Welcome to SimAUD 2020

Simulation and design computation cover a wide range of scales across space and time: As planners, we are used to shift between the very large and the very small, employing tools that let us predict performance in aggregated or real time. In this continuum of possible scales, we must seek reasonable abstractions on which we base our solution-seeking strategy, to be carried out by ourselves or by computers and machines acting on our behalf. The co-evolutionary nature of computer-aided designing together with new ways of collaborative work enables us to meet challenges ahead swiftly and give answers more precisely than ever before. However, this increased pace also demands us to think ahead. We need to overcome pre-established boundaries that impede our decision process, assessing our own capabilities accurately and without reservations. In order to do that, we need to validate and verify, asking ourselves: “are we building the right product?” and “are we building the product right?”. The answer lies not only in ourselves, but also in the different stakeholders and problem areas we try to have an impact in. The 11th annual Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design (SimAUD) offers a platform to unite researchers and practitioners in the fields of architecture, urban design, urban planning, building science, and data science. SimAUD 2020 invites submissions across a range of topics related to simulation with a special emphasis on methods that bridge disciplinary gaps between design, construction, operations, resource management, human behavior, and performance analytics across building and urban scales.

This year SimAUD is hosted at TU Wien in Vienna, Austria. In past years, attendees have included researchers and practitioners in the fields of urban planning and design, architecture and building science, visualization and construction, as well as software developers, managers, educators, and business professionals. Past SimAUD symposia have attracted exceptionally high-quality submissions (papers, notes, works in progress, datasets, and videos). We highly encourage you to take advantage of the free downloads of previous years' proceedings. We invite you to submit and present an original contribution for SimAUD 2020. All submissions will be peer-reviewed, and accepted full papers will be published in the ACM Digital Library. Please observe the submission types and deadlines on the Symposium website. SimAUD is run collaboratively with ACM/SIGSIM and is sponsored by The Society for Modeling and Simulation International.