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Call for Papers and Presentations 2000 Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop Sponsored by the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization The Holiday Inn International Drive Orlando, FL September 17 - 22, 2000 You are invited to participate in the 2000 Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop (SIW). The SIW is a semiannual event encompassing a broad range of model and simulation issues, applications and communities with the goal of identifying, assessing and supporting the development of products leading to interoperability and reuse. The Workshop consists of a series of forums and special sessions addressing interoperability issues and proposed solutions; tutorials on state-of-the-art methodologies, tools and techniques; and exhibits displaying the latest technological advances. The SIW enables M&S user and technical communities to meet, share ideas and experiences, identify ways to make distributed simulation more effective and efficient, and support the development of appropriate interoperability standards. The Forums also provide opportunities for practitioners of distributed simulations using legacy systems to share insights and experiences related to the process of migrating into the HLA world. Additional information about the background and organization of the workshop can be obtained at the SISO web site: TECHNICAL EXHIBIT INFORMATION. A limited number of spaces for technical/product displays will be available at the Workshop in the form of 8x10 booths. For more information please contact Jeanette Lopez at (732) 981-3437, fax: (732) 981-1203, email: [log in to unmask] or fill out the "Exhibit Request" form available at the SISO web site. A diagram of the Exhibit Floor Plan is also available at this URL. ABSTRACT SUBMISSION INFORMATION. The Workshop invites papers and events relating to distributed simulation applications and technologies, interoperability issues and special topics identified in the Individual Forum CFP listed below. Abstracts are reviewed and selected for consideration by Forum Planning and Review Panels (PRPs). Papers may be selected for presentation in one or more Forums or for publication only. Paper format information is available in an "Author's Guide" posted on the SISO web site. Individuals who wish to participate should review the abstract submission form provided at the SISO web site. An abstract submission should include: an abstract (300 words or less), primary author information, a list of the major concepts and discussion topics pertain to the Workshop and to individual Forums, and a list of the specific Forums or Sessions that should consider the abstract. Abstract and author information of those selected will be included in the published proceedings. The other information (major concepts, Forum selections) will be used by the Conference Committee and PRPs during the paper selection process but will not be published. Once you have completed the form, select "Submit," and "Confirm." Following confirmation, you will be assigned a tracking number, such as 00F-SIW-025. If your abstract is selected, this tracking number and the password (created during abstract submission) will be required to submit your paper. If your paper is selected for presentation, the tracking number and password will also be required to submit presentation slides. If you have any problems or are unable to submit to the web site, please contact: Pat Burgess, <[log in to unmask]>, phone: (407) 658-5031, fax: (407) 658-5059. KEY DATES. In order to produce materials in a timely manner, the following dates must be strictly adhered to: 2000 Fall SIW Schedule Call for Papers issued 19 Apr 2000 Abstracts due 5 May 2000 Papers due electronically 30 Jun 2000 Papers due in camera-ready form 11 Aug 2000 2000 Fall SIW opens 17 Sep 2000 Preliminary 2001 Spring SIW Schedule Call for Papers issued 12 Oct 2000 Abstracts due 17 Nov 2000 Papers due in electronic form 5 Jan 2001 Papers due in camera-ready form 16 Feb 2001 2001 Spring SIW opens 25 Mar 2001 NOTE: After 5 May 2000, submission of abstracts and papers should be coordinated directly with the Forum Chair or designated Conference Committee (CC) Point of Contact (POC) for a specific session. Names and email addresses of these individuals may be found on the SISO web site at or FEEDBACK FROM PREVIOUS WORKSHOP. At the conclusion of each Workshop, each Forum summarizes what it believes to be the most important issues raised in their presentations and discussions. For the 2000 Spring Workshop, these issues included: * Working toward C4I interoperability - both in terms of simulations of C4I components and in using real C4I equipment as user interfaces to simulations. * Bringing C4I professionals together with M&S professionals to accomplish C4I interoperability. * Federation performance metrics, models, and predictive tools. * Effects of the SEDRIS-proposed Spatial Reference Model (SRM) and Environment Data Coding Specification (EDCS) Product nominations on other elements of the M&S community. These points, as well as others, have been incorporated into the topics included in the individual Forum requests that follow. INDIVIDUAL FORUM CALL FOR PAPERS INFORMATION The SIW invites submission of papers and events to one or more of the Forums or Special Sessions participating in the 2000 Fall SIW. Forums are grouped into two major categories: The User Community, that examines and promotes topics of