Full Program

The I3M 2022 conference will be held as an Hybrid Conference. All the I3M Sessions will be both in presence and online through Microsoft TEAMS. Within the Program you will find a link to each I3M Session

I3M 2022 as hybrid event

The I3M 2022 Organization Committee has hardly worked along the last months to set-up I3M 2022 as hybrid event (both in presence and online).

Instructions for authors participating in presence
Those authors that will participate in presence will have the possibility to present their papers according to the usual mode (presentation and questions). Authors participating in presence must complete their own registration before August 31st 2022; after this date registrations for participation in presence will be not allowed.

Instruction for online participants
Those authors that will participate online will be able to access the sessions from the links provided in the program. The online participants are required to complete their registrations before September 10th, 2022. The online participants are required to pre-record a video of the paper presentation (maximum 10 minutes, please be sure to respect this limit when preparing your video!). After the video presentation, there will be 5 minutes during which the presenting author will answer to questions made by the audience. The videos of the paper presentations must be uploaded by authors no later than September 10th 2022. Please use the following form to upload your video: https://www.msc-les.org/conf/I3MUpload/index.html

Keynote Talks

Keynotes are here! Take a look at the exciting lineup for I3M 2022. Keynotes present diverse, visionary speakers who deliver the most powerful new ideas in the ever-evolving world of Multidisciplinary Modeling & Simulation.

Michael Affenzeller

Full Professor
University of Applied Science Upper Austria

Prescriptive Analytics: Simulation meets Data Science and Optimization

Prescriptive Analytics is an interdisciplinary topic in an interdisciplinary field, or in other words it is a synergistic hybridisation of various methods and algorithms from simulation, computer science, artificial intelligence, mathematics and operations research. Its aim is to provide optimized recommendations for action in various application areas. In this way, knowledge gained in the digital world is brought back to the real world, providing better and more efficient procedures, designs and processes.
The talk will be motivated mainly from the aspect of modeling, which can be either data-based, simulation-based, or using run-time efficient surrogate models learned from simulation models. From a simulation point of view, new possibilities arise in the interplay of data-based and simulation-based system modeling. In particular, when it comes to finding a compromise between accuracy and efficiency of system descriptions in the field of simulation-based optimization, the combination of data- and knowledge-based approaches opens up new possibilities. 
The presentation will include methodological research topics that are currently being pursued in the HEAL research group  led by Affenzeller as well as concrete project results that have already found their way into economic and industrial applications.  

Biographical Sketch

Michael Affenzeller is professor for heuristic optimization and machine learning at the University of Applied Science Upper Austria and head of the master degree program for Software Engineering. He graduated in mathematical computer science and did his doctorate and habilitation in computer science with a special focus on applied systems science. Michael Affenzellers dissertation and habilitation were about algorithm development in the field of metaheuristic algorithms. He is heading the research group HEAL (Heuristic and Evolutionary Algorithms Laboratory) with around 20 FTE members. HEAL has been successful in hosting three Josef Ressel centers, among them Austria’s very first Ressel center Heureka!. The two ongoing Ressel centers for Symbolic Regression, a white-box machine learning flavor and for Adaptive Optimization in Dynamic Environmentsare are headed by members of HEAL.
Concerning University administration Michael Affenzeller serves as vice-dean for R&D at Hagenberg campus and as the scientific head of the Softwarepark Hagenberg. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers in journals and collective volumes.
Bringing together machine learning, simulation-based optimization and meta-heuristics with a special focus on adaptive search in dynamic environments in the context of prescriptive analytics is Michael Affenzellers research focus for the next years which will be supported by the two ongoing Josef Ressel centers as well as very recently starting research projects.

