May 31-June 2, 2021

Suffolk, Virginia, USA

ACM SIGSIM PADS Authors Information

Instructions for paper preparation and submission are provided. The review process and publication are described.

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ACM SIGSIM Conference on Principles of Advanced Discrete Simulation (PADS)
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Authors Information

The ACM SIGSIM Conference on Principles of Advanced Discrete Simulation (ACM SIGSIM PADS) is the flagship conference of ACM's Special Interest Group on Simulation and Modeling (SIGSIM). The annual PADS conference has a long history dating back to 1985. It now encompasses virtually all research that lies at the intersection of the computer science and the modeling and simulation fields.


Submission Guidelines

The ACM SIGSIM PADS conference focuses on cutting-edge research that lies at the intersection of Computer Science and Modeling and Simulation (M&S). All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. An abstract submission is required for all papers prior to the paper submission in the ACM conference format (double column; single space). Reviews are double-blind thus all identifying information must be removed from the manuscript: this includes removing authors' names and affiliations, acknowledgements, funding information, and all references to the authors' work that would disclose their identity. This information can be added to accepted manuscripts.

Abstracts are due by January 17, 2021. Afterward, submissions can be submitted up to January 31, 2021.

We have multiple formats (see details below), including full research articles, panels, and tutorials (10 pages + 1 for references); and shorter papers (4-6 pages) for work-in-progress. All formats must use the standard 2 columns ACM Conference Proceedings Template.

Papers must be submitted using the EasyChair submission system:

Click here to access the EasyChair website to submit your paper.



List of Topics

High quality papers are solicited in all aspects of M&S, including (but not restricted to) the following areas:

  • Advanced modeling techniques, including reuse of models, new modeling languages, agent-based M&S, and spatially explicit M&S.
  • Algorithms and methods for parallel or distributed simulation, including synchronization, scheduling, memory management, load balancing, and scalability issues.
  • New simulation algorithms and techniques including hybrid simulation approaches, adaptive algorithms, approximations, GPU, FPGA and hybrid architecture acceleration.
  • Modeling and simulation for big data and big data analytics.
  • Simulation infrastructure and security issues for large scale distributed and/or cloud-based modeling and simulation.
  • Model and simulation persistence and recovery in the presence of hardware failures.
  • Integration of simulation with other IT systems, methods, and developments including simulation based decision-making, visual analytics, intelligent support in M&S, and simulation in cloud computing environments.
  • Mechanisms for efficient design of experiments, including dynamic verification and validation of models, and automatic simulation model generation and initialization.
  • M&S applied to manage and/or optimize operational systems and methodological challenges arising from these applications including online simulation, symbiotic simulation, dynamic data-driven application systems, real-time and embedded simulation, and emulation of real systems.
  • Tools and techniques for interoperability and composability of simulations including emerging standards and service-oriented approaches.
  • Case studies considering the application of new or advanced computational methods to applications of contemporary interest.




Full-Length Submissions (10 pages + references)

This format is suitable for mature research articles, which are eligible for the best research paper award and can be invited to an extended special issue in ACM TOMACS. This format also welcomes challenging debates in the form of panel articles. Authors of panel articles are encouraged to build on the literature to clarify how the ideas set forth by the panel are innovative or contribute to existing debates. Finally, we welcome tutorial articles, which should be accessible and relevant to researchers on discrete simulations, as well as informed by the state-of-the-art. Authors of tutorial articles are encouraged to explain the relevance of the proposed tutorial to this audience, and to ensure that no similar tutorials were recently published in related conferences.

We ask the authors to use at most 10 pages for the main content to be concise. We do not limit the amount of references in a paper as the proceedings are now fully digital instead of printed.


Short Work-in-Progress Submissions (6 pages)

Authors are encouraged to present early results from their prototypes. Due to the length of the paper, authors would not be expected to include a thorough review of the field and detailed results from mature implementations. Rather, these papers should display timely and innovative ideas with some indication of how the innovation will be evaluated.



ACM SIGSIM PADS 2021 proceedings will be published by the ACM. The proceedings for the last five years can be viewed at

PADS being the flagship conference for ACM's special interest group on modeling and simulation, we understand the importance of a timely dissemination of results. We thus work hard on ensuring that proceedings are available at the same time as the conference.



General questions about the conference can be emailed to the General Chair Dr. Saikou Diallo. Questions about submissions should be emailed to the Program Chair Dr. Philippe Giabbanelli.


Important Deadlines:


  Deadline, Midnight (EST)

Abstract Submission (required for all papers)

January 17, 2021

Full Paper Submission

January 31, 2021
February 14, 2021

NEW! Late-breaking short paper submission
(Does not require an abstract submission)

February 14, 2021

Paper Notification of Acceptance

March 21, 2021

Applications for Travel Grants

March 31, 2021

Ph.D. Colloquium Submission

March 31, 2021

Ph.D. Colloquium Notification of Acceptance

April 11, 2021

Regular/Short Paper Camera-Ready Version

April 11, 2021

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May 31-June 2, 2021




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