2020 SimAUD

MAY 25 - 27, 2020
Virtual Event
The 11th annual Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD) offers a platform to unite researchers and practitioners in the fields of architecture, urban design, urban planning, building science, and data science. SimAUD 2020 invites submissions across a range of topics related to simulation with a special emphasis on methods that bridge disciplinary gaps between design, construction, operations, resource management, human behavior, and performance analytics across building and urban scales.
This year SimAUD will be hosted online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In past years, attendees have included researchers and practitioners in the fields of urban planning and design, architecture and building science, visualization and construction, as well as software developers, managers, educators, and business professionals. Past SimAUD symposia have attracted exceptionally high-quality submissions (papers, notes, works in progress, datasets, and videos). We highly encourage you to take advantage of the free downloads of previous years’ proceedings. We invite you to submit and present an original contribution for SimAUD 2020. All submissions will be peer-reviewed, and accepted full papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Please observe the submission types and deadlines on the Symposium website. SimAUD is run collaboratively with The Society for Modeling and Simulation International, (SCS) and is cosponsored by ACM/SIGSIM.
For additional conference information please visit:  http://www.simaud.org/




Abstracts Deadline: October 27, 2019
Submission Deadline: January 12, 2020
Acceptance Notification: February 23, 2020
Workshop Proposals Due: March 23, 2020
Camera-Ready Due: April 1, 2020 (EXTENDED)
Registration Open: April 1, 2020
Registration Due: May 1, 2020
Call for Workshop Participations: from May 1, 2020
Presentation Link Due: May 17, 2020
Virtual Venue Ready: May 24, 2020
Online Conference: May 25-27, 202

Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions:
Call for Submissions PDF: SimAUD 2020 Call for Papers

We invite you to submit and present an original contribution for SimAUD 2020. All submissions are peer-reviewed and considered for selection by the Scientific Committee. All accepted full papers (8 pages) will be published in the ACM Digital Library: https://dl.acm.org/dl.cfm. However, all the accepted submissions (both full and short papers) will be published in SimAUD’s proceedings. Please observe the submission types and deadlines on the website.

Submission Types
Research works can be submitted in several categories:

  • Full Papers (Archived at the ACM Digital Library)
  • Short Papers (Not archived at the ACM Digital Library)
  • Invited Papers (Archived at the ACM Digital Library)
  • Projects & Videos (Not archived at the ACM Digital Library)
  • Data Sets (Not archived at the ACM Digital Library)

Areas of Interest
SimAUD topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Simulation-based Generative Design
  • Simulation-Based Collaborative Design
  • Simulation-Based Design Tools and Methods
  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
  • Simulation Performance and Scalability
  • Building Comfort & Energy Performance
  • Simulation of Occupant Behavior
  • Simulation of Building Controls
  • Physics-Based Simulation in Design
  • Whole Building Energy Simulation
  • Thermal Comfort & Occupant Satisfaction
  • Lighting and Daylighting
  • Airflow In & Around Buildings
  • Acoustics Modeling, Simulation & Design
  • Visualization of Simulation Data
  • Urban-Scale Modeling
  • Uncertainty, Validation and Risk Management
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Design Agency & Multi-Agent Systems
  • Intelligent Buildings & Building Lifecycle Management
  • Sensor Networks & Building Performance Monitoring
  • Interactive Environments
  • Responsive Facades
  • Robotic Fabrication in Design

Note: All submissions are published in SimAUD’s Proceedings.

Submission Types

The following research works in several categories are invited:

Full Papers
Full papers (max. 8 pages) present significant contributions to research and practice in the SimAUD areas. Accepted full papers will be archived at the ACM Digital Library: https://dl.acm.org/dl.cfm. Links to SimAUD papers in the Digital Library are posted at www.simaud.org/papers.php.

Please adhere to the 8-page limit and prepare your paper using one of the templates below:

Paper Template – Word

Paper Template – LaTeX

Short Papers
Short papers are non-archived publications (max. 4 pages) that present brief and focused research contributions that are noteworthy but may not merit a full paper. Typically, short papers provide an overview of research-in-progress and/or thought-provoking work relevant to the SimAUD community. They have not reached completion level necessary for jury review and acceptance as complete papers; however, authors will benefit from in-person feedback from symposium attendees.

Short papers should include:

  • A focused description, and if appropriate, analysis of the work
  • Potential impact of the work to the SimAUD community
  • Recommendations for future research and application in practice

Please adhere to the 4-page limit and prepare your paper using one of the templates below:

Paper Template – Word

Paper Template – LaTeX

Invited Papers
In order to help bring together diverse disciplines we aim to establish a common language of perspectives, case studies, techniques or technologies. One way to start this process is through invited works. The Committee may internally evaluate and invite certain papers, projects, or videos to include in the symposium outside the formal peer-review process. To nominate research that you believe would be beneficial to building this new community, please email any of the chairs with suggestions.

