61st International Conference of Scandinavian Simulation Society, SIMS 2020

The 61st International Conference of Scandinavian Simulation Society, SIMS 2020, arranged as a Virtual Conference on September 22-24, 2020.


The SIMS conference will be organized every year by Scandinavian Simulation Society, SIMS. The background of this conference series is in the 60-years history of SIMS.
The program of the SIMS 2020 Conference will have a multi-conference structure with several special topics related to methodologies and application areas. The program includes invited talks, parallel, special and poster sessions, exhibition and versatile technical and social tours.
The conference is organized by Scandinavian Simulation Society (SIMS), Finnish Simulation Forum (FinSim), Finnish Society of Automation and University of Oulu.
The Scandinavian simulation society, SIMS, originates from Scandinaviska Analogmaskinsällskabet (SAMS), which was founded in 1959.
The Finnish Society of Automation (FSA), founded in 1953, is a forum for members and all automation users to disseminate technological experience and to advance professional skills. Finnish Simulation Forum (FinSim) is a division of FSA.
The Federation of European Simulation Societies, EUROSIM, was set up in 1989. The purpose of EUROSIM is to provide a European forum for regional and national simulation societies to promote the advancement of modelling and simulation in industry, research and development.
All the accepted camera-ready manuscripts have been received and editorial correction requests have been sent for some authors. The conference program and publications need the following information and submissions:
  • September 15, 2020, Submission information (Title, Abstract and Keywords) - Done
  • September 15, 2020, Presentation need to be submitted in advance - Done
  • October 15, 2020, Final extended abstract for the Book of Abstracts - Extended
  • October 15, 2020, Reference list for the Proceedings
  • October 30, 2020, Final corrections for the Proceedings
All the submissions should be done within the submission page at EasyChair.


The Proceedings has been published by Linköping University Press in Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings No. 176 :
ISSN: 1650-3686, eISSN: 1650-3740, ISBN 978-91-7929-731-2.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3384/ecp20176
Entire Proceedings: 68 papers, 485+26 pages, 61 194 KB,

Author instructions

All papers should use the following templates LaTeX or DOC:
The MSWord template has been updated by including more details about bibliographic citing and references.
  • The length of the scientific papers should be 6 pages, the maximum is 8 pages.

The peer-reviewed conference articles will be published in Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings Series (publication level 1 in Finland and Norway). Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings is an open access archive.
  • The length of the industrial papers should from 4 to 8 pages.
  • The length of the short papers should be from 2 to 3 pages.
The extended abstracts should be structured into the following sections:
  • Title which clearly indicates the research topics.
  • Authors, names institute, country and email address . The first/presenting author is responsible for ensuring that all authors have agreed to be co-authors.
  • Key words (3-5). Background, Aims, Materials and methods, (Results, Conclusions).
  • Maximum length of the abstract is 5000 characters, about 700 words or approximately one A4 page. Figures and tables are allowed and with them the maximum length is two pages.
In the first step, the short abstracts should be minimum 300 words.
Reference lists are needed as separate word or text files. Content: Title and authors are followed by the reference list of the paper.
Instructions for the reference lists
Instructions for the reference listsmedia-files/Instructions for reference lists Upd.pdf
should be used as a check list for citing and references both within the paper and in the separate reference file.


Keynote presentations
NOTE: The time zone is Central European Summer Time (CEST)


Virtual Conference:
All the sessions were held in a virtual conference organized as parallel tracks in Zoom. A group of students from the Process Engineering Guild ( ), University of Oulu, were helping the session chairs and co-chairs by taking care of the system operation as session hosts. Physical conference attendance was not possible since physical venues were not provided.
The presentations were submitted in advance. Since the authors were presening online, prerecording was not needed. The presentations were recorded during the sessions. Recorded presentations were kept visible for a limited time after the conference. For each presentation, a permission from the speaker(s) was asked to allow this visibility.


EasyChair will be used for submission of all papers and abstracts. Please follow the link .
Submission Types and Schedule
Five types of contributions can be offered to the SIMS 2020 conference:
Scientific papers must be written in English and will be accepted for presentation based on a peer review of the draft papers. The peer-reviewed conference articles will be published in Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings Series http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/index.en.asp .
Industrial papers can be submitted as scientific papers. Additionally, industrial papers written in English, Finnish or Swedish can be submitted as full papers to be reviewed for publication in the conference proceedings published by The Finnish Society of Automation. Interesting case reports are welcomed as well.
Extended abstracts:The presentation at the conference can also be accepted on the basis of extended abstracts without a full paper. Extended abstracts will be published by The Finnish Society of Automation
Short papers: Student/Discussion papers should follow the writing guidelines of scientific papers when applicable. The final guidelines will be available in review phase. Selected short papers will be published by Journal SNE, https://www.eurosim.info/journal-sne .
- Posters: Submissions are accompanied with short papers or extended abstracts.

Key dates


Registration Fees:
- The membership needs to be proven by a certificate.
- Full registration fees include admission to all the sessions of the conference and the conference proceedings.
- The student fees are only for Master and Bachelor Students and include admission to all the sessions. It allows one short paper. PhD students do not belong in this group.
- All prices are including VAT, and do not include the price of the hotel.


Questions about the submissions should be emailed to
Esko Juuso, SIMS 2020 Chair
Bernt Lie, President of SIMS, IPC Chair
Jari Ruuska, SIMS 2020 NOC Chair
SIMS 2020 Secretariat
Finnish Society of Automation / Finnish Automation Support Ltd
Tel. +358 50 400 6624
SIMS, the Scandinavian Simulation Society, is a member of
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