2020 SimAUD

MAY 25 - 27, 2020
TU Wien, Vienna, Austria
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 is hosted at TU Wien in Vienna, Austria. 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 (Optional)
The abstract submission should be a short paragraph describing the topics to be covered in the full submission. Abstracts are optional. They will NOT be reviewed and are simply to help the Committee recruit the number of reviewers needed in the appropriate sub-disciplines.

Submission Deadline: December 22, 2019
This is the date when papers (archival format, 8 pages maximum for full papers, 4 pages maximum for short papers), projects, and accompanying videos must be submitted. The review process will be double-blind.

Acceptance Notification: February 23, 2020
Authors will receive their peer-review feedback and acceptance decision by this date. Accepted and conditionally accepted works will then have a short period of time to integrate reviewer feedback before submitting the final Camera-ready deadline.

Camera-Ready Due: March 22, 2020
At this date, final submissions of accepted works are due.

Conference Presentations: May 25-27, 2020
Authors will present their works at the venue in Vienna, Austria, during the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design. See you there!

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.

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

Venue & Hotel

TU Wien’s Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning will host the conference. It will take place in the newly renovated “Getreidemarkt” campus, in the last floor of the newly built plus-energy office building BA.

Conference Location: “TUtheSky”

The conference space “TUtheSky” (Getreidemarkt 9, 1060 Vienna, Building BA, 11th floor) features a multifunctional presentation room and two large terraces overlooking the old historical city as well as modern Vienna.

Address: TUtheSky, Getreidemarkt 9, 1060 Wien

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Photos (C) TU Wien Alumni Club and TUniverCity2015

Motel One Vienna Opera €€
Address: Motel One Vienna-Staatsoper, Elisabethstraße 5, 1010 Vienna
Motel One Opera is located just two minutes of our conference venue. Prices start at 81 € per night, thus a very reasonably priced choice. Its location just at the Vienna State Opera furthermore makes this an ideal choice for people who like to explore the old city center by foot.

Wombat’s City Hostel Vienna Naschmarkt
Address: Rechte Wienzeile 35, A-1040 Vienna
The Wombat’s Hostel at Naschmarkt is a hostel situated just 5 minutes from the conference venue, in the famous “Naschmarkt” district which features a typical turn of the century market with Jugendstil Architecture, a vibrant nightlife with nice bars and coffeehouses, theatres such as the Theater an der Wien (where the Magic Flute of Mozart was first performed) and much more. Wombat’s offers everything from a private two-bed room at 81 € (which is the same rate as Motel One, by the way) over 3- and 4-bed private room (€ 96 and € 106 per night) to the classic “bunk bed mixed dorms” (3-7 beds) which can be as little as 20 € per night. The Hostel is very clean, but be prepared for some serious party making as most international guests will not be on a conference.

Le Meridien Vienna (by Marriott) €€€€
Address: Robert-Stolz-Platz 1, Vienna 1010 Austria
Let us not talk about money with this one, let us rather talk about design: The Meridien is situated in a newly refurbished turn-of-the-century “Gründerzeit” house at the “Ring” – i.e. the street surrounding the old city center. It features design and luxury including a rooftop terrace, fitness, dining and so forth, as well as meeting rooms. It is situated five minutes from our conference venue away. Prices start at around 200 €, as would be expected from a hotel at this class.

Motel One Vienna Central Train Station €€
Address: Motel One Vienna-Hauptbahnhof, Gerhard-Bronner-Straße 11, 1100 Vienna
The newly built central train station of Vienna forms a new up striving quarter. The Metro U1 connects the train station to the city center (“Karlsplatz” station) in as little as five minutes. Therefore, it might be a good choice to also consider the Motel One Central Train station, if for example the Motel One at the Opera is full. Prices start at 81 € per night, same as the Motel One at the Opera.

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