Call for Papers

Simulation for the Imagination Age:
Unlocking the Value of Imagination with Simulation

Winter Simulation Conference 2024 highlights the value of simulation for imagination work, that is, the work of system designers, creators, and innovators. The advent of modern simulation models and Digital Twins, powered by AI/ML, the Internet of Things, and advances in statistics and optimization, can provide unprecedented analytical insights for designing, planning, and operating complex systems. These sophisticated modeling and analysis tools promise to shift the economic value of human capital from analysis and rationality to creativity and imagination.

We invite papers that emphasize the latest advances in simulation theory and applications showcasing the power of simulation for imagination and creativity. We particularly encourage applications of simulation to imagine and create new and improved systems in a wide range of domains, including but not limited to aviation, disaster response, education, energy, finance, healthcare, infrastructure, manufacturing, national security, space systems, and supply chains.

Winter Simulation Conference 2024 will continue the tradition of including pre-conference workshops, introductory and advanced tutorials, commercial case studies, poster sessions, and the Ph.D. Colloquium. WSC 2024 will include an online only participation option through the Simulation around the World track, which brings together remotely delivered presentations from all parts of the globe. The conference will also host the 20th International Conference on Modeling & Analysis of Semiconductor Manufacturing (MASM). WSC 2024 will showcase professional development opportunities and a Simulation Challenge for teams to compete on an industrial case study.

2024 Keynote 

Simulation for Disney Parks and Experiences

  • Amy Sardeshmukh, Senior Manager, Industrial Engineering, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
  • Frederick Zahrn, Director, Decision Science Transformation, Disney Worldwide Services
  • Michael Tschanz, Director, Engineering Technology and Analysis, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

2024 Titans of Simulation

Sally Brailsford
University of Southampton

Shane G. Henderson
Cornell University


WSC 2024 will feature a comprehensive program ranging from introductory tutorials to state-of-the-art research and practice. The planned tracks are as follows:

Education and Outreach

  • Pre-Conference Workshops
  • Professional Development
  • Simulation Challenge
  • Simulation in Education
  • Tutorials (Introductory/Advanced)
  • Vendor Workshops


  • Agent-Based Simulation
  • Analysis Methodology
  • Hybrid Simulation
  • Modeling Methodology
  • Model Uncertainty & Robust Simulation
  • Simulation Optimization


  • Aviation Modeling & Analysis
  • Complex & Resilient Systems
  • Data Science for Simulation
  • Environment, Sustainability & Resilience
  • Healthcare & Life Sciences
  • Logistics, Supply Chain & Transportation
  • Manufacturing & Industry 4.0
  • Military & National Security
  • Modeling & Analysis of Semiconductor Manufacturing
  • Project Management & Construction
  • Reliability Modeling and Simulation
  • Scientific Applications
  • Simulation & Artificial Intelligence
  • Simulation Around the World (Hybrid)
  • Simulation in Digital Twin


  • Commercial Case Studies
  • Ph.D. Colloquium
  • Posters

Paper and Abstract Deadlines and Requirements

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Accepted full papers will be published in the digital version of the conference proceedings archived in IEEE and ACM repositories. All papers must be presented at the conference 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 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.

Full Paper Deadlines

Authors may electronically submit papers not previously published or presented. Each submission must use the Word or LaTeX template 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 2024 WSC and present the paper, and all clearance required for publication of the paper will be obtained by July 15, 2024. Submissions must be made through the WSC website.

  • April 12, 2024 (extended from April 5): Submissions due for Contributed Papers using the 2024 Author Kit available here
  • May 3, 2024 (extended from April 26): Submissions due for Invited Papers using the 2024 Author Kit available here
  • June 3, 2024: Notification of acceptance
  • June 28, 2024: Authors electronically submit fully corrected (camera-ready) papers for review by the Proceedings Editors

Extended Abstract Submission for Commercial Case Studies and Poster Session

Extended abstract submissions are welcome for the Commercial Case Studies Track and the Poster Session.

The Commercial Case Studies track highlights simulation analysis for an applied problem or where simulation is the backbone of a commercial application. In a shift from recent years, in 2024, case studies will be assigned to a stand-alone track.

The Poster Session offers a timely venue to present new simulation research through a forum encouraging active presentation and engagement among participants. Poster abstracts are appropriate for those who do not have the time to submit a full paper or make an early commitment to participate at the Winter Simulation Conference.

Extended abstracts will appear in the INFORMS Simulation Society archives of the WSC Conference (, but not in the ACM and IEEE digital proceedings.

  • May 6, 2024: Submissions open for extended abstracts
  • August 2, 2024: Electronically submit 2-page extended abstracts using the 2024 Authors Kit available here
  • September 2, 2024: Notification of acceptance to authors (including details about submitting slides, and formats of the posters
  • September 13, 2024: Final extended abstracts due

PhD Colloquium

  • August 30, 2024:Electronically submit 2-page extended abstracts using the 2024 Authors Kit available here
  • September 16, 2024:Notification of acceptance
  • September 27, 2024:Final submission due
  • November 30, 2024: Upload slides for the Ph.D. Colloquium presentation in PDF format. The presentations should be 7-minute pitches followed by a 1-minute Q&A. You do not need to submit the poster, just bring poster to the conference.

Vendor Track*

  • October 21, 2024:Electronically submit 2-page extended abstracts using the 2024 Authors Kit available here
  • October 28, 2024:Notification of acceptance
  • November 4, 2024:Final submission due

*Vendor Track submissions are only open to registered, paying exhibitors. For more information on exhibiting, click here.

2024 WSC 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).