and Answer

Break: 12:00pm-12:30pm ET

Tutorial Session Four

  • 12:30pm-1:20pm ET: Tutorial: Prototyping For Extended Reality: Game Engines, Open Source, And Toolkits For Modeling And Simulation Spatial Software by John Shull
  • 1:20pm-1:30pm ET: Question and Answer

Break: 1:30pm-2:00pm ET

DEVS Dissertation Awards
Chairs: Bernard P. Zeigler and Doohwan Kim

  • 2:00pm-2:20pm ET: Hybrid Modeling And Simulation Of Complex Data Networks by Matias Bonaventura
  • 2:20pm-2:40pm ET: Activity Specification For Time-Based Discrete Event Simulation Models by Abdurrahman Alshareef
  • 2:40pm-3:00pm ET: A Simulation Model For Studying Cloud Applications Through Software Architecture Evaluation by Maria Blas
  • 3:00pm-3:20pm ET: Complex System Modeling By Composition: A Hierarchical Approach For Heterogeneous Component Co-Simulation by Thomas Paris

Day 2: SpringSim 2020 Virtual Conference Agenda - May 19, 2020

Parallel Meeting One               Location: Zoom Room: Peacock

Communications and Networking Symposium (CNS)
Chairs: Abdolreza Abhari and Ala’a Al-Habashna

Using Deep Learning for Edge Computing in Smart Cities

  • 11:00am-11:18am ET: Scalable Object Detection, Tracking And Pattern Recognition Model Using Edge Computing by Dipak Pudasaini and Abdolreza Abhari
  • 11:18am-12:12pm ET: Panel: A Review Of The Architectures Of Deep Convolutional Neural Networks by Yan Lu, Abdolreza Abhari

Break: 12:30pm-1:00pm ET

Communications and Networking Symposium (CNS)
Chairs: Abdolreza Abhari and Ala’Al-Habashna

Network Simulation

  • 1:00pm-1:18pm ET: Generating High-Quality Synthetic Graphs For Community Detection In Social Networks by Arman Ferdowsi and Abdolreza Abhari
  • 1:18pm-1:36pm ET: A Deploy Mechanism For Virtual Machine Based Vehicular Ad Hoc Network Simulation by Akihito Kohiga and Yoichi Shinoda
  • 1:36pm-1:54pm ET: SBDC: Smart Building Data Center For IOT, Edge, And 5G by Hassan Rajaei, Bhargav Kanumuri and Nishitha Narreddi
  • 1:54pm-2:12pm ET: Studying Malware Propagation In Wireless Sensor Networks With Cell-DEVS by Ala’a Al-Habashna and Gabriel Wainer
  • 2:12pm-2:30pm ET: Integrated Simulator Of Mobile Ad-Hoc Network-Based Infrastructure: A Case Study by Aznam Yacoub

Break: 2:30pm-3:00pm ET

High Performance Computing (HPC)
Chairs: Dongyoon Lee and Shaikh Arifuzzaman

High Performance Computing Optimization

  • 3:00pm-3:18pm ET: Managing Computationally Expensive Blackbox Multi-Objective Optimization Problems With Libensemble by Tyler Chang, Jeffrey Larson, Layne Watson and Thomas Lux
  • 3:18pm-3:36pm ET: Simulator-Based Framework Towards Improved Cache Predictability For Multi-Core Avionic System by Jean-Baptiste Lefoul, Alexy Torres Aurora Dugo, Felipe Magalhaes, Dahman Assal, Nicolas Ulysse and Gabriela Nicolescu
  • 3:36pm-3:54pm ET: An Algorithm For Constructing Monotone Quintic Interpolating Splines by Thomas Lux, Layne Watson, Tyler Chang, Li Xu, Yueyao Wang and Yili Hong
  • 3:54pm-4:12pm ET: Robustness Of Multidimensional Optimization Outcomes: A General Approach And A Case Study by Negin Forouzesh, Layne Watson and Alexey Onufriev
  • 4:12pm-4:30pm ET: Parallel Execution Of DEVS In Shared-Memory Multicore Architectures by Juan Lanuza, Guillermo Trabes and Gabriel Wainer

