Call for Papers

Conference Theme: Simulation for Risk Management

WSC 2019 focus is on the use of simulation to address a wide range of individual and societal risks.

From its very beginnings over 70 years ago, simulation has been a powerful tool for assessing potential risks and guiding us in making decisions under uncertainty. The 2019 conference seeks to highlight the latest simulation technologies for more accurately anticipating risks and for making more robust decisions in the face of uncertainty, ambiguity, and variability. These include methods for robust and accurate simulation modeling, analysis, and optimization. We also invite papers describing applications of simulation to risk management in a broad variety of domains, including healthcare, disaster response, power grids, construction, transportation, finance, cybersecurity, and more.


Dr. Robert Atlas

Director, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Atlantic Meteorological Laboratory
Modeling and Simulation for Reducing the Risks Associated with Extreme Weather

The reduction of losses related to hurricanes and other extreme weather phenomena involves many complex aspects ranging from purely theoretical, observational, computational and numerical, to operational and decisional. A correct warning can lead to proper evacuation and damage mitigation, and produce immense benefits. However, over-warning can lead to substantial unnecessary costs, a reduction of confidence in warnings, and a lack of appropriate response. In this chain of information, the role played by scientific research is crucial. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in combination with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), other agencies, and universities is contributing to these efforts through observational and theoretical research to better understand the processes associated with extreme weather. This includes model and data assimilation development, Observing System Experiments (OSE), and Observing System Simulation Experiments (OSSE) designed to ascertain the value of existing observing systems and the potential of new observing systems to improve weather prediction and theoretical understanding. We describe innovative research for developing advanced next-generation global and regional models to improve weather prediction, and the application of OSSEs to optimize the observing system.

Titans of Simulation


Dr. Peter Glynn

Thomas Ford Professor, Stanford University

Dr. Margaret Loper

Chief Scientist, Georgia Tech Information & Communications Laboratory


WSC 2019 features a comprehensive program ranging from introductory tutorials to state-of-the-art research and practice.  Planned tracks are:

  • Advanced Tutorials
  • Agent-Based Simulation
  • Analysis Methodology
  • Aviation Modeling and Analysis
  • Big Data in Simulation
  • Case Studies
  • Complex, Intelligent, Adaptive, and Autonomous Systems (CIAAS)
  • Cybersecurity
  • Environmental Sustainability and Risk
  • Financial Risk Management
  • Gaming
  • Healthcare
  • Hybrid Simulation
  • Introductory Tutorials
  • Logistics, Supply Chain, Transportation
  • Manufacturing Applications
  • Military Applications
  • Modeling and Analysis of Semiconductor Manufacturing
  • Modeling Methodology
  • Networks & Communications
  • Project Management
  • Risk Analysis
  • Safety Applications
  • Scientific Applications
  • Simulation Education
  • Simulation Optimization
  • Uncertainty Quantification and Robust Simulation
  • PhD Colloquium
  • Poster Sessions
  • Vendor

Paper and Abstract 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 Deadlines

  • April 12, 2019: Electronically submit contributed papers not previously published or presented.  Each submission must be use the Word or LaTeX templates on the Authors Kit. (Authors Kit coming soon).  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 2019 and present the paper, and all clearance required for publication of the paper will be obtained by July 15, 2019. 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, 2019: Notification of acceptance
  • June 29, 2019: Authors electronically submit corrected papers to the Proceedings Editor.
  • July-August 2019: 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 2019

  • August 2, 2019: electronically submit 2-page extended abstracts for presentations in the Poster Session and Ph.D. Student Colloquium.
  • August 28, 2019: Notification of acceptance to authors (including details about submitting slides, and formats of the posters).
  • September 7, 2019: Final extended abstracts due.
  • November 30, 2019 (extended from October 25): Slides for the presentation due (see guidelines in the track information)
  • December 8, 2019: Bring your poster to WSC 2019. The Poster Madness Session and Ph.D. Colloquium both run on Sunday December 8, so participation in both is not possible.

Deadlines for Case Studies and Vendor Presentations

  • August 2, 2019: electronically submit 2-page extended abstracts for presentations.
  • August 28, 2019: Notification of acceptance to authors (including details about submitting slides, and formats of the posters).
  • September 7, 2019: Final extended abstracts due.

WSC 2019 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).

Student Travel Scholarships

A limited number of need-based travel grants will be available to students. Grant application requests should be sent to the Program Chair ( prior to August 1, 2019, and include the requestor\’s name, institution, title of accepted paper, amount requested, recommendation letter from advisor and justification for the award.