I3M 2011 Related Events and Social Events

The 8th International

Mediterranean and Latin American

Modelling Multiconference

12-14 September 2011

Ergife Palace Hotel, Rome, Italy

12-14 September


Ergife Palace Hotel

Rome - Italy


General Chairs


Agostino G. Bruzzone

MISS - Genoa Center

University of Genoa



Miquel Angel Piera

MISS - Spanish Center

Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona Spain



Program Chair


Francesco Longo


University of Calabria




I3M 2011 Gala Dinner

The I3M Gala dinner will be held within the “Casa dell’Aviatore” (Italian Air Force Officer Club) on September, Tuesday 13, 2011, with around 400 attendees. Please note that Jacket and Tight are required. Information about the gala dinner will be available in the I3M 2011 final program.



Visit to the Vatican Museums

A guided visit to the Vatican Museums has been organized (jointly with the NATO CAX Forum) on September 15th 2011 at 2:00 PM. The visit, including the transportation to/from the site provided by M&S COE, will last for about three hours. For those interested, the price will be 15.00 Euros. This includes the ticket (8.00 Euros), the headphones (1.50 Euros), and the tourist guide (5.50 Euros). Please note that this is a particular price agreed with the NATO M&S COE, as the normal price would be 40.00 Euros. Should be Interested in the Event please send an email to relatedEvents.I3M2011@msc-les.org



CAX Forum

The CAX Forum 2011 will be co-located with I3M Conference in Ergife Palace Hotel Rome mostly in the same period (September 12-15 2011). The I3M attendees will have access to all unclassified session of CAX Forum (including sessions on September 15, 2011); the CAX Forum attendees will be enabled to attend I3M Opening and Plenary Presentations free of charge, while access to EMSS, HMS, MAS, DHSS and IMAACA sessions is available to CAX Forum attendees through a special rate (please contact Prof. F.Longo, francesco.longo@simulationteam.com). Special Joint Panels and Demonstrations will be organized and included in the program of these two major events.



Smackdown at I3M2011

A special Session and a Demonstration of Smackdown will be presented during I3M2011 on Tuesday afternoon in connection with NASA Center.

In fact, Smackdown is a “distributed,” multi-team cooperative competition that occurs simultaneously across multiple time-zones. Participating teams design, model, program, test, and operate a simulated spacecraft—or other mission device such as a rover or satellite—on a simulated mission from the Earth to a virtual moon base. To achieve mission success, teams must consider the laws of physics, gravity, trajectory data, fuel, payload size, and landing site characteristics just as they would with a real-life mission. The simulation is complex and requires a number of components, diverse systems, and organizations—distributed across the globe—to work in tandem, emphasizing and demonstrating the concept of “interoperability.” In this instance of distributed simulation, each team will have access to a common and seamless platform from which to work regardless of location. This will include NASA simulation components, SISO (simulation interoperability standards organization) provided standards (HLA IEEE 1516-2010), industry supplied High Level Architecture (HLA) software, and the option of using HLA toolbox for Matlab. The idea for Smackdown was conceived by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) engineer Zack Crues and implemented by NASA and SISO Space Community Forum to encourage students to learn about the importance of modeling and simulation. In addition, the event provides students with a great opportunity to gain valuable skills by doing real work in this fast-growing and recession-proof segment of the economy. In the process, students become “job-ready” and more employable than the average college graduate. Smackdown also forges a much-needed relationship between stakeholders in academia, the marketplace, and government. Smackdown seeks to strengthen the M&S community across industry, government, and academia. M&S is an increasingly valuable tool in science and engineering, with applications that span virtually all industries and services. It gives us the ability to imitate and explore the facets of complex real-world experiences without incurring the risk, expense, and time associated with building, testing, and training in the real world. To date, educational programs that provide a strong background in modeling and simulation are rare, especially ones designed to help students become more employable. As more people realize the benefits of M&S, the need to educate, train, and certify M&S practitioners, researchers, and teachers will become increasingly apparent. Efforts to meet this challenge can take a number of forms such as academic degree programs, non-degree professional education, professional certifications, and educational outreach. More secondary school programs are giving attention to modeling, simulation, and related emerging technologies. However, these programs are mostly in the engineering, computer science, and medical degree tracks. The lack of investment and planning energy does not mean that M&S leaders believe that a skilled workforce is unimportant. Indeed, numerous stakeholders have identified the need for competent and seasoned modeling and simulation professionals. Nonetheless, members of the simulation community perceive a persistent gap in workforce development and have identified many factors that may be hindering the “mending” process. Smackdown, along with other efforts, is an engaging, fun, and novel way to help remove these obstacles and facilitate the creation of a robust culture of M&S professionals. Smackdown’s potential as a satisfying, scalable, and ambitious yet “doable” undertaking sparked enthusiastic support from the M&S community. It was demonstrated for the first time in Boston in April, 2011, at the Spring Simulation Multiconference. Teams participated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Alabama at Huntsville, Pennsylvania, North Carolina State Colleges, University of Bordeaux (France) and Genoa University (Italy) as well as interns at JSC The university teams and their faculty advisors consulted with a wide range of organizations, including: NASA, SISO, AEgis Technologies, ForwardSim, MÄK, and Pitch Technologies. The Smackdown Executive, Outreach, Planning, and Technical Committees, who spearheaded this event, provided organizational and technical advice, recruited participants, and gained valuable publicity. Additional support was provided by other members within the international M&S community. These groups formed the backbone of Smackdown and continue their vital support today. For the event, students had access to SISO’s standards for High Level Architecture Evolved (HLA-evolved). NASA provided the “federates” or virtual components of the simulation, including the orbit shuttle and transport rover, as well as technical and mentoring support. MÄK and Pitch Technologies provided the HLA software, while ForwardSIM supplied the Matlab programming tools and training, 3D viewer, and Simulink platform, which reduced the programming learning curve and created a more engaging and memorable experience. Other industry and government mentors advised students on technical issues, enabling them to build and populate the 3D simulated environment with greater ease. The outcome was the successful planning, experimentation, testing, and demonstration of their work during the SISO Smackdown event. .



