2020 Summer Simulation

July 20-22, 2020
Virtual Conference
*Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and for the health and safety of our attendees, the 2020 Summer Simulation Conference will now be a virtual event.
SummerSim’20 is a premier annual international conference by The Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS). SummerSim’20 focuses on modeling and simulation, tools, theory, methodologies and applications and provides a forum for the latest R&D results in academia and industry. The conference invites original contributions to the theory and practice of modeling and simulation in any scientific or engineering discipline. 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. The technical proceedings of SCS will be listed in the ACM digital library.

M&S for Smart and Connected World




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 https://scs.org/summersim/ 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.

Important Dates

Tutorial Proposals: May 4, 2020 (Extended)
Paper Submission: May 4, 2020 (Extended)
Author Notification: June 15, 2020 (Extended)
Camera-Ready Paper Submission: July 6, 2020 (Extended)
Conference Days: July 20-22, 2020


Keynote Speaker

   Alexandre Muzy, Ph.D.

Biography: Alexandre Muzy is a CNRS research fellow at the Université Côte d’Azur in the I3S Computer Science Laboratory. He is co-director of the NeuroMod, an institute in charge of the Modeling, Simulation & Neurocognition as well as the MS&N Modélisation, Simulation & Neurocognition research group. He is a specialist of computational modeling and simulation based on system theory, more specifically discrete event systems currently applied to neurocognitive systems, with more than 70 international research publications. He created the computational activity paradigm for structuring models and developed with Bernard P. Zeigler the computational iterative system paradigm. The latter paradigm has been used as a new foundation of the Theory of modeling and simulation – (3rd edition). Based on the mapping from neurocognitive activities to temporal computations, he works on the specification of the computational neurocognitive system Computabrain project at learning, modeling and simulation levels.


Applied Theory of Modeling and Simulation (AToMS)
José L. Risco Martín

Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS)
Claudio Gomes

Humans, Societies and Artificial Agents (HSA)
Saikou Diallo and Nathalie Pinede

Modeling and Simulation in Aerospace (AeroSim)
Alessandro Golkar

Simulation in the System Design Flow (SDF)
Guillermo Botella

Modeling and Simulation as a Service (MSaaS)
Andrea D’Ambrogio and Paolo Bocciarelli

Grand Challenges in Modeling and Simulation (GC)
Gregory Zacharewicz

Emergency Modeling and Simulation (EMS)
Francesco Longo and Letizia Nicoletti

Josué Pagán Ortiz

Work in Progress (WIP)
Ken Vanherpen


Besides the main technical program, SummerSim’20 will host several workshops on topics that fall within the subjects of the conference. The purpose of the workshops is to promote a collaborative scientific exchange among participants to share recent and preliminary research efforts and to coordinate works among representatives of technical communities. The workshops represent a great opportunity for community building and a venue for attendees to share innovative ideas, practical experiences in M&S as well as for the discussion of recent aspects of well-established research topics.

We invite you to submit a proposal for highly-interactive workshops on research topics of interest to SummerSim’20 attendees. Accepted workshop papers will be published in a separate proceedings.

Workshop Proposals CFP

Workshop 1
Presenter: Nguyen Thuy
Abstract: Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) is often associated with modelling languages like SysML that rely in large part on natural language or on semi-formal notations. This means that the resulting models have limited potential for simulation and analysis. The objective of the SIM4MBSE workshop is to share ideas and experiences on how simulation can support and complement MBSE, bringing its benefits far beyond what modelling alone can achieve. Other topics of interest are requirements engineering, requirements validation, verification of solutions, digital twins, support for operation, and more generally, coverage of the complete system lifecycle.
For more information.

Workshop 2
Title: Digital Twin
Presenters: Mamadou Traorè and Hans Vangheluwe
Abstract: The workshop will explore the Digital Twin technology under different angles, starting from the design of the Digital Twin itself, to its application in systems design and management. Topics of interest include and are not limited to:

  • Digital Twin engineering, composition and interoperability
  • Digital Twin-driven system engineering (intelligent systems, cyber physical systems, smart cities, etc.)
  • Digital Twin life cycle (design, reuse, reverse engineering, etc.)
  • Digital Twin support to product/process/system lifecycle (predictive maintenance, qualitative production, monitoring and surveillance, etc.)
  • Digital Twin applications (Healthcare, Energy, Transportation, etc.)
  • AI-enabled Digital Twin

For more information.

Workshop 3
Title: Strategic Decision Making
Presenter: Agostino Bruzzone
Abstract: The half day Workshop on “Strategic Decision Making” encourages to submit papers on the use of Modeling and Simulation, in combination with Artificial Intelligence, Intelligent Agents and Data Analytics tools and techniques, for supporting Strategic Decisions. The idea is to present innovative solutions in terms of architectures, new models and solutions. This Workshop focuses on creating a working experience on these innovative frameworks respect a wide spectrum of applications from Business to Industry, from Defense to Homeland Security, from Oil & Gas to Public Services.
For more information.

