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The American Modelica Conference 2018

The American Modelica Conference 2018, Oct. 9-10, 2018 in Cambridge, MA, near Boston

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When Oct 08, 2018 08:00 AM to
Oct 10, 2018 06:00 PM
Where Cambridge, MA
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The American Modelica Conference 2018 will be held at the MIT Samberg Conference Center in Cambridge, MA, the United States of America from October 9 - 10, 2018. It is organized by the Modelica Association and the North American Modelica User Group NAMUG.

The Modelica Conference is the main event for users, library developers, tool vendors and researchers to share their knowledge and learn about the latest scientific and industrial progress related to Modelica and to the Functional Mockup Interface (FMI).  The program will cover modeling of complex physical and cyber-physical systems, as well as tools, for a wide range of research and industrial applications. All contributions are peer-reviewed and selected by the Program Committee. This conference is co-organized by NAMUG, the North American Modelica Users' Group, and the Modelica Association. 

This conference will have one or several conference tracks with presentations of peer-reviewed papers as all Modelica conferences, but it will, in addition, have one track of industrial user-oriented presentations as user meetings by NAMUG have had for the last 5 years, that does not need to be accompanied by a full scientific paper. The abstracts of the presentations will also be peer-reviewed by the conference board. 

We are looking forward to seeing you in Cambridge, MA.

Dr. Michael Tiller and Associate Professor Luigi Vanfretti, PhD

General Chair (Xogeny) and Program Chair (Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute)

Conference Venue

The conference will take place at the new Samberg Conference Center of MIT in Cambridge, MA in the Boston area. The photo gallery of the conference center's website gives a good impression of the location. The address of the Conference Center is:

Samberg Conference Center
MIT Chang Building (E52) 
50 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA




There are no special Hotel rates available for this conference. Hotels in central Boston and Cambridge are notoriously expensive. There is an unavoidable trade-off between convenience (central and close to the conference center) and price (further out is cheaper). Here are some nearby hotels ranked from convenient to more affordable:  

Boston Marriott Cambridge
Two Cambridge Center
50 Broadway,
Cambridge, MA, 02142

Still pretty close, a bit cheaper:

Hampton Inn Boston/Cambridge

191 Monsignor O'Brien Highway
Cambridge, MA, 02141

A little further out, but more affordable:

Hotel Indigo Boston - Newton Riverside
399 Grove St
Boston, MA, 02162

Even further out, but feasible with a hotel shuttle to the T-line at Alewife and then a subway ride to the conference:

Crowne Plaza Boston - Woburn
15 Middlesex Canal Park
Woburn, MA, 01801

Another option that is usually more affordable than hotels in Boston is Airbnb.

Scope of the Conference

Modelica is a freely available, equation-based, object-oriented language for convenient and efficient modeling of complex, multi-domain cyber-physical systems described by ordinary differential, difference, and algebraic equations. The companion Modelica Standard Library has been utilized in demanding industrial applications, including full vehicle dynamics, power systems, robotics, hardware-in-the-loop simulations and embedded control systems.

The Functional Mockup Interface (FMI) is a freely available standard for the tool-independent exchange of models and for co-simulation. It is supported by many Modelica and non-Modelica tools and is the key to utilize Modelica models in non-Modelica environments.

The Modelica conference will bring together people using Modelica and/or FMI for modeling, simulation, and control applications, Modelica language designers, Modelica and/or FMI tool vendors and Modelica library developers. It provides Modelica users the opportunity to stay informed about the latest language, library, and tool developments, and to get in touch with people working on similar modeling problems. Expected topics for both papers and user presentations include but are not limited to:

  • Multi-engineering modeling and simulation with free and commercial Modelica libraries (mechanics, electrical, hydraulics, thermal fluid, media, chemical, building, automotive, aircraft, etc.) 
  • Automotive applications
  • Thermodynamic and energy systems applications
  • Mechatronics and robotics applications
  • Medicine and biology applications
  • Other industrial applications, such as electric drives, power systems, aerospace, etc.
  • Large-scale system modeling
  • Real-time and hardware-in-the-loop simulation
  • Simulation and code generation for embedded control systems
  • Simulation acceleration by use of many CPU cores or GPU cores
  • Applications of Modelica for optimization and optimal control
  • Modelica modeling, simulation, and design tools
  • Symbolic algorithms and numerical methods for model transformation and simulation
  • Discrete modeling techniques − FEM, CFD, DEM (Discrete Element Method), etc.
  • New features of the Modelica language and of FMI
  • Experimental language designs and implementations related to Modelica
  • Modelica in other application areas (mathematical programming, databases, etc.)
  • Modelica for teaching and education
  • FMI in Modelica and non-Modelica applications and tools


In addition, the conference will include a Modelica vendor exhibition.

