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                             Call for Papers
                               DS-RT 2008
                  12th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on
           Distributed Simulation and Real Time Applications,
                    http://www.cs.unibo.it/ds-rt2008/
                           October 27-29, 2008
                          Vancouver, BC, Canada

* IEEE/ACM pending upon Approval

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Submission Deadline: May 1, 2008
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**** Scope

 In its twelfth anniversary, the 2008 IEEE International Symposium on
Distributed Simulation and Real Time Applications (DS-RT 2008) will take
place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in conjunction with the 11th
IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of
Wireless and Mobile Systems (MSWiM 2008).


**** Symposium Objectives

 DS-RT 2008 serves as a forum for simulationists from academia, industry and
research labs, for presenting recent research results in Distributed
Simulation and Real Time Applications. DS-RT 2008 targets the growing
Overlap between large distributed simulations and real time applications,
such as collaborative virtual environments, pervasive and ubiquitous
application scenarios, motor-, controller-, sensor- and actuator systems.

 The conference features prominent invited speakers as well as papers by top
researchers in the field. DS-RT 2008 will include contributed technical
papers, invited papers, and panel discussions. The proceedings will be
published by IEEE-CS press.


**** Call for Papers

 DS-RT is intended to provide an international forum for the discussion and
presentation of original ideas, recent results and achievements by
researchers, students, and systems developers on issues and challenges
related to distributed simulation and real time applications. Authors are
encouraged to submit both theoretical and practical results of significance.
Demonstration of new tools/applications is very desirable.


 The scope of the symposium includes, but is not limited to:

 o Paradigms, Methodology and Software Architectures for
   Large Scale Distributed and Real-Time Simulations
   (like e.g. Parallel and Distributed Simulation, Multi-Agent
   Based Distributed Simulation, HLA/RTI, Web and Grid based Simulation)

 o Paradigms, Modeling, Architecture and Environments for
   Large Scale Real-time Systems and Concurrent Systems with
   hard and soft Real-Time Constraints

 o Non-functional Properties of Distributed Simulation and Real-Time
   Systems (like e.g. Dependability, Availability, Reliability,
   Maintainability, Safety, Security, Trustworthiness, QoS)

 o Theoretical Foundations of Large Scale Real-Time and Simulation
   Models (Event Systems, Causality, Space-Time Models, Notions of Time,
   Discrete and Continuous Systems, Simulator Coordination)

 o Simulation Studies at Large and Very Large Scale
   (like e.g. Industrial, Commercial, Ecological and Environmental,
   Societal, Power and Energy, Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing Systems)

 o Performance and Validation of Large Scale and Distributed Simulations
   (like e.g., benchmarking and analytical results, empirical 
   studies; DIS, HLA/RTI studies

 o Languages and Tools, Development Environments, Data Interfaces,
   Network Protocols and Model Repositories that address Very Large
   Simulations

 o Data Management and Distribution Issues, Interest Management,
   Semantic Modeling, Multi-resolution Modeling, Dead-Reckoning Mechanisms

 o Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing Architectures and Applications
   that involve Simulations and/or adhere to Real-Time Constraints

 o Simulation based Virtual Environments and Mixed Reality Systems
   (like e.g. interactive Virtual Reality, Human Communication through
   Immersive Environments, Collaborative Virtual and Augmented Reality,
   Telepresence Systems and Shared Workspaces, Shared Interaction Spaces,
   Shared Object Manipulation)

 o Visual Interactive Simulation Environments
   (like e.g., Generic Animation, Visual Interactive Modeling,
   Interactive Computer Based Training and Learning; Scientific 
   Visualization; High-End Computer Graphics

 o Design Issues, Interaction Designs, Human Computer Interaction
   Issues raised by Large Scale DS-RT Systems

 o Innovative Styles of Interactions with Large Scale DS-RT Systems
   (like e.g. Implicit, Situative and Attentive Interaction,
   Tangible Interaction, Embedded Interaction

 o Emerging Simulation Challenges
   (like e.g. Growth of Human Population, Climate Change, CO2, Health Care,
   Ecosystems, Sustainable Development, Water and Energy Supply,
   Human Mobility, Air Traffic, World Stock Markets, Food Supply Chains,
   Megacities, Global Wireless Communication, Privacy Preserving 
   Access, etc.)


**** Important Dates

 Submission Deadline: May 1, 2008
 Notification of Acceptance: July 1, 2008
 Camera Ready version due: August 1, 2008
 Symposium presentation: October 27-29, 2008 in Vancouver, BC, Canada

 IMPORTANT: ATTENDANCE BY AT LEAST ONE AUTHOR IS MANDATORY


**** Submission Guidelines

 Papers should be written in English and should not exceed 10 pages
(single-spaced) or 18 pages (double-spaced).

 Papers must be unpublished and must not be submitted for publication
elsewhere.

 Authors are encouraged to submit papers in electronic form, postscript pdf,
or Microsoft Word 6.0 (or higher) only. 

 General information regarding submission can be found at
http://www.cs.unibo.it/ds-rt2008/

 Accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings to be published
by IEEE press.

 Questions from authors may be directed to the General Chair or one of the
PC Co-Chairs.


**** Organizing Committee

 General Chair:
    David J. Roberts
    Centre for Virtual Environments, Business House, University Road, 
    University of Salford, Salford, Manchester, UK

 Program Co-Chairs:
    Alois Ferscha
    Johannes Kepler University at Linz, Austria

    Abdulmotaleb El Saddik
    School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE), 
    University of Ottawa, Canada

 Demo Chair
    Emiliano Casalicchio, University of Roma, Italy

 Poster Chair
    Damla Turgut, University of Central Florida, USA

 Steering Committee Chair
    Azzedine Boukerche, University of ottawa, Canada

 Webmaster and System co-Chair
    Luciano Bononi, University of Bologna, Italy
    Marco Di Felice, University of Bologna, Italy

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