Call for Submissions

General Chair:
David Gerber

Program Chair:
Amber Bartosh

Scientific Chair:
Azadeh Sawyer

Workshops Chair:
Mathew Schwartz 

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We invite you to submit and present an original contribution for SimAUD2021. All submissions are peer-reviewed and considered for selection by the Scientific Committee. All the accepted submissions (both full and short papers) will be published in SimAUD’s proceedings.  All accepted full papers (8 pages) will be indexed in the ACM Digital Library. Please observe the submission types and deadlines on the Symposium website.

Areas of Interest

SimAUD topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Simulation-based Generative Design
  • Simulation-Based Collaborative Design
  • Simulation-Based Design Tools and Methods
  • Multidisciplinary Design Optimization
  • Simulation Performance and Scalability
  • Building Comfort & Energy Performance
  • Simulation of Occupant Behavior
  • Simulation of Building Controls
  • Physics-Based Simulation in Design
  • Whole Building Energy Simulation
  • Thermal Comfort & Occupant Satisfaction
  • Lighting and Daylighting
  • Airflow In & Around Buildings
  • Acoustics Modeling, Simulation & Design
  • Visualization of Simulation Data
  • Urban-Scale Modeling
  • Uncertainty, Validation and Risk Management
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Design Agency & Multi-Agent Systems
  • Intelligent Buildings & Building Lifecycle Management
  • Sensor Networks & Building Performance Monitoring
  • Interactive Environments
  • Responsive Facades
  • Robotic Fabrication in Design

Submission Types

Research works can be submitted in several categories:

Note: All submissions are digitally published in SimAUD’s Proceedings.

All abstracts and manuscripts must be submitted using the SimAUD 2021 Submission Site.


Important Dates (all times in PDT)

Abstracts deadline:  CLOSED October 5, 2020  (Optional)

The Abstract submission should be a short paragraph describing the topics to be covered in the full submission. Abstracts are optional. They will NOT be reviewed and are simply to help the Committee recruit the number of reviewers needed in the appropriate sub-disciplines.

Submission deadline: CLOSED December 27, 2020 

This is the date when papers (archival format, 8 pages maximum for full papers, 4 pages maximum for short papers), projects, and accompanying videos must be submitted. The review process will be double-blind.

Acceptance notification: COMING SOON!

SimAUD is committed to a rigorous peer review process. Selection notifications coming soon.  

Authors will receive their peer-review feedback and acceptance decision by this date. Accepted and conditionally accepted works will then have a short period of time to integrate reviewer feedback before submitting the final Camera-ready deadline.

Camera-ready due: March 15, 2021 

At this date, final submissions of accepted works are due.

Workshop proposals due: Submission portal still open. Submit by February 22, 2021  

We kindly ask all prospective workshop organizers to submit their ideas for workshops by filling in a proposal.

Registration open: March 15, 2021


Presentation link due: April 1, 2021

Please upload your presentation as video to youtube or another cloud-based video service, then share the URL with the conference organizers per mail ( Full papers: max 12 minutes, short papers: max 8 minutes (Hint: The shorter your presentation, the more people are going to watch it to the end). Please make sure your video link is public, so others can watch it.

Online Conference: April 15-17, 2021

Participants will watch the pre-recorded presentations/keynotes and participate in live Q&A webinars. Details will be made available in the program.


Submission Types

We invite research works in several categories:

Full Papers

Full papers (max. 8 pages) present significant contributions to research and practice in the SimAUD areas. Links to SimAUD papers in the Digital Library are posted at

Please adhere to the 8-page limit.

A revised template for accepted full papers coming soon.  

Short Papers

Short papers are non-archived publications (max. 4 pages) that present brief and focused research contributions that are noteworthy but may not merit a full paper. Typically short papers provide an overview of research-in-progress and/or thought-provoking work relevant to the SimAUD community. They have not reached completion level necessary for jury review and acceptance as complete papers; however, authors will benefit from in-person feedback from symposium attendees.

Short papers should include:

  • A focused description, and if appropriate, analysis of the work
  • Potential impact of the work to the SimAUD community
  • Recommendations for future research and application in practice

A revised template for accepted short papers coming soon.  

Invited Papers

In order to help bring together diverse disciplines we aim to establish a common language of perspectives, case studies, techniques or technologies. One way to start this process is through invited works. The Committee may internally evaluate and invite certain papers, projects, or videos to include in the symposium outside the formal peer-review process. To nominate research that you believe would be beneficial to building this new community, please email any of the chairs with suggestions.

Project & Videos

Many architecture and urban design projects communicate visions of a proposed future. Projects and videos are among the best ways to communicate these visions. We invite project and video submissions of high-quality scientific visualizations of architecture or urban design projects, interactive design decision support systems, compelling animations of construction simulation, and more. We strongly encourage authors of full and short paper submissions to also provide a high-quality video for peer-review and exhibition at the SimAUD symposium.

A project submission is a poster that summarizes a professional or student design project that utilizes simulation as a means for informing design decisions, in an effort to demonstrate innovation and excellence in architecture and urban design. All projects should be submitted on boards that adhere to an A1 page size, portrait or landscape orientation, with no other specific limitations and not necessarily tied to a paper submission.

All papers that were accepted as posters should be submitted following the same format as the project posters.

Accepted projects and videos will be featured in a poster session during the conference, and will be featured on SimAUD's website. If you plan to provide a video or project, please notify the General Chair by email prior to the submission deadline.

Data Sets

Data sets are optional (but recommended) collections of ZIP files of original data that accompany full or short paper submissions. A data set submission may include, for example, a detailed Building Information Model (BIM) of a real or virtual building that would be of use to the SimAUD community for simulation testing or cross-validation. Another example would be a conceptual model of a process or event expressed as DEVS classes. Other data sets could be point clouds, sensor data, programs, models of HVAC units, fridges, escalators, geothermal, etc. Many scientific communities suffer from a lack of access to high-quality detailed data sets and algorithms. At SimAUD, an accepted peer-reviewed data set is recognized as a significant contribution to science, and we hope to encourage researchers and practitioners to share their data for the greater good of the community.

Data sets will be linked or archived at If you plan to contribute a data set, please notify the General Chair by email prior to the submission deadline.