Call for Papers

Conference Theme: Simulation Drives Innovation

We live in exciting times in which the power of data and computing are at our fingertips. With this increased power comes increased complexity – which invites simulation as a natural tool to help drive innovation. This, in turn, allows us to innovate in the theory and practice of simulation itself. We invite papers that highlight innovations in both simulation theory and applications, with a specific interest in innovative uses of simulation in unconventional areas such as the humanities, social sciences, and the arts.


Ben Amaba, PhD, PE, CPIM®, LEED® AP

Chief Technology Officer for the Industrial Sector, IBM Data Sciences and Artificial Intelligence Team Elite
The Rapid Democratization and Integration of Data with Simulation, Optimization and Artificial Intelligence

Many CEOs, CTOs, senior executives, and other decision-makers are seeing an advantage from the rise of big data and faster computing power. The question arises: How can all this data drive innovation? The session will explore the future of the Digital Transformation and the use of advanced analytics to create an integrated business model where data becomes more than just a single source of truth, but a strategic asset.

Daily Keynote Speakers

Health Resource Allocation: Lessons for Today from Past Outbreaks
Stephen E. Chick, INSEAD

MASM Keynote: Industry 3.5 as Hybrid Strategy empowered by AI & Big Data Analytics and Collaborative Research with Micron Taiwan for Smart Manufacturing
Chen-Fu Chien, PhD, National Tsing Hua University

Military Keynote: Combining AI with M&S to Meet Emerging Military Challenges
Dr. Peter Schwartz, MITRE Corporation

Panel Discussion: Being a Simulation Professional in this Virtual World
Carrie Beam, Carrie Beam Consulting and University of Arkansas
Ken Buxton, Accenture Strategy
Traci McIntyre, Kinaxis
Jeffrey S. Smith, Auburn University


WSC 2020 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 & Analysis
  • Case Studies
  • Complex, Intelligent, Adaptive & Autonomous Systems
  • Data Science for Simulation
  • Environmental & Sustainability Applications
  • Gaming & Participatory Methods
  • Healthcare Applications
  • Hybrid Simulation
  • Introductory Tutorials
  • Logistics, Supply Chain & Transportation
  • Manufacturing Applications
  • Military Applications
  • Model Uncertainty & Robust Simulation
  • Modeling and Analysis of Semiconductor Manufacturing
  • Modeling Methodology
  • PhD Colloquium
  • Poster Sessions
  • Professional Development
  • Project Management & Construction
  • Scientific Applications
  • Simulation and the Humanities
  • Simulation Education
  • Simulation for Global Challenges
  • Simulation in Industry 4.0
  • Simulation Optimization
  • Using Simulation to Innovate
  • 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 24, 2020: 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 2020 and present the paper, and all clearance required for publication of the paper will be obtained by July 15, 2020. 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 12, 2020: Notification of acceptance
  • July 17, 2020: Authors electronically submit corrected papers to the Proceedings Editor.
  • July-August 2020: The Proceedings Editors contact authors with formatting-related queries and corrections, with individual deadlines for submitting the camera-ready copy.
  • November 23 – December 4:  Upload pre-recorded presentation.

Poster Session or Ph.D. Colloquium

One or the other, submission to both Poster Session and the PhD Colloquium is not allowed for 2020.

  • September 28, 2020: electronically submit 2-page extended abstracts for presentations in the Poster Session and Ph.D. Student Colloquium.
  • October 16, 2020: Notification of acceptance to authors (including details about submitting slides, and formats of the posters).
  • October 30, 2020: Final extended abstracts due.
  • November 30, 2020: Slides for the presentation due (see guidelines in the track information)
  • November TBD: Upload pre-recorded presentation.

Commercial Case Studies, Covid-19 Case Studies, Vendor and Professional Development Track Deadlines

  • September 28, 2020: electronically submit 2-page extended abstracts for presentations.
  • October 16, 2020: Notification of acceptance to authors (including details about submitting slides, and formats of the posters).
  • October 30, 2020: Final extended abstracts due.
  • November 23 – December 4:  Upload pre-recorded presentation.

WSC 2020 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).