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Call for Submissions

We are pleased to announce the second year of the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD) at the 2011 Spring Simulation Conference (SpringSim'11) in Boston, MA, USA from 4-7 April 2011.

Researchers in simulation, architecture, urban design and planning, HCI, ubicomp, infoviz, etc., engineers, software developers, managers, educators, and business professionals who develop or use modeling, simulation, visualization, validation, or interaction techniques or tools related to the built environment are invited to participate and present original papers, data sets, and videos (More information).

All submissions are peer-reviewed and considered for selection by the Committee. All accepted submissions will be published in the ACM Digital Library. The conference is run in collaboration with ACM/SIGSIM and is sponsored by The Society for Modeling and Simulation International.

Areas of Interest

SimAUD topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Whole System Simulation and Analysis
  • Post Occupancy Performance Evaluation
  • Building Comfort and Energy Performance
  • Design Tools and Methods
  • Materials, Components and Innovative Systems
  • Multi Disciplinary Optimization
  • Simulation Performance and Scalability
  • Design and Decision Support
  • Energy Performance Simulation and Analysis
  • Intelligent Building & Building Lifecycle Management
  • Sensor Network and Building Performance Monitoring
  • Visualization of Simulation-based Data
  • Theory and History of Environmental Simulation and Controls

Submissions Types

Research works can be submitted in several categories:

  • Papers & Notes
  • Data Sets (With Note)
  • Video Showcase (with Extended Abstract)
  • Lingua Franca: Invited Papers, Data Sets, and Videos

Learn more.


Symposium Chair

  • Ramtin Attar (Autodesk Research)

Program Committee

Note: The Program Committee has not been finalized.

  • Robert Aish (Autodesk)
  • Marilyne Andersen (Daylighting Lab, MIT Architecture)
  • Sean Hanna (VR Center for the Built Environment, UCL Bartlett School of Graduate Studies)
  • Michael Jemtrud (School of Architecture, McGill University)
  • Ian Keough (Senior Technical Designer, Buro Happold Consulting Engineers)
  • Azam Khan (Autodesk Research)
  • Branko Kolarevic (Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary)
  • Lira Nikolovska (Autodesk AEC)
  • Rivka Oxman (Vice Dean, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion ITT)
  • Christoph Reinhart (Graduate School of Design, Harvard University)
  • Gabriel Wainer (ARS Lab, Carleton University)
  • Bernard P. Zeigler (Arizona Center for Integrative Modeling & Simulation)


Important Dates

Abstracts Deadline: November 5, 2010

The Abstract submission should be a short paragraph describing the topics to be covered in the full submission (to be submitted one week later). The Abstracts will NOT be reviewed and are simply to help the Committee to begin to recruit the number of reviewers needed in the appropriate sub-disciplines.

Submission Deadline: November 12, 2010 November 19, 2010

This is the date when papers (archival format, 8 pages maximum for full papers, 4 pages maximum for short papers), data sets, and videos must be submitted. At least 3 reviewers will be assigned to each submission. The review process will be double-blind.

Acceptance Notification: December 17, 2010

Authors will receive their peer-review feedback and acceptance decision by this date. Accepted works will then have a short period of time to integrate reviewer feedback before submitting the final Camera-ready deadline.

Camera-ready Due: January 14, 2011

At this date, final submissions of accepted works are due.

Conference Presentations: April 4-7, 2011

Authors will present their works at the venue in Boston, MA, USA during the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design. See you there!


Submission Types

We invite research works in several categories:

Papers & Notes

Papers and Notes are archival publications (archival format, 8 pages maximum for papers, 4 pages maximum for Notes) of original research with a focus on Architecture and Urban Design in modeling & simulation, visualization, ubiquitous computing, human-computer interaction, or other related fields. Papers present significant contributions to research and practice in the SimAUD areas. Notes present brief and focused research contributions that are noteworthy but may not merit a full paper. The submission of accompanying video figures is strongly encouraged as most papers benefit from the succinct communication of a video.

Please to refer to author's package for submission templates.

Papers, Notes, and accompanying video figures will be archived at the ACM Digital Library.

Data Sets (With Note)

Data Sets are archival publications (collection of ZIP files together with Note) of original data together with a Note (4 pages maximum) that outlines the history of the data set, its value to the community, and instructions on how to use it. For example, a Data Set submission may include 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 CD++ DEVS nodes. 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 is considered as equivalent to an archival contribution (in the form of the accompanying Note). By providing a Data Set track, we hope to encourage researchers and practitioners to share their data for the greater good of the community.

Data in Data Sets will be archived at and the accompanying Note archived in the ACM Digital Library.

Video Showcase (with Extended Abstract)

Many architecture and urban design projects communicate visions of a proposed future. Video is among the best ways to communicate these visions. We invite 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. Submissions of high-quality videos for peer-review are invited for exhibition at the SimAUD symposium.

Files for Videos will be archived at and the accompanying Extended Abstract archived in the ACM Digital Library.

Lingua Franca: Invited Papers, Data Sets, and Videos

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, data sets, 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 committee members with suggestions.


Last updated: Friday, June 4, 2010