2019 Summer Simulation

JULY 22 - 24, 2019
Technical University of Berlin, Germany

M&S for Smart and Connected World




The 2019 Summer Simulation Conference (SummerSim’19), a premier international conference of SCS, is an annual conference sponsored by The Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS), which focuses on modeling and simulation, tools, theory, methodologies and applications and provides a forum for the latest R&D results in academia and industry. It is a combination of the 51st Summer Computer Simulation (SCSC) and the 22nd International Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems (SPECTS). SummerSim’19 invites original contributions to the theory and practice of modeling and simulation in any scientific or engineering discipline including but not limited to:
  • Advanced and Visual Analytics for Simulation
  • Simulation in the System Design
  • Human and Social Simulation
  • Cloud-based and High-Performance Simulation Environments
  • Simulation for Cybersecurity and Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Modeling and Simulation for Strategy Engineering
  • Simulation and Machine Learning
  • Simulation in Augmented and Virtual Environments
  • Emergency Management Simulation
  • Software Engineering and Performance
  • QoS/QoE Modeling, Analysis, and Performance Evaluation
  • Experimental Testbeds, Field Trials and Deployment issues
The conference includes keynote speeches presented by technology and industry leaders, technical sessions, professional development tutorials, as well as vendor exhibits. Scientists, engineers, managers, educators, and business professionals who develop or use M&S methodologies and tools are invited to participate and present original contributions.


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Important Dates

Tutorial proposals: March 4, 2019
Workshop proposals: March 4, 2019
Paper submission: March 18, 2019
Author notification: May 13, 2019
Short paper submission: May 13, 2019
Extended abstract submission: May 13, 2019
Camera-ready paper submission: May 27, 2019


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Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Sahin Albayrak

Presentation Title: Digital Twins and Artificial Intelligence — the Future of Simulations?

Presentation Abstract: Simulation techniques are an important approach to understand systems, which are too complex and dynamic to compute their behavior analytically. However, simulations need reliable models and realistic input data to represent the world in a sufficient manner. With the emergence of the Internet-Of-Things and the possibility to retrieve real data in huge distributed scenarios we can now gain much more insights into the details of real systems, which leads to the approach of digital twins. For replicating reality, digital twins are one of the most promising trends, currently especially used in Industry 4.0 scenarios but also in other domains. Based on the details digital twins do offer, the potential of AI techniques such as (meta-)machine learning can be exploited to use data for intelligent decision making also in simulations. In his talk, Prof. Albayrak will describe the features of digital twin technology combined with AI techniques and what they mean to the simulation research area. The talk will underline the importance of digital twins by showing two projects regarding autonomous driving and process optimization in production plants.

Biography: Professor Albayrak received his Ph. D. in Computer Science at the TU Berlin in 1992. He is the Head of the Distributed Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (DAI-Labor), which was founded by him in 1992. In 2003, he was appointed as Professor at the TU Berlin; chair “Agent Technologies in Business Applications and Telecommunication”. He is a founding member and member of the Steering Board of Deutsche Telekom Laboratories (Concern Research of the Deutsche Telekom AG), since 2004. He is the founding member of the Center for ICT (EICT) in Berlin, 2005. He is an Initiator and CEO of the “Connected Living e.V.” innovation center, which has more than 50 members from research and industry, since 2009. He is the Chief Executive Director of the German-Turkish Advanced ICT Research Centre (GT-ARC) based in Berlin and Istanbul, since 2012. He is an Entrepreneur and founder of various start-ups, most recently IOLITE GmbH, 2014. Beside numerous Best Paper awards and prices, he received the Bundesverdienstkreuz (Federal Cross of Merit) from the Federal Republic Germany for his efforts to German-Turkish research cooperation and contribution to innovation, 2014. He has been consulting several ministries in Germany and Turkey, as well as the management of well-known companies on technology and business strategies.


Summer Computer Simulation (SCSC)
Joachim Denil and Alfredo Garro
SCSC Track Speaker

International Symposium on Performance Evaluation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems (SPECTS)
Malamati Louta
SPECTS Track Speaker

Alberto Falcone

Student Colloquium
George Karetsos

Work in Progress (WIP)
Ken Vanherpen

Ender St.John-Olcayto

Submission Guidelines

For all submissions, unless noted otherwise in their guidelines, go to: https://www.softconf.com/sim/SummerSim19/

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 will be submitted to the ACM Digital Library, for archiving and indexed in DBLP and SCOPUS. Some exceptions apply.