interest related to the use, adequacy of available simulation capabilities and new capabilities needed to meet user needs; and Specialty Areas, that examine and promote current and emerging processes and technology which provide needed or advanced simulation capabilities. A third category, Group Topics and Special Sessions, identifies specific topics and special groups co-sponsored by multiple Forums. A brief description of each Forum's objectives and topics of interest is listed below. Additional information can be found on the SISO web site. USER COMMUNITY User Community Forums focus on topics of interest to users within different individual communities and on issues that span multiple-specialty areas with emphasis on papers and presentations that formulate positions on the needs and requirements for modeling and simulation operational interoperability, availability, and affordability. Analysis Forum (ANL) ANL is concerned with interoperability issues and uses of distributed models and simulations for analysis. ANL encourages the education of the analysis community about Advanced Distributed Simulation (ADS) and of the developers of ADS about analytic requirements. ANL will focus sessions for the 2000 Fall SIW on process development that will identify user requirements. Topics of interest include: * Experiences doing pre-exercise, run-time, or post-exercise analysis in ADS. * The role of the analyst in the HLA FEDEP. * Processes to develop requirements for analytic federates and federations. * Identification of model and simulation interoperability issues for analysis. * Methods to address experimental design that incorporate ADS as an analytic tool. * Issues for Analysis in Simulation Based Acquisition. Papers will be selected on the basis of their identification of relevant analytic issues that can be discussed in the Forum. The goal of the Forum is to use these papers to create positions and requirements for the simulation community. ANL encourages the submission of papers on these topics that have been implemented and include lessons learned. Papers should reference previous relevant work such as past SIW, DSS, and DIS papers. Research, Development, and Engineering Forum (RDE) RDE is concerned with issues and uses of distributed models and simulations within the Research, Development and Engineering domain. RDE will focus sessions for the 2000 Fall SIW on interoperability of distributed simulation in supporting user requirements. Topics of interest include: * Experiences in creating, implementing, operating or delivering simulations for RDE problems. * Processes to develop interoperability or model reuse requirements for RDE federates and federations. * Processes, procedures or methods of evaluating fidelity requirements and model credibility for experimentation. * Papers which adopt a position that, even if controversial, advances new ideas or technologies. Papers will be selected on the basis of their identification of relevant issues and/or solutions that can be discussed in the RDE Forum. The goal of the Forum is to use these papers to create positions and requirements to be posed to the simulation community. RDE encourages application or experiment-oriented papers that include lessons learned. Papers should reference previous relevant work from past SIW, SCS, or other research and development (R&D)-related fora. Test and Evaluation Forum (TE) TE is concerned with uses of advanced distributed simulation (ADS) in test and evaluation (T&E), including the incorporation of live entities with virtual and constructive simulations, and linking historically stand-alone T&E facilities into distributed simulations. For the Fall 2000 SIW, we seek papers in the following areas: * Experiences using ADS to support T&E. * Experiences linking ADS and test ranges. * Interoperability testing. Training Forum (TRAINING) TRAINING is a new forum, created by merging the former Small Team Training (STT) and Staff Level Training (SLT) forums, that provides a setting for discussion of issues involving simulation in training. TRAINING is concerned with the planning, management, requirements, and use of simulations that provide individual, sub-team, and team training to system operators, team leaders, and tactical, operational, and strategic decision makers. We have a special interest in the User perspective (training organizations, sponsoring agencies, and those being trained') in all simulation environments. In particular, TRAINING is soliciting papers addressing the following areas: * Papers and reports from sponsoring organizations on the results and/or lessons learned from the conduct of major or significant training events. * Simulation training effectiveness in a multi-echelon environment. * Papers that contrast the operational participants' view (or that of the operational sponsor) with the technical participants' views of the exercise experience (both favorable or in areas where we can improve). * Interoperability between simulations and C4I systems directly in support of staff level training environments. * Issues in validity and interoperability of simulation and operational databases used for distributed training. * Common requirements across diverse simulation programs including needs for common FOMs/SOMs. * Papers relating to distributed mission training, non-combatant (Military Operations Other than War (MOOTW)) training exercises, and training the Digitized Force. * Methodologies for mapping of fidelity measures to training requirements. In