Parallel Meeting Two               Location: Zoom Room: Goose

Humans, Societies and Artificial Agents (HSAA)
Chairs: Andrew Crooks and Philippe J. Giabbanelli

Advances in the Theory and Design of Agent-Based Models

  • 11:00am-11:18am ET: Humans VS. Bots: Investigating Models Of Behavior In The Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma by Samarth Swarup, Mark Orr, Gizem Korkmaz and Kiran Lakkaraju
  • 11:18am-11:36am ET: Artificial Social Ethics: Simulating Culture, Conflict, and Cooperation by F. LeRon Shults and Wesley J. Wildman
  • 11:36am-11:54am ET: Exploring the Effects Of Link Recommendations On Social Networks: An Agent-Based Modeling Approach by Ciara Sibley and Andrew Crooks
  • 11:54am-12:12pm ET: Creating Perceptual Uncertainty In Agent-Based Models With Social Interactions by Philippe Giabbanelli and Ethan Grantham
  • 12:12pm-12:30pm ET: Transparent AI For Organizational Research: Using Fuzzy Cognitive Maps As Cognitive Architecture In Agent Based Models by Christopher Davis, Philippe Giabbanelli and Antonie Jetter

Break: 12:30pm-1:00pm ET

Humans, Societies and Artificial Agents (HSAA)
Chairs: Andrew Crooks and Philippe J. Giabbanelli

Applications of Agent-Based Models

  • 1:00pm-1:18pm ET: Modeling and Simulating Pedestrian Social Group Behavior With Heterogeneous Social Relationships by Manon Prédhumeau, Julie Dugdale and Anne Spalanzani
  • 1:18pm-1:36pm ET: Using Agent Based Modeling To Interpret Underlying Factors Of Underrepresentation of Minorities In Hollywood Films by Carmen Iasiello
  • 1:36pm-1:54pm ET: Modeling Marginalization: Emergence, Social Physics, And Social Ethics Of Bullying by Themis Dimitra Xanthopoulou, Ivan Puga-Gonzalez, F. LeRon Shults and Andreas Prinz
  • 1:54pm-2:12pm ET: Utilizing Agents To Explore Urban Shrinkage: A Case Study Of Detroit by Na Jiang and Andrew Crooks
  • 2:12pm-2:30pm ET: Along The Border: An Agent-Based Model Of Migration Along The United States-Mexico Border by Amira Al-Khulaidy and Melanie Swartz

Break: 2:30pm-3:00pm ET

Humans, Societies and Artificial Agents (HSAA)
Chairs: Andrew Crooks and Philippe J. Giabbanelli

Agent-Based Modeling as a Community of Practice

  • 3:00pm-3:18pm ET: How Do Modelers Code Artificial Societies? Investigating Practices And Quality Of Netlogo Codes From Large Repositories by Christopher Vendome, Dhananjai Rao and Philippe Giabbanelli
  • 3:18pm-3:36pm ET: Digital Modelling And Simulation In French Social Sciences And Humanities Research: An Exploratory Study by Nathalie Pinede, Bruno Vallespir, Mamadou Kaba Traore, Saikou Diallo and Greg Zacharewicz
  • 3:36pm-4:30pm ET: Panel on Machine Learning and Artificial Societies by Nathalie Japkowicz, Lisa Singh, and Robert Axtell

Day 3: SpringSim 2020 Virtual Conference Agenda - May 20, 2020

Parallel Meeting One               Location: Zoom Room: Peacock

AI, and Simulation (AIS)
Chairs: Andreas Zülfe and Joon-Seok Kim

Reinforcement Learning

  • 11:00am-11:54am ET: Panel: Reinforcement Learning For Traffic Signal Optimization by Sanjay Chawla
  • 11:54am-12:12pm ET: Reinforcement Learning From Simulated Environments: An Encoder Decoder Approach by Benjamin Choo, Graham Crannel, Stephen Adams, Faraz Dadgostari, Peter Beling, Ann Bolcavage and Roy McIntyre
  • 12:12pm-12:30pm ET: Feature Transformation And Simulation Of Short Term Price Variability In Reinforcement Learning For Portfolio Management by Yen-Chih Lin and Jeremy Blum