We welcome submission of the following types of contributions and/or proposals:

  • Workshops
  • Tutorials (2 hours)
  • Short papers, describing early research efforts (6 pages max)
  • Extended abstracts (2 pages max)
  • Live demonstrations to be given during the conference

General Technical Papers

Original, high-quality technical papers are solicited for review, possible presentation and subsequent publication in the conference proceedings. Papers are max 12 pages long with single column format (see author’s kit at https://scs.org/authorskit). Papers must not have appeared before (or be pending) in a journal or conference with published proceedings, nor may they be under review or submitted to another forum during SpringSim’19 review process.

Short papers (max 6 pages, with same format of regular papers), describing early research efforts, work in progress or position statements, are also welcome.

All submissions will be peer reviewed by a minimum of 3 reviewers and feedback will be provided. Authors of papers accepted for the SpringSim’19 Conference are expected to attend the conference, present their work to their peers, transfer copyright, and pay a conference registration fee at the time their camera-ready paper is submitted.


Tutorial proposals should be two pages in length. Interested authors are invited to submit an accompanying optional paper: maximum of 12 pages long, with a minimum of five pages, with single column format.

Student Colloquium

Graduate students are invited to submit a 2-page extended abstract describing their research work, which can be in the proposal stage or early/middle stages of development.

Accepted abstracts will need to be presented in a poster format. Additionally, authors of accepted abstracts will give a short 10 minutes presentation during the Student Colloquium session.

In addition, we welcome submissions of the following types of contributions and/or proposals:

  • Workshops
  • Short papers, describing early research efforts (6 pages max)
  • Extended abstracts (2 pages max)
  • Live demonstrations to be given during the conference

All presented work will be available to conference attendees electronically.


Date: Monday, July 22, 2019
Tutorial Chair: Alberto Falcone


Room, H-3004
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Chair: Alberto Falcone

Title 1: Information and Process Modeling for Simulation: How To Model Manufacturing Systems
Author: Gerd Wagner
Abstract: This tutorial shows how to use UML class diagrams and BPMN/DPMN process models at all three levels of model-driven simulation engineering: for making conceptual simulation models, for making platform-independent simulation design models, and for making platform-specific, executable simulation models. The proposed modeling approach is presented by showing how to model simple types of manufacturing systems. An extended version of this tutorial is available from https://sim4edu.com/reading/OEMManufacturingSystems.

Title 2: An Introduction to Statecharts Modelling, Simulation, Testing, and Deployment
Authors: Simon Van Mierlo and Hans Vangheluwe
Abstract: Statecharts is a formalism to describe the timed, reactive, orthogonal, and autonomous behavior of complex (software-intensive) systems, such as user interfaces, embedded controller software, and artificial intelligence. It uses a discrete-event abstraction: state changes can occur when an event arrives from the environment, if one is raised locally, when a timeout occurs, and/or when a condition on the (full)state of the system is satisfied. In this tutorial, we introduce Statecharts and explain how they can be constructed, simulated, tested, debugged, and ultimately deployed (by generating code). We explain the theoretical and practical aspects of Statecharts, starting from the basic (non-hierarchical) concepts of states and transitions, and then moving on to more advanced concepts of hierarchy, concurrency, and history. We use a traffic light application modeled in Yakindu (a Statecharts modeling and simulation environment built on top of the Eclipse IDE) as a running example to demonstrate each concept.


Room, H-3007
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Chair: Alfredo Garro

Title 1: Applying Modelling and Simulation for Development Embedded Systems
Author: Gabriel Wainer
Abstract: Formal methods and tools help in building embedded systems with real-time constraints, but most existing methods are still hard to scale up. Instead, systems modeling and simulation (M&S) can improve the development task and provide higher quality. M&S is widely used for the early stages of projects; however, when the development tasks switch towards the target environment, early models are often abandoned. In order to deal with these issues, we introduced a methodology based on discrete-event systems specifications, which combines the advantages of a practical approach with the rigor of a formal method, in which one consistently use models throughout the development cycle.

Title 2: Introduction to Modeling and Simulation of Spatial Systems with Cell-DEVS
Author: Gabriel Wainer
Abstract: Recent advances in computer technology have influenced simulation techniques to become an effective approach to understand physical systems. In recent years, grid-shaped cellular models have gained popularity in this sense. In particular, Cellular Automata (CA) have been widely used with these purposes. Despite their usefulness to describe complex behavior, CA can require large amounts of compute time, mainly due to its synchronous nature. The use of a discrete time base also constrains the precision of the model. Besides this, CA do not describe adequately most of existing physical systems whose nature is asynchronous. The Cell-DEVS formalism was defined in order to attack these problems. The goal of Cell-DEVS is to build discrete-event cell spaces, improving their definition by making the timing specification more expressive.
We will introduce the main characteristics of the Cell-DEVS formalism, and will show how to model complex cell spaces in. We will present different examples of application, and discuss open research issues in this area. We will then show some examples of the current use of DEVS, including applications in different fields. We will introduce an integrated environment that deals with these issues, orchestrating a cellular-based simulator (CD++), a GIS (GRASS) and data visualization (Google Earth), to simulate behavior and analyze results supporting the decision making for varied environmental scenarios. The limitations above are solved by adding raw simulation results into the georeferenced maps, associating many sources of information (even if they do not come from the simulation model), providing a more powerful analysis experience. The simulation model is fed by the GIS with updated data, while the model design process enables integrating additional information layers. The methodology uses a cellular modeling approach in which each cell is defined as a discrete event agent, and defines a procedure to couple cells evolving the state of the influenced neighbors.


