The McLeod Modeling and Simulation Network (M&SNet)

of the Society for Modeling and Simulation International (SCS)

Annual Meeting

July 25, 2004

Governor’s House D, San Jose Hyatt Hotel

San Jose, CA, USA


T. Ören convened the meeting at 1300. L. Yilmaz was appointed as the secretary.

The attendees of the meeting were as follows:


Member organization




of M&SNet

Italy MISS-Genoa Center Agostino Bruzzone University of Genoa
USA MISS (Chico Center) Roy Crosbie California State University, Chico
USA BioSystems Group Antony C. Hunt UCSF BioSystems Group , Director
Hungary MISS (Hungarian Center) Andras Javor Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
France MISS (INSA Rouen Center) Mhamed Itmi INSA-Rouen, France
USA MISS (VMASC Center) R. Bowen Loftin Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center
Canada MISS-Ottawa Center Tuncer Ören University of Ottawa
USA BioSystems Group Sunwoo Park UCSF Biosystems Group
USA BioSystems Group Glenn E. Ropello UCSF Biosystems Group
Italy MISS-Genoa Center (Perugia Satellite Center) Stefano Saetta University of Perugia, Italy
USA AMSL Levent Yilmaz Auburn University

non-member guests

Spain   Toni Guasch Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
Spain   Miquel Angel Pierra Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
USA   Rick Sharp SISO


1- Welcome and Introductions

T. Ören welcomed those in attendance and presented the agenda for the meeting.


2. Presentations by M&SNet Member Institutions and Guests

T. Ören then called for the presentation of individual members.

2.1 Gabriel Wainer presented their research efforts at the Carleton University (OC-MISS). He then discussed potential cooperation opportunities within M&SNet. In particular, Wainer overviewed several domains of interest, such as hardware modeling and simulation for Sparc processors, cellular models and their applications. A number of collaboration efforts among M&SNet members are highlighted (i.e. University of Arizona - Carleton, Ottawa –Carleton, Tucson – Ottawa, LSIS-Marseille, Universite de Corse (fire spread modeling) and Ottawa – Auburn)
2.2 Levent Yilmaz provided a synopsis of his research efforts in simulation-based problem solving environments in peace and conflict studies. A number of research challenges in conflict modeling and simulation are presented to layout a roadmap for cooperation. Ongoing cooperation between Auburn University (AMSL) and University of Ottawa (OC-MISS) on the simulation-based exploration of conflict phenomena is highlighted. Yilmaz discussed potential funding agencies and priority areas such as NSF-Human and Social Dynamics that may support the presented research agenda.
2.3 After a brief introduction of the Genoa MISS Center, Agostino Bruzzone continued his presentation by discussing MISS projects taking place at the University of Genoa. He emphasized the emergent opportunities in cooperation for the development of advanced simulation-based solutions for the logistics, forecasting, harbor simulation, truck-driver training and human behavior modeling. International activities and agreements that are already in place, as well professional course development (SIREN project) efforts are highlighted during the presentation.
2.4 Anthony C. Hunt presented biosystems research activities at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) (BioSystems Group). Hunt presented the computational biology and biomedical aspects in simulation. The significance of simulation of patients, predicting biological and organic system (i.e., liver, tumor systems, immune systems) behaviors during therapeutic interventions are discussed. The liver example is given to illustrate the systemic and functional interactions.
2.5 Sunwoo Park, from the Biosystems group at UCSF, followed Hunt to discuss BioDevs as a computational environment for modeling, simulation and visualization system that helps explore structural, temporal, and behavioral aspects of biological systems.
2.6 Bowen Loftin (from VMASC Center of MISS) provided an overview of the activities and capabilities of Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center. Potential cooperation opportunities are discussed to facilitate strong ties to other universities and industry. Core competencies and the objectives of some of the VMASC projects (from a list of over 45 projects) are briefly overviewed. In particular, VMASC projects on composability theory (the theory of semantic composability), human behavioral modeling, crowd modeling, psychological-based behavior modeling, M&SBOK, XMSF and its application to C4I, medical M&S - medical preparedness, modeling political and psychological effects of human networks, virtual training support systems, Operational Test & Evaluation, and M&S Space Radiation Effects are presented.
2.7 Miquel Angel Piera, guest participant from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain) presented their research activities. Piera also introduced the CEA-IFAC, which is a premiere and highly active Spanish Simulation Society. His presentation covered the goals of their society as well as research projects in robotics, real-time, and artificial vision. He also presented educational efforts and specialized courses in simulation that are provided by invited researchers and educators. Piera announced the establishment of a new simulation journal and presented their ongoing industrial activities.

