The 1st IEEE International Workshop on Modeling for Sustainable Buildings & Smart Cities (MSBC 2021)

Call for Papers

Consumption patterns of the urban communities have been identified as one of the most serious environmental threats. Therefore, experimentation and research to draw conclusions and support better sustainable designs forbuildings and smart cities are becoming a very pressing need. However, with the substantial interference of humanfactors (e.g. physical and social factors), the volume of data collected, and the high density and activity of urban life,applying real-life experiments that mimic reality is a complex, costly, risky and nearly impossible process. In such cases,modeling becomes an essential replacement or at the least complementary solution for conducting experiments todraw results and support decision making for designing and developing sustainable buildings and smart cities. With thisin mind, it is paramount to discuss possibilities of improving software practices for modeling buildings and smart cities for the goal of developing sustainable socioeconomic communities. We, therefore, come forward with this proposal todiscuss the possibilities of refining domain- specific modeling aspects, tools, and standards for the goal of developing sustainable socioeconomic urban communities.

MSBC workshop is an interdisciplinary arena where model-based engineering intersects with the paradigm of design sustainable smart buildings and cities. The topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Standards and best practices for software modeling in the area of modeling buildings and urban development
  • Tools for modeling buildings and urban development
  • Human factors in modeling, and the effect of that on improving design for sustainability
  • The role of modeling in supporting design decisions for developing sustainable socioeconomic systems
  • Domain-specific modeling tools for building designs and urban development
  • Data analytics for building design and urban development

This workshop also seeks to:

  • To initiate a working group engaged in developing standards and best practices for software modeling in thearea of designing buildings and smart cities
  • To discuss new ideas, methodologies, and tools for modeling buildings and smart cities
  • To discuss research related to incorporating human factors in modeling, and the effect of that on improving design for sustainability
  • Stimulating and presenting new ideas in the field of building designs and urban community development
  • Identifying challenges and gaps in the the use of modeling for designing smart cities to improve the quality of life while reducing energy consumption

Important Dates

Workshop papers due: 21 April 2021

Workshop paper notifications: 15 May 2021

Camera-ready and registration due: 31 May 2021

Authors are invited to submit original, unpublished research work, as well as industrial practice reports. Simultaneous submission to other publication venues is not permitted.  In accordance with IEEE policy, submitted manuscripts will be checked for plagiarism. Instances of alleged misconduct will be handled according to the IEEE Publication Services and Product Board Operations Manual.

Please note that in order to ensure the fairness of the review process, COMPSAC follows the double-blind review procedure. Therefore we kindly ask authors to remove their names, affiliations and contacts from the header of their papers in the review version. Please also redact all references to authors’ names, affiliations or prior works from the paper when submitting papers for review. Once accepted, authors can then include their names, affiliations and contacts in the camera-ready revision of the paper, and put the references to their prior works back.


Workshop papers are limited to 6 pages. Page limits are inclusive of tables, figures, appendices, and references. Workshop papers can add an additional 2 pages with additional page charges ($250USD/page).

Paper Templates

IEEE Paper templates are available in MS Word 2003 and LaTex. All submissions must use US 8.5×11 letter page format.

Workshop Organizers

Prof. Gabriel Wainer, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Dr. Hoda Khalil, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

Rhys Goldstein, Autodesk Research, Canada

Dr. Michela Turrin, TU Delft, Delft, The Netherlands

Program Committee

Ala’a Al-Habashna, Statistics Canada

Amin Hammad, Concordia University, Canada

Angelos Chronis, Austrian Institute of Technology

Cristina Ruiz-Martin, Carleton University

Emanuele Naboni, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Denmark

James Nutaro, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA

Joachim Denil, University of Antwerp

Josep Casanovas, UPC, Spain

Luigi Vanfretti, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA

María Julia Blas, UTN Santa Fe, Argentina

Pirouz Nourian, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Ralph Evins, University of Victoria, UK

Rodrigo Castro, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sanja Lazarova-Molnar, SDU, Denmark

Vinu Subashini Rajus, Carleton University