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Special Sessions

Special sessions are very small and specialized events to be held during the conference as a set of oral and poster presentations that are highly specialized in some particular theme or consisting of the works of some particular international project.
The goal of special sessions (minimum 4 papers; maximum 9) is to provide a focused discussion on innovative topics. Each prospective organizer is invited to submit a proposal explaining the targeted topic's novelty/importance and listing the contributing authors and their contributions.

All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book, under an ISBN reference, and on CD-ROM support.
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All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library.
A short list of presented papers will be selected so that revised and extended versions of these papers will be published by Springer-Verlag  in a Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing Series book .
Best papers with clear contributions to discrete-event simulation will be invited to submit revised versions to the Journal of Simulation.
The proceedings are submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP and EI (Elsevier Index).


MSCCEC 2013 Special Session on Applications of Modeling and Simulation to Climatic Change and Environmental Sciences
Chair(s): Francisco Mugica and Carlos Gay

HA 2013Special Session on Health Applications
Chair(s): Elena Tànfani and Angela Testi

BIOMED 2013Special Session on Modelling and Simulation in Biology and Medicine
Chair(s): Giuseppe Pontrelli

SDDOM 2013Special Session on Computationally Efficient Simulation-Driven Engineering Design Optimization and Modeling
Chair(s): Slawomir Koziel and Leifur Leifsson

Special Session on Applications of Modeling and Simulation to Climatic Change and Environmental Sciences - MSCCEC 2013


Francisco Mugica
Carlos Gay
Àngela Nebot
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

The main objective of the session is to provide a forum to disseminate and discuss recent and significant research efforts in climate change and atmospheric sciences applications in modeling and simulation based on Computational Intelligence which have significant impact to society.

New, unusual and hybrid approaches used to deal with such applications are particularly encouraged. The session is therefore open to high quality submissions from researchers who should present original research and applications including innovative results.

Special Session on Health Applications - HA 2013


Elena Tànfani
Università degli Studi di Genova
Angela Testi
University of Genova

The main difficulty of making decisions in the health care area is linked to the complexity and intrinsic uncertainty of the system itself and to its dynamic nature. Moreover, decisions in the health care field are subject to many challenges and constraints: fast change and uncertain outcomes, aging population, increasing citizen expectations, equity considerations and limited resources.
In this context simulation modelling techniques can supply the different stakeholders involved in the health care delivery process with appropriate decisions making tools.
The special session is aimed at collecting the application of simulation models to different concrete situations and problems arising in the broad field of health care delivery and evaluation.
A key feature of the session should be combining a clear explanation of methodological and theoretical concepts together with some reminds to practical applications. Each contribution should, therefore, contain both methodological and theoretical concepts as well as data collection and practical application and also the description of the impact on health care policy.

Special Session on Modelling and Simulation in Biology and Medicine - BIOMED 2013


Giuseppe Pontrelli

Mathematical modelling and simulation are assuming a relevant role in supporting research in medicine and biology and offers a useful tool in understanding the basic mechanism of many physiological processes. Topics range from theoretical analysis to numerical simulations of intracellular phenomena, from computational hemodynamics to simulation of cell structures and functions, from data mining to computational image analysis. This special session offers a wide overview of the different models and techniques for biological and biomedical applications: its aim is to encourage the exchange of information between theoretical and applicative fields, bringing together mathematicians, engineers, biologists in a interdisciplinary perspective and building a bridge between simulation capabilities and biotechnological demand.

Special Session on Computationally Efficient Simulation-Driven Engineering Design Optimization and Modeling - SDDOM 2013


Slawomir Koziel
Reykjavik University
Leifur Leifsson
Reykjavik University

The use of computer simulations is ubiquitous in contemporary engineering design. High-fidelity numerical models are very accurate but, at the same time, computationally expensive and inherently noisy. Depending on the structure complexity and required accuracy level, evaluation time for a single design can take hours, days or even weeks. Therefore, direct use of high-fidelity simulations in the optimization loop may be prohibitive. On the other hand, in many cases, simulation-driven design is the only option due to complexity of the structure under consideration and the lack of analytical models and/or systematic design procedures. In such instances, computationally efficient design can be performed using surrogate-based optimization (SBO), where the high-fidelity model is replaced by its computationally cheap but still reasonably accurate representation, a surrogate. The surrogate model can be created using various approximation schemes. The surrogate can also be knowledge-based, i.e., constructed from the low-fidelity model that enjoys the same physics as the high-fidelity one. One of the important goals of SBO procedures is to reduce the number of high-fidelity model evaluations, and, consequently, to lower the overall optimization cost. The special session will focus on reviewing state-of-the-art and promoting new directions of surrogate-based and knowledge-based design optimization and modeling methodologies exploiting computer simulations as well as their applications in various fields of science and engineering. This is a third edition of the SDDOM event. The first one took place during SIMULTECH 2011, the second during SIMULTECH 2012; both attracted a number of high-quality papers and presenters.