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Still 2008 Fall SIW hotel rooms available Duncan Miller dmiller <a href="/index.htm?LOGON=A3%3Dind0809%26L%3DSISO-ADMIN%26E%3Dquoted-printable%26P%3D544%26B%3D--%26T%3Dtext%252Fhtml%3B%2520charset%3DUTF-8%26XSS%3D3%26header%3D1" target="_parent" >[log in to unmask]</a> The Florida Hotel in Orlando still has some rooms available and is
willing to honor our special conference rate. Remember that we
incur penalties if we do not meet our guest room block commitment.
(We are currently 108 room-nights short.) So please stay at the
conference hotel if you are coming to the Fall SIW.

See the "2008 Fall SIW" page on the SISO web site,
http://www.sisostds.org There are links to the on-line
workshop registration site, as well as links for both
government rate and non-government rate hotel reservations.

The original call for papers and registration information are
repeated below. Highlights and special sessions include


TOOLS ON PARADE SESSION:

The simulation community is currently supported by a thriving
commercial marketplace of software tools. Innovations in automation
abound, although it is sometimes difficult for users to grasp the
wide range of options regarding what is available today in the tool
marketplace. The purpose of the session is to inform the SISO
community of the wide variety of both government and commercial
software tools that have been developed (or are being developed) to
facilitate simulation activities. Representatives of various
government and commercial organizations will provide an overview of
the tools they have developed, including hosting information, key
features, developmental status, and points of contact. Many of these
representatives will be available for Q, further discussions, and
demonstrations of their products in the exhibit area during the week.
The length of each presentation will be proportionally based on the
number of presentations given (five minute minimum, fifteen minute
maximum). Priority for selection as a Tools on Parade presenter, and
the time slots given, will first go to SISO Sponsors, then current
SISO exhibitors, and then to current SISO attendees.

If you wish to be considered for presenting at the Fall 2008 SISO
Conference's Tools on Parade session, please contact (immediately)

Charles J. Cohen
Conference Committee, Exhibitor Liaison
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OPEN SOURCE SIMULATION

A special Session on Open Source Simulation will be on Wednesday.
There is a special one-day registration rate for people who are
attending ONLY this day. Anyone who has paid the full workshop
registration fee is welcome to attend as well.

This Special Session offers SISO members a venue to come together to
hear about current open source developments, how open source is being
used and the value it can provide. Anyone interested in sharing their
experiences with open source are encouraged to submit a paper or
contact Tim Pokorny <[log in to unmask]>.


============= ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS ================

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

Florida Mall Conference Center
Orlando, FL
14-19 September 2008

This SIW will be held at a new venue, the Florida Hotel, which
is connected to The Florida Mall (on Sand Lake Road, near the
airport). See
http://www.thefloridahotelorlando.com
(but use one
of the links on the SISO 2008 Fall SIW web page to make your
reservations).

The SIWs are semiannual events 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 for additional
information. Monitor http://www.sisostds.org for further updates.


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

23 May 2008 Abstracts due
09 Jul 2008 Papers due in electronic form
15 Aug 2008 Final electronic copy of paper due
18 Aug 2008 Early registration and hotel registration deadline
08 Sep 2008 Presentations Due
15 Sep 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 FALL SIW FOCUS: Training: Both Military and Non-Military

In 2007, the US Department of Defense released the Defense Science
Board Summer Study 2006 on "21st Century Strategic Technology Vectors".
The study identified "Human Terrain Preparation" as a critical vector
for the 21st Century. Within this topic, they identified Rapid
Training and Continuous Learning; Automated Language Processing; and
Human, Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Modeling as the key components
of preparing the human terrain.

The US military is certainly not unique in concerning itself with
these topics. Crisis managers, emergency medical providers, traffic
planners, Automobile manufacturers, police forces and shipping
companies are vitally concerned with predicting human responses to
stimuli with a view of ensuring that learning takes place as quickly
and efficiently as possible.

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.


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.


TOOLS ON PARADE SESSION

The simulation community is currently supported by a thriving
commercial marketplace of software tools. Innovations in automation
abound, although it is sometimes difficult for users to grasp the
wide range of options regarding what is available today in the tool
marketplace. The purpose of the session is to inform the SISO
community of the wide variety of both government and commercial
software tools that have been developed (or are being developed) to
facilitate simulation activities. Representatives of various
government and commercial organizations will provide an overview of
the tools they have developed, including hosting information, key
features, developmental status, and points of contact. Many of these
representatives will be available for questions, further discussions,
and demonstrations of their products in the exhibit area during the
week. The length of the each presentation will be proportionally
based on the number of presentations (five minute minimum, fifteen
minute maximum). Priority for selection as a Tools on Parade
presenter, and the time slots given, will first go to SISO Sponsors,
then current SISO exhibitors, and then to current SISO attendees.

If you wish to be considered for presenting at the Fall 2008 SISO
Conference's Tools on Parade session, please contact:
Charles J. Cohen
Conference Committee, Exhibitor Liaison
[log in to unmask]


OPEN SOURCE SIMULATION SESSION

A special Session on Open Source Simulation will be held this Fall.
This Special Session offers SISO members a venue to come together to
hear about current open source developments, how open source is being
used and the value it can provide. Anyone interested in sharing their
experiences with open source are encouraged to submit a paper or
contact Tim Pokorny, <[log in to unmask]>.


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]>.


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 Florida
Mall Conference Center, Orlando, FL. The special conference rate is
$109/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
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 2008. Fees range from $575 for early registration through
$645 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.


SISO CONFERENCE COMMITTEE

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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