Room, H-3008
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Chair: Andrea D’Ambrogio

Title 1: Introduction to JavaScript-Based Simulation
Author: Luis Gustavo Nardin
Abstract: JavaScript is a dynamic functional object-oriented programming language that can be used for enriching a web page, but also for implementing various kinds of web applications, including web-based simulations. JavaScript-based simulation tools can take advantage of web resources and technologies to outperform traditional competitors on ease of use and developer productivity aspects. This tutorial (i) provides an introductiontosimulationusingtheJavaScriptprogramminglanguageand(ii)demonstrates how to implement a discrete event simulation model in two free and open source JavaScript-based simulation tools, i.e., Insight Maker and OESjs, highlighting their differences with respect to usability and customization flexibility.

Title 2: Modeling Future Generations of Vehicular Autonomous Networks for Intelligent Transportation Systems
Author: Floriano De Rango
Abstract: Vehicular Ad Hoc Networks and Future Autonomous Vehicles are gaining a lot of interest in these last years. Many potential services could be provided in the Intelligent Transportation Systems considering new enabling technologies such as 5G and Internet of Things that are providing new potentialities to VANET and Future Generation of Vehicles. However, these technological progress requests that new modeling approaches of these complex systems should be provided and additional simulation modules should be included in simulators to consider these evolving network technologies and communication paradigms. This tutorial tries to emphasize some criticisms in the current simulators in order to model realistic scenario that can become a key issue to face in order to design future effective and efficient VANETs and Autonomous Vehicles. Moreover, the tutorial will cover also issues related to electrical mobility and vehicles and how new simulators should include new models and modules able to consider also the electrical engine and recharging stations.


Title: Strategic Engineering – A New Discipline Relying in Simulation, Machine Learning & Big Data

Agostino Bruzzone

Description: Modeling and Simulation is a pillar for decision making in current world and this track addresses the innovative context of Strategic Engineering: an area where the combined use of M&S, Data Analysis, Machine Learning allows to support decision making processes in complex systems. Submission of innovative papers addressing innovative methodologies and applications in this sense are encouraged.

Title: Life, Work and Impact of Institutes and Research Centers

Saikou Diallo and LeRon Shults

Description: Research centers and institutes in the field of computer modeling and simulation are important in helping people, organizations, and governments solve problems. They also help bridge the gap between basic and applied research and foster a collaborative environment where people from all disciplines and backgrounds share knowledge in service of a greater good. Research centers and institutes vary in size, purpose, funding sources, and target area and, while there are commonalities, each organization is unique.

The goal of this proposed workshop is to create a collaborative forum where research centers and institutes can share their ethos, achievements and future goals and thus 1) generate a body of knowledge that can be leveraged around the world and, 2) foster relationships that can grow into collaborative teams across centers. Specific goals of this workshop are to:

  • Introduce research centers to each other
  • Identify areas of collaboration and funding sources
  • Plan future collaboration
  • Report on existing collaborations

Centers and institutes interested in participating in this SummerSim workshop are asked to contact Saikou Diallo at sdiallo@odu.edu or LeRon Shults at leron.shults@uia.no prior to submitting an abstract and preparing a brief presentation that covers the four areas of the workshop identified above.

Registration & Pricing


SummerSim 2019 Registration Fees:

Regular Registration *Before June 22, 2019

  • Member: $750
  • Non-Member: $880
  • Member-Student: $375
  • Non-Member Student: $440
  • Retiree: $375

Late Registration
  |  *June 23, 2019 thereafter

  • Member: $800
  • Non-Member: $930
  • Member-Student: $375
  • Non-Member Student: $440
  • Retiree: $375

Student Verification Form
Retiree Verification Form
Visa Invitation Request Form

Venue & Hotels

Venue Address

Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin)
Main Building (Building H)
Straße des 17. Juni 135
10623 Berlin

The TU Berlin is located in the heart of the science city of Berlin. Its central campus is located in the City-West between Kurfürstendamm and the new landmark of the city, the main train station. A second campus is located in the Technology and Innovation Park Berlin in the district of Wedding. In addition, there are isolated locations in the north and south of the city. The central campus of the TU Berlin is located in the Charlottenburg district. It is divided by the road of June 17 into a north and a south half. In addition to the main building, the buildings include mathematics, chemistry, physics and architecture.