Eleonora Bottani

Full Professor
University of Parma

Invited speech: “Building effective simulation research papers - a scientometrics perspective of discrete event simulation studies in logistics”

When writing and publishing a research paper, the general goal is to demonstrate adequate knowledge of a problem, contribute to the scientific literature on a topic, to be recognized as an expert in the field, attract citations, and ultimately advance in the academic career. These behaviours, together with the mechanisms behind the research, have attracted the interest of the scientific community and led to the development of a relatively new discipline called scientometrics, i.e., literally, a field of study concerning measuring and analyzing scholarly literature.
Simulation studies, obviously, are not an exception to this trend; on the contrary, these aspects are particularly important as the research field is quite mature and the scientific community is wide. This speech takes the example of discrete-event simulation (DES) studies applied to logistics and, using scientometrics techniques, tries to shed light on the following points: 1) how rigorous is the usage of this technique in literature? 2) Is there any relationship between the rigour of the simulation model and the scientific impact of a paper in terms of citations received or outlet chosen for the publication? 3) is there any relationship between the way the paper is presented (i.e., its metadata) and the scientific impact of the paper?
To answer these questions, a sample of 164 studies using discrete-event simulation in logistics and published from 2009 to 2020 has been examined and reviewed for completeness as regards the methodological approach followed. Then, studies are classified in terms of scientific relevance, using scientometric techniques for evaluating the author, paper, and journal impact. The proposed classification models go beyond the more traditional analysis of journals and authors based on the number of publications and citations, and as such, it offers interesting insights for authors when preparing a simulation-based study for publications.

Biographical Sketch

Prof. Eleonora BOTTANI is Full professor of Industrial Logistics at the Department of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Parma since November 2019. She held the classical high school diploma in 1997 (mark: 60/60). She graduated in Industrial Engineering and Management in 2002 at the University of Parma (mark: 110/110 cum laude) and got her Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering in 2006 at the same university, where she also acted as a lecturer (2005-2014) and associate professor (2014-2019). Currently, she is the coordinator of the Master’s degree course in Engineering management, the Delegate of the Department Head for Quality of Teaching and Research, the Director of the Future Technology Lab research center, and the Rector’s delegate for University Rankings.
Her research activities mainly concern logistics and supply chain management; secondary topics encompass safety of industrial plant and sustainability. She is the author (or co-author) of more than 200 scientific papers, with 189 of them indexed on Scopus (citations>3200; H-index=29); she is referee for more than 60 international journals, editorial board member of five scientific journals, Associate Editor for one of those journals, and editor-in-chief of a scientific journal.

Gerson Gomes Cunha

Full Professor
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

X-Realities and Metaverse in Engineering

Biographical Sketch

Gerson Gomes Cunha is a Brazilian computer scientist, born in Rio Grande do Sul. His research has contributed to training and simulation in the offshore industry, medical field and urban planning. He is a member of SBC (Brazilian Computer Society (Brazil)), ABED (Brazilian Distance Learning Association), IAPR (International Association on Pattern Recognition (USA)), SCS (Society for Modeling and Simulation International (Europe)) and Liophant Simulation Society (Italy), Founding member of MISS (McLeod Institute of Simulation), Rio Jeneiro Center. He also works as a full professor at COPPE/UFRJ.

Regular & Invited Sessions

Regular sessions cover the topics of the conference and mainly group the papers that fall within a specific research subject and submitted to the regular program. 

Invited Sessions consist of papers collected within the scope of an Open Track proposed by one or more organizers. Papers are mainly based on personal invitation by the Open Track organizer(s) but may also include papers submitted to the regular program.

Regular and Invited Sessions will last about 1 hour and 30 minutes and may include between 4 and 5 papers. Contributions can be either regular papers or short papers (min 3 pages length) and they will appear in the conference proceedings.

Reviewing Process

Each paper submitted to the conference will be individually peer-reviewed taking into consideration scientific quality, originality and relevance. At the discretion of the IPC and considering the reviewers’ comments, individual papers may be accepted for inclusion in the conference proceedings. The revised paper will then undergo a second round of reviews to check whether the authors have carefully addressed the reviewers’ comments and the paper is fully acceptable for publication. At the discretion of the program committee, individual papers may be removed from an invited session and placed in the regular program, as well as appropriate contributed papers may be moved to an invited session.

