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In view of the very tight time schedule, the consensus of the SISO Conference Committee is to extend the abstract deadline for the 2003 Fall SIW to a week from Monday, 19 May. The rest of the abstract/paper schedule will remain as originally posted. For further details and instructions, see =================================================================== ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS 2003 Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop sponsored by the Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization The Holiday Inn, International Drive Orlando, FL 14-19 September 2003 You are invited to participate in the 2003 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 overall goal of identifying and supporting the development of products to facilitate simulation interoperability standards and reuse. The SIW includes a several working sessions addressing interoperability and reuse requirements and issues; tutorials on state-of-the-art methodologies, tools, and techniques; and exhibits presenting the latest technological advances. Preliminary versions of individual Forum and Group Calls for Papers are provided below. Please monitor the web version of the CFP posted at This version will include additional information based on the results of discussions conducted at the Spring SIW (April 2003) and, later, the Euro-SIW (June 2003). KEY DATES. In order to meet the Workshop schedule, the following dates are critical: Abstracts due 19 May 2003 Papers due in electronic form 9 Jul 2003 Final revisions to papers due 14 Aug 2003 2003 Fall SIW opens 14 Sep 2003 ABSTRACT SUBMISSION INFORMATION. The Workshop invites papers and presentations relating to distributed simulation standards, applications, and technologies, interoperability issues, and other topics identified below and on the SISO web site. Abstracts are reviewed and selected by Planning and Review Panels (PRPs) and leaders of the individual Forums and Groups. Papers are considered for presentation in one or more Forums and Groups. Abstract and paper format requirements are described in the ``Author`s Guide`` posted on the SISO web site. Individuals who wish to participate should complete and submit an abstract, using the submission form provided on the SISO web site. If you have any problems or are unable to submit to the web site, please contact Pat Burgess <[log in to unmask]>, phone: 407-882-1372, fax: 407-658-5059. 2003 FALL SIW FOCUS: Simulation of the Space Environment This workshop will focus on the challenges and opportunities associated with simulating the wide variety of Space-based assets, operations, and operating environments. Effective interoperability of Space and Space-system simulations is of considerable interest in many M&S application domains (military, aerospace, communications, astronomy and cosmology, etc.). Consequently, this is a serious concern to the world`s defense establishments, civil aerospace authorities, and associated industrial sectors. Plenary speakers, papers, and workshops will address approaches to standards and interoperability for this diverse and burgeoning simulation application constituency. M&S PROGRAM BRIEFINGS To facilitate communication among SISO members and sponsors, we also invite briefings regarding M&S-related programs under development or in procurement, such as the USAF Distributed Mission Training (DMT), Distributed Mission Operations (DMO), and Joint Synthetic Battlespace (JSB) programs, the US Army`s Joint Virtual Battlespace (JVB) program, and the US Navy`s Naval Aviation Simulation Master Plan (NASMP). INDIVIDUAL FORUM AND GROUP CALLS FOR PAPERS Generally, papers and presentations are considered in three main categories: * User Community Forums, which examine and promote topics of interest related to the use and adequacy of available simulation capabilities and new capabilities needed by M&S users. * Specialty Area Forums, which examine and promote current and emerging simulation processes and technology. * Study Groups, Product Development Groups, and Special Sessions, which deal with topics that merit timely solicitation of feedback from the SISO community. STARTUP FORUMS Synthetic Mission Spaces Forum A recently recognized need within the M&S community is that of having responsive, flexible, composable M&S battlespaces that are fit for an intended use. Many efforts are underway within and among military Services, both US and international, and across US OSD to provide a solution to this need, in some cases attempting to develop an ``all users`` solution. In many cases, the effort has been to establish a service, agency, or industry specific environment, distributed amongst peer or subordinate organizations within that service, agency, or industry. The forum will focus on those efforts underway within the Services and across the Joint & International community. The Forum venue will encompass two distinct activities. The first will be a panel session, conducted each workshop, addressing a particular issue or topic of interest. Panelists will include select representation from Service, Joint, and OSD efforts in Synthetic Mission Spaces. One critical outcome of the Panel session will be to identify areas of collaboration (as well as non-collaboration) among the various participants. It will expose as well needs and potential solutions. The objective is to explore ways to integrate various environments on-demand, so that the best tools and products available are brought to bear on a particular problem. The second Forum activity will be presentation & discussion of SIW papers related to the chosen panel discussion topic/issue. For the first session, are solicited, the Forum has a particular interest in papers addressing instantiations of synthetic mission spaces. Papers addressing the following list of issues and topics will be used to determine subsequent Forum Panel session topics for discussion. * network issues * protocols * architectures/frameworks * models