Project & Videos
Many architecture and urban design projects communicate visions of a proposed future. Projects and videos are among the best ways to communicate these visions. We invite project and video submissions of high-quality scientific visualizations of architecture or urban design projects, interactive design decision support systems, compelling animations of construction simulation, and more. We strongly encourage authors of full and short paper submissions to also provide a high-quality video for peer-review and exhibition at the SimAUD symposium.

A project submission is a poster that summarizes a professional or student design project that utilizes simulation as a means for informing design decisions, in an effort to demonstrate innovation and excellence in architecture and urban design. All projects should be submitted on boards that adhere to an A1 page size, portrait or landscape orientation, with no other specific limitations and not necessarily tied to a paper submission.

All papers that were accepted as posters should be submitted following the same format as the project posters.

Accepted projects and videos will be featured in a poster session during the conference, and will be featured on SimAUD’s website. If you plan to provide a video or project, please notify the General Chair by email prior to the submission deadline.

Data Sets
Data sets are optional (but recommended) collections of ZIP files of original data that accompany full or short paper submissions. A data set submission may include, for example, a detailed Building Information Model (BIM) of a real or virtual building that would be of use to the SimAUD community for simulation testing or cross-validation. Another example would be a conceptual model of a process or event expressed as DEVS classes. Other data sets could be point clouds, sensor data, programs, models of HVAC units, fridges, escalators, geothermal, etc. Many scientific communities suffer from a lack of access to high-quality detailed data sets and algorithms. At SimAUD, an accepted peer-reviewed data set is recognized as a significant contribution to science, and we hope to encourage researchers and practitioners to share their data for the greater good of the community.

Data sets will be linked or archived at www.simaud.org/datasets. If you plan to contribute a data set, please notify the General Chair by email prior to the submission deadline.

Online Submissions

All abstracts and manuscripts must be submitted using the SimAUD 2020 Online Submission Site: https://www.softconf.com/sim/SimAud20/.

Peer Review
The Reviewer Guide outlines the SimAUD peer review process and provides suggestions for reviews.


SimAUD 2020 workshops will be announced on the program by May 1, 2020. The workshops will address the topic of simulation from a unique perspective and will offer hands-on learning opportunities on cutting edge computational approaches, workflows and tools. The workshops can be attended both by registered conference attendees and by anyone else interested. In both cases, a registration to a workshop is required. No workshop fee applies to registered conference attendees.

A small fee applies to others participants , for which there is no refund in case of cancellation after May 1st. Registration will open soon, please check back to this site for details.


Please submit workshop proposals to Wolfgang Lorenz, wolfgang.lorenz@tuwien.ac.at. The proposals should include the following information and be submitted as pdf:

  • Workshop title
  • Name and brief academic CV of all workshop presenters
  • Contact addresses and a single primary contact of the workshop leader
  • A short abstract describing the workshop (about 200 words max.); the description should be suitable for the conference web site as well
  • A short description of the significance of the workshop (relevance to SimAUD; including feedback of past iterations of the workshop, if any);
  • Envisioned Outcome
  • Number of minimum and maximum number of possible participants
  • Required skills and prior knowledge of participants (e.g. should they be familiar with special software, are programming skills needed, …)
  • Required Infrastructure of the participants (e.g. Laptop, Software…)
  • Required Infrastructure of the organizers (e.g. projector, special requirements of the room…) A short description of how a possible outcome of the workshop could look like.

The deadline for proposals is March 23rd, 2020. Notification of acceptance will be March 30th. All proposals will be judged on their merits and the best proposals will be accepted. The SimAUD organization provides:

  • Printing of workshop posters (format should be A3 and will be printed in house)
  • A brief description of the workshop on the SimAUD Web page
  • Coordination of the workshop registrations

Should you require anything additional, please contact the workshop chair.

Registration & Pricing



Registration  |  April 1, 2020 – May 1, 2020

  • Regular: $50
  • Student: $20*

*Notice to Students: The Student Verification Form is not needed to receive the student registration price.

Virtual Venue

The conference will not be held at TU Wien in Vienna, Austria. The conference will be held online, using pre-recorded presentations and live webinars.

Organization Committee

General Chair: Angelos Chronis, angelos.chronis@ait.ac.at, Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)
Program Chair: Gabriel Wurzer, Gabriel.wurzer@tuwien.ac.at, TU Wien
Workshops Coordinator: Wolfgang E. Lorenz, Wolfgang.lorenz@tuwien.ac.at, TU Wien
Scientific Chair: Christiane M. Herr, Christiane.herr@xjtlu.edu.cn, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU)
Scientific Chair: Ulrich Pont, Ulrich.pont@tuwien.ac.at, TU Wien
Scientific Chair: Dana Cupkova, cupkova@cmu.edu, Carnegie Mellon University
Scientific Chair: Gabriel Wainer, Gabriel.wainer@sce.carleton.ca, Carleton University

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