Break: 12:30pm-1:00pm ET

AI, and Simulation (AIS)
Chairs: Joon-Seok Kim and Andreas Zülfe

Artificial Intelligence and Simulation                                                            

  • 1:00pm-1:18pm ET: A Synergistic Approach For Deep Learning And Knowledge Engineered Solutions by Joshua Haley, Richard Pazda, Ross Hoehn and Robert Wray
  • 1:18pm-1:36pm ET: Towards Real-Time Cyber-Physical Systems Instrumentation For Creating Digital Twins by Joost Mertens, Moharram Challenger, Ken Vanherpen and Joachim Denil
  • 1:36pm-1:54pm ET: A Simulator For Trading Traffic Privileges By Selfish Driving Cars by Zhan Tu, Anastasios Dimas, Mehmet Necip Kurt, Anastasia Mavrommati, Pieter J. Mosterman, Akshay Rajhans and Roberto Valenti

Break: 2:30pm-3:00pm ET

Complex, Intelligent, Adaptive and Autonomous Systems (CIAAS)
Chairs: Xiaolin Hu and Scott Rosen

  • 3:00pm-3:18pm ET: Prediction of Autonomous Vehicle Inventory Requirements for Ride Hailing Services Using Agent-Based Modeling by Evan Masters
  • 3:18pm-3:36pm ET: Scalability Of Sensor Simulation In Ros-Gazebo Platform With And Without Using GPU by Ahmet Saglam and Yiannis Papelis
  • 3:36pm-4:30pm ET: Panel: The Crossroads Between Modeling And Simulation and Machine Learning by Scott Rosen, Matt Henchy, Patrick Martin, Amanda Vu, Xiaolin Hu, and Jie Xu

Parallel Meeting Two               Location: Zoom Room: Goose

Annual Simulation Symposium (ANSS)
Chairs: Erika Frydenlund and José Luis Risco Martin

Novel Uses of M&S in Real World Applications

  • 11:00am-11:18am ET: Studying Communications Resiliency In Emergency Plans by Cristina Ruiz Martin, Adolfo Lopez Paredes and Gabriel Wainer
  • 11:18am-11:36am ET: A Simulation-Aided Lean Application To An Automated Production Line by Raid Al-Aomar, Arin Alshwailat, Aseel Alfarraj and Tulip Odeh
  • 11:36am-11:54am ET: Estimating Effects Of The Decision Support System On Educational Agents With Simulations by Ajay Kulkarni and Michael Eagle
  • 11:54am-12:12pm ET: Strategic Airlift Operationalizing Constructive Simulations by Rob Barwell and Gabriel Wainer
  • 12:12pm-12:30pm ET: Coupling WEAP And LEAP Models Using Interaction Modeling by Mostafa Fard and Hessam Sarjoughian

Break: 12:30pm-1:00pm ET

Annual Simulation Symposium (ANSS)
Chairs: José Luis Risco Martin and Erika Frydenlund

Dealing with Complexity in Modeling & Simulation

  • 1:00pm-1:18pm ET: Scenario-Based Generation Of Ontologies For Domain-Specific Languages by Bharvi Chhaya and Shafagh Jafer
  • 1:18pm-1:36pm ET: Exploratory Analysis To Address Deep Uncertainty – Using Calibratable System Models For Exploratory Simulation Of Complex Missions by Andreas Tolk, Kevin Comer, Khuong Dinh and Steve Scott
  • 1:36pm-1:54pm ET: Modeling The Modeler: An Empirical Study On How Modelers Learn To Create Simulations by Hamdi Kavak, Jose Padilla, Saikou Diallo and Anthony Barraco
  • 1:54pm-2:12pm ET: Model Thinking: An Approach For Coping With An Increasingly Complex World by Saikou Diallo and Samarth Swarup
  • 2:12pm-2:30pm ET: Experimental Wargames To Address The Complexity–Scarcity Gap by Kiran Lakkaraju, Jason Reinhardt, Joshua Letchford, Bethany Goldblum and Andrew Reddie