Presentation Formats and Speakers' Instructions

  • Each session lasts 1.5 hours, and may includes from 4 to 5 papers. Depending on the number of the papers in the session, you’ll have about 12-15 minutes for your presentation, plus some time at the end for the Q&A. The chair/co-chair of your session is responsible for keeping the time, but we recommend you to adhere with the allotted time.
  • We recommend you to be in your session’s room at least 10 minutes before the scheduled starting time, in order to upload your presentation on the laptop. As a general rule, speakers will not be allowed to use their own laptops, tablets or other devices to give their presentations, unless previously communicated to the conference organization team.
  • When you enter the session room, introduce yourself to the chair/co-chair, so they can take note of your presence.
  • Provide your presentation in either PowerPoint or PDF format. We suggest you to always bring a PDF copy of your presentation in order to minimize any format issue.

Special Sessions

Special sessions offer a 90-minute venue for the presentation of topics of special academic, social or industrial interest, such as emerging research areas or most recent trends. A Special Session can be also devised to include project presentations, panel discussions or non-technical talks on topics such as research funding, entrepreneurship, or technology transfer, and can receive a wide interest across different themes of the conference. As such, special sessions do not include presentation of scientific papers submitted to the conference and the session agenda will be defined by the Special Session Chair. All scheduling of special sessions is completed by the conference organisation committee. Requests may be submitted to the committee for a special accommodation but cannot be guaranteed, as the committee decisions are made with the full scope of the conference in mind.

List of I3M 2022 Special Sessions

Chair: David del Rio Vilas

Affiliation: OHLA-Services Ingesan (Spain)

Track Description: During the last seven years, the Horizon 2020 -the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme- has provided a wide and ambitious collaborative transnational framework for the development of solutions tackling with the main EU’s societal, environmental, economic and technological challenges. Through its different programmes and projects, Modelling&Simulation has successfully demonstrated its usefulness and versatility as a fundamental means to provide organisations with the capacity to design, analyse and adapt their response to an increasing uncertain environment. The new Horizon Europe (HE) framework, the most ambitious R&I program in the world, will extend and consolidate the achievements of the former H2020, but it will also have to deal with new realities deriving from the pandemic and the climate change scenarios. In this context of urgency and effectiveness, more than ever, academia and industry must collaborate and develop more efficient ways to exploit simulation as a central means to reach sustainable benefits for the social, environmental, and economy challenges ahead. “Supporting Academia-Industry cooperation for the acceleration of Simulation Projects” will provide both academia and industry representatives to the MAS 2021 Conference with an occasion to present themselves and have early discussions on the formation of consortia in different topics, anticipating needs and opportunities to promote initiatives focused on promoting the effective and productive simulation dialogue between the two realms.

Chairs and Speakers

Special session chairs or speakers are not required to submit a paperThe special session chair is the individual who submits the proposal to the conference committee, acts as the leader and coordinator for the session development, defines the agenda of the session, is in charge of promoting the session and ensures the successful and timely execution of the session. 

Presentation Formats and Speakers' Instructions

  • Each session lasts 1.5 hours in total. Please ask the chair/co-chair of your special session for preliminary information about the session agenda and the time at your disposal for the presentation.
  • We recommend the speakers to be in the session’s room at least 10 minutes before the scheduled starting time, in order to upload the presentation on the conference laptop. As a general rule, speakers will not be allowed to use their own laptops, tablets or other devices to give their presentations, unless previously communicated to the conference organisation team.
  • If you are a speaker, when you enter the session room, introduce yourself to the chair/co-chair, so they can take note of your presence.
  • Provide your presentation in either PowerPoint or PDF format. We suggest you to always bring a PDF copy of your presentation in order to minimize any format issue.

Submit a Special Session Proposal

Are you willing to organize a special session at I3M focusing on a specific subject? Fill the form and send it to f.longo@unical.it and massei@itim.unige.it.