Call for Papers

Please see the Call for papers for further information about the submission and/or application process and the submission templates. All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by the conference Program Committee (3 reviews per paper). The conference proceedings will be published electronically. After the conference, the proceedings will be available online. Authors keep the copyright for their papers and just provide non-exclusive publication rights to the Modelica Association.

The conference proceedings will be published by the Modelica Association on its website and by Linköping University Electronic Press. Each paper will be individually referenced by a DOI.

The authors of the 10% top papers submitted to the conference will be invited to submit an extended version after the Conference, for inclusion in a special issue of an open-access, ISI-referenced journal. Please note that the extended papers will undergo a full peer-review process which is independent of the one of the Modelica Conference.



The presentations at the conference will be 20 minutes of presentation time with 5 minutes for questions for regular papers, and 15 minutes of presentation time and 5 minutes for questions for user presentations. 

Free Modelica Workshops

The North American Modelica Users' Group, NAMUG, with generous support from MERL (Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab) will organize two free Modelica workshops, Monday, October 8th before the conference at the offices of MERL in Cambridge. If you are interested in attending one of these workshops, please select "Workshop Ticket" on the Eventbrite site of the conference. We will add information on this site when we have enough participants, and inform all who expressed interest via email. These workshops also include "hands-on-tutorial or exercise" sessions aiming to support beginners in the Modelica language and the FMI standard.

Workshop 1: Introduction to Modeling with Modelica

This workshop will give an introduction to Modelica. We will be presenting the principles of modeling with Modelica and efficient use of model libraries using various multi-domain examples selected to make the workshop attractive for engineers from all branches of engineering.

Workshop 2: Thermo-fluid Modeling with Applications from the Buildings Library

 This workshop will give an introduction into modeling of thermo-fluid systems and their control, using Modelon's latest graphical editor. We will be using applications from the Buildings library, but the course will be structured to also appeal to modelers from other application domains that are concerned with thermo-fluid systems.

Workshop 3: Introduction to Physiological Modeling with Modelica

Presented by: Marek Mateják, Filip Ježek, Jan Šilar and David Polák

The development of models of human physiology was facilitated by a new generation of simulation environments using Modelica language. Fundamental innovation of the Modelica language is the possibility to describe individual parts of the model as a system of equations directly describing the behavior of that part and not the algorithm of solving of these equations (see

This tutorial gives an introduction to the Modelica language, the OpenModelica environment, and an overview of modeling and simulation in a number of application areas.
The tutorial will show the acausal approach of modeling physiological system using Physiolibrary, an open-source library for biomedical modeling, which allows presenting complex models composed from different domains as comprehensible and maintainable form. Together with participants, models will be constructed of the cardiovascular system, chemical reactions, body thermal transfer, osmotic phenomenon, and integrative approach. Attendees should bring their own computers to participate in the hands-on sections of the tutorial.

The first part of the tutorial will introduce the acausal and object-oriented Modelica language using an open-source tool OpenModelica ( and a commercial tool Dymola. Attendees can install the open-source OpenModelica tool in advance before the tutorial.

The second part of the tutorial will consist of hands-on sections that will demonstrate building selected models of 1) cardiovascular system dynamics – using the hydraulic domain. 2) common biochemical reactions – using the chemical domain. 3) body thermal transfers with blood flow using thermal domain 4) liquid volume of the penetrating solution in intracellular space, extracellular space, interstitial space, blood plasma or cerebrospinal fluid using osmotic domain 5) integrative approach which connects these domains together. 

Exhibition and Sponsorship

To support the conference, and to get an opportunity to expose their Modelica- and/or FMI-related products and services, vendors will have the opportunity to sponsor the event and to participate in the exhibition.

For more information and application, please contact A decision about the acceptance of sponsors and exhibitors will be based upon Modelica/FMI relevance of products and/or services at the time of application submission.


Registration and pricing are available through Eventbrite.  

Important Dates

May 15, 2018

Submission of full papers
June 1, 2018
Submission of extended abstracts for presentation-only contributions
August 1, 2018
Notification of acceptance for papers and presentations
September 1st, 2018 Submission of final papers
September 5th, 2018 Submission of final presentations
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