1st CFP MESM'2014, 14TH Annual Middle Eastern Simulation and Modelling Conference, February 3-5, 2014, AOU, Muscat, Oman



The 14th annual Middle Eastern Simulation and Modelling Conference
Arab Open University
Muscat, Oman
February 3-5, 2014

Modelling Methodology
Modelling Tools
Analysis Methodology
Simulation of Networks and Communications
Complex Systems Simulation
Simulation of Systems and Image Processing
Energy Systems Simulation
Simulation in the Chemical and Petrochemical Industry
Multimedia and Virtual Reality Systems
Decision Processing in Management
Modelling and Simulation in Biomedical Systems
Modelling and Simulation for Industrial Applications
Web Based Simulation
Simulation in Information Processing and Software Development
Computational Cognition and Learning
Simulation in Fuzzy Systems
Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms
Simulation in the Built Environment
Simulation in Archeology
Simulation in the Arab World
Student Session

Organised by
The European Technology Institute
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The MESM'2014 (International Middle Eastern Simulation and Modelling Conference) on Simulation and Modelling is the fourteenth annual conference in the MESM series and is organized by the Arab Open University and members of the European Simulation Society. One of the major aims of this conference is to bring people from various parts of the Middle East in contact with colleagues working in modeling & simulation from around the world (e.g..Europe, USA, Canada, Far East etc.). The other aim is to establish a local technical society in the Middle East and to integrate these into a wider Network of Simulation Excellence. This conference, is sponsored by The Arab Open University, Ghent University, EUROSIS, ETI as well as IEEE UKRI - SPC.

All submissions will be peer reviewed by at least three members of the International Program Committee. Accepted papers will be published in the conference Proceedings (both print and electronic format), that will be copyrighted and widely disseminated. All talks and tutorials, must be accompanied by a paper of between three to eight Proceedings pages.



The conference venue for the 2014 MESM is the Arab Open University,
Oman Branch (http://arabou.edu.kw/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=110&Itemid=426&lang=en)in Muscat, capital of Oman. This city is flanked by the Al Hajar Mountains which dominate the city and on the other side by the pristine beaches and cliffs of the Gulf of Oman on the Arabian Sea.
Average temperature for February is between 17 and 26 degrees centigrade
More info on: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscat,_Oman

Contributions to the technical program are solicited in the following general areas;

Modelling Methodology

Continuous, discrete and hybrid simulation methodology, Simulation environments, Multi-paradigm simulation, Simulation uncertainty, Simulation visualisation, Integration of simulation and geographical information systems, Object-oriented programming and Languages, Multi-paradigm Languages, Software comparisons. Numerical Methods for Simulation, Mathematical Analysis in Simulation, Parallel Simulation Methodology, Discrete Event Simulation, Simulation Fidelity and Performance Evaluation, Advanced Training and Simulation Concepts for Education, Multiparameter Sequential Optimization Methods in Simulation, Verification, Validation, and Control in Complex Systems Simulation, Distributed and Parallel Systems Simulation, Combined Continuous and Discrete Event Models, Symbol Analysis and Manipulation of Equation-Based Models, Simultaneous vs Modular Simulation Methods, Standardization Issues.

Modelling Tools

Simulation languages; Object oriented modeling languages; UML and simulation; Model libraries and modularity; Component-oriented simulation; Special simulation tools and environments; Meta-models and automatic model generation; Graphical simulation environments and simulation software tools; Intelligent simulation environments; Database management of models and results; Java and Web enabled simulations, UML and OO Simulation.

Analysis Methodology

Advanced Input Modeling, Simulation Optimization, Cross Entropy, Output Analysis, Input Modeling, Simulation Optimization, Input Analysis, Difficult Queueing Problems, New Output Analysis.

Simulation of Networks and Communication

Modeling and simulation of analogue circuits; Modeling and simulation of digital circuits at switch and/or at logic level; Hardware accelerators for circuit-level simulation; Hardware accelerators for logic simulation; Distributed simulation of circuits, components, and systems; Modeling and simulation of computer systems; Fault simulation; Parallel and distributed systems; High-speed networks; Network simulation software; Computer and telecommunication systems; Telecommunication devices and systems; Intelligent telecommunication networks; ISDN; ATM communications.

Complex Systems Simulation

Design and Simulation, - Process Control and Optimisation, - Information Technology Systems, - Space and Airborne Systems - Communication Networks, - Cybernetics and Control, - Building Engineering and Urban Infrastructures - Nonlinear Systems, Integration of AI Techniques and Simulation, Knowledge Elicitation and Representation for Complex Models, Drawing Understanding and Pattern Recognition, Machine Learning, Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms, Simulation in Robotics and Automation, Continuous Simulation of Technical Processes, Fuzzy Models in Simulation, Wireless Communication, Mobile Communication Networks, Satellite Communication, LAN and WAN Protocols, Simulation of Switching Equipment, Design and Coding of Communication Handling Software.

