Modeling and simulation (M&S) have advanced our understanding of complex systems, have improved our ability to predict future states, and have been leveraged to prescribe (near-)optimal interventions and policies in many different application areas. In the enterprise of exploring such complex systems, artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) have the potential to improve our ability to optimize simulation parameters, to train agent/actor behavior throughout simulations, and to evolve the simulation environment based on observations. The vision of this track is to push the boundaries of human understanding by marrying M&S with AI/ML.
This AI and Simulation (AIS) track is a dedicated forum to exchange our views, ideas, research methods, and applications to resolve the scientific questions of what and how cutting-edge AI/ML methods can synergize M&S and vice versa. This track explorers M&S practices to which AI/ML methods are applied such as knowledge reasoning, computer vision, natural language processing, deep learning, and reinforcement learning.
In this track, we are seeking full papers (up to 12 pages) on original contributions across all modes of M&S leveraging AI/ML and interdisciplinary contributions that advance the state of the arts in AI/ML. This track will use the traditional format of having oral paper presentations. Topics of interest include, but not limited to:
Annual Simulation Symposium (ANSS)
José Luis Risco Martín and Erika F. Frydenlund
Modeling and simulation (M&S) is currently the core of many industrial processes. It is a vital ingredient, since it can support early evaluation and optimization of designs, as well as ongoing verification while changes occur to make sure that the right product is developed with the required quality. However, there are still businesses that must understand that embracing M&S in project development and management is good practice, and this can be done by showing real-world examples of success.
Real-world applications have always been the driving force for the development of Modeling and Simulation (M&S) theories. For over 50 years, the Annual Simulation Symposium has been a forum to exchange ideas, results, and methods related to real-world theories and applications of M&S for simulationists in industry, government, and academia.
The purpose of this track is to highlight and advance rigorous experimental, computational practices of M&S devoted to the study of real-world problems. Research on all topics concerning the practice of M&S theories are welcome. Authors are invited to present research of all kinds, including case studies and applications.
Recommended topics in the track include, but are not limited to, the following with application to real-world problems:
Cyber Physical Systems (CPS)
Claudio Gomes and Bentley Oakes
Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) are well-entrenched in our daily lives, including self-driving cars, Industry 4.0 machines, and smart grid technologies. This wide range of uses comes with many challenges stemming from the complex behaviour of heterogeneous CPS components interacting between themselves and the environment. This track focuses on new developments in Modelling and Simulation (M&S) which manage complexity for all stages of a CPS’ life-cycle, including design, verification, optimization, and monitoring.
Examples include: intellectual property protection when integrating third-party modelling components, collaborative modelling techniques for multi-user/multi-domain scenarios, and the role of Digital Twins to serve as the enabler for these techniques.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
High Performance Computing and Simulation (HPC)
Georgios Sirakoulis and William Spataro
The increasing power of computers has allowed to considerably extend the application of high computing methodologies in research and industry, but also to the quantitative study of complex phenomena. This track aims to provide a platform for a multidisciplinary community composed of scholars, researchers, developers, educators, practitioners and experts from world leading Universities, Institutions, Agencies and Companies in Computational Science, and thus in the High-Performance Computing (HPC) for Modelling and Simulation field. The intent is to offer an opportunity to express and confront views on trends, challenges, and state-of-the art in diverse application fields, such as engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, life sciences geology, medicine, ecology, sociology, traffic control, economy, etc. In such a way these professionals will have the opportunity to present significant applications, new approaches, cutting edge techniques and results and to discuss research challenges related to the use of HPC to support the modelling and simulation of various systems.
The topics of the High-Performance Computing Track include but are not limited to:
Humans, Societies and Artificial Agents (HSAA)
Taylor Anderson and Andreas Tolk
Artificial societies have typically relied on agent-based models, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), or cellular automata approaches that can capture the decision-making processes of individuals as they interact and respond to other individuals and their environment. This has supported a wide range of applications (e.g., in archaeology, economics, geography, psychology, political science, health and epidemiology) and research tasks (e.g., what-if scenarios or predictive models, models to guide data collection). Of particular interest are artificial societies where the individual agents’ behavior is guided by insights from computational social sciences and calibrated using real world data. In the case of taking a cheap generic Cialis, the recovery occurs in a few hours, for society, a good erection is a sign of a healthy individual. These heterogeneous agents participate in social networks, which can be physical – such as those established in workplaces, schools, sporting events, etc. – or virtual, like chat groups of common interest. Agents are situated in an environment that exposes them to social determinants and physical constraints. Despite the many applications and resulting publications, there remain basic methodological challenges for modeling realistic human behavior i.e., agent representation, construction of behavioral rules, the degree to which behavioral theories and their assumptions are incorporated, validation and calibration of models representing complex social phenomena, as well as the detection and avoidance of unwanted or harvesting of welcomed emergent behavior on the societal level.