Break: 2:30pm-3:00pm ET

Cyber Security Engineering (CSE)
Chairs: Sarada Prasad and Danda B. Rawat

  • 3:00pm-3:18pm ET: An Event Study Of The Effects Of Cryptocurrency Thefts On Cryptocurrency Prices by Michael Brown and Barry Douglass
  • 3:18pm-3:36pm ET: Enforcing Security And Privacy In Distributed Ledgers Using Intel SGX by Xueping Liang, Sachin Shetty, Peter Foytik and Deepak Tosh
  • 3:36pm-3:54pm ET: A Blockchain Simulator For Evaluating Consensus Algorithms In Diverse Networking Environments by Peter Foytik, Deepak Tosh, Sachin Shetty, Sarada Prasad Gochhayat, Eranga Herath and Laurent Njilla
  • 3:54pm-4:12pm ET: On The Comparative Study Of Prediction Accuracy For Credit Card Fraud Detection With Imbalanced Classifications by Tahani Baabdullah, Amani Alzahrani and Danda Rawat
  • 4:12pm-4:30pm ET: On The Influence Blocking Maximization For Minimizing The Spreading Of Fake Information In Social Media by Dema Aorini, Ghaida Alorini and Danda Rawat

Day 4: SpringSim 2020 Virtual Conference Agenda - May 21, 2020

Parallel Meeting One               Location: Zoom Room: Peacock

M&S in Medicine (MSM)
Chairs: Jerzy Rozenblit and Minsik Hong

Healthcare Support

  • 11:00am-11:54am ET: Panel: Supporting Healthcare Governance With Simulation by Andreas Tolk, Michel Audette, Maria Mayorga, Sybil Klaus and Jerzy Rozenblit
  • 11:54am-12:12pm ET: Simulation Of New Healthcare Delivery To Evaluate Impacts On Patient Access To Care: A Telehealth Supply And Demand Use Case by Matthew Henchey, Deborah Ercolini and Sybil Klaus

Break: 12:30pm-1:00pm ET

M&S in Medicine (MSM)
Chairs: Minsik Hong and Jerzy Rozenblit

Learning, Tools and Data

  • 1:00pm-1:18pm ET: The MITRE Maternal Mortality Interactive Dashboard (3MID): A Tool For Assessing The Effectiveness And Equity Of Quality Improvement Toolkits On Maternal Care by Kevin Comer, Abdul Sheiknureldin, Rachel Mayer and Sybil Klaus
  • 1:18pm-1:36pm ET: A Framework For Secure Data Management For Medical Devices by Ibrahim Almazyad, Aakarsh Rao and Jerzy Rozenblit
  • 1:36pm-1:54pm ET: ECG-Based Stethoscope Tracking Using Transfer Learning by Haben Girmay Yhdego, Nahom Kidane, Rick McKenzie and Michel Audette
  • 1:54pm-2:12pm ET: Handling The Missing Data Problem In Electronic Health Records For Cancer Prediction by Xudong Zhang, Jiehao Xiao, Yifei Gong, Ning Yu, Wei Zhang, Sunghoon Jang and Feng Gu
  • 2:12pm-2:30pm ET: Auto_Diff: An Automatic Differentiation Package For Python by Parth Nobel

Break: 2:30pm-3:00pm ET

M&S in Medicine (MSM)
Chairs: Jerzy Rozenblit and Minsik Hong

Analysis, Design and Training

  • 3:00pm-3:18pm ET: Movement, Disease And Patch Exploitation In Nesting Agent Groups by Wayne Getz, Richard Salter and Krti Tallam
  • 3:18pm-3:36pm ET: An Object State Estimation For The Peg Transfer Task In Computer-Guided Surgical Training by Kai Meisner, Minsik Hong and Jerzy Rozenblit
  • 3:36pm-4:30pm ET: “Surgical GPS” Proof Of Concept For Scoliosis Surgery by Austin Tapp and Michel Audette
  • 3:54pm-4:12pm ET: The Effects Of Filtering On High Frequency Oscillation Classification by Jiaju Liu, Rachael Garner, Marianna La Rocca, Eun-Kee Bae and Dominique Duncan
  • 4:12pm-4:30pm ET: Predicting The Resource Needs And Outcomes Of Computationally Intensive Biological Simulations by Andrew Fisher, Bhisma Adhikari, Chao Zhai, Joshua Morgan, Vijay Mago and Philippe Giabbanelli

