Call: Computer Simulations and the Changing Face of Scientific Experimentation

Computer Simulations and the Changing Face of Scientific Experimentation

Second Call for Papers for the SimTech Workshop

Stuttgart, Germany
September 21 – 23, 2011

Computer simulations are increasingly entering realms that have formerly been reserved for experimentation. In this workshop we want to address questions like: How are simulations related to experiments? When can simulations replace experiments? When are experiments still needed? How can simulations and experiments interact? What are successful research patterns for “computer experiments”? How did these issues change historically throughout the 50+ years in which simulation has been practiced?

The workshop intends philosophical and historical discussion about the relation between computer simulations and experimentation. We invite authors addressing one of the following topics to submit contributions:

  • Relation between simulations and experiments
  • Simulations as a substitute for experiments
  • Simulations as a complement or amendment to experimentation
  • Validation of simulations
  • Taxonomy of computer simulations
  • Historical or contemporary case studies on the relation between simulations and experiments

The workshop Computer Simulations and the Changing Face of Scientific Experimentation is sponsored by SimTech, University of Stuttgart (


  • Paul Humphreys, University of Virginia
  • Anouk Barberousse, IHPST, University of Paris 1

Deadline for submissions: March 1st, 2011


Authors should submit an electronic version of an extended abstract (1000 words + 300 words abstract). To submit papers, please visit the submission page at the website.

The conference will be accepting electronic submissions appropriately prepared for blind review on or before March 1st, 2010. Additional details will be posted to the conference website at:


Eckhart Arnold: Philosophy, University of Stuttgart
Juan Duran: Philosophy, University of Stuttgart
Klaus Hentschel: History of Science & Technology, Univ. Stuttgart

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