and simulations (topical) * licensing agreements, Intellectual property rights * collaborative tools * event planning/scheduling * use of live players * analysis of results * data representation (syntactic and semantic) * requirements specifications and capability gaps * data repositories * government/industry agreements Medical Simulation Forum Medical simulation systems require interoperability standards that build upon already extensive interface standards for application in areas such as * operational systems for robot assisted surgery * command & control systems for medical situational awareness * medical models of varying resolutions for research and development * training systems for instruction and rehearsal * imaging systems for treatment planning and assessment * logistic planning systems for security and disaster response Papers are invited to address each of these topics. USER COMMUNITY FORUMS Analysis (ANL) ANL focuses on interoperability issues and uses of distributed models and simulations by the analysis community, including issues of experiment design and data analysis, analysis issues in ADS and SBA, requirements definition. Special focus: use cases that include both success and failure. Research, Development, and Engineering (RDE) RDE addresses issues and applications of distributed M&S within the RDE domain, including requirements for backward compatibility between simulations and distributed simulation infrastructures. RDE focuses on community requirements and experiences with new applications using distributed computing technologies. RDE specifically solicits papers that advance the ``state of the art`` and/or take a position, however controversial. Authors targeting papers to the RDE Forum must include, as the final slide in their presentations, a summary of the paper`s key findings or concepts and identifying issues for the RDE Community. System Acquisition and Product Development (SAPD) SAPD focuses on M&S as part of a transformed, integrated enterprise responsible for the entire system/product life cycle, as well as the interoperability of systems of systems. Subjects include policy and process approaches, establishment of business cases for M&S and solutions to intellectual property issues, and the value of standards, information sharing, reuse, collaboration, and work force perspectives. SAPD is particularly interested in papers on actual experiences from both industry and government in applying M&S to the above, approaches to key issues, and lessons learned. Test and Evaluation (TE) TE addresses uses of distributed simulation in test and evaluation (T&E), including the integration of live entities with virtual and constructive simulations; the integration of hardware-in-the-loop (HWIL), (ISTFs), and other T&E facilities with distributed simulations; the use of simulation to test and evaluate C4ISR, Systems of Systems (SoS), Federations of Systems (FoS), and interoperability; and performance issues in using distributed simulation in T&E applications. Training (TRAIN) The TRAIN forum focuses on issues associated with using simulations to support the acquisition of knowledge, skills, behaviors, and attitudes through education, training, and performance support. We solicit papers addressing simulation-based learning in industry, academia, and government (including the DOD), particularly those identifying interoperability or standards shortfalls or requirements. Special interest topics: (1) simulation support of all aspects of Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) and Distributed Mission Training (DMT) Programs: education, training, and performance support (e.g. embedded training, automated performance assessment, mission rehearsal, Course of Action analysis, etc.); (2) simulation support to training events associated with Small Scale Contingencies (SSCs), Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT), Support and Stability Operations (SASO), and other related combat and non-combat activities and (3) Multi-Resolution Modeling as it applies to M&S. SPECIALTY AREA FORUMS Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) C4I addresses standards to ensure interoperability when coupling simulation systems and C4I systems, standards to ensure composability when integrating simulation components and C4I components into a common framework, and standards to represent C4I systems and the underlying infrastructure within simulation applications. C4I is looking for papers dealing with architecture and data/object model alignment, common frameworks, applicability of C4I standards and open standards, and lessons learned from applying these standards. In particular, C4I is interested in the development of enhanced operational functionality based on M&S, and especially on increasing the efficiency and abilities of the Warfighter by introducing simulation capabilities within operational systems. Communication, Frameworks, and Infrastructure (CFI) CFI focuses on technologies that support interoperation and run-time execution of distributed simulations. Historical examples include the HLA Run-Time Infrastructure (RTI), DIS, ALSP, and SPEEDES. The Forum will also consider new and alternate infrastructure concepts, such as web-based technologies. Topics include performance data, implementation and design details, usage strategies, networking techniques, fault tolerance, security considerations, and middleware or other frameworks for constructing, utilizing, or extending simulation infrastructure. NOTE: The CFI forum replaces and incorporates the former RTI&C forum. Distributed Simulation Development Process (PROC) PROC focuses on developing a generalized system engineering process for constructing and executing distributed simulations (e.g., FEDEP for HLA federations). This includes ``lessons learned`` solutions from creating real-world, useful M&S applications, including problems of integration, scalability, reuse, robustness, and the effectiveness of HLA. Exercise Management and Feedback (EMF) EMF focuses on tools and standards