their presentations, authors will be requested to identify key points in their papers that impact on simulation interoperability and reuse, concluding with recommendations for SISO standards nominations. SPECIALTY AREA TRACKS Specialty Area Forums bring together specialists from different communities to discuss interoperability and component reuse issues. Because the interests of many participants span multiple areas, the Specialty Area Forums are organized into Tracks to facilitate planning and scheduling. INFRASTUCTURE TRACK Run-Time Infrastructure and Communications Forum (RTI&C) The RTI&C Forum deals with the technical aspects of getting simulations to interoperate. Current topics of interest to this forum include: * RTI implementation descriptions. * RTI performance characteristics. * New and developing communications methods and standards, and how they can be applied to distributed simulations (e.g., reliable multi-cast, active networks). * Alternate federation compositions, such as composable federations; single process federations; single address space federations; etc. * Implementations of Quality of Service capabilities in an RTI. Live Interaction Forum (LIVE) (co-administered by C4ISR) LIVE seeks to address issues concerned with the interaction of real-world entities (people, vehicles, et. al.) as part of instrumented ranges, and interacting with virtual simulations. Selected papers will identify and discuss issues that need to be considered in improving live environment technology and the development of simulation interoperability standards, preferably by drawing on direct experiences. Of particular interest are: * Interactions between existing or planned live instrumentation systems and the HLA Run Time Infrastructures. * Interactions between existing or planned live instrumentation systems and operational or simulated C4I. * Interactions between existing or planned live instrumentation systems and virtual training or testing environments. * Existing or proposed live instrumentation systems that utilize synthetic environment simulations or applications for real-time casualty assessment. Of particular interest are those applications that provide ballistic and time fidelity for fire-and-forget and non-line-of-sight weapons, and that relate to generating terrain databases matching instrumented ranges * Live training and T&E applications, particularly lessons learned. * Technical, simulation management, and other issues affecting entities and systems within the live domain. ENVIRONMENT TRACK Simulated Natural Environment Forum (SNE) The SNE Forum addresses issues concerning digital representations of the natural environment, including air, space, land, and water. Relevant topics span the life cycle of digital environmental representations, including requirements definition, data collection and production, integration and validation, extension, transmission, tailoring, sharing, and maintenance. We seek papers addressing all of these topics and are particularly interested in those that relate to other SIW interest areas as well (e.g. standardization, the HLA, automated reasoning). Papers addressing other related areas will be considered on a case by case basis. Authors should be prepared to respond to reviewer critique prior to final acceptance. Authors of papers scheduled for presentation should prepare to lead focused discussion with the objective of developing community consensus leading to SISO standards, reference, or guidance products. Sensor Forum (SENS) (co-administered by C4ISR) SENS is an interdisciplinary forum that bridges the environmental and mission/system-related areas. SENS focuses on the simulation of sensor effects, issues pertaining to the simulation of sensor systems, the incorporation of sensor system simulations into other simulations, and environmental effects on sensor systems. Papers are sought that focus on the following: * Environmental effects on sensor effectiveness. * The coupling of real and simulated C4I systems with real and simulated sensor and weapons systems and sensor fusion issues. * Impacts and interactions such as signal jamming, signatures, and characteristics. * Data representations specifying the set of information required for sensor modeling. FEDERATION DEVELOPMENT TRACK Federation Development Process Forum (PROC) PROC is focused on the process of federation development and execution. The purpose of this Forum is to allow for open sharing of practical federation development experiences across the HLA user community, to facilitate the identification of new and different approaches to federation development activities, and to support the long-term evolution of a generalized process model for HLA federations (HLA FEDEP). In support of this objective, technical papers documenting practical experience in one or more of the following topic areas are requested: * Federation objectives development. * Federation scenario / conceptual model development. * Federation design approaches / techniques. * Object model development. Case studies of Persistent Federations (see 98S-SIW-059) and papers that provide feedback on the FEDEP Checklists are of special interest for the Fall Workshop. Exercise Management Forum (EMF) The EMF Forum discusses tools for automating various aspects of the Federation Development Process, including data repositories, visualization, exercise planning, initialization, monitoring, runtime controls, data collection and analysis, and after-action review. EMF is especially