Simulation of Signal and Image Processing

Modelling and simulation are powerful tools in image and signal processing applications. For example, the modelling and simulation of communication networks enable the analysis and evaluation of data communication techniques in a much more time and cost efficient way than field tests. Modelling and simulations are also extensively used in biomedical signal processing to study and predict physical behaviour. Mathematical models such as Markov random fields and optical flows have been successfully used to solve a variety of image processing problems, including image restoration, reconstruction, segmentation, and classification as well as texture analysis.

Energy Systems Simulation

Simulators: Real-Time simulation methods, GUI, Advanced modelling tools, Trainees' performance evaluation, Simulator Projects Simulation Studies: Simulation during design, Safety and environmental hazard estimation, Production optimisation. Methodology: Real-time simulation and visualisation tools, Parallel and distributed simulation.

Simulation in the Chemical and Petrochemical Industry

Simulation of Chemical Plants, Flow simulation, Plant control systems, network simulation, geological simulations, drilling simulations, oil transport simulations.

Multimedia and Virtual Reality Systems

This track covers simulation programmes used in Multimedia and VR systems enhanced simulation

Decision Processing in Management

Business process engineering and simulation, Simulation in customer-oriented service processes, Decision support systems, Simulation in Finance and Risk Management, Simulation in workflow management, Process mapping and simulation, Simulation of production processes and equipment, Business Information Modeling Methods and Methodologies, UML and UP in Business Modelling, UML and UP for Enterprise Modeling.

Modelling and Simulation in Biomedical Systems

Topics are biological systems, medical systems and ecosystems with the domain specific topics such as molecular modelling, genetic algorithms in biosystems, fuzzy sets and neural nets in biosystems, physiology, cardiology, anesthesia, cancer, circulatory system, respiratory system, renal system, biomechanics, agricultural production, simulation of global change, ecotechnology and eco-engineering, GIS, population dynamics, etc Simulation of Patient Care,Quality of Service, Hospital Logistics, Simulation of Disease Proliferation, Virtual Reality in Surgical Procedures, Simulating Biological Phenomena and Organs, Simulation as a Tool for Diagnosis, Simulation of Emergency Procedures (Disaster Gaming), General Medical Simulations, Pharmacometric Modelling, Physiological Simulations.

Modelling and Simulation for Industrial Applications

The application section covers: Automation, CAD/CAM/CAE, Defense Electronics, Design Automation, Simulation in industrial Design, Industrial Engineering, Industrial and Process Simulation, Manufacturing, Simulations, Logistics and Transport, Power Plants, Multibody Systems, Aerospace, etc..

Web based Simulation

Web-based Simulation Environments (WSE), Web-based Distributed Interactive Simulation (WDIS) Sharing and reuse of simulation models and tools in WSE, Techniques and Standards for model integration, Communication interoperability in WSE and WDIS, WSE and WDIS applications to education, training and learning, Simulation visualization/animation in WSE and WDIS, Web-based Distributed Simulation (distributed modelling via the Web, Java based, Federated, and so on)

Simulation in Information Processing and Software Development in Engineering

Topics covered by this track are: Agile Methods, Computer Supported Cooperative Software Engineering, Configuration Management, Dependable and Secure Computing, DevOps and Operations (esp. in Distributed/Cloud Environment), Domain-specific Models and Languages, and Model Driven Development, Domain-specific Applications for Logistics, Finance, Health Care,Manufacturing, Defense etc., Empirical Research in Software Engineering, Engineering Big Data and Analytics Applications, Engineering Cloud Applications, Engineering/operating Large-Scale Distributed Systems, Formal Methods, Knowledge-Based Software Engineering, Legacy Systems, Software Maintenance and Reverse Engineering, Measurement, Metrics, Experimentation, Mobile Computing and Apps Development, Modularisation Techniques, including Component-Based Software Engineering and Aspect-Oriented Programming, Open Source Software Development, Programming Languages and Techniques such as Dynamic Languages, Concurrent and Functional Programming, Quality Assurance, Real-Time and Embedded Software, Requirements Engineering, Service Oriented Architectures and Services Engineering, Software Analysis and Visualisation, Software Architecture, Design and Patterns, Software Documentation, Software Ecosystem and Ultra-Large-Scale Systems, Software Engineering of Multi-Agent Systems, Software Engineering of Services, Software for Internet of Things and Ubiquitous Computing, Software Modelling Approaches, Software Performance Engineering, Software Processes and Quality, Software Project Management and Risk Management, Software Reuse and Product Lines, Software Security, Safety and Reliability, Software Verification and Validation, Usability, Web Applications and REST.

