New for 2016 Spring Simulation Multi-Conference: Track on "Simulation for Planetary Space Explo

This year’s Simulation Exploration Experience at SpringSim2016 pays special tribute to William (Bill) F. Waite (1946-2015). Bill was the long-standing SEE Industry Chair, who passed away unexpectedly on 25 July 2015. Bill was a leading advocate and promoter of M&S as a Technology, Profession, Industry, and Marketplace. Bill was the Co-founder and Chairman of The AEgis Technologies Group, Inc., and was a true pioneer in M&S. His 45+ year career spanned the decades in which M&S came of age. Long a leader of numerous M&S activities, his influence on the development of M&S within academia, across industry, and internationally has been broad and deep. For SEE, Bill was actively engaged from the very first meetings that resulted in the 2009 creation of ‘Smackdown’ (now ‘SEE’).

Call for Papers - Simulation for Space Exploration

This year SpringSim’2016 will host a special track on ‘Simulation for Space Exploration’ . This is a call for papers on topics related to addressing the grand challenge of space exploration with its hazards, obstacles, multi- decadal and massive complexities and rewards. The special session presents an opportunity for the Space and Simulation communities to discuss, question and share hypotheses, research and ideas about the role of simulation in space exploration and analogous contemporary challenges. The special track is seeking papers related to the Simulation Exploration Experience, an inter-university international activity to "champion, challenge and create collegiate-level M&S education.”

The special track seeks to address Simulation for Space Exploration in terms of current research and future plans that demand improved understanding, communication, technology, education, workforce development, decision-making, and, to quote Michael Schrage, "most sensible story”. The Space Community also looks to "outrageous ideas" recognizing that simulation not only changes perception, opens us to possibilities, but also, that - for space exploration - it is an essential ally and sole solution.

The track will feature SEE2016 Reprise, the narrated visual recording of the event executed by the student teams in March 2016 at the University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Center. Following this, a panel led by Steve Wall with reflect on both the needs for M&S education, workforce development and the simulation exploration experience as an approach to M&S education.

Topics to include but not limited to:

  • Simulation Based Assessment of Low Latency Telerobotic Operations for Space Exploration

  • A Planetary Surface Mobility Simulation for Low Latency Telerobotics Assessment

  • A Planetary Landing Systems for Ground Operations Simulation for Low Latency Telerobotics Assessment

  • A Space Systems Robotic Manipulator Simulation for Low Latency Telerobotics Assessment Submission


Contributed papers are maximum 8 pages long with double column format. They will be peer reviewed and – if accepted and presented at the conference - submitted to the ACM Digital Library. Papers must not have appeared before (or be pending) in a journal or conference with published proceedings, nor may they be under review or submitted to another forum during SpringSim’16 review process. At least one author of an accepted paper must register for the symposium and must present the paper at the symposium. It exists also a possibility to submit to Work in Progress or Posters tracks; more details will be announced on the website. All submissions will be peer reviewed and feedback will be provided.

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