Thursday, April 14, 2016

After the 2016 Spring Simulation Multi-Conference

The 2016 Spring Simulation Multi-Conference has been held from the 3rd to the 5th of April in Pasadena, California. Pasadena itself is a great place for science with NASA JPL and Caltech. It was very nice to have one of our main simulation conferences at the doorsteps of these two well know organizations.
The conference started on Sunday with Tutorials. Dr.Ross Gore made a great job to collect more than interesting five topics for the tutorials. My favourite was the first one from Yentl Van Tendeloo on Devs Modelling and Simulation. Monday we started with a plenary talk from Stephan D. Wall from NASA JPL on Model-Based Space Exploration. It was an interesting presentation for me, having the core research focus on model-based methodologies in modelling and simulation, to hear how model-based methodologies are utilized for new space exploration projects.
Other than co-chairing the proceedings team, I contributed the conference in two directions. We organized a special interest track on Ontologies in Modeling and Simulation within Annual Simulation Symposium (ANSS) with Prof.Dr.Thorsten Pawletta. Additionally, I supported Prof.Dr. Andrea D'Ambrogio as the co-chair for 6th International Workshop on Model-driven Approaches for Simulation Engineering (MOD4SIM). Both were interesting and successful. In ontology track we had 3 papers. I presented Towards an Ontology for Simulation Systems Engineering that we prepared with Prof.Dr.Tuncer Ă–ren. In this paper, we stressed that the synergy between the simulation and systems engineering is leading us towards simulation based systems engineering and systems engineering based simulation, or shortly simulation systems engineering. Based on IEEE Recommended Practice for Distributed Simulation Engineering and Execution Process (DSEEP), we propose an ontology for simulation systems engineering to create a common understanding. The other two papers on the track were Ontology-Driven Data Input Optimization from Markus Brandmeier and his colleagues and Extended Variability Modeling Using System Entity Structure Ontology within MATLAB/Simulink from Prof.Dr.Thorsten Pawleta, Artur Schmidt, Prof.Dr.Bernard Zeigler and myself. In this paper we proposed SES/MB for variability management towards simulation product lines.
In MOD4SIM, we had 6 papers in two sessions all of which lead to very fruitful discussions.  Two headlines were Prof.Dr.Hans Vangheluwe presenting Modular Design of Hybrid languages by Explicit Modeling of Semantic Adoptations and Hamzat Olanrewaju Aliyu presenting Integrated Framework for Model-Driven Systems Engineering: A Research Roadmap. Here, I presented our work with Turkish Aerospace Industries, Inc., on utilizing causal block diagrams to model simulation deployment process for various targets in order to create MATLAB/Simulink blockset for automating simulation deployment. The name of the paper was Simulation Deployment Blockset for MATLAB/Simulink.