interested in soliciting abstracts on the following issues: * Tools and standards for data visualization. * Tools and standards for data annotation, and for representation and retrieval of behavior-based information. * "Tools FOM" capabilities and standards, or other approaches that provide interoperability and data interchange among tool standards. * Tool and process standards that support the HLA simulation life-cycle, including distributed data logging. Verification, Validation & Accreditation Forum (VVA) VVA is focused on methodologies, procedures, and associated techniques that may be used to establish credibility of federations. The forum objectives emphasize quality (e.g., building in authoritative representations and behaviors) and risk management. VVA will support the development and evolution of VV&A guidance that supplements the federation development/application lifecycle process model documentation. Paper topics of interest include: * Empirical data on the Fidelity Conceptual Framework (see FEX-ISG page on the SISO web site). * Validation of human behavior representations (HBR). * Substantive interoperability (see F99-SIW-073) * Lessons learned on VV&A of distributed simulations, with particular emphasis on conceptual models (request comparisons of actual conceptual model development experiences to the conceptual model framework outlined in S00-SIW-033). Testing Forum (TEST) The Testing Forum will discuss techniques, tools, drivers, and methodologies for testing as it applies to HLA, SISO Standards, and the transition of legacy simulations to SISO standards. Papers are requested in the following areas: * Testing activities associated with the Federation Development and Execution Process (FEDEP) model. * Testing activities associated with Analysis, Testing & Evaluation, Training and Research, Development & Engineering User Communities. * Federate compliance and certification testing. * Federation compliance, certification & performance testing. * RTI performance metrics. * RTI performance testing and certification. COMMAND, CONTROL, COMMUNICATIONS, COMPUTERS, INTELLIGENCE, SURVEILLANCE, AND RECONNAISSANCE (C4ISR) TRACK Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence Forum (C4I) The C4I Forum is concerned with the modeling and simulation of C4I systems in constructive, virtual, and live environments. C4I is seeking papers that discuss the results and "lessons learned" of specific projects/experiments, as well as discussion of overarching conceptual issues, involving the interoperability of simulation systems in the following areas: * Issues related to C4I functionality, including individual systems as well as overall processes and cycles * Interoperability of real systems and simulation systems, and associated issues such as: - Common (shared) data/object models and reference architectures - Measures of Effectiveness (MOEs) for C4I systems, and instrumentation of real and simulated C4I systems to extract information for MOEs and validation - Implications of HLA, DoD JTA, DII COE, and other respective standards - Embedding of simulation systems with real-world C4I systems - The coupling of real and simulated C4I systems with real and simulated sensor and weapon systems, and sensor fusion issues. In their presentations, authors are requested to identify key points in their papers that impact on simulation interoperability and reuse, concluding with recommendations for SISO standards nominations using a template that will be provided. Information Operations - Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Forum (IO-ISR) The IO-ISR Forum is concerned with the interoperability of simulations that represent systems and activities in the following areas: * Information Operations (IO), with particular emphasis on papers that describe: - related human behavioral and command decision process modeling - supporting taxonomies, lexicons, metrics, and metric collection processes - data sources supporting establishment of causal relationships between IO techniques and observed effects and the modeling of such causal relationships. * Intelligence collection, processing and dissemination, with particular emphasis on papers that describe: - the relationship of the output of the overall intelligence cycle to its impact upon the warfighter (i.e., "sensor-to-shooter" analyses) as well as exploring issues within the intelligence cycle itself - issues related to the proper representation of "attributes" which can be sensed by ISR sensors, emanating from targets, decoys, and the environment (e.g. optical signatures, thermal signatures, SAR returns, MTI returns, etc.) - the structure, contents and availability of databases relevant to the authoritative description of US ISR capabilities and overall opposing force systems, processes and behaviors. Additionally, IO-ISR is interested in papers describing issues related to multi-level security challenges and approaches frequently encountered when attempting to model IO and ISR systems, processes and techniques. In their presentations, authors are requested to identify key points in their papers that impact on simulation interoperability and reuse, concluding with recommendations for SISO standards nominations using a template that will be provided. Live Interaction Forum (LIVE) (co-administered by INFRASTRUCTURE) LIVE is an interdisciplinary forum that spans the Infrastructure and C4I areas. Details of the LIVE Call for Papers are provided under the Infrastructure Track above. Sensor