Parallel Meeting Two               Location: Zoom Room: Goose

Theory and Foundations of Modeling and Simulation (TMS)
Chairs: Cristina Ruiz-Martin and Joachim Denil

Current Advances in DEVS Methodology

  • 11:00am-11:18am ET: A Linear-Implicit Quantized DEVS Method For Very Stiff Electrical Networks Using A Latency Insertion Method by Joseph Hood and Roger Dougal
  • 11:18am-11:36am ET: A Model Library For Finite State Machines In Cadmium by Amitav Shaw, Arshpreet Singh and Gabriel Wainer
  • 11:36am-11:54am ET: A Framework For Composable Cellular Automata DEVS Modeling, Simulation, And Visualization by Chao Zhang, Hessam Sarjoughian and Moon Gi Seok
  • 11:54am-12:12pm ET: Hybrid Iterative System Specification Of Cyberphysical Systems: Neurocognitive Behavior Application by Bernard Zeigler
  • 12:12pm-12:30pm ET: Development Of A Real-Time DEVS Kernel: RT-Cadmium by Benjamin Earle, Kyle Bjornson, Cristina Ruiz Martin and Gabriel Wainer

Break: 12:30pm-1:00pm ET

Theory and Foundations of Modeling and Simulation (TMS)
Chairs: Hessam Sarjoughian and Gabriel Wainer

Current Advances in Theory of Modeling and Simulation

  • 1:00pm-1:18pm ET: Simulation And Analysis Of Animal Movement Paths Using Numerus Model Builder by Wayne Getz, Ludovica Vissat and Richard Salter
  • 1:18pm-1:36pm ET: Machine Learning Of An Approximate Morphism Of An Electronic Warfare Simulation Component by Donald Jarvis
  • 1:36pm-1:54pm ET: We Are NOT Living In A Simulation by Robert Axtell
  • 1:54pm-2:12pm ET: Automated, Reactive Pruning of System Entity Structures for Simulation Engineering by Thorsten Pawletta, Hendrik Folkerts, Christina Deatcu and Bernard Zeigler
  • 2:12pm-2:30pm ET: Application Of A Model-Driven Approach To The Development Of Distributed Simulations: The ESA HRAF Case by Andrea D’Ambrogio, Paolo Bocciarelli, Juan Delfa and Aron Kisdi

Break: 2:30pm-3:00pm ET

M&S for Smart Energy Systems (MSSES)
Chairs: James Nutaro and Ozgur Ozmen

  • 3:00pm-3:18pm ET: A Phase Transition Model And Temporal Logic Specifications For Smart Energy Systems – Revisited by Byungkwon Park and Mohammed Olama
  • 3:18pm-3:36pm ET: Genetic Algorithm For Demand Response: A Stackelberg Game Approach by Kadir Amasyali, Yang Chen and Mohammed Olama
  • 3:36pm-3:54pm ET: Determining The Reaction Time For Triggering Supportive Control Actions To Gurantee Adequate Frequency Response In Smart Grids by Jiecai Luo, Seddik Djouadi, Mohammed Olama and Yichen Zhang
  • 3:54pm-4:12pm ET: A Framework For The Extension Of DEVS With Sensor Fusion Capabilities by Joseph Boi-Ukeme and Gabriel Wainer
  • 4:12pm-4:30pm ET: Simulation Based Modeling For A Cybersecure Power Grid by Michael Mesham, Mahmoud Fahmy and Nurcin Celik

Program Updates as of May 13, 2020

Monday, May 18, 2020: Tutorial Session Chairs

Parallel Meeting One, Peacock Room

Tutorial Session 1 (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.): Krzysztof Rechowicz

