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Call for Submissions

We are pleased to announce the sixth year of the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD) at the 2015 Spring Simulation Conference (SpringSim'15) in the Washington DC metro-area (Alexandria, VA) USA (April 12-15, 2015).

Researchers in simulation, architecture, urban design, human-computer interaction, computer graphics, engineering, software development, education, and business 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 full papers, short papers, and extended abstracts.

All submissions are peer-reviewed and considered for selection by the Committee. All accepted full and short papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Additionally, any video or contributed data set accompanying an accepted submission will be featured on the SimAUD Website. SimAUD is run collaboratively 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:

  • Simulation-Based Design Tools and Methods
  • Building Comfort and Energy Performance
  • Simulation of Occupant Behavior
  • Simulation of Building Control
  • Urban-Scale Modeling
  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
  • Design Agency & Multi-Agent Systems
  • Simulation Performance and Scalability
  • Intelligent Buildings & Building Lifecycle Management
  • Sensor Networks & Building Performance Monitoring
  • Interactive Environments
  • Responsive Facades
  • Robotic Fabrication in Design
  • Physics-Based Simulation in Design
  • Visualization of Simulation Data

Submissions Types

Research works can be submitted in several categories:

  • Full Papers and Short Papers
  • Extended Abstracts
  • Invited Papers

Learn more.


Important Dates

Abstracts Deadline: September 12, 2014

The Abstract submission should be a short paragraph describing the topics to be covered in the full submission. 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 22, 2014

This is the date when papers (archival format, 8 pages maximum for full papers, 4 pages maximum for short papers), extended abstracts, and accompanying videos and data sets must be submitted. The review process will be double-blind.

Acceptance Notification: January 20, 2015

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: February 20, 2015

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

Conference Presentations: April 12-15, 2015

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


Submission Types

We invite research works in several categories:

Full Papers and Short Papers

Full papers (max. 8 pages) present significant contributions to research and practice in the SimAUD areas. Short papers (max. 4 pages) present brief and focused research contributions that are noteworthy but may not merit a full paper. Accepted full papers and short papers will be archived at the ACM Digital Library. Links to SimAUD papers in the Digital Library are posted at

Please adhere to the 8-page or 4-page limit and prepare your paper using the ACM SIGCHI Conference Paper Template:

Extended Abstracts

Extended abstracts are non-archived publications (max. 4 pages) of original research that give 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.

The following are examples of types of work described by extended abstracts:

  • Methodologies and Tools - new methods, processes, techniques, and tools for modeling, simulation, visualization and/or validation.
  • Experimental or other types of evaluation relevant to the SimAUD community.
  • Briefings - accounts of case studies or designs of innovative application, user interface, or system.
  • Reflections from Practice - lessons learned, conclusions, or principles derived from practice, backed by thought-provoking and well-substantiated analyses.

An extended abstract 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 extended abstract using the ACM SIGCHI Extended Abstract Template:


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. We strongly encourage authors of paper or extended abstract submissions to also provide a high-quality video for peer-review and exhibition at the SimAUD symposium.

Accepted videos will be featured at If you plan to provide a video, please notify the chairs by email prior to the submission deadline.

Data Sets

Data sets are optional (but recommended) collections of ZIP files of original data that accompany paper or extended abstract 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 If you plan to contribute a data set, please notify the chairs by email prior to the submission deadline.

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, 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 chairs with suggestions.