Forum (SENS) (co-administered by ENVIRONMENT) SENS is an interdisciplinary forum that spans the Environment and C4I areas. Details of the SENS Call for Papers are provided under the Environment Track above. APPLICATIONS TRACK Federation Implementers Forum (IMPL) IMPL addresses hands-on experience in developing Federations. Papers should emphasize generally applicable implementation-level details (i.e., how does it work, how is it used, how can it improve). Timely lessons learned from using the latest HLA-related developments are of particular interest. Papers are requested in the following areas: * Legacy simulation migration to HLA (full-up simulations are preferred to laboratory exercises). * SOM/FOM interoperability. * Federate/Federation performance, especially WRT large, real-world simulations. * Federate/Federation development tools. * Exercise execution issues (e.g., performance issues resulting from the RTI). * Experiences using the RTI, especially: time management, data distribution, ownership, and management. Authors should be prepared to lead a focused discussion in the areas addressed in their paper with the objective of developing community consensus regarding resolution of issues by means of standards, procedures, policies, etc. Vehicle/Weapon System Modeling Forum (VWS) The primary focus of VWS is on the development and reuse of weapon/vehicle system simulations. Included in the weapon/vehicle system class of simulations are all classes of manned and unmanned weapon and vehicle systems that operate in space, air, ground, and sea environments. VWS addresses the representation of vehicle/weapon systems in constructive, virtual, and live simulations at engineering, engagement, mission, and campaign levels of aggregation. Papers are requested in the following areas: * Lessons learned in development and descriptions of weapon system or vehicle simulations. * Lessons learned in converting weapon system or vehicle simulations from DIS to HLA compliance. * Weapon system and vehicle Simulation Object Models (SOMs), model and data repositories, and class taxonomies. * Methods to capture the "conceptual models" of weapon systems or vehicles for use in simulation. * Issue papers proposing standards needed to enhance the representation of weapon systems or vehicles within simulation federations. * Integration of weapon/vehicle systems simulations/simulators in acquisition processes (e.g., SBA, STEP). * Development of Distributed Product Descriptions (DPDs), Smart Product Models (SPMs), or Digital System Models (DSMs) that portray weapon/vehicle systems in an SBA environment. * Development of embedded simulations for weapon/vehicle systems. * Simulations/simulators for advanced weapons, such as Directed Energy Weapons (DEW). Behavior Representation (BEH) The realistic representation of human and organizational behavior within models and simulations is best examined within context. SIW provides a unique opportunity for the BEH Forum to examine representation issues across many dimensions. BEH abstracts should be submitted to other appropriate forum(s) for primary consideration as well. For the Fall 2000 SIW, BEH focus will be on: * the representation of behavior within IO-ISR, SNE, PROC, TRAINING * validating human behavior models, particularly lessons learned * extension/amplification to the concepts proposed in 00S-SIW-035 related to a standardized format for the transmission of the knowledge base component of a reasoning system. Logistics Forum (LOG) LOG focuses on issues related to all aspects of logistics simulation, to include supply chain logistics, logistics business practices, and the representation of logistics systems at the national, strategic, operational, and tactical military levels, as well as appropriate aspects of coalition partner, host nation, and/or non-military/commercial logistics. Current areas of interest are: * Lessons learned making a logistics simulation HLA-compliant (including issues of object ownership transfe and aggregation/deaggregation of data used by systems of different levels of fidelity.) * Integration of logistics simulations with combat simulations, OOTW tools, C4ISR systems, emergency planning systems, or other logistics systems. * Simulation Based Acquisition (SBA) and its relationship to logistics, such as the effect of acquisition on logistics infrastructure, supply chain, and reliability. * Treatment of logistics in future distributed simulation systems, such as JSIMS, JWARS, and JMASS. VIRTUAL FORUMS, STUDY GROUPS, AND SPECIAL SESSIONS In planning our Workshops, SISO is especially interested in topics that span the interests of multiple Forums, or for which circumstances merit timely solicitation and feedback from the SISO community on topics of special importance. Mechanisms for dealing with such topics include: Virtual Forums, Study Groups, and Special Sessions. VIRTUAL FORUMS Virtual Forums are created when a topic spans multiple communities of interest and seems to merit continuing discussion over several Workshops. Generally, Virtual Forums include a Monday kickoff session, followed by papers or presentations in several Forums over the following days. The Workshop Agenda will provide a roadmap of these sessions for those interested in the topic. Virtual Forums for the 2000S SIW are: Federation Performance (Fed_Perf) A special session on federation performance was well attended at the 2000 Spring SIW. A large majority of the attendees indicated interest in continuing this topic as a