Thus, authors are encouraged to submit papers that include, but are not limited to, the following areas:
M&S Based Systems Engineering (MSBSE)
Andrea D’Ambrogio and Greg Zacharewicz
The track aims to bring together experts in model-based, model-driven software and systems engineering and M&S experts, with the objective to advance the state of the art in M&S based systems engineering and simulation systems engineering.
System architecture models describe the structure of a system by specifying its components and their relations. Modeling and Simulation (M&S) based systems engineering further promotes executable models and proposes simulation as the native mechanisms to address measures of performance and effectiveness throughout conceptual design, development, and later systems life cycle phases.
As the system complexity increases, the executable system architecture (i.e., the simulation model) may become so complex that it is necessary to assess it not only as a valid support of SE processes but also as an objective of SE efforts. Executing an interdisciplinary systems engineering process for developing, maintaining and employing simulations, which enable systems engineers to experiment and gain insights about the systems of interest, is referred to as simulation systems engineering.
We invite and encourage researchers and practitioners of M&S based systems engineering and simulation systems engineering from any application domain to publish and share their contributions at the track.
A partial list of topics of interest includes:
To stimulate creativity, however, the track maintains a wider scope and welcomes all contributions offering original perspectives on M&S based systems engineering and simulation systems engineering.
M&S for Smart Energy Systems (MSSES)
James Nutaro and Ozgur Ozmen
Smart energy systems integrate sensing, communication, and control to produce, transmit, and use electrical power more efficiently. The new capabilities created by these systems have the potential to radically transform our economy. At the same time, smart energy systems are necessarily complex software systems that must be cost effective and perform reliably while overseeing critical tasks. Modeling and Simulation (M&S) plays an indispensable role in achieving the simultaneous goals of reliability and affordability by providing virtual venues in which to explore requirements, test new materials and physical instruments, develop new algorithms, and perform software testing. This track invites papers describing novel uses of modeling and simulation to create and demonstrate smart energy systems that improve reliability, efficiency, environmental impact, and other aspects of energy generation. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
M&S in Cyber Security (MSCS)
Sachin Shetty and Danda Rawat
Modeling and Simulation has the ability to improve our understanding and gain better insights into the exploitability and impact of threat landscape in cyber systems underpinning several critical infrastructures. The emergence of Internet of Everything has resulted in the growth in interactions between humans, physical and cyber systems and there is a increased need to understand how these interactions could be exploited by adversaries. Modeling and simulation provide a cost-effective means to support research, development, refinement, deployment, and evaluation of the next generation of security solutions for preventing, detecting, and recovering from cyber-attacks and failures. The goal of this track is to provide a forum to present and discuss advancements in research, tools, techniques, solutions, best practices, and heuristics related to the modeling and simulation of cybersecurity. The symposium will address all aspects of modeling, analyzing, design, simulation, implementation, deployment and management of security algorithms, protocols, architectures and systems. We encourage submissions related to all aspects of cybersecurity in a modeling and simulation context in a broad spectrum of application areas.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
M&S in Medicine (MSM)
Michel Audette, Jerzy W. Rozenblit, and Minsik Hong
Medical and healthcare simulation span a variety of areas where medicine converges with Modeling and Simulation (M&S). Computer-based medical simulation emphasizes the application of computers to synthesizing the response of tissues to therapy, which represents a trade-off between fidelity to real tissue response and computational efficiency. High-fidelity medical/surgical simulation is typically used to provide experienced clinicians, including surgeons, with insight on how to optimize treatment of the patient, while high-efficiency simulation emphasizes real-time interactivity for haptics, typically used in conjunction with Virtual Reality (VR) visualization for skill acquisition and training. In both cases, a computer visualization of the anatomy is needed, however in the interactive case based on VR, this visualization must be also responsive in real-time, which presupposes highly efficient therapy models (e.g., cutting models) as well as relatively sparse anatomical models and collision models, where the latter determines where the therapy takes place, in conjunction with the pose of the haptic device. A related research area is the segmentation of medical images that map intensities to tissues and discretization (meshing) that converts tissues to elements. Another intensively researched area is the application of digital deep learning (deep neural networks- DNNs) to the synthesis of a neural computation within a medical context, such as to approximate a diagnosis or a tissue response to therapy, while exploiting the ability of the solution to learn.
