Call for Papers

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

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.

WSC 2021 Keynote Speaker 

Jane Macfarlane

Smart Cities Director, Lead Researcher, ITS Berkeley, Smart Cities Research Center, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

WSC 2021 Titans Talk

Andreas Tolk

David Nicol


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

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, 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. 
  • June 7, 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 

Please note: The poster session will take place online only.

  • August 2, 2021: Electronically submit 2-page extended abstracts for presentations in the Poster Session and PhD Student Colloquium
  • August 31, 2021: Notification of acceptance to authors (including details about submitting slides, and formats of the posters)
  • October 10, 2021: Final extended abstracts due
  • November 10, 2021: Slides for the presentation due (up to 10 slides for a 10 minute live presentation following the template provided to authors) 
  • December 6, 2021 Upload the PDF version of your poster to the GTR Conference platform
  • December 16, 2021: Participate in the Poster Flash Session between the hours of 4:30-7:30pm MST

Ph.D. Colloquium

Please note: The Ph.D. Colloquium will be held virtually this year.  Both the poster session and presentation for the Ph.D. Colloquium will all take place online only.

  • October 10, 2021: Electronically submit 2-page extended abstracts for posters and presentations in the PhD Student Colloquium
  • October 16, 2021: Notification of acceptance to authors (including details about submitting slides, and formats of the posters)
  • October 30, 2021: Final extended abstracts due
  • November 30, 2021: Slides for the presentation due (see guidelines in the track information) 
  • Day of (TBD)  Be prepared to share your e-poster virtually and participate in Poster Flash Sessions

Commercial Case Studies and Professional Development Track Deadlines

  • September 18, 2021: Electronically submit 2-page extended abstracts for presentations
  • September 31, 2021: Notification of acceptance to authors (including details about submitting slides, and formats of the posters)
  • November 7, 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).