2008 Spring Simulation Interoperability Workshop
sponsored by the
Simulation Interoperability Standards Organization (SISO)

Westin Hotel
Providence, RI
13-18 April 2008

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.

Please see the web version of the Call for Papers, posted at for
more detailed information.
Also monitor for subsequent updates.

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

03 Dec 2007 Abstracts due
06 Feb 2008 Papers due in electronic form
06 Mar 2008 Final electronic copy of paper due
21 Mar 2008 Early registration and hotel registration deadline
07 Apr 2008 Presentations Due
13 Apr 2008 Spring 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.

2008 SPRING SIW FOCUS: "M&S: Innovation at the Intersections"

SISO is about interoperability. We are widening our vision to
address interdisciplinary interoperability as an enabler of
cross-domain synergy.

How do we energize innovation? One answer lies at the intersection
of different domains. Much of M&S technology development has been
linear -- like-minded people working to advance the state-of-the-art
in military training application, Simulation Based Acquisition and
warfare analysis. In the meantime, the bio-medical, automotive,
petro-chemical communities, among countless others, have been
advancing their understanding of M&S science and technology. It's
time for us to converge, to explore our common and diverse interests
exploring the intersection and seeking an explosion of ideas.

"Pick two people, with different experiences and maybe even
different training, and put them together and you've got that
kind of a synergy, an exchange of ideas. Because whatever this
person says will provoke a hundred different ideas in this other
one and a hundred different memories."
-- interview with Gianfranco Zaccai (CEO Design Continuum)
for "How Breakthroughs Happen" by Andrew Hargadon.

We invite all interested persons to submit papers identifying and
amplifying technologies, techniques and processes for implementing
some aspect of interdisciplinary interoperability in M&S. We place
no restrictions on the original field of endeavor. We are actively
seeking new ideas and methods.


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


Generally, papers and presentations are considered in three main

* 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


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.


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
* 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

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

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 Westin
Providence in Providence RI. The special conference rate is
$159/night. A 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 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]>.

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 Please note that the early
registration deadline (and the deadline for room reservations) is
21 March 2008. Fees range from $525 for early registration through
$595 for on-site registration, with 10% discounts available for SISO
sponsors. See

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


Weber, Ralph (Chair)
Mullins, Tom (Vice Chair)
Vernucci, Anthony (Secretary)
Bachman, Jane (SAC Vice Chair)
Beeker, Emmet
Bennett Jr., Wink
Cohen, Charles
Elfrey, Priscilla
Givens, Bret
Rouget, Chris
Swenson, Steve

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