Healthcare simulation is used to denote two areas that complement the above-described medical simulation. One the one hand, it is used to designate mannequin-based training systems and part-trainers, whose physical implementation is intended to develop proprioceptive understanding of therapies. On the other, this term also represents medical processes at a large scale, such as emergency rooms, and hospitals, to formulate an understanding of bottlenecks in patient treatment and improve efficiencies.
This track is particularly open to contributions in the following areas, though not exclusively:
Theory and Foundations for Modeling and Simulation (TMS)
The TMS Track provides a forum to present the most recent advances in the Theory and Foundations of Modeling and Simulation. The focus is on the Modeling and Simulation concepts, methods, methodology, practice, and toolkits. The TMS Track welcomes unpublished papers on the topics below as well as others that can help deepen and expand the M&S Theory and Foundations for better understanding and development of computing, physical, and human systems.
Simulation of Architectural and Urban Design (SimAUD)
Niloufar Emami and Roya Rezaee
We invite you to submit your original research to SimAUD 2022, held as part of ANNSIM 2022. The Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design provides an opportunity for architecture researchers and simulation researchers to come together to focus on this important area. Buildings are the largest consumers of energy, responsible for the majority of all Green House Gas emissions due to the complexity and multidisciplinary aspects of architectural design and construction. However, there are now hundreds of exemplar net-zero buildings around the world demonstrating that research should focus on how to generalize and deploy this knowledge at scale. To this end, we seek submissions, for example, that can apply net-zero systems to novel designs for retrofit recommendations or optimizations to new build designs. Examinations of aspects of the built environment, and how they impact emissions and occupancy health, are welcome. Additional topics of interest include:
Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems / Communications and Network Simulation (SPECTS/CNS)
Malamati Louta, George Karetsos, Abdolreza Abhari and Ala’a Al-Habashna
The SPECTS/CNS track is a new track in the Annual Modeling and Simulation Conference (ANNSIM). Built on the strengths of The Communications and Network Symposium (CNS) and the Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Computer and Telecommunications Systems (SPECTS), this joint track discusses Communications, Networks, Computer and Telecommunication Systems as they are the nerve system of Information Technology and a dominating part of our daily lives. Over the years, topics related to communication, computer and network research have expanded from traditional compute network systems to emerging systems such as Internet of Things and to intelligent network-based systems in broader contexts.
SPECTS/CNS provides a forum for professionals and researchers to discuss and disseminate the most promising contributions on performance evaluation of current and emerging computer and communication systems, technologies and networks. Papers describing results of theoretic and/or practical significance are solicited. Experimental, modeling, analysis, optimization and simulation studies as well as testbed deployment, field trials and experiences gained are all in the scope of this track. Work presenting novel performance evaluation methods or providing insights on design and runtime tradeoffs are particularly encouraged. All papers describing design principles, network simulation, and applications pertinent (but not limited) to the following topics are welcome:
Emerging Topic – Supply Chain Modeling (ET-SCM)
Scott Rosen and Anastasia Anagnostou
COVID-19 exposed the vulnerabilities in supply chains globally and how quickly economic shocks can propagate across industries and across regions. However, economic shocks can also be caused by changes in technology, trade restrictions, environmental effects, and supply and demand shifts. Modeling and simulation is an effective tool for assessing supply chain vulnerabilities and resilience and identifying the critical links which are important to focus on in the supply chain. Modeling and simulation can be applied at both the micro and macro level. At the micro level it can examine risk and vulnerabilities with respect to an individual supplier or critical product, such as with medical equipment while examining supply chain bottlenecks at the firm level. At the macro level, it can provide decision-makers with insights into the critical industries that impact supply chain resiliency for an entire region or country. Ensuring supply chain resiliency in practice involves major commitments of capital and often involves operational changes that also increase costs. It is not practical or cost effective to test candidate allocations and changes everywhere, and simulation provides a better means for analysis to support these tough decisions.
