Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) 2017

Winter Simulation Conference (WSC) 2017 - Call for Papers December 3-6, 2017 Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
11011 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89135

From experimentation to theory; standards and advanced methodologies, modeling and simulation is continually pushing the envelope of the available technologies, as many sectors have growing needs to process, visualize, make readable, understand, and deploy complex models that use immense amounts of data. These players need to transform data into hypothesis building and critical decision-making, and to change their models in response to new hypotheses, usually involving multiple highly specialized experts working together in geographically distant areas.

After 50 years, we are now beyond Modeling and Simulation using Grid and Cloud computing, Web-based and distributed simulation and other recent technologies. We need to deal with computing power and storage in heterogeneous environments, resources virtualization; services consumed on demand (with minimal limitation for resource location), power issues, massive datasets. We face new challenges as we have ubiquitous processors that can process applications on demand.

WSC 2017 focus is on addressing how to achieve the goal of having Simulation Everywhere!

WSC 2017 is sponsored by: ACM/SIGSIM, IISE (Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers), INFORMS-SIM and SCS (Society for Modeling and Simulation International), with Technical Co-Sponsorship from ASA (American Statistical Association), ASIM (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Simulation), IEEE/SMC (Systems, Man and Cybernetics) and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology).

WSC 2017 will be held at the Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, NV. The resort hotel provides an idyllic getaway just minutes from the world-renowned Las Vegas Strip and is ideally situated near the entrance to the Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Center.

WSC 2017 features a comprehensive program ranging from introductory tutorials to state-of-the-art research and practice. Planned tracks are:

  • Agent-Based Simulation
  • Analysis Methodology
  • Architecture and Construction
  • Aviation Modeling and Analysis
  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Environment and Sustainability Applications
  • Future of Simulation
  • Gaming
  • Healthcare Applications
  • History of Simulation
  • Hybrid Simulation
  • Manufacturing Applications
  • Logistics, SCM, Transportation
  • Military Applications and Homeland Security
  • Intelligent, Adaptive and Autonomous Systems (MSIAAS)
  • Modeling Methodology
  • Project Management
  • Simulation Education
  • Simulation Optimization
  • Social and Behavioral Simulation

  • Introductory Tutorials

  • Advanced Tutorials

Also, a PhD Colloquium, Poster Session, Vendor and Case Studies tracks provide background on established and new methods, tools and application domains.

WSC 2017 continues to incorporate the MASM (Modeling and Analysis for Semiconductor Manufacturing) Conference, the leading modeling and analysis conference for global semiconductor manufacturing and supply chain operations.


50th Anniversary Keynote - Barry L Nelson Northwestern University

WSC 2067: What Are The Chances?
At the November 1967 “Conference on the Applications of Simulation Using GPSS” it seems unlikely that anyone was wondering if the conference would still be occupying a big hotel in 2017. Conferences persist for many reasons, but a technical conference like WSC has to remain relevant to users, vendors, researchers and consumers (not just hotels) to survive. If our kind of simulation vanished, then so (eventually) would WSC. What is required for simulation to “remain relevant” for the next 50 years? Without fear of having to answer for my crimes in 2067, I boldly speculate on what SHOULD matter for the next 10-20 years, if not the next 50, with a focus on our strength: dealing with uncertainty.

50th Anniversary Titans

Robert G. Sargent
Professor Emeritus - Syracuse University A Prospective on Fifty-Five Years of the Evolution of Scientific Respect for Simulation

Bernard P. Zeigler
Professor Emeritus of Electrical and Computer Engineering - University of Arizona

MASM Keynote
Stephane Dauzere-Peres
Professor, Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne Achievements and Lessons Learned from a Long-term Academic-Industrial Collaboration

Military Keynote
Douglas Hodson
Associate Professor, Professor of Computer Engineering at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) Military Simulation: A Ubiquitous Future

50th Anniversary Track Keynote
Brian Hollocks
Professor, Bournemouth University, Faculty of Management.
History of Simulation in the United Kingdom

All contributed paper submissions will be peer reviewed. Accepted papers will be published in the digital version of the conference proceedings and indexed in IEEE Xplore, the ACM Digital Library and other databases. 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.

Each accepted paper must have a unique registration and a corresponding presentation at the conference by one of the paper’s authors. Board approval is required if any single registration is attached to more than one paper. Registration deadline: November 3, 2017.

Contributed Paper Deadlines
- April 7, 2017: 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, history of simulation, and panel sessions, for which the limit is 15 pages. Submission implies that an author will attend WSC 2017 and present the paper, and all clearance required for publication of the paper will be obtained by July 15, 2017. 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.
- June 2, 2017: Notification of acceptance.
- June 30, 2017: Authors electronically submit corrected papers to the Proceedings Editor.
- July 15, 2017: Authors electronically provide a final manuscript meeting all technical and format requirements to the Proceedings Editor.

Poster Session or Ph.D. Colloquium (One or the other, submission to both Poster Session and the PhD Colloquium is not allowed for 2017)
- August 18, 2017: electronically submit 2-page extended abstracts for presentations in the Poster Session and Ph.D. Student Colloquium. Extended abstracts are used for designing the tracks, but are not peer reviewed parts of the proceedings and are not archived in IEEE Xplore.
- September 15, 2017: Notification of acceptance to authors (including details about submitting slides, and formats of the posters).
- October 6, 2017: Final extended abstracts due.
- November 17, 2017: Slides for the presentation due (see guidelines in the track information)
- December 3, 2017: Bring your poster to WSC 2017. The Poster Madness Session and Ph.D. Colloquium both run on Sunday December 3, so participation in both is not possible.

Case Study Deadlines
- August 18, 2017: electronically submit 2-page extended abstracts for presentations. Extended abstracts are used for designing the tracks, but are not peer reviewed parts of the published proceedings and are not archived in IEEE Xplore.
- September 15, 2017: Notification of acceptance to authors (including details about submitting slides, and formats of the posters).
- October 6, 2017: Final extended abstracts due.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at