15th IEEE/ACM DS-RT 2011

Draft Technical Program

Venue: The Lowry in the Hexagon Room

Sunday, 4th September 2011      Tutorial
14:00 - 15:00      Registration     outside the Hexagon Room
14:30 - 17:30      DS-RT Tutorial
    Session Chair: David Roberts

Telepresent Humans
David Roberts
University of Salford UK

18:00 - 20:00      Conference Reception

Monday, 5th September 2011      Distributed Simulation
08:00 - 08:45      Registration     outside the Hexagon Room
08:45 - 09:00      Welcome
David Roberts and Mark Pullen

09:00 - 10:00      Session 1   Keynote:
Symbiotic Simulation and its Application to Complex Adaptive Systems

Steve Turner   (bio) (slides)
Parallel and Distributed Computing Centre,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Simulation-based decision support is an important tool in business, science,
engineering, and many other areas. Although traditional simulation analysis
can be used to generate and test possible plans, it suffers from a long
cycle-time for model update, analysis and verification. It is thus very
difficult to carry out prompt "what-if" analysis to respond to abrupt changes
in the physical systems being modeled. Symbiotic simulation has been proposed
as a way of solving this problem by having the simulation system and the
physical system interact in a mutually beneficial manner. The simulation system
benefits from real-time input data which is used to adapt the model and the
physical system benefits from the optimized performance that is obtained from
the analysis of simulation results.

This talk will present a classification of symbiotic simulation systems with
examples of applications from the literature. An analysis of these applications
reveals some common aspects and issues that are important for symbiotic
simulation systems. From this analysis, it is possible to identify a few basic
functionalities that can be provided by corresponding agents in our framework.
These can then be composed together by a specific workflow to form a particular
symbiotic simulation system. Finally, the talk will discuss the use of symbiotic
simulation as a decision support tool in understanding and steering complex
adaptive systems. Some examples of current applications being developed at
Nanyang Technological University will be described.

10:00 - 10:30      Coffee Break
10:30 - 12:30      Session 2   Large Scale and Agent-based Simulation
    Session Chair: TBD

Predictive Dynamic Load Balancing for
Large-Scale HLA-based Simulations
Robson Eduardo De Grande
University of Ottawa, Canada

Expression-level Parallelism for
Distributed Spice Circuit Simulation
Dylan Pfeifer
The University of Texas, USA

A Multi-Scale Agent-based Distributed Simulation Framework
for Groundwater Pollution Management
Georgios Theodoropoulos
IBM Research, Ireland

Distributed Simulation of Situated Multi-agent Systems
Libero Nigro
Università della Calabria, Italy

12:30 - 14:00      Lunch
14:00 - 15:00      Session 3   Interest Management and Group Communication
    Session Chair:

A Parallel Interest Matching Algorithm for Distributed-Memory Systems
Elvis S. Liu
University of Birmingham, UK

Error-resilient Routing for Supporting
Multi-dimensional Range Query in HD Tree
Yunfeng Gu
University of Ottawa, Canada

15:00 - 15:30      Session 4  Short Papers and Posters
Performance Characterization on Mobile Phones for
Collaborative Augmented Reality (CAR) Applications
Víctor Fernández Bauset
Universidad de Valencia, Spain

15:30 - 16:00      Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:00
     Tour of MediaCityUK
17:00 - 19:00
     Technical Tour
Tuesday, 6th September 2011      Virtual Reality and Virtual & Telepresent Humans
08:00 - 09:00      Session 5   Keynote: 4D Human Performance Modelling & Animation
Adrian Hilton   (bio)     (slides)
Professor of Computer Vision and Graphics at the University of Surrey, UK

Visual reconstruction of dynamic events as 3D video, such as an actor
performance or sports action, has advanced to the stage where it is
possible to achieve free-viewpoint replay with a quality approaching
the captured video. In this talk, we present research going beyond
replay to allow the creation of 4D models which support interactive
animation control from captured performance whilst maintaining the
realism of video. 4D models are constructed by alignment of reconstructed
mesh sequences into a temporally coherent structure. Recent work has
introduced a non-sequential approach to non-rigid mesh mesh sequence
alignment which constructs a shape similarity tree to align across a
database of multiple sequences. This avoids problems of drift and
tracking failure associated with sequential alignment approaches.
Temporally aligned 4D models provide the basis for parameterisation of
multiple related sequences to give continuous interactive movement
control. Representation of multiple sequences in a 4D parametric motion
graph enables transition between multiple motions to achieve interactive
character animation.

