By decision of the Conference Committee, the abstract due date
for the Fall SIW has been extended from this coming Monday (14 May)
to a week from Monday (21 May).

Please note also that the RD&E Forum has amended their Call to
include

(a) Business Cases re emerging technologies for utilizing SISO
Policies and Procedures, and

(b) Availability of DIS, HLA, and TENA tools, including GFE,
Commercial, and International tools and products. At least three
commercial vendors must be investigated along with all services
to include USAF, USMC, USN, US Army, and JFCOM.

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ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS

2007 Fall Simulation Interoperability Workshop
sponsored by the
Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO)

Holiday Inn, International Drive
Orlando, FL
16-21 September 2007


This 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
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.

The RDE PRP Forum is actively soliciting abstracts for the FALL 2007
SIW to include the following engineering research (survey) topics:

a) Business Cases wrt emerging technologies for utlizing SISO
Policies and Procedures.
b) Availability of DIS, HLA, and TENA tools including GFE,
Commercial, and International tools and products. At least three
commerical vendors must be investigated along with all services to
include USAF, USMC, USN, US Army, and JFCOM.

Your RDE PRP members will be happy to answer any questions pertaining
to this call for abstracts.
Regards
Cynthia Ballard
RDE Chair
Please see the web version of the Call for Papers, posted at
http://www.sisostds.org/cfp.htm for more detailed information.
Also monitor
http://www.sisostds.org/siw.htm for
subsequent updates.


KEY DATES. In order to meet the Workshop schedule, the following
dates are critical:

21 May 2007 Abstracts due
11 Jul 2007 Papers due in electronic form
17 Aug 2007 Early registration and hotel registration deadline
22 Aug 2007 Final electronic copy of paper
11 Sep 2007 Presentations Due
16 Sep 2007 Fall SIW opens


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.


2007 FALL SIW FOCUS

"Interoperable Modeling and Simulation in Support of Homeland and
Societal Security"

Life is changing in today's world. Global warming, natural
disasters, pandemic diseases, peace support missions, border
control, and global terrorism are examples of areas which reflect
an increasing need for co-operation between military, paramilitary,
civilian governmental and non-governmental organizations. Society
depends on basic services like the water supply, power supply,
wired and wireless communications, road, railway and aviation
infrastructures to remain functional. Society is very vulnerable
to disturbances in these basic services and infrastructures and it
is essential to have plans of action, technical support systems
and well trained officials, support personnel, and volunteers to
be able to minimize the effects of a crisis.

Modeling and simulation plays a key role in the transformation
towards a more robust society. Simulation-Based Acquisition is
a powerful tool for developing functional solutions to handle
crisis and training solutions are essential to prepare people
for situations that go far beyond normal events.


NEW FORUM

A new SIW Forum is being established for papers concerning Crisis
Management and Societal Security, focusing on various aspects of
modeling and simulation, including predictive and descriptive models
for analysis, research and development, test and evaluation, decision
support, and training purposes. The Forum will be planned in
cooperation with the ISO TC 223 Societal Security standardizing
organization.


EXPERIENCE WITH SISO STANDARDS

SISO invites papers that report the results of experiences with
SISO-developed standards and guidelines. We are looking for
feedback (positive or negative) on the utility of our products.
If the author(s) indicate in both the abstract and in the completed
paper that they are submitting a "SISO Standards Experiences" paper,
these papers will be highlighgted in a listing in the SIW Workshop
Agenda.


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.

* Special Sessions, which deal with topics that merit timely
solicitation of feedback from the SISO community.

For a detailed list of the Forums, Study Groups, and Product
Development Groups meeting at this workshop, and their specific
interest areas, see the "Tracks and Forums," "Study Groups," and
"Product Development Groups" links at
http://www.sisostds.org


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
All-SISO Social, contact Ralph Weber ([log in to unmask]).

QUARTERLY WEBLETTER. Simulation Technology Magazine, SISO's quarterly
electronic magazine, is available on-line at

http://www.sisostds.org/SimTechMagazine.htm

This material is also published as part of the SCS Modeling and Simulation
quarterly magazine. SISO members can subscribe to this magazine as an
option on the SISO Workshop registration form.


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."

DRESS CODE ADVISORY. The workshop atmosphere is intentionally informal.
Jackets/ties/heels are discouraged, especially after the Monday Plenary
session. At the Monday afternoon Plenary, military speakers wear the
Uniform of the Day. The Uniform of the Day or civilian attire are
appropriate on subsequent days.

SITE AND ACCOMMODATIONS. The Workshop will be held at the Holiday Inn
on International Drive, Orlando, FL. The special conference rate is
$103/night. The government per diem rate is also available for a
limited number of rooms. Proof of status will be required to obtain
the government rate. Make your reservations at the SISO web site at
http://www.sisostds.org/siw.htm 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]).

GOVERNMENT PER DIEM AND CONFERENCE LODGING ALLOWANCES. Refer to
https://secureapp2.hqda.pentagon.mil/perdiem/ for guidance regarding
per diem and conference lodging allowances for government personnel
and government contractors. SISO's access to meeting space at the
conference conference depends on our guarantee of an agreed-upon number
of lodging room-nights. Please plan to stay at the conference hotel!

REGISTRATION. The Workshop registration form is available on-line
at http://www.sisostds.org/siw.htm.
Please note that the early
registration deadline (and the deadline for room reservations) is
18 August. Fees range from $475 for early registration through
$550 for on-site registration, with 10% discounts available for SISO
sponsors. See
http://www.sisostds.org/sponsors.htm

Student registrations are available at a 50% discount, with proof
of valid, current status as a university undergraduate or graduate
student.


CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

- Ralph Weber (Chair), Computer Sciences Corp (CSC)
- Tom Mullins (Vice Chair), USAF
- Catherine Banks, VMASC, Old Dominion University
- Emmet Beeker, MITRE Corp.
- Wink Bennett, USAF
- Charles Cohen, Cybernet
- Huang Doan, Naval Air Orlando, TSD
- Bret Givens, GD-AIS
- Katherine Morse (SAC Vice Chair), SAIC
- Jan Tegner, Saab Systems
- Anthony Vernucci, GD-AIS
- Gene Wiehagen, US Army
- Duncan Miller SISO Executive Director

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