Computational Cognition and Learning

The computational cognition and learning" (CCL) track covers studies of the computational basis of human learning and inference by using mathematical modeling, computer simulation and behavioral experiments. Aim of such studies is to uncover the basis behind the processing of information. Fields of the CCL track includes
Bayesian Networks, Bayesian Estimation, Bayesian Inference, Bayesian Statistics, Conditional Independence, Factor Analysis, Hidden Markov Models, Maximum Likelihood Estimation, Principle Components Analysis, Hebbian Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Model-Based and Model-Free Learning, Sensory Integration and Kalman Filtering.

Simulation in Fuzzy Systems

Classification, Data analysis, Fault tolerance, Forecasting, Knowledge acquisition, Economics and Finance, Planning, Pre-treatment of data, Process control, Robotics, Speech and image recognition, Web intelligence, involving methodologies such as: Hybrid systems (GA, fuzzy, symbolic representation), Methods or tools for evaluating ANN performance, Reinforcement Learning, Simulation tools (research, education, development).

Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms

Neural nets for simulation: modelling of parts (components) of the system simulated by neural networks, evaluation of simulation models using neural nets, decision support in simulation models by neural nets; Simulation of neural nets: systems of pre-designed neural networks, techniques and tools for simulation and programming of neural networks. Expert Controllers and Genetic Algorithms in Simulation, Knowledge Based Simulation Tools, AI and Expert Systems in Simulation.

Simulation in the Built Environment

The built environment is a complicated and many-faceted energy system encompassing many different yet synergistic energy flow paths. Each flow path changes its own (and hence the system's) characteristics. tics dynamically as time progresses. To accurately model such phenomena a simulation model must take into account all relevant energy subsystems and the interrelationships between them.
The areas covered by building simulation models are numerous and varied and include conduction modelling, air/fluid flow modelling, plant side modelling, insulation analysis, lighting studies and building climatic interaction.

Simulation in Archaeology

Archaeologists commonly use theoretical models, experiments, and observations of the world as it is today to try to explain what happened in the past. They have attempted to explain, for example, why people first began to walk upright and why civilizations that once flourished suddenly collapsed. Good explanations come from well-thought-out theoretical models that propose ways in which the existing archaeological record might have been formed. Explanations can include factors such as environmental changes, demographic shifts (changes in population makeup and size), migrations, and patterns of thought and behavior.

In recent years, many archaeologists have begun to use geographic information systems (GIS) to aid in mapping sites. These computer-based systems allow the collection, storage, and manipulation of environmental, geographic, and geologic data, together with archaeological information, in a single database. Using this technology, archaeologists can create maps that simulate different environments and ways in which people might have used land, living space, and material goods.

Simulation Projects in the Arab World

Roundtable discussion on present projects in the Arab World. If you have a topic proposal feel free to contact Philippe.Geril@eurosis.org

How to conduct a simulation study – a hands-on workshop using FlexSim

by Katharina Albert, Managing Director of Kat Logics, Dubai.

This workshop is intended for end-users, e.g. from the logistics industry who want to model real-world problems and need to know exactly where to start and what is important to successfully use simulation. It is an inter-active workshop for people to ask questions and share their experience, while we start right from the beginning of a project and work through a case study using the FlexSim simulation software. This one day workshop will mainly focus on the methodology of a simulation study, the modelling and data analysis, rather than too specific software commands. Hence what has been learned can be applied by anyone irrespective of the simulation tool they are using.

Other workshop proposals may be sent in by the 1st of October 2013


Tutorials can be proposed in the following three categories:
* T1- Introductory Tutorials
* T2- State of the Art Tutorials
* T3- Software and Modelware Tutorials

Tutorial proposals should be emailed to Philippe.Geril@eurosis.org, by indicating the type of tutorial you would like to suggest. (T1, T2 or T3) before OCTOBER 1, 2013. A confirmation email will be sent to verify that the proposal was received.


The poster session only features work in progress. Next to the
actual poster presentation, these submissions also feature as short
papers in the Proceedings.


This session is for students who want to present their work in
progress or part of their doctoral thesis as a paper. Student papers
are denoted by the fact that only the name of the student appears on
the paper as an author. They are published as short papers in the


For demonstrations or video sessions, please contact EUROSIS.
Special session will be set up for vendor presentations in co-
ordination with the scientific program. User Group meetings for
simulation languages and tools can be organised the day before the
conference. If you would like to arrange a meeting, please contact
the Conference Chairs. We will be happy to provide a meeting room
and other necessary equipment.
Partners for projects session(s) will be organised by EUROSIS to
give potential project teams or individuals the opportunity to
present their research in order to link up with fellow researchers
for future research projects. Those wishing to participate in this
session need to send a proposal to EUROSIS.
A EUROSIS TC Meeting and an EU Project update meeting


A special exhibition will be held during the conference focused on
simulation applications. For more information please contact EUROSIS for
further details. Email: Philippe.Geril@eurosis.org


Send all submissions in an ELECTRONIC FORM ONLY in (zipped)
Microsoft Word format, or PDF format (preferred format) indicating the
designated track and type of submission (full paper or an extended
abstract) to the EUROSIS office (Philippe.Geril@eurosis.org).
Please provide your name, affiliation, full mailing address,
telephone / fax number and Email address on all submissions as well.
For submissions please put in the subject of your Email the
following indications: MESM'2014 and designated track or USE THE

Only original papers, which have not been published elsewhere, will
be accepted for publication

Journal Publication

Only accepted and presented extended papers are eligible for journal publication in any of the journals listed here.