Virtual Forum focused on the efficiency and effectiveness of Federation performance. Papers and presentations are solicited regarding * metrics for characterizing the performance of individual Federates, composite Federations, and Run-Time Infrastructures in various applications. * Scalability of Federation performance with Federation size and complexity. * Experiences and "lessons learned" from those who have built and optimized sizeable Federations for practical applications. * Tools and techniques for predicting and optimizing the performance of a large, complex Federation. CC POC: Duncan C. Miller ([log in to unmask]; Voice: 1-781-981-7612) Non-HLA Environments (Non-HLA) SIW recognizes that many distributed simulations have different types of interoperability protocols. Some of these include the Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) protocols of IEEE Standard 1278, Common Object Request Brokering Architecture (CORBA), Web-based simulations, entertainment oriented protocols, future interoperability protocols, etc. SIW conferences provide an opportunity for those involved with Non-HLA interoperability protocols to share their insights and issues with one another. In addition, this SIW will have a focus session on allowing organizations that have products and services to help migrate users of DIS to HLA. We also invite papers on lessons learned from these migrations. Therefore, papers are invited to help those using these Non-HLA protocols to share experiences and/or their applications. The SIW would like to concentrate this forum in two distinct areas: * DIS related topics: products/services; lessons learned; new programs using DIS; new research using DIS * CORBA, Web-based simulations, future protocols, etc. Abstracts should be submitted to the appropriate forum(s) for primary consideration and should include the keyword "Non-HLA" to highlight work that may relate to the interest of this session. CC POC: Dan Schiavone ([log in to unmask]). Real-time Platform-level Reference Federation Object Model (RPR-FOM) The RPR Virtual Forum deals with uses of and extensions to the RPR FOM. There will also be reports on RPR FOM version 2.0 progress. Current topics of interest to this forum include: * RPR FOM federation implementations, legacy transitions and new developments - overview, examples, lessons learned, etc. * RPR FOM extensions, implemented and potential - How they can be implemented, how others can/should use them, and the requirements that necessitated the additions. * Proposals for RPR FOM version 3.0 - additions and modifications that fully exploit HLA functionality, even in areas not supported by DIS. Abstracts should be submitted to the appropriate forum(s) for primary consideration and should include the keyword "RPR" to highlight work that may relate to the interest of this session. Chair: Richard Schaffer ([log in to unmask]); CC POC: Graham Shanks ([log in to unmask]). Simulation Based Acquisition (SBA) The 2000F SIW invites papers that present positions on issues and approaches for achieving consistent representation and interoperability among multiple, distributed models and simulations used in collaborative environments supporting commercial product developments and system acquisition. The goal is to develop a framework for identifying candidate SISO products needed to support this application domain. Topics of special interest include: * Operational and Simulation System Architectures that provide a frame of reference for defining interfaces, interactions and economic benefits in this application domain. * Use of models and simulations to form a common context and shared environment enabling collaboration and integration among end users, developers, suppliers, supporting systems, service providers and decision makers. * Specifications for standardizing model and data descriptions, interchange formats and repositories. Abstracts should be submitted to the appropriate forum(s) for primary consideration and should include the keyword "SBA" to highlight work that may relate to the interest of this session. CC POC: Ron Hofer ([log in to unmask]) Simulation Interoperability through Components (SITC) The SITC virtual forum addresses the use of component technology to support simulation interoperability. In particular, papers on the following topics are encouraged: * Component frameworks for supporting simulation interoperability, including extensions to current frameworks and simulation interoperability standards to support component technology. * Components for simulation design, including Base Object Models (BOMs). * Metadata for components to support the characterization of components and their composition as part of a simulation system. * Components for simulation implementations. * Management issues associated with simulation component use, including: simulation component repositories, VV&A and testing issues, and tool support. CC POC: Graham Shanks ([log in to unmask]) STUDY GROUPS Study Groups are chartered when SISO wants to obtain recommendations on well-defined issues from groups of volunteer experts selected from appropriate Forums. Base Object Model Study Group (BOM-SG) The BOM SG has been established by SISO to explore the potential of Base Object Models (BOMs). A BOM represents a single aspect of federation interplay that can be used as a building block of FOMs and SOMs. The BOM methodology has the potential to expedite federation development and streamline federate / HLA interoperability through