for automating various aspects of distributed simulation exercise planning and execution, including scenario development, initialization, monitoring, runtime controls, data collection and repositories, visualization, and after-action review. Information Operations - Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (IO-ISR) IO-ISR seeks papers that deal with all aspects of Information Operations (IO), including computer network attack and defense, modeling of IO in exercise and training, and threats to the Internet and other communications infrastructures. IO-ISR seeks papers addressing Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) issues including representation of the different intelligence disciplines (e.g., SIGINT, IMINT, HUMINT, etc.) and the associated Tasking, Processing, Exploitation, and Dissemination (TPED) systems and processes associated with the delivery of intelligence products to the warfighter. In addition, we are interested in activities related to modeling IO-ISR, including Effects-Based Operations, Network Centric Warfare, Predictive Battlespace Awareness and crisis response. Logistics and Enterprise Models (LOG) LOG focuses on simulations and simulation challenges associated with modeling supply chains, logistics management processes, logistics policies and business practices, as well as the portrayal of logistics in military simulations at all levels. Topics of interest include innovative approaches to supporting network centric operations, rapid deployment forces, Operations Other Than War (OOTW), global commercial operations, and enterprise process simulations. The latter include but are not limited to executable models of work flow, manufacturing, distribution, transportation and customer, patient, crowd, or traffic flow. Sensor Modeling and Simulation (SENS) SENS is an interdisciplinary forum that bridges the environmental and mission/system-related areas, including simulation of sensor effects, issues pertaining to the stimulation and simulation of sensor systems, incorporation of sensor system simulations into other simulations, and environmental effects on sensor systems. Authors are encouraged to address SENS focus areas: accreditation discriminators for sensor simulation applications; sensor domain specific sources of noise, error, and bias; and sensor data fusion. Simulated Natural Environment (SNE) SNE addresses multi-domain use and reuse of digital representations and models of the natural environment, including land, oceanic, atmospheric, and space data. SNE also focuses on standards for, and application of, SNE data, effects and data models for M&S; interoperability issues and lessons learned in large-scale integrated simulations that include multiple real-time and non-real-time SNE representations; and issues and use cases relating to SEDRIS, environmental data classification systems, and coordinate transformation systems. Verification, Validation & Accreditation (VV&A) VV&A focuses on methodologies, procedures, and associated techniques used to establish credibility of models, simulations, and federations. VV&A goals emphasize quality (e.g., building in authoritative representations and behaviors) and risk management, and support development and evolution of VV&A guidance to enhance the federation lifecycle process. Current objectives include establishing clear and unambiguous scales to categorize V&V evidence (e.g., levels of V&V) and formalizing the conceptual model via the Conceptual Model Study Group. Special focus areas include levels of V&V, conceptual model validation, and substantive interoperability. Vehicle/Weapon System Modeling (VWS) VWS focuses on lessons learned in development of vehicle or weapon system simulations (including Computer Generated Forces (CGF) and Semi-Automated Forces (SAF) simulations) and Simulation Based Acquisition (SBA) of actual vehicle and weapon systems (DD 21, Joint Strike Fighter, Future Combat System, etc.). STUDY GROUPS Study Groups (SGs) are chartered when SISO wants to obtain recommendations on well-defined issues from groups of volunteer experts selected from appropriate Forums. Study Group sessions at this Workshop include C4ISR/Simulation Interoperability Technical Reference Model SG (C4I TRM SG) The C4I TRM SG is creating a technical model that can be used as a standard frame of reference for interoperability between C4ISR Systems and M&S Systems. By design, the TRM will facilitate analysis of requirements, architecture, design, implementation, and testing of heterogeneous systems. In addition, the TRM will support improved dialogue among users, developers, and technicians in the C4ISR community. Navy Aviation Simulation Master Plan SG (NASMP SG) The Naval Air Systems Command, in support of OPNAV N789, developed the Navy Aviation Simulation Master Plan (NASMP) to launch future Navy Distributed Mission Training (DMT) programs and to improve current Navy DMT programs. NASMP is developing an Interoperability Standard to be used by commercial vendors and organizations involved in the development of simulators, simulator infrastructure, and related enabling technologies. Simulation Conceptual Modeling SG This SG is conducting an investigation regarding simulation conceptual modeling, with the intent to establish proposals for recommended practices. Simulation Reference Markup Language (SRML) SG This SG is investigating the potential for standardizing a Simulation Reference Markup Language (SRML) and a universal simulator within the SISO community. SRML is an XML schema that adds simulation behavior to any XML document, and has been identified by the Base Object Model (BOM) group as enabling ``encapsulated BOMs``. PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT GROUPS Product Development Groups (PDGs) are approved to generate a specific SISO Product (Standards, Guides, and Reference Products) after approval of a formal Product Nomination. Current Product Development Groups include Real-time Platform Reference FOM (RPR FOM PDG) Version 1.0 of this Reference Federation