This book contains the proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications (SIMULTECH 2011) which was sponsored by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC) and held in Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands. SIMULTECH 2011 was technically co-sponsored by the Society for Modeling & Simulation International (SCS), GDR I3, Lionphant Simulation and Simulation Team and held in cooperation with AIS Special Interest Group of Modeling and Simulation (AIS SIGMAS) and the ACM Special Interest Group on Simulation and Modeling (ACM SIGSIM). This conference brings together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in methodologies and applications related to the education field. It has two main topic areas, covering different aspects of Simulation and Modeling, including “Methodologies and Technologies” and “Applications and Tools”. We believe the proceedings here
published, demonstrate new and innovative solutions, and highlight technical problems in each field that are challenging and worthwhile. The high quality of the SIMULTECH 2011 programme is enhanced by three keynote lectures, delivered by distinguished guests who are renowned experts in their fields, including (alphabetically): Agostino Bruzzone (University of Genoa, Italy), Oleg Gusikhin (Ford Research & Adv. Engineering, U.S.A.) and Simon Taylor (Brunel University, U.K.). The meeting is complemented with two special sessions, the Special Session on Computationally Efficient Simulation-Driven Engineering Design Optimization and Modeling (SDDOM) and Special Session on Manufacturing Simulation and Industrial Engineering (MSIE). SIMULTECH 2011 received 141 paper submissions from 45 countries in all continents. A double blind paper review was performed by the Program Committee members, all of them internationally recognized in one of the main conference topic areas. After reviewing, only 25 papers were selected to be published and presented as full papers, i.e. completed work (8 pages in proceedings / 30’ oral presentations) and 36 papers, describing work-in-progress, were selected as short papers for 20’ oral presentation. Furthermore there were also 14 papers presented as posters. The full-paper acceptance ratio was thus 18%, and the total oral paper acceptance ratio was less than 44%. These ratios denote a high level of quality, which we intend to maintain or reinforce in the next edition of this conference. Based on the reviewer’s evaluations and the presentations, a short list of authors will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers for a book that will be published by Springer and JDMS with the best papers of SIMULTECH 2011. Also, the best papers with clear contributions to discrete-event simulation will be invited to submit revised versions to the Journal of Simulation. For the first edition of the conference we ensured appropriate indexing of the proceedings of SIMULTECH including DBLP, INSPEC, EI and Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index. Furthermore, all presented papers will soon be available at the SciTePress digital library. Conferences are also meeting places where collaboration projects can emerge from social contacts amongst the participants. Therefore, in order to promote the development of research and professional networks the Conference includes in its social program a Conference Social Event & Banquet in the evening of July 30 (Saturday). Building an interesting and successful program for the conference required the dedicated effort of many people. Firstly, we must thank the authors, whose research and development efforts are recorded here. Secondly, we thank the members of the program committee and additional reviewers for their diligence and expert reviewing. We also wish to include here a word of appreciation for the excellent organization provided by the conference secretariat, from INSTICC, who have smoothly and efficiently prepared the most appropriate environment for a productive meeting and scientific networking. Last but not least, we thank the invited speakers for their invaluable contribution and for taking the time to synthesize and deliver their talks. Looking forward to an inspiring world-class conference and a pleasant stay in the beautiful city of Noordwijkerhout for all delegates, we hope to meet you again next year for the 2nd SIMULTECH, details of which will be shortly made available at http://www.simultech.org.
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