Call For Papers for the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design

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Call for Papers to the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design at the 2010 Spring Simulation Multiconference (SimAUD).
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This new Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design offers a venue for architecture researchers and simulation researchers to come together to focus on this important area. Buildings are the largest consumers of energy responsible for 48% of all Green House Gas emissions and due to the complexity and multidisciplinary aspects of architecture design and construction, and urban design and society, modeling and simulation become valuable techniques to understand and optimize this enormous challenge. Scientists, engineers, managers, educators, and business professionals who develop or use simulation tools are invited to participate and present original papers.
SimAUD is where the Architecture community meets the Simulation community, as well as the UbiComp, Design, HCI, InfoViz and Computer Graphics communities. We are also interested in research from related fields as they apply to the built environment.
All submissions are peer-reviewed and considered for selection by the Committee. All accepted papers 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.
We invite research works in several categories:

? Papers & Notes

? Data Sets (with Note)

? Video Showcase (with Extended Abstract)

Key Dates (All Submission Types)

Abstracts Deadline: November 20, 2009
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 27, 2009
This is the date when papers (archival format, 10 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.

Acceptance Notification: January 22, 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: February 5, 2010
At this date, final submissions of accepted works are due.

Conference Presentations: April 12-15, 2010
Authors will present their works at the venue in Orlando Florida, USA during the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design. See you there!

Why Submit to SimAUD?
Unlike other research conferences and symposia that merely provide a venue for publishing research on a particular topic, SimAUD will work to build a closer community for cross-pollinating domain knowledge, collaborative work and co-authoring of research that envisions the future of the built environment. Important to this work is understanding and modeling our current built and natural environments. From there, we can validate our simulations against existing physical systems. Once validated, we can have confidence that simulating new designs or design alternatives, will accurately compute outcomes. Therefore we encourage the submission of case studies documenting lessons learned so that SimAUD can also be a resource of best practices. Papers may also propose extensions to modeling and simulation standards, such as IFC, gbXML, LandXML, and CityGML, to advance progress, or identify and propose new standards that are needed. We encourage members of the community to submit models of their own buildings, campuses, or cities, and to participate actively as leaders in local initiatives and solutions (which make great case study submissions too).
Simulation is a "game-changer" in architecture. We now need to minimize the impact of human activity on the environment, especially in the face of an increasing population. Within this scope, the built environment is the most significant contributor to the problems of climate change. The built environment is a complex system, and planning for change requires high-quality modeling and simulation. Single buildings are key to making change, but urban design must also be considered. By submitting your original research to SimAUD, you contribute directly to the global effort to untangle the complexities of urban development and mitigate the negative effects of human activity on the planet.


Areas of Interest
SimAUD topics include, but are not limited to:

Sustainability from Materials to Lifecycle
? modeling and goal optimization
? best practices
? case studies
? recommender systems

Design & Decision Support
? design and simulation alternatives
? sense-making
? smart visualization tools
? intelligent generation of multimedia presentations
? generation of situation-specific output (e.g., on mobile devices, wall-size displays, multi-touch screens, meeting accessibility criteria)
? human-computer interaction with simulation

Environmental Simulation
? solar / artificial lighting
? wind / rainfall
? air quality / temperature / humidity (HVAC)
? acoustic / noise / vibration
? sensor network

? power grid, Smart Grid
? traffic: road / rail / air / private / public / crowd
? sewage, water, gas
? planning and plan recognition

Disaster & Emergency Response
? fire, flood, earthquake, outbreak, attack
? evacuation / response

Energy Analysis & Simulation
? energy consumption / performance
? sensor network

Smart Building / Building Lifecycle Management M&S
? intelligent building
? responsive architecture
? real usage (people, appliances, water)

Fabrication and Construction Simulation
? robotics
? assembly strategies
? prefab
? structural

Experimental Architecture
? organic
? evolutionary
? biomimicry

? materials
? usage
? design process modeling, simulation, assistance, or automation
? languages, patterns
? BIM, gbXML, CityGML, LandXML, IFC

Retrofit, Renovation, Heritage

Philosophical Role of M&S, Critical Views, History


Symposium Chair
? Azam Khan (Autodesk Research)

Program Committee
? Robert Aish (Autodesk)
? Ramtin Attar (Autodesk Research)
? Ellen Yi-Luen Do (College of Architecture & College of Computing, Georgia Tech)
? Mark D Gross (CoDe Lab, Carnegie Mellon University)
? Kasper Hornb?k (Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen)
? Michael Jemtrud (School of Architecture, McGill University)
? Judit Kimpian (Head of Sustainability and Advanced Modeling, AEDAS)
? Branko Kolarevic (Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary)
? Barry Leonard (Air Staff, National Defence Headquarters)
? Greg Madey (Research Professor, University of Notre Dame)
? Rivka Oxman (Vice Dean, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion ITT)
? Gabriel Wainer (ARS Lab, Carleton University)

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