Following the presentations, Ören discussed the procedures for membership including the submission of letter of intent and application procedures. Ören encouraged the M&SNet members to submit their annual report, as well as annual meeting presentations to be posted on the web.

3:45 pm: The attendees took a 10 minute break to convene at 3:55pm

3:55pm – The second session of the M&SNet meeting started.

3. Cooperation among M&SNet Member Institutions

T. Ören mentioned the possibility of M&SNet oriented proposal development. He stated the need for a US leader for the proposal and emphasized that the deadline for proposal submission is August 23rd.

It is agreed by the attendees that the time frame is not long enough to deliver the proposal before the deadline.

G. Ropello mentioned the importance of mechanisms to facilitate cooperation. He went on to state that most presentations were post-fact and that discussion on future research programs may be conducive to timely cooperation. He also pointed out the need for lists and web-based portals to facilitate communication and timely dissemination.

T. Ören pointed out the existence of the cooperation opportunities section in the M&SNet web page. He then suggested that if one has a project that requires cooperation, he will submit and inform all the directors of the member organizations of the M&SNet to distribute and share the information about that opportunity with the affiliated members of his/her group.

G. Ropello asked if there is a channel, by which members of the M&SNet can communicate directly

T. Ören noted that the email addresses of directors are available on the web site. He also noted that he deliberately avoided a common listserver to avoid information overload. He also noted that emails of all affiliated members can be used by third parties in spams.

G. Ropello expressed that in some cases human to human communication could also be useful. He then suggested that web portal or a hypertext mail mechanism can enable members to choose and read those discussions on the portal that are relevant to their interest.

T. Ören agreed that such an approach would indeed be useful; yet, we need resources to implement it.

T. Ören noted that M&SNet meetings are also useful to know each other. He recommended that cross-indexing of our expertise areas and publishing that information online can be useful to locate expertise. He went on by stating that he will update and post areas of expertise of organizations and their members on the M&SNet web site. T. Ören then kindly requested from the attendees to comment on their expectations from the M&SNet along with desirable features that M&SNet can provide.

M. Itmi stated that developing joint projects is worth pursing. He also stated that the management of the project is a critical component and significant challenge in most of their projects.

L. Yilmaz argued that M&SNet can provide leverage in management. Some member organizations with management expertise can provide that support if and when needed, while the research component can be performed by others member organizations with the requisite expertise.

T. Ören stated that it would be a good idea to list in M&SNet web site the agents seeking proposals. He then followed by discussing that in US there is a possibility of professional certification of simulation practitioners. Young colleagues can be encouraged to get involved in the certification. Student chapters can be initiated. Motivations of younger members can be achieved by promoting student memberships.

T. Ören also suggested the initiation of a speaker's program in modeling and simulation. He recommended looking at ACM speaker’s program as one example. He went on to discussing the possibility of extending invitation to M&SNet affiliated members to organize special courses.

Bowen Loftin noted that M&SNet meeting is an annual meeting and that this is a long time. He recommended having more frequent meetings to increase networking. He stated that focused type of activities could also be effective.

T. Ören, agreeing with this suggestion, stated that this is indeed desirable and doable. He then suggested that any member organization can organize and announce focused events. He then mentioned the NSF Workshop organized by ACIMS in December 2003 as an example.

 A. Bruzzone: recommended starting from a seed initiative. He explicitly noted the possibility of developing a proposal in the human behavior modeling and simulation. He stated that such initiatives can be used to develop new research programs within M&SNet member organizations.

T. Ören noted the efforts taking place jointly with AMSL (Levent Yilmaz) and OC-MISS (Tuncer Ören) on human behavior modeling and simulation especially from the point of view of use of simulation for conflict management.

T. Ören then noted the efforts taking place in curriculum development. He also acknowledged the activity planning in curriculum development within MISS and recommended the establishment of a new task force to develop curriculum.

Sunwoo Park initiated a discussion on the development of common model specification standards such as CORBA.

T. Ören stated that while such a standard is desirable, standardization initiatives are extensive undertakings and require consensus.

Bowen Loftin discussed lessons learned during the HLA and DIS standardization efforts.

T. Ören adjourned the meeting at 17:00

Respectfully submitted,

Levent Yilmaz

SCS Secretary