simulation component reuse. In order to determine the community interest regarding BOMs -- specifically the merits and potential application BOMs might provide in the support specific community needs (military or commercial) - the BOM SG invites papers and presentations relating to the following topics: * FOM/OM-Library Reuse Issues. * FOM Componentization. * BOM Experiments and Tool Issues. * FOM/Federation extension experiences. * Object Oriented Software Engineering Parallels (i.e., Design Patterns). Paper submissions focusing on these topics will not only help determine the level of BOM interest to the SISO community, but also will help determine how BOMs might be employed to satisfy SISO goals, methods, and mechanisms. SG POCs: John Hancock ([log in to unmask]); Paul Gustavson ([log in to unmask]). Study Group for C4I to Simulations Interfaces (SG-C4I) The SG-C4I is chartered to study specific issues that bear on the interoperability, and standardization of interfaces, of real C4ISR systems with simulations. Study areas impacting C4I-to-simulation interoperability, for which papers are solicited include: * Interoperability between real C4ISR systems and HLA-based simulations * Relationships between the HLA and the JTA * C4I Interoperability Technical Reference Models * Effects of the environment, including communications effects * Development of C4I, C2, and other related Reference FOMs * Development of a C4ISR CMMS * Data standards which can link systems to simulations (e.g., CCSIL, JCDB) * Data coherence issues * Transfer/authentication of data/metadata * C4I Data and Interface Lexicon. * Information modeling concepts to support the FEDEP for C4ISR federations * Migration concepts for legacy systems * Technical standards for migration (e.g. XML) Abstracts should be submitted to the SG-C4I and other forums as appropriate. SG-C4I Chair: Joe Lacetera ([log in to unmask]), SG-C4I reflector ([log in to unmask]). Economics of Modeling and Simulation Study Group (ECON-SG) The ECON-SG has been established by SISO to generate recommendations regarding the economics of modeling and simulation, including the following topics: * Terminology and taxonomy of concepts * Empirical evidence to support a provisional market model and business case * Recommendations for best (most-effective) practices Over the next two workshops, the ECON SG will generate preliminary and final reports on these topics, and make recommendations for the persistent management of this subject within SISO. Abstracts on relevant topics are solicited. SG POC: Bill Waite ([log in to unmask]). SG reflector: [log in to unmask] SPECIAL SESSIONS Special Sessions are usually one-shot sessions devoted to a topic of timely interest, open to everyone who wants to participate. Special Sessions may include formal paper presentations, panel discussions, technical interchange discussions with attendees, or a combination of the above. International Program Briefings SIW attendees with interest in international programs are invited to provide reports on work and activities taking place in countries outside the United States. Presentations should provide an overview of programs and activities that relate to expanding markets for use of modeling and simulation. Discussion of policies and issues within these programs related to interoperability, reuse and development of standards are of particular interest. Abstracts presenting results from individual projects or research efforts should be submitted to the appropriate forum(s) for primary consideration. Abstracts for report presentations marked with the keyword "International" will be considered for inclusion in this session. Persons interested in making presentations should contact the CC POC: Ron Hofer ([log in to unmask]; FAX 1-407-658-5059; Voice 1-407-658-5576). DOD PARTICIPATION. The Office of the Secretary of Defense has reviewed the plans for this Workshop and issued the following determination: "The Department of Defense finds this event meets the minimum regulatory standards for attendance by DoD employees. This finding does not constitute a blanket approval or endorsement for attendance. Individual DoD Component commands or organizations are responsible for approving attendance of its DoD employees based on mission requirements and DoD regulations." SITE AND ACCOMMODATIONS. The Workshop will be held at the Holiday Inn International Drive, Orlando, FL. The special conference rate is $88/night. A government rate is also available for a limited number of rooms. Proof of status is required upon check-in to obtain the government rate. To make your hotel reservation on-line, go to the SISO web site at or contact ITCMS at 1-800-810-4333 (U.S. or Canada) or (732) 981-3414 (outside U.S. and Canada), fax your request to (732) 465-6447, or email it to <[log in to unmask]>. Hotel reservation forms and Workshop reservation materials will be posted on the SISO web. REGISTRATION. Registration information is available at the SISO web site at CONFERENCE COMMITTEE Duncan Miller (Chair) MIT Lincoln Lab Sam Knight (Vice Chair) L-3 Com Link Simulations & Training Susan Solick (Secretary) TRADOC Analysis Center Ron Hofer Univ. Central Florida IST Joe Lacetera MSTI Kimberly Neff TRW Dan Schiavone Ball Aerospace Rick Severinghaus Booz Allen and Hamilton Graham Shanks Alenia Marconi Systems John Shockley SRI International Bill Tucker Boeing David McKeeby (SAC Vice Chair) Simulation Systems Technologies

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