2011 Spring SIW Call for Papers


2011 Spring Simulation Interoperability Workshop
sponsored by the
Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO)

Co-located with the
2011 Spring Simulation Multiconference
sponsored by
The Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS)

Marrott Long Wharf Hotel
Boston, MA
4-8 April 2011

Click the "2011 Spring Joint SCS/SISO Conference" link under "Workshops" on the the SISO web page,  http://www.sisostds.org for more detailed information.

  Follow-up panel session on the Office of Management and Budget's Circular A-119, which reflects U.S. law regarding federal agency participation in voluntary consensus  standards bodies like SISO. This is a key issue for our sponsors and participants.

MONDAY EVENING: Student poster sessions in the exhibit area during the joint SISO/SCS reception, followed by a celebration of modeling and simulation in the Boston area, with presentations by local companies, agencies, and universities.

TUESDAY EVENING: Joint service night discussions of priorities for M&S applications and standards.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON and EVENING: Presentations and demonstrations of the NASA-sponsored "Space Smackdown" event, with university teams participating in a lunar mission support scenario developed by NASA's Software Robotics and Simulation Division.

THURDAY AFTERNOON and FRIDAY MORNING: Special workshop on cross-domain information sharing in joint training environments.  This workshop will focus on both technological and legal issues involved in the coordination of information across government agencies (military and civilian) as well as private and international organizations for training, contingency planning, and disaster response.

Other sessions will continue to focus on papers, presentations, and panel discussions addressing interoperability and reuse requirements and issues in various simulation domains; tutorials on state-of-the-art
methodologies, tools, and techniques; and relevant exhibits.

If elected via the registration form, this workshop will provide certification of 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). These CEUs also qualify as Recertification Units (RUs) for Certified Modeling and Simulation Professionals (CMSP) as administered by the Modeling and Simulation Professional Certification Commission
(MSPCC, http://www.SimProfessional.org).

08 Nov 2010 Abstracts due
23 Nov 2010 Abstract accept/reject notifications
13 Jan 2011 Papers due in electronic form
28 Jan 2011 Paper accept/reject notifications
28 Feb 2011 Final electronic copy of papers/presentations due
11 Mar 2011 Early registration and hotel registration deadline
25 Mar 2011 Powerpoint presentations due
04 Apr 2011 Spring SIW opens

The Workshop invites papers and presentations relating to distributed simulation standards, applications, technologies, interoperability issues, and other topics identified below and on the SISO web site. Abstracts are reviewed and selected by Planning and Review Panels (PRPs) and leaders of the individual Forums and Groups. Abstract and paper format requirements are described in the Author's Guide posted
on the SISO web site.

In addition to formal paper presentations, abstracts are solicited for formal presentations, panel discussions, and poster presentations on the topics listed above. The format requirements
for these presentations are flexible. See the submission information on the SISO web site.

SISO invites papers and presentations that report on experiences with SISO-developed standards and guidelines. We are looking for feedback (positive or negative) on the utility of our products INDIVIDUAL FORUM AND GROUP CALLS FOR PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS

Papers and presentations are considered in three main categories:
- User Community Forums, which examine and promote topics of M&S users.
- Specialty Area Forums, which examine and promote current and emerging simulation processes and technology.
- Special Sessions, which deal with topics that merit timely solicitation of feedback from the SISO community.

For a detailed list of the Tracks and Forums, Study Groups, and Product Development Groups meeting at this workshop, and their specific interest areas and plans, see the corresponding links at http://www.sisostds.org under "Workshops > Tracks and Forums" and "Standards Activities".

Many of us work closely on a daily basis with our customers as members of integrated teams. Even so, we sometimes overlook the significant contributions of our government customers to our successes, including those
that we proudly describe in our SIW papers. As you make plans to submit your abstracts and papers to SIW, please ask yourself whether you might have overlooked yourß customer's contributions and whether they would
appreciate participating in writing and presenting the paper.

From Monday through Wednesday, several organizations will provide exhibits and demonstrations of materials, software, and equipment relevant to modeling and simulation applications. The exhibit/demonstration area will be open during breaks and during the Monday evening reception.

SISO Sponsorship provides a means for organizations to gain representation and benefits in partnership with the activities and  operation of SISO. Sponsors enjoy the following privileges:

Printing of Sponsor's corporate logos on SISO flyers and printed material Display of logos and links from the SISO web site to the Sponsor's web site 10% Discount on SISO registration fees Invitations to lunch with SISO leadership and plenary speakers

SISO Organizational Membership includes all benefits of sponsorship, as well as Specified numbers of individual memberships (new or renewal), depending on the level of Organizational Membership Options to purchase pre-paid blocks of registrations at substantial discounts 25% (rather than 10%) discounts on exhibit booths for Sustaining,  Principal, and Strategic Organizational Members Meetings with SISO leadership to discuss the Organization's experiences in interacting with SISO and any recommendations they may have regarding
SISO activities or standards Organizations may also help sponsor the reception held at the end of the opening day of the workshop, or a day of coffee breaks.  The reception enables sponsors to meet and talk with the other attendees in a  casual atmosphere of food and drink.  For information on becoming a SISO Sponsor or Organizational Member, contact Duncan Miller, dmiller@sisostds.org.

The Office of the Secretary of Defense has reviewed the plans for this Workshop and issued the following determination: "The Department of Defense finds this event meets the minimum regulatory standards for attendance by DoD employees. This finding does not constitute a blanket approval or endorsement for attendance. Individual DoD Component commands or organizations are responsible for approving  attendance of its DoD employees based on mission requirements and DoD regulations."

The Workshop will be held at Marriott Long Wharf Hotel in Boston. A special conference room rate of $199/night has been negotiated for all participants, which is within the US government per diem rate. Make your conference reservations via the link on the 2011 Spring SIW page or by contacting the hotel direct.  To make reservations by phone, call 1-800-228-9290 in the USA and Canada.  Reference SISO or Spring Simulation Conference to get the group rate of $199 per night.


Note that the early registration deadline (and the deadline for the special hotel rate) is 11 March 2011.  Fees range from $607.50 for early registration with a sponsor discount through $775 for full-rate registration on-site. Student registrations are available at a 50% discount, with proof of valid, current status as a full-time university undergraduate or graduate student.

Steve Swenson (Chair)
Sarah T. Epps (Vice Chair)
Jim Coolahan (Secretary)
Dannie Cutts (SAC Vice Chair)
Priscilla Elfrey
Jason Esteve
David Graham
Peggy Gravitz
Margaret Loper
Shel Ocasio
Richard Reading
Austin Stoudenmire
Terry Westley