Campus Map



Arriving to TU Berlin

By Car:

From Hamburg / Rostock (motorway A24):
At the autobahn intersection Oranienburg turn onto the A111 in the direction of Berlin-Zentrum, at the interchange Charlottenburg change onto the A100 (Stadtring) in the direction of Funkturm. Leave the ring road at the Kaiserdamm junction and turn left at the end of the exit. Drive straight on the Kaiserdamm (later Bismarckstraße) to Ernst-Reuter-Platz. Half circle the course, turn into the street of June 17th and look for a parking space. The main building is the second house (number 135) on the right.

From Hannover (A2) and Leipzig / Nürnberg (A9):
Take the A10 (Berliner Ring) to Drewitz interchange, then change to the A115 (AVUS) towards Berlin-Zentrum. At the interchange Funkturm keep to direction Wedding, but immediately take the next exit Kaiserdamm and turn right. Drive straight on the Kaiserdamm (later Bismarckstraße) to Ernst-Reuter-Platz. Half circle the course, turn into the street of June 17th and look for a parking space. The main building is the second house (number 135) on the right.

By Train:

From the main train station take the regional train or the S-Bahn (all lines in the direction of Charlottenburg, Westkreuz, Potsdam or Spandau) to the Zoologischer Garten station. From there either take the underground line 2 in the direction of Ruhleben and get off at the next station (Ernst-Reuter-Platz) or take the bus lines M45, 245 or X9 to Ernst-Reuter-Platz. (Travel time: approx. 15 minutes).

By Plane:

Tegel Airport:
Take the bus line X9 to Ernst-Reuter-Platz. (Travel time: approx. 15 minutes).

Schoenefeld Airport:
At the S-Bahn station Berlin-Schönefeld either take the regional express RE7 (direction Dessau) or take the S-Bahn line 9 (direction Pankow, change at Ostkreuz direction Zoologischer Garten). Zoologischer Garten get off again. From there either take the underground line 2 in the direction of Ruhleben and get off at the next station (Ernst-Reuter-Platz) or take the bus lines M45, 245 or X9 to Ernst-Reuter-Platz.
(Travel time: about 1 hour).

Take the X7 or 171 bus to Rudow Underground Station. There take the underground line 7 (direction Rathaus Spandau) and drive to Bismarckstraße. Change to line 2 (direction Pankow) and get off at the second station (Ernst-Reuter-Platz).
(Travel time: about 1 hour).

Bus and train stops near the central campus:

Transportation Stop & Line

Subway: Ernst-Reuter-Platz, line 2 (red line)

Bus: Ernst-Reuter-Platz, lines M45, 245 and X9
Stone Square, lines M45 and 245

Train: Zoological garden, lines S5, S7, S75
Tiergarten, lines S5, S7, S75


Hell erleuchtet ist am 14.11.2016 in Berlin am frühen Morgen der Reichstag, während die Sonne langsam den Tag erhellt. Foto: Paul Zinken/dpa +++(c) dpa - Bildfunk+++ | Verwendung weltweit

Hotel Accommodations

There are no room blocks reserved for the hotels listed below.

B&B Hotel Berlin -Tiergarten
Englische Str. 1-4, 10587
Ph: +49 30 3300660

Novum Hotel Gates Berlin Charlottenburg
Knesebeckstraße 8-9, 10623 Berlin
Ph: +49 30 311060

Novotel Hotel Berlin Am Tiergarten
Straße des 17. Juni 106-108, 10623 Berlin
Ph: +49 30 600350

Organization Committee

Honorary Chair: Axel Lehmann, Universität der Bundeswehr München, Germany
General Chair: Umut Durak, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Vice General Chair: Joachim Denil, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Program Chairs: Alfredo Garro, University of Calabria, Italy and Malamati Louta, University of Macedonia, Greece
Publicity Chair: Alberto A. Del Barrio, Complutense University of Madrid (UCM), Spain
Proceedings Chairs: Christina Deatcu, University of Wismar, Germany and Megan Olsen, Loyola University, USA
Tutorial Chair: Alberto Falcone, University of Calabria, Italy
Awards Chair: Andrea D’Ambrogio, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Local Chair: Nils Masuch, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
Industry Chair: Ender St.John-Olcayto, Frazer-Nash Consultancy
M&S Demo Session and Student Colloquium Chair: George Karetsos, Technology Education Institute of Thessaly, Greece
WIP Chair: Ken Vanherpen

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