Tutorial Session 3 (12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.): Philippe Giabbanelli

Tutorial Session 5 (2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.): Philippe Giabbanelli

Parallel Meeting Two, Goose Room

Tutorial Session 2 (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.): John Schull

Tutorial Session 4 (12:30 p.m. – 1:30p.m.): Krzysztof Rechowicz

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, CNS Session 2 Author Name Correction

Parallel Meeting One, Peacock Room (1:00 p.m. – 2:30pm)

The session chair Ala’ Al-Habashna is supposed to be spelled as Ala’a Al-Habashna.

Thursday, May 21, 2020: TMS Session 2 Author Name Correction

Parallel Meeting Two, Goose Room (11:00 a.m. – 11:18 a.m.)

For the paper, Simulation And Analysis Of Animal Movement Paths Using Numerus Model Builder, the correct name for Ludovica Vissat is supposed to be spelled as Ludovica Luisa Vissat.


SpringSim 2020 Best Paper
Title: Machine Learning of an Approximate Morphism of an Electronic Warfare Simulation Component
Author: Donald Jarvis
Session | Track: Current Advances in Theory of Modeling and Simulation | Theory and Foundations for Modeling and Simulation (TMS) Track
Date | Time: Thursday, May 21, 2020 | 1:00 p.m. ET

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

Best DEVS Dissertation Awards Paper
Title: A Simulation Model for Studying Cloud Applications Through Software Architecture Evaluation
Author: Maria Blas
Track: DEVS Dissertation Awards
Date | Time: Monday, May 18, 2020 | 2:00 p.m. ET

Best M&S Demo Paper
Title: The MITRE Maternal Morality Interactive Dashboard (3MID)
Authors: Kevin Comer, Abdul Sheikhnureldin, Rachel Mayer, and Sybil Klaus
Track: M&S Demo
Date | Time: Monday, May 18, 2020 | 3:30 p.m. ET

Outstanding Conference Service Award
Presented to:
Hamdi Kavak
In Recognition of your Outstanding Support with the 2020
Spring Simulation Conference

General Information

Virtual Conference Author Information

What to Expect on the Day of Your Presentation

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.

How to Give Great Virtual Presentation

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.


Location: Virtual Session
Date: Monday, May 18, 2020


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.


AI and Simulation (AIS)
Joon-Seok Kim and Andreas Zufle

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

Krzysztof Rechowicz

M&S Demo and Student Colloquium Posters
Salim ChemlalYoussef BouananNahom Kidane, and Mohammad Moallemi

Organization Committee

Honorary Chair: Robert Axtell, George Mason University, USA
General Chair:
Fernando Barros, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Vice-General Chair: Xiaolin Hu, Georgia State University, USA
Program Chair: Hamdi Kavak, George Mason University, USA
Publicity Chair: Umut Durak, German Aerospace Center, Germany
Proceedings Chair: Alberto Del Barrio García, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
Sponsorship Chair: Fernando Barros, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Awards Chair: Andrea D’Ambrogio, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy

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)