SimSummit Meeting in I3M2011

These SimSummit Meeting will be held in a special session open to all the attendees of I3M2011, DHSS2011, HMS2011, MAS2011, IMAACA2011, EMSS2011 and CAX Forum. SimSummit is a Forum involving top Organizations and Institutions involved in M&S and is characterized by the following issues:

Circumstance – Modeling and simulation technology is coherent and comprehensive as a discipline, ubiquitous in its presence in widely disparate application domains, and powerful in its influence for a wide variety of uses. At the same time, modeling and simulation is not generally recognized as a profession, industry, or economic market segment.

Concept – Deliberate and self-conscious investment in cultivating the M&S community-of-practice is considered necessary and desirable in order to facilitate the emergence of M&S as a profession, industry, and market predicated on M&S technology in all its disparate manifestations. SimSummit is an occasional forum – kept relatively informal by mutual agreement - of organizations with broad interest in M&S technology, professional development, industry and market.

Mission - The missionary objective of the SimSummit forum is no less than to significantly advance the evolution of the modeling and simulation profession, industry, and market.

Goals – Particular goals of SimSummit are: to establish a comprehensive international forum of the most significant organizations in Modeling and Simulation to identify and maintain for the world-wide M&S community-of-practice a common ‘canonical’ topical agenda upon which cooperative effort may be focused to facilitate effective and constructive collaboration among member organizations and beyond by means of participative events, publications, collaborative workspaces, and shared information assets to realize a truly intervisible, comprehensive, self-conscious, and effective modeling and simulation community-of-practice.

Benefits - The special virtue of the SimSummit forum is to educe the very considerable degree of common interest that exists even among relatively disparate organizations from Government, Industry, Professional Societies and Academia, involved in M&S of many styles for a wide variety of purposes in apparently exclusive application domains, and to derive therefrom the greatest possible collective benefit for the international M&S community-of-practice.



Summer School “F. Turco”, Industrial Mechanical Plants

The Summer School traditionally aims to provide to participants specific knowledge on Industrial and Mechanical Plants Design topics, favoring interaction and cooperation between researchers coming from different universities. The theme for the edition XVI is "Breaking down the barriers between research and industry”. Special opportunities will be provided to I3M 2011 and SummerSchool 2011 registered attendees.

For further information please contact infoI3M2011 or Francesco Longo