Registration Fees
EUROSIS members
Other Participants
Pre-registration before December 15, 2013 € 500 € 500 € 555
Registration after December 15, 2013 Pre-registration required € 545 € 595
Registration Fees Middle Eastern Participants *
EUROSIS members
Other Participants
Pre-registration before December 15, 2013 € 250 € 250 € 300
Registration after December 15, 2013 Pre-registration required € 300 € 350

* Are denoted as Middle Eastern Participants, those who are living and working in the countries of the Middle East. Furthermore ALL authors should be in a Middle Eastern University. If some authors are based outside the Middle East the other conference fees apply.

Registration Fees AOU/Oman Academic Participants **
EUROSIS members
Other Participants
Pre-registration before December 15, 2013 € 125 € 125 € 125
Registration after December 15, 2013 Pre-registration required € 200 € 200

** Are designated as AOU / Oman Academic participants, those living in the Middle East and working at an AOU branch the time of the conference or being part of an Omani academic institution at the time of the conference. Furthermore ALL authors should be in an AOU or Omani Academic Institution. If some authors are based outside Oman the other conference fees apply.


Students who are authors, pay a registration of EUR 360. To qualify as a student author you need to send in together with your paper a copy of your student card. Student papers are only accepted as student papers if only the name of the student appears as author of the paper or in the case of multiple authors, all authors should be students.
Students who are not authors can participate in the event for EUR 350.

Registration Fees Students
EUROSIS members
Other Participants
Pre-registration before November 10, 2012 € 360 € 360 € 400
Registration after November 10, 2012 Pre-registration required € 360 € 420


The registration fee includes one copy of the Conference
Proceedings, coffee and tea during the breaks, all lunches, a
welcome cocktail and a conference dinner.

More info to follow soon

FULL PAPER (including abstract, conclusions, diagrams, references)
During review, the submitted full papers can be accepted as a
regular 5 page paper. If excellent, full papers can be accepted by
the program committee as an extended (8-page) paper. Each submission
will be reviewed by at least three members of the MESM'2014 International
Program Committee.

EXTENDED ABSTRACT (at least five pages)
Participants may also submit a 5 page extended abstract for a
regular (5 pages) or short (3 pages) paper or poster, which will be
reviewed by the International Program Committee. All accepted papers
will be published in the MESM'2014 Conference Proceedings.

SHORT ABSTRACT (at least three pages)
Participants may also submit a 3 page abstract for a short paper or
poster, which will be reviewed by the International Program
Committee. All accepted papers will be published in the MESM'2014
Conference Proceedings.



The 2014 MESM Conference Committee will select the Outstanding Paper of
the Conference. The author of this paper will be awarded a free registration
for a EUROSIS conference. Only papers SUBMITTED AS FULL papers will be eligible
for the Outstanding Paper Award.


Selected simulation conference papers will be published in the
Elsevier Journal of Computational Science.


The official conference language for all papers and presentations is


Authors provide camera-ready manuscript: DECEMBER 15TH, 2013

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[ ] Organizing a vendor session
[ ] Proposing a panel discussion (please mention names of
[ ] Contributing to the exhibition
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The paper belongs to the category (please tick only one):
[ ] Modelling Methodology
[ ] Modelling Tools
[ ] Analysis Methodology
[ ] Simulation of Networks and Communications
[ ] Complex Systems Simulation
[ ] Simulation of Systems and Image Processing
[ ] Energy Systems Simulation
[ ] Simulation in the Chemical and Petrochemical Industry
[ ] Multimedia and Virtual Reality Systems
[ ] Decision Processing in Management
[ ] Modelling and Simulation in Biomedical Systems
[ ] Modelling and Simulation for Industrial Applications
[ ] Web Based Simulation
[ ] Simulation in Information Processing and Software Development
[ ]¨Computational Cognition and Learning
[ ] Simulation in Fuzzy Systems
[ ] Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms
[ ] Simulation in the Built Environment
[ ] Simulation in Archeology
[ ] Simulation in the Arab World
[ ] Poster Session
[ ] Student Session
[ ] Tutorials
[ ] Exhibition
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Ghent University - Ostend Campus
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Fax: +32.59.255339
Email: philippe.geril@eurosis.org



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