Technical Program Committee

Abdurrahman Alshareef, Arizona State University, USA
Adelinde Uhrmacher, Universität Rostock, Germany
Aftab Ahmad, City University of New York, USA
Alan Stewart, Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain
Alberto Falcone, University of Calabria, Italy
Alfonso Urquia, UNED, Spain
Ali Kucukozyigit, Old Dominion University, USA
Allan McInnes, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Andrea D’Ambrogio, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Andreas Naderlinger, University of Salzburg, Austria
Andreas Tolk, MITRE, USA
Andrew Best, Toyota Research Institute, USA
Andrew Crooks, George Mason University, USA
Arika Ligmann-Zielinska, Michigan State University, USA
Ayaz Hyder, Ohio State University, USA
Azamat Mametjanov, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
Aznam Yacoub, University of Aix-Marseille, France
BaekGyu Kim, Toyota, USA
Bahram Zarrin, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
Bharvi Chhaya, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA
Bianica Pires, Virginia Tech, USA
Bilge Gorur, Roketsan A.S., Turkey
Biswajit Biswal, South Carolina State University, USA
Brett Bode, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Brian Castellani, Durham University, UK
Bruno Carpentieri, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Carola Wenk, Tulane University, USA
Charles Kamhoua, Army Research Lab, USA
Cheng Chang, Stony Brook University, USA
Christopher Harris, The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, Australia
Chung-Wei Lin, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Cristina Ruiz Martin, Carleton University, Canada
D’An Ball, Old Dominion University, USA
Deepak Tosh, The University of Texas at El Paso, USA
Dejan Nickovic, Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Austria
Dhananjai M. Rao, Miami University, USA
Dieter Pfoser, George Mason University, USA
Dominique Duncan, University of Southern California, USA
Donglan Zhang, University of Georgia, USA
Doug Flournoy, MITRE, USA
Dov Dori, The William Davidson Faculty of Ind. Eng. & Management, Israel
Emilio Tuosto, University of Leicester, UK
Enrico Tronci, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, Italy
Ernesto Kofman, Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina
Eugene Syriani, University of Montreal, Canada
Eun-Kyeong Kim, University of Zurich, Switzerland
Eunsuk Kang, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Eva Portas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
Ezio Bartocci, TU Wien, Austria
Felicia Doswell, Norfolk State University, USA
Francesco Quaglia, Sapienza Universitá di Roma, Italy
Francesco Zanichelli, Universitá di Parma, Italy
Frederic Desprez, Inria, France
Gabriel Mateescu, Virginia Polytechnic and State University, USA
Gabriele D’Angelo, University of Bologna, Italy
Gary Mayer, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, USA
Georgios Fainekos, Arizona State University, USA
Goksel Kucukkaya, Old Dominion University, USA
Greg Zacharewicz, IMT – Mines Ales, France
Hakan Aydemir, Turkish Aerospace Industries, Turkey
Halit Oğuztüzün, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Harald Wahl, Technical University of Vienna, Austria
Hassan Rajaei, Bowling Green State University, USA
Hayk Shoukourian, Leibniz Supercomputing Centre, Germany
Herbert Praehofer, Johannes Kepler University, Austria
Hessam Sarjoughian, Arizona State University, USA
Hien To, Amazon, USA
Houssam Abbas, Oregon State University, USA
Il-Chul Moon, Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea
Imran Mahmood, National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan
Ismail Abbas, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
Ivan Ruchkin, University of Pennsylvania, USA
James Conrad, University of North Carolina Charlotte, USA
James Nutaro, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
James Weimer, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Jens Oehlerking, Bosch, Germany
Jeon-Young Kang, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Jeremy Blum, Penn State Harrisburg, USA
Jin Dong, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
Jin Seek Choi, Hanyang University, Republic of Korea
Jing Gong, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Joachim Denil, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Jonathan DeCastro, Toyota Research Institute, USA
José Luis Risco Martín, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
Joseph Boi-Ukeme, Carleton University, Canada
Joshua Booth, Franklin & Marshall College, USA
Josué Pagán, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
Juan de Lara, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain
Juan Zhao, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, USA
Justin Lane, Center for Mind and Culture, Prospectus Research, Slovakia
Kaiki Xiong, University of South Florida, USA
Kaiqi Xiong, USF, USA
Kapil Dev, NVIDIA, USA
Khadijeh Salimi, Old Dominion University, USA
Kostas Cheliotis, University College London, UK
Kyoung-Sook Kim, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Japan
Kyriakos Vamvoudakis, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Laura Carrington, San Diego Supercomputer Center, USA