Object Model was the first SISO standard, capturing the functionality of IEEE 1278.1-1995. RPR FOM 2.0, currently under development, will add the functionality of IEEE 1278.1a-1998. Environment Data Coding Specification (EDCS PDG) EDCS is a component of the Synthetic Environment Data Representation Interchange Specification (SEDRIS) that provides a data dictionary and coding standard for environmental data used in simulations of terrain, atmosphere, ocean, and space. Spatial Reference Model (SRM PDG) SRM is another key component of SEDRIS, with a well-organized and documented framework that encompasses the primary spatial reference frames in use in the DoD today, a set of extremely accurate and efficient algorithms for coordinate conversions and transformations, and a standard portable implementation of those algorithms. Link-16 Simulation Standards (Link-16 PDG) Link 16 is one of the critical components of interoperability in the Allied forces. There are immediate and overdue operational requirements for existing and future military simulations to exchange Link-16 data using a single interoperable standard. This group is developing a SISO standard to define the methods to simulate a Link-16 Network within Distributed Interactive Simulation (DIS) and High Level Architecture (HLA) frameworks. Dynamic Link Compatible HLA API PDG (HLA API PDG) The Dynamic Link Compatible HLA API Product Development Group (PDG) will be developing a standard to define the requirements for Dynamic Link Compatible HLA APIs and methods for testing compliance. This standard will be very useful to the distributed simulation community that uses the HLA and particularly useful to simulation developers that have to participate in multiple Federations using different RTIs. Use of the Dynamic Link Compatible HLA APIs will also support Federation managers in assembling Federates. The PDG plans to define standard C++ and Java APIs for HLA 1.3 which will be based on the current APIs. Additionally, alternative C++ and Java APIs will be created for the IEEE 1516.1 HLA. The 1516.1 APIs will be a SISO-extension to the IEEE standard. Base Object Model PDG (BOM PDG) The BOM PDG is developing a specification for Base Object Models. The open standardization of BOMs is essential for establishing component technology to facilitate interoperability, reusability and composability. As part of this standardization effort, the PDG will define an XML schema to identify the base elements and ontology of a BOM and provide guidance describing how BOMs can be used to generate FOMs and SOMs from BOM compositions. PROPOSED PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT GROUPS Several new Product Development Groups (PDGs) are planning meetings for the upcoming Workshop to discuss Product Nominations. These include * Discrete-Event Systems Specification Product Development Group * Dynamic Link Compatible RTI API Subscribe to the SAC-COM and SAC-DISCUSS reflectors to keep up with the status of these groups. See INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM BRIEFINGS. International and multi-national programs are invited to present brief reports on their current activities and plans. TECHNICAL EXHIBITS AND DEMONSTRATIONS Throughout the week, several organizations will provide exhibits and demonstrations of materials, software, and equipment relevant to distributed simulation applications. The exhibit/demonstration area will be open during the lunch breaks each day and from late afternoon to early evening. SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES SISO Sponsorship provides a means for organizations to gain representation and benefits in partnership with the activities and operation of SISO. Sponsors enjoy the following privileges: * Printing of Sponsor`s corporate logos on SISO flyers and printed material * Display of logos and links from the SISO web site to the Sponsor`s web site * 10% Discount on all SISO fees (workshop registration fees, booth rental, etc.) * Invitation to Speaker`s lunch at SIWs (with to EXCOM and VIPs). Organizations may also help sponsor the ``All-SISO Social`` held on the opening day of the SIW. This event enables SIW attendees to meet and talk with the other attendees in a casual atmosphere of food and drink. For information on becoming a SISO Sponsor or sponsorship of the SISO Social, contact Allison Griffin Email: [log in to unmask] Phone: 407-977-7809 QUARTERLY WEBLETTER. Simulation Technology Magazine, SISO`s quarterly electronic magazine, is available on-line at or 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. All hotel reservations will be handled through IEEE Conference Management Services (ICMS) rather than directly with the hotel. The special conference rate is $92/night. A government rate is also available for a limited number of rooms. Proof of status will be required to obtain the government rate. Make your reservations on line at the SISO web site at or by contacting ICMS at 1-800-810-4333 (in the U.S. or Canada), +732-981-3414 (outside the U.S. or Canada), by faxing your request to 732-465-6447, or by emailing it to <[log in to unmask]>. REGISTRATION. The Workshop registration form is available on-line at Please note that the early registration deadline (and the deadline for room reservations) is 4 August 2003. Fees range from $475 for early registration through $550 for on-site registration, with 10% discounts available for all employees of SISO sponsors. See CONFERENCE COMMITTEE Richard Sharp (Chair) USAF National Air Intelligence Center Robert Leach (Vice Chair) The Boeing Company Jane Bachman (Secretary) ACS Defense, Inc. Doug Buchy RAM Laboratories, Inc. Bruce Fairchild The Boeing Company Ron Hofer University of Central Florida IST Pat Jones U.S. Army Research Laboratory Grover Lollar USAF/XOC Bob Lutz Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Sue Numrich DMSO Allison Griffin (SAC Vice Chair) DiSTI Duncan Miller SISO Executive Director, Conference/Workshop Activities

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