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Winter Simulation Conference 2021

Conference Theme: Simulation for a Smart World: From Smart Devices to Smart Cities

December 12-15, 2021

JW Marriott Desert Ridge, Arizona

General Chair: Margaret Loper, Georgia Tech Research Institute

Program Chair: Claudia Szabo, University of Adelaide

Business Chair: Nav Mustafee, University of Exeter

Conference format will be announced soon.

The focus of WSC 2021 is on the design and innovation of smart cities through the use of simulation.

Smart devices and sensors offer us an amazing opportunity to create our urban future where cities are safe, environmentally secure, green, and efficient and power, water, transportation work seamlessly towards this goal. This vision relies on significant advancement from simulation both in theory and practice as modelling, experimentation and data analysis needs to come together to tackle various challenges. We invite papers that highlight innovations in both simulation theory and applications, with a specific interest in the use of simulation in smart cities design, implementation, development and vision.

PROGRAM WSC 2021 features a comprehensive program ranging from introductory tutorials to state-of-the-art research and practice. The planned tracks are:

Introductory tutorials

Model uncertainty and robust simulation

Military apps, homeland security, emergency response

Advanced tutorials

Hybrid simulation

Simulation for smart cities

Simulation education

Aviation M&A


Simulation 101

Data science for simulation

Manufacturing apps



Scientific applications

Professional development

COVID-19 and epidemiological simulations

Project management and construction

Simulation and Philosophy

Data farming

Using simulation to innovate

Analysis methodology

Environmental and sustainability apps

Simulation in industry 4.0

Simulation optimization


Commercial case studies

Modeling methodology

Healthcare apps

PhD Colloquium

Agent-based simulation

Logistics, SCM, transportation


PAPER DEADLINES AND REQUIREMENTS All submissions will be peer reviewed. Accepted papers will be published in the digital version of the conference proceedings stored in IEEE and ACM repositories. All papers must be presented for the paper to be fully published, copyrighted and disseminated. Instructions, information, submission forms and procedures are available on the WSC website. Extended abstracts will appear in the INFORMS Simulation Society archives, but not in the ACM and IEEE digital proceedings.

Each accepted paper must have a separate, paid registration. Only under highly unusual circumstances, and at the discretion of the conference leadership, will an author be allowed to present more than one paper on a single registration. Authors wishing to do so must contact the Program Chair by September 1, clearly describing which papers the authors wish to present under the single registration, and why an exception to the conference policy is warranted. Unless permission is granted, an author planning to present two papers will be required to pay for two registrations.

Contributed Paper

April 5, 2021: Electronically submit contributed papers not previously published or presented. Each submission must use the Word or LaTeX templates on the Authors Kit. The page size in the proceedings is 8.5 by 11 inches (21.6 cm by 27.9 cm). Papers should be at most 12 pages (including an abstract of not more than 150 words), except for introductory tutorials, advanced tutorials, and panel sessions, for which the limit is 15 pages. Submission implies that an author will attend WSC 2021 and present the paper, and all clearance required for publication of the paper will be obtained by July 15, 2021. Use of the authors’ templates in one of the following formats is required: Microsoft Word or LaTeX. Submissions must be made through the WSC website.

May 31, 2021: Notification of acceptance

June 30, 2021: Authors electronically submit corrected papers to the Proceedings Editor.

July-August 2021: The Proceedings Editors contact authors with formatting-related queries and corrections, with individual deadlines for submitting the camera-ready copy.

Poster Session or Ph.D. Colloquium

One or the other, submission to both Poster Session and the PhD Colloquium is not allowed for 2021.

August 2, 2021: electronically submit 2-page extended abstracts for presentations in the Poster Session and Ph.D. Student Colloquium.

August 31, 2021: Notification of acceptance to authors (including details about submitting slides, and formats of the posters).

September 13, 2021: Final extended abstracts due.

October 25, 2021: Slides for the presentation due (see guidelines in the track information)

December 12, 2021: Bring your poster to WSC 2021. The Poster Madness Session and Ph.D. Colloquium both run on Sunday, December 12, so participation in both is not possible.

Commercial Case Studies and Professional Development Track

August 2, 2021: electronically submit 2-page extended abstracts for presentations.

August 31, 2021: Notification of acceptance to authors (including details about submitting slides, and formats of the posters).

September 13, 2021: Final extended abstracts due.

WSC 2021 is sponsored by ACM/SIGSIM, ASA (Technical Co-Sponsor), ASIM (Technical Co-Sponsor), IEEE/SMC (Technical Co-Sponsor), IISE, INFORMS-SIM, NIST (Technical Co-Sponsor), SCS, and ORS (UK, Technical Sponsor).

Publicity Chairs

Oliver Rose, Universität der Bundeswehr München

Loo Hay Lee, National University of Singapore

Chao Meng, University of Southern Mississippi

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