Laurent Hébert-Dufresne, University of Vermont, USA
Lei Chen, Georgia Southern University, USA
Levent Yilmaz, Auburn University, USA
Li Shi, Snapchat, Inc, USA
Libero Nigro, University of Calabria, Italy
Lorenzo Donatiello, University of Bologna, Italy
Luis Gustavo, Nardin Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany
Maksudul Alam, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
Mamadou Traoré, University of Bordeaux & University of Clermont Auvergne, LIMOS, France
Marina Zapater, Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne, Switzerland
Mario Antonioletti, The University in Edinburgh, Scotland
Mark Minas, Universität der Bundeswehr, Germany
Massimo Torquati, University of Pisa, Italy
Mathias John, University of Lille, France
Matthew Koehler, MITRE, USA
Matthias Schubert, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany
Maximiliano Cristia, CIFASIS and Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina, Argentina
Michael Affenzeller, Old Dominion University, USA
Michael Giretzlehner, University of Linz, Austria
Michael Klemm, Intel, Germany
Michael Starke, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
Minsik Hong, University of Arizona, USA
Mirko Stoffers, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Moath Jarrah, Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan
Moayad Aloqaily, Gnowit Inc. and Carleton University, Canada
Mohammad Raunak, Loyola University, USA
Mona Nasseri, University of Toledo, USA
Nahid Emad, University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France
Nicholas Rouquette, NASA/JPL, USA
Niels Lohmann, University of Rostock, Germany
Nigel Gilbert, University of Surrey, UK
Nikos Arechigam, Toyota Research Institute, USA
Norbert Eicker, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany,
Okan Topçu, METU NCC, Turkey
Olaf Hagendorf, Universität Wismar, German
Olama Mohammad, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
Óscar Polo, Universidad de Alcala, Spain
Ovi Chris Rouly, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Paolo Bocciarelli, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Patrick Grim, University of Michigan, USA
Pau Fonseca, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
Paul Torrens, New York University, USA
Paul-Antoine Bisgambiglia, CNRS – University of Corsica, France
Peter Foytik, Old Dominion University, USA
Petra Ahrweiler, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
Petter Törnberg, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Philippe Giabbanelli, Miami University, USA
Piotr Luszczek, The University of Tennessee, USA
Rajni Goel, Howard University, USA
Ranjita Dash, National Institute of Technology, India
Raphael Duboz, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Rasha Morsi, Norfolk State University, USA
Rhys Goldstein, Autodesk Research, Toronto, Canada
Richard Fujimoto, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Robson De Grande, University of Ottawa, Canada
Román Cárdenas Rodríguez, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Ross Gore, Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center, USA
Ruth Falconer, Abertay University, UK
Salah Sharieh, Ryerson University, Canada
Salih Tutun, Binghamton University, USA
Samantha Foley, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, USA
Samarth Swarup, University of Virginia, USA
Samira Briongos Herrero, Technical University of Madrid, Spain
Sarada Prasad, Old Dominion University, Italy
Sarah Wise, University College London, United Kingdom
Saurabh Hukerikar, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
Saurabh Mittal, MITRE and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, United States
Shun Yao, Google, USA
Siddharth S. Bhargav, University of Southern California, USA
Simon Gorecki, University of Bordeaux, France
Soonho Kong, Toyota Research Institute, USA
Srikanth Yoginath, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
Steffen Becker, Technical University of Chemnitz, Germany
Steve McKeever, Uppsala University, Sweden
Susan Lincke, University of Wisconsin, USA
Ta Duong, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Tag Gon Kim, KAIST, Korea
Talal Bin Qamar, Carleton University, Canada
Taylor Anderson, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Teja Kuruganti, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA
Thomas Clemen, HAW Hamburg, Germany
Thomas Paris, University of Lorraine, France
Thomas Rauber, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Thorsten Pawletta, University of Wismar, Germany
Umar Manzoor, University of Hull, UK
Uttam Ghosh, Vanderbilt University, USA
Vaibhav Sundriyal, Iowa State University, USA
Verena Wolf, Saarland University, Germany
Vincenzo Inzillo, University of Calabria, Italy
Volker Schaus, Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany
Wesley Wildman, Boston University, USA
Wirawan Purwanto, Old Dominion University, USA
Xueping Liang, Old dominion University, United States
Yahia Eldemerdash, Syntronic, Canada
Yelena Rykalova, Boston University, USA
Yilu Yiu, University of Tennessee, USA
Yonglin Lei, National University of Defense Technology, China
Zhongliang Chen, AMD, USA


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