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The American Modelica Conference 2020

The 2nd American Modelica conference

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When Mar 23, 2020 08:00 AM to
Mar 25, 2020 06:00 PM
Where Boulder, Colorado
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Important Update: American Modelica Conference postponed due to Coronavirus 

The last few weeks, as the conference has inched closer, the program committee has been keeping a close eye on the shadow being cast across the globe by the outbreak of the new Coronavirus. With only two weeks until our event, we had hoped that it would be unaffected. However, there have been several recent developments. The most important of these is that, as of Friday March 6th, there have been 2 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus in Denver. In addition, several participants had already communicated that their organizations were imposing travel/work restrictions to reduce the spread of the virus.

The program committee met to discuss this issue and we decided that the best course of action, from a public health standpoint, is to do our part to slow the spread of the virus. Bringing members of our community together (including several from outside the US) to a location with confirmed cases and then sending them back out to their local communities was viewed by the program committee as unnecessarily risky and detrimental to the public health.

It is for this reason that we must sadly inform you that we have decided to postpone the American Modelica Conference 2020. Because so much effort has already been invested by authors, organizers, and sponsors, we felt it would be unfair and unnecessary to cancel the event entirely. It is our hope that by postponing the event we will give health officials sufficient opportunity to manage the situation. However, because we cannot know how long it will be until attendees can once again travel without fear of spreading the virus, we cannot yet provide a new date for the conference.

However, we can commit to giving attendees at least 2 months notice of the event's new date. We further commit to providing monthly updates on the status of the event. Fortunately, the planning is effectively already complete and author contributions have already been finalized. Furthermore, we have confirmed that the University of Colorado will be able to continue to host the event despite the postponement. So all that is really left is to identify a suitable date to hold the event. We will monitor the situation over the coming months to gauge when that suitable date will be.

The tickets already purchased for the event will be honored for the new event. In fact, the simplest thing to do is simply hold on to your tickets until the new date is announced. Those participants that want a refund should contact EventBrite to request one.

Having made all the arrangements for the event, we were very much looking forward to seeing all of you in Denver. We hope you understand the necessity of these actions in order to slow the spread of the virus. We apologize for the short notice, but this situation has been very fluid and the situation in Denver specifically has changed dramatically in the last 24 hours. We apologize for the inconvenience of having to make last minute changes to your travel, and we hope that you and your families remain safe and healthy until we see you later this year in Denver.




The American Modelica Conference 2020 will be held at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, the United States of America from at a time still to be determined later in 2020. 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 all of the system simulation standards developed and maintained by the Modelica Association, in particular Modelica the Functional Mockup Interface (FMI), the System Structure and Parameterization (SSP) standard and the The Distributed Co-simulation Protocol (DCP) standard. 

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 Boulder, CO.

Dr. Michael Tiller and Associate Professor Luigi Vanfretti, PhD

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


Conference Venue


The conference will take place at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. If you come by car, please read the parking instructions.



The following hotels are close to the conference venue:

Boulder Inn Best Western Plus

770 28th Street, Boulder, C0 80303
Rate: $119/room (king bed)
Booking: link or phone 800-233-8469 and reference "Modelica"

Hotel Boulderado

2115 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302
Rates: $189/