In this track, we are seeking full papers on original contributions across all modes of M&S addressing supply chain problems. Papers presenting simulation applications at any level of the supply chain are welcome from the macro level examining industry level input output relationships in a region to the micro level involving specific movement of parts between suppliers. Topics of interest include, but not limited to:
M&S Poster & Demo Track
Jalal Possik and Danielle Azar
Submissions to the Modeling and Simulation (M&S) Posters and Demos Track covers all areas related to M&S. Researchers and students are invited to display their prototypes and research ideas in this track and receive comments from experts in the area. Researchers, post-docs, and graduate students are welcome to apply. Submissions and participation in the demos are also open to undergraduate students.
This is a highly interactive track to present late-breaking scientific results and work in progress in posters. Demos are a great venue to present the developed models and explain the technical aspect of system design and simulation. Systems do not have to be in their final stage of development. Authors of full papers are welcome to use demos to promote their work.
Simon Gorecki and Alberto Falcone
Following the tradition of SpringSim and SummerSim, the Annual Modeling and Simulation Conference (ANNSIM) offers conference attendees a stimulating and informative selection of tutorials reflecting current topics in the Modeling and Simulation (M&S) domain.
Tutorials will be presented by experts in the M&S domain and will reflect the high academic and research standards of the ANNSIM 2022 conference. Tutorials provide researchers and practitioners with the opportunity to introduce their applications, tools, methodologies, or theories in 90-120 minutes long tutorials.
Tutorials engage conference attendees in extended discussions and are great venues for hands-on activities. Tutorials can be introductory, oriented toward the participants who are interested in broadening their knowledge or, advanced tutorials for the participants who seek the latest advances in M&S. We would like to invite and encourage modelling and simulation researchers and practitioners in academia, government agencies, or industry to submit proposals for tutorials.
Topics of interest include M&S theories, methodologies, and tools. Application areas include but are not limited to accessibility, collaborative training, learning everywhere, human-simulation interface, inclusion, cyber-physical systems simulation, Internet-of-things simulation, multi-sensory simulation environments, aviation and aerospace, environment, energy, and other industries.
A tutorial proposal should include the following:
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 Computer Science Bibliography 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 ANNSIM’22 review process. All submissions will be peer reviewed by a minimum of 3 reviewers and feedback will be provided.
Tutorials (max 2 hours)
A tutorial proposal includes a tutorial description (max 2 pages) to be submitted to the tutorial track. In addition, a tutorial may submit a full paper to one of the technical tracks. The full paper will go through a review process and be included in the conference proceedings if accepted.
Posters & Live Demonstrations
Submissions for Posters and Demos consist of a 2-page extended abstract paper. All abstracts should describe the research motivation, M&S relevance of the problems being addressed, proposed methodology, and results of completed research. Demo abstracts should convey the development as well as screenshots of the simulation. The demo should not be a plug-and-play experience that conveys various simulation outcomes. Limited use of open-source tools and libraries can be incorporated; however, the use of commercial simulation tools is not allowed in the demo. Authors may also include a URL of a screencast video and additional external material in their submission. Abstracts should be submitted through the ANNSIM START System, as PDF files formatted using the templates provided on the ANNSIM webpage.
Accepted poster and demo abstracts will be published in the conference program but not in the conference proceedings.
For each accepted poster and demo, a video recording of the presentation will have to be submitted. The recording has to be less than 10 minutes. One of the authors must be present during the online Q&A sessions scheduled in the program. The poster presentation can consist of one or more landscape slides. The demo presentation can be supplemented with a ppt presentation.
Each presentation will be reviewed among the organizing committee for best poster and demo awards. The main evaluation criteria include the relevance and quality of the posters and demos in terms of originality, relevance to M&S, technical soundness, and presentation quality. A certificate will be awarded to: 1) Best Overall Demo; 2) Best Undergraduate Demo; and 3) Best Poster.
All presented work will be available to conference attendees electronically.
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