32nd European Conference on Modelling and Simulation


Join the leading scientific forum for European simulationists

The European Conference on Modelling and Simulation (ECMS) is the annual conference of the European  Council for Modelling and Simulation, an independent forum of European academics and practitioners  dedicated to research, development, and applications of modelling and simulation.

ECMS 2018 is hosted by Jade University of Applied Sciences

Information for Speakers

You have twenty minutes to speak and additional five minutes for questions. The session chair will ensure that the 25 minutes total time is not exceeded. The conference organisers will provide a Windows PC, running PowerPoint and Acrobat Reader, and a projector in each session. If you are using PowerPoint, remember to check the "Embed True Type" fonts option when you save your presentation. This ensures that any special fonts you have used will display correctly on the conference PCs. Please bring your presentation on a USB memory stick. If you wish to use your own PC, e.g. for a software demonstration, please notify the session chair.

Conference Committee

Conference Chair: Lars Nolle

Programme Chair: Jens Werner

Co-Conference Chair: Alexandra Burger

Co-Conference Chair: Christoph Tholen

Co-Programme Chair: Jens Wellhausen



Simulation in Industry, Business, Transport and Services (IBTS)

Track chair: Alessandra Orsoni

Co-chairs: Edward J. Williams and Romeo Bandinelli


Simulation of Intelligent Systems (IS)

Track chair: Zuzana Kominková Oplatková

Co-chair: Roman Senkerik


Finance, Economics and Social Science (FES)

Track chair: Kata Varadi

Co-chairs: Barbara Dömötör and Ágnes Vidovics-Dancs


Modelling, Simulation and Control of Technological Processes (MCT)

Track chair: Jiri Vojtesek

Co-chair: Frantisek Gazdos


Simulation and Optimization (SIMO)

Track chair: Frank Herrmann

Co-chairs: Thorsten Claus and Michael Manitz


Simulation of Fluid-Mechanically Effective Microstructures and Combustion Processes (SFMC)

Track chair: Karsten Oehlert

Co-chairs: Peter Charles and Konrad Hartung


Finite Element Simulation of Multi-physical Systems (FESoMpS)

Track chair: Tamara Bechtold

Co-chairs: Chengdong Yuan and Siyang Hu


High Performance Modelling and Simulation (HiPMoS)

Honorary Track chair: Joanna Kolodziej

Track chair: Mauro Iacono

Co-chairs: Daniel Grzonka, Rostislav V. Razumchik and Agnieszka Jakobik

Travel (updated 17.05.2018)

Where to fly to

Jade Hochschule show on large map

By car

• Take the A29 towards Wilhelmshaven

• Leave the motorway at exit 3: Wilhelmshaven - Coldewei - Altengroden - Maadebogen.

• Turn left, following the signs for the town centre (Stadtmitte) and University of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschule).

• Drive straight ahead over the second (major) traffic lights across Kurt-Schumacher-Straße towards the town centre.

• Take the next left onto the University of Applied Sciences campus.

By rail/bus

• The railway station is in the centre of town.• Take bus No. 3 from the central station (ZOB Zentraler-Omnibus-Bahnhof) going to "Wilhelmshaven Klinikum/Jadehochschule" and get off at the final stop "Wilhelmshaven Klinikum/Jadehochschule"or

• Take bus No. 4 from the central station (ZOB Zentraler-Omnibus-Bahnhof) going to "Johann-Sebastian-Bach-Straße" and get off at the stop "Wilhelmshaven Klinikum/Jadehochschule"or

• Take bus No. 6 from the central station (ZOB Zentraler-Omnibus-Bahnhof) going to "Voslapp Süd" and get off at the stop "Wilhelmshaven Klinikum/Jadehochschule"

Keynote speaker

Thomas Bäck

Thomas Bäck is full professor of computer science at the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS), Leiden University, The Netherlands, since 2004.

He received his PhD in Computer Science (under supervision of Hans-Paul Schwefel) from Dortmund University, Germany, in 1994, and then worked for the Informatik Centrum Dortmund (ICD) as department leader of the Center for Applied Systems Analysis. From 2000 - 2009, Thomas was President of NuTech Solutions GmbH and CTO of NuTech Solutions, Inc. In his work with industrial partners in the industry 4.0 domain, he provides data mining, optimization software and services to companies such as, e.g., BMW, Daimler, Ford, Honda, Tata Steel, and KLM.

