Winter Simulation Conference 2021

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

December 13-15
JW Marriott Desert Ridge, Phoenix, AZ

December 15-17

Are you ready for a live, face-to-face conference? We are too! The 2021 Winter Simulation Conference is pioneering a new hybrid format, in-person for those who can travel and virtual for our friends and colleagues who need to participate online. Serving the whole community of scholars and practitioners, we invite you to join us for the 2021 WSC taking place in Phoenix, Arizona, 13 – 15 December (face-to-face) and 15 – 17 December (virtual).

Join practitioners and researchers to discuss advances in all aspects of modeling and simulation, under this year’s theme, “Simulation for a Smart World: From Smart Devices to Smart Cities”. Recognizing some travel restrictions will be in place for the remainder of the year, we are creating a dynamic agenda that engages conference participants in both formats. In-person events such as keynotes and paper tracks will be recorded and available on the conference’s online platform. Similarly, online events such as the PhD colloquium, poster sessions, and paper tracks will take place on the conference platform, creating a shared environment for the community to interact. Exhibits will be live, networking events will be hybrid – so much to do in either format!

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.


Jane Macfarlane

Director, Smart Cities & Sustainable Mobility, University of California at Berkeley and Affiliate Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory


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

Education and Outreach

  • Introductory Tutorials
  • Advanced Tutorials
  • Simulation Education
  • Simulation 101
  • Vendor
  • Professional Development
  • Simulation and Philosophy


  • Analysis Methodology
  • Simulation Optimization
  • Modeling Methodology
  • Agent-based Simulation
  • Model Uncertainty and Robust Simulation
  • Hybrid Simulation


  • Aviation M&A
  • Data Science for Simulation
  • COVID-19 and Epidemiological Simulations
  • Data Farming
  • Environmental and Sustainability Applications
  • Gaming
  • Healthcare Applications
  • Logistics, SCM, Transportation
  • Manufacturing Applications
  • Military and National Security Applications
  • MASM
  • Simulation for Smart Cities
  • Project Management and Construction
  • Scientific Applications
  • Using Simulation to Innovate
  • Simulation in Industry 4.0


  • Commercial Case Studies
  • PhD Colloquium
  • Poster

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).