09:00 - 10:00      Session 6   Interaction
    Session Chair: TBD

Contextual Interaction Support in 3D Worlds
Norman Murray
University of Salford, UK

Controlling Viewpoint from Markerless Head Tracking in
an Immersive Ball Game Using a Commodity Depth Based Camera
Stefan Greuter
University of Salford, UK

10:00 - 10:30      Coffee Break
10:30 - 12:30      Session 7   System
    Session Chair: TBD

A Modular Architecture for an Interactive Real-Time Simulation
and Training Environment for Satellite On-Orbit Servicing
Robin Wolff
German Aerospace Center, Germany

Real-Time Network Streaming of Dynamic 3D Content
with In-Frame and Inter-Frame Compression
Paolo Simone Gasparello
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Florence, Italy

Comparing Parallel Simulation of Social Agents using Cilk and OpenCL
Andreas Riener
Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Evacuation Simulation Based on Cognitive Decision-making Model
in an AmI Assisted Environment
Kashif Zia
Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

12:30 - 14:00      Lunch
14:00 - 15:30      Session 8   Understanding
    Session Chair: TBD

Some Implications of Eye Gaze Behavior and Perception
for the Design of Immersive Telecommunication Systems
John Rae
University of Roehampton, London, UK

Three Frames for Studying Users in Virtual Environments:
Case of Simulated Mobile Machines
Tarja Tiainen
University of Tampere, Finland

Syncretic Post-Biological Digital Identity:
Hybridizing Mixed Reality Data Transfer Systems
Julian Stadon
Curtin University of Technology, Bentley, Australia

15:30 - 16:00      Coffee Break
16:00 - 17:30      Session 9   Balancing
Determining Optimal Update Period for
Minimizing Inconsistency in Multi-server Distributed Virtual Environments
Yusen Li
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Investigating the Suitability of a Software Capture Trigger
in a 3D Reconstruction System for Telepresence
Carl Moore
University of Salford, UK

Camera Image sSynchronization in Multiple Camera Real-time 3D
Reconstruction of Moving Humans
Tobias Duckworth
University of Salford, UK

18:00 - 20:00      Tour of Manchester United Football Stadium
20:00 - 22:00      Banquet
Wednesday, 7th September 2011      Military Distributed Simulation
08:30 - 09:30      Session 10   Keynote: The State of Practice in Military Simulation
Bharatkumar Patel   (bio)
Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)

Coalition Armed Forces have used simulations to enable training for some time and
in recent years training through distributed simulations have been proven as a means
to conducting training. This presentation introduces a number of challenges in
integrating Live, Virtual Constructive Simulations for Training and introducing
the Command and Control (C2) systems to provide mission planning and rehearsal
capability as well as augmenting support to operations with real feeds from the
wider battle-space network and operating picture.

The presentation will provide examples of current approaches, future architectures
and technology trends that may hold an answer to the challenges of distributed
training in defence.

09:30 - 10:00      Coffee Break
10:00 - 12:00      Session 11   Military Distributed Simulation
    Session Chair: Mark Pullen

Maturing Supporting Software for C2-Simulation Interoperation
Mark Pullen
George Mason University, USA

A Grammar for Battle Management Language
Ulrich Schade
George Mason University, USA

UK Experiences of Using Coalition Battle Management Language
Adam Brook
QinetiQ Ltd, UK

Invited talk   (abstract)
Operational Uses of Distributed Simulation Using BML
Per Gustavsson
Saab Training Systems

12:30      Close of IEEE/ACM DS-RT 2011 Conference