Thomas Bäck has more than 300 publications and authored a book on evolutionary algorithms, (Evolutionary Algorithms: Theory and Practice).
He is co-editor of the Handbook of Evolutionary Computation and the Handbook of Natural Computing, and co-author of the book Contemporary Evolution Strategies (Springer, 2013). He is editorial board member of a number of journals and has served as program chair for major conferences in evolutionary computation. He received the best dissertation award from the Gesellschaft für Informatik (GI) in 1995 and is an elected fellow of the International Society for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation for his contributions to the field. In 2015, he received the IEEE Evolutionary Computation Pioneer Award for his contributions in synthesizing evolutionary computation.


Title: Algorithms for Simulation-Based Optimization Problems

Many industries use simulation tools for virtual product design, and there is a growing trend towards using simulation in combination with optimization algorithms for tuning simulation input parameters. The requirements for optimization under such circumstances are often very strong, involving many design variables and constraints and a strict limitation of the number of function evaluations to a surprisingly small number (often around one thousand or less).

Tuning optimization algorithms for such challenges has led to very good results obtained by variants of evolution strategies and by variants of Bayesian optimization algorithms. Evolutionary algorithms are nowadays standard solvers for such applications. In the presentation, sample cases from industry are presented, and their challenges are discussed in more detail. Results of an experimental comparison of contemporary evolution strategies on the BBOB test function set for a small number of function evaluations are presented and discussed, and further enhancements of contemporary evolution strategies are outlined.

Our practical examples are motivated by industrial applications. A typical challenge is to find innovative solutions to a design optimization task. Based on a suitable definition of innovative solutions, an application of this concept to an airfoil design optimization task is discussed in the presentation.

Discussing these applications and the variants of evolution strategies applied, the capabilities of these algorithms for optimization cases with a small number of function evaluations are illustrated.






Frederic Stahl

Frederic Stahl is Associate Professor in Data Science at the University of Reading and has been working in the field of Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery from Data (KDD) for the last 12 years. In particular he has been working in the research domain of Big Data Analytics. His research interests here are in (i) developing scalable parallel algorithms for building Data Mining models on large volumes of data; (ii) developing algorithms for building self-adaptive Data Mining models for real-time streaming data and (iii) applications in Big Data Analytics. He currently leads a small group of 5 PhD students working on many aspects of Data Mining and Data Stream Mining. In previous appointments Frederic worked as a Lecturer at Bournemouth University and as Senior Research Associate at the University of Portsmouth. He obtained his PhD in 2010 from the University of Portsmouth with the title “Parallel Rule Induction” and his Engineering Diploma in Bioninformatics in 2006 from the University of Applied Science Weihenstephan (Germany). He has published over 50 articles in peer-reviewed conferences and journals. He is heavily involved in the BCS SGAI, the  Specialist Group on Artificial Intelligence of the British Computer Society. Here he serves as an elected committee member, is the main organiser of the UK Symposium on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, co-organiser of the societie’s annual International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Guest Editor of the conference’s Special Issue journal (Expert Systems, Wiley).


Title: Building Adaptive Data Mining Models on Streaming Data in Real-Time, an Outlook on Challenges, Approaches and Ongoing Research

Advances in hardware and software, in the past two decades have enabled the capturing, recording and processing of potentially large and infinite streaming data. As a consequence the field of research in Data Stream Mining has emerged building Data Mining models, workflows and algorithms enabling the efficient and effective analysis of such streaming data at a large scale. Application areas of Data Stream Mining techniques include real-time telecommunication data, telemetric data from large industrial plants, credit card transactions, social media data, Smart Cities, IoT, etc. Some applications allow the data to be processed modelled and analysed in batches by traditional Data Mining approaches. However, others require the model building and analytics to take place in real-time as soon as new data becomes available i.e. to accommodate infinite streams and fast changing concepts in the data. This talk discusses challenges, barriers, opportunities and recent research on Micro-Cluster based Data Stream Mining models to overcome these barriers.