Workshop 4
Title: Modeling and Simulation by Converging HPC & Big Data (MoSCo)
Presenter: Jose F. Tirado Fernández
Abstract: The HPC world demands Big Data world techniques, while intensive data analysis requires HPC solutions. However, the tools and cultures of HPC and Big Data have diverged because HPC has traditionally focused on strongly coupled intensive computing problems, while Big Data has been geared towards data analysis in highly scalable applications. The overall goal of this workshop is to join the community working on improving the integration of the HPC and Big Data paradigms, providing a convenient way to create software and to adapt existing hardware and software intensive in computing and data on a HPC platform for the purpose of simulation and modelling.

Submission Guidelines

For all submissions, unless noted otherwise in their guidelines, go to: https://www.softconf.com/sim/SummerSim20/

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 be submitted to the ACM Digital Library, for archiving and indexed in DBLP 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 SummerSim’20 review process.

All submissions will be peer reviewed by a minimum of 3 reviewers and feedback will be provided. Authors of papers accepted for the SummerSim’20 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.

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

  • Tutorials (1.5 hours)
  • Extended abstracts (2 pages max)
  • Live demonstrations to be given during the conference

All presented work will be available to conference attendees electronically.

Registration & Pricing


SummerSim 2020 Registration Fees:

Regular and Late Registration 

  • Member: $400
  • Non-Member: $485
  • Member-Student: $200
  • Non-Member Student: $230
  • Retiree: $200

Mandatory Fee Explanation of 2020 Event FAQ
This FAQ provides details on how SCS figures out conference registration fees and the changes for a virtual event like SummerSim’20.

Student Verification Form
Retiree Verification Form

Virtual Venue

SummerSim’20 will now be a virtual event. Stay tuned for more information in the near future.

Organization Committee

Honorary Chairs: Jose Luis Risco Martin, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain, and Hans Vangheluwe, University of Antwerp, Belgium
General Chair: Joachim Denil, University of Antwerp, Belgium
General Co-Chair: Alberto Del Barrio, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain
Program Chair: Mamadou Traore, University of Bordeaux, France
Publicity Chair: Moharram Challenger, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Workshop Chair: Alberto Falcone, University of Calabria, Italy
Tutorial Chair: Josué Pagán Ortiz, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain
Awards Chair: Umut Durak, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

Technical Program Committee

Abdurrahman Alshareef
Ahsan Qamar
Alberto Falcone
Alessandro Golkar
Alessia Amelio
Alfonso Urquia
Alfredo Garro
Andrea D’Ambrogio
Andrea Giglio
Andrea Tundis
Audrey Jardin
Bahram Zarrin
Bart Meyers
Bentley Oakes
Bert Van Acker
Bianca Scheibel
Christian Rakow
Cinzia Bernardeschi
Cláudio Gomes
Claudio Savaglio
Dalel Kanzari
Dhananjai Rao
Didier Buchs
Dominique Blouin
Elena Pagani
Emiliano Paglia
Eugene Syriani
Eva Besada Portas
F. LeRon Shults
Fabio Cremona
Fabrizio Marozzo
Francesco Sergio Pisani
Francesco Longo
Francesco Quaglia
Franco Domenico Cicirelli
Gabriel Wainer
Gabriele D’Angelo
Gerd Wagner
Gert Zülch
Greg Zacharewicz
Guillermo Botella
Hakan Aydemir
Hamdi Kavak
Igor Bisio
Jean-Francois Santucci
Jerzy Respondek
Joachim Denil
Joaquín Recas
José L. Risco-Martín
Josué Pagán
Julien Deantoni
Justin Lane
Ken Pierce
Ken Vanherpen
Kevin Henares
Kwabena Amponsah
Letizia Nicoletti
Levent Yilmaz
Lin Zhang
Lorenzo Donatiello
Loris Belcastro
Luisa Massari
Mamadou Traoré
Manuel Wimmer
Marco Di Natale
Mario Marchese
Mario Porrmann
Marjan Sirjani
Martin Benedikt
Mauro Tropea
Maximiliano Cristia
Michael Schultz
Miguel Mujica Mota
Mikhail Gusev
Mirko Stoffers
Moharram Challenger
Mongi Ben Gaid
Nathalie Pinede
Nicolai Pedersen
Okan Topçu
Óscar Rodríguez Polo
Pablo Garcia
Paolo Bocciarelli
Paolo Masci
Patricia Arroba
Paul De Meulenaere
Paul-Antoine Bisgambiglia
Peppino Fazio
Peter Gorm Larsen
Peter Maurer
Philippe Giabbanelli
Ranjita Dash
Rick McKenzie
Robert Bryce
Robert Siegfried
Robson De Grande
Rolf Egert
Román Cárdenas Rodríguez
Saikou Diallo
Samira Briongos Herrero
Saurabh Mittal
Sergiy Bogomolov
Sezgin Kilic
Shafagh Jafer
Simon Gorecki
Simon Van Mierlo
Ta Duong
Taro Kanno
Thomas Clemen
Thomas Paris
Thorsten Pawletta
Umut Durak
Virginie Galtier
Wesley Wildman
Wolfgang Kuehn
Yang Tian
Yentl Van Tendeloo
Yon Vanommeslaeghe
Yonglin Lei
Zhi Zhu
Zhijun Lyu

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