SimAud 2010

I will be presenting my paper: “Explorations of Agent-Based Simulations for Architectural Design” at the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design in Orlando Florida.  It examines the initial research into using Massive as an agent-based design tool and new typologies of scale “constructing” drawings for simulation.

About SimAud:

Symposium Chair

  • Azam Khan (Autodesk Research)

Program Committee

  • Robert Aish (Autodesk)
  • Ramtin Attar (Autodesk Research)
  • Ellen Yi-Luen Do (College of Architecture & College of Computing, Georgia Tech)
  • Mark D Gross (CoDe Lab, Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Kasper Hornbæk (Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen)
  • Michael Jemtrud (School of Architecture, McGill University)
  • Judit Kimpian (Head of Sustainability and Advanced Modelling, AEDAS)
  • Branko Kolarevic (Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary)
  • Barry Leonard (Air Staff, National Defence Headquarters)
  • Greg Madey (Research Professor, University of Notre Dame)
  • Rivka Oxman (Vice Dean, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion ITT)
  • Gabriel Wainer (ARS Lab, Carleton University)

Unlike other research conferences and symposia that merely provide a venue for publishing research on a particular topic, SimAUD will work to build a closer community for cross-pollinating domain knowledge, collaborative work and co-authoring of research that envisions the future of the built environment. Important to this work is understanding and modeling our current built and natural environments. From there, we can validate our simulations against existing physical systems. Once validated, we can have confidence that simulating new designs or design alternatives, will accurately compute outcomes. Therefore we encourage the submission of case studies documenting lessons learned so that SimAUD can also be a resource of best practices. Papers may also propose extensions to modeling and simulation standards, such as IFC, gbXML, LandXML, and CityGML, to advance progress, or identify and propose new standards that are needed. We encourage members of the community to submit models of their own buildings, campuses, or cities, and to participate actively as leaders in local initiatives and solutions (which make great case study submissions too).

Simulation is a “game-changer” in architecture. We now need to minimize the impact of human activity on the environment, especially in the face of an increasing population. Within this scope, the built environment is the most significant contributor to the problems of climate change. The built environment is a complex system, and planning for change requires high-quality modeling and simulation. Single buildings are key to making change, but urban design must also be considered. By submitting your original research to SimAUD, you contribute directly to the global effort to untangle the complexities of urban development and mitigate the negative effects of human activity on the planet.


  1. Nick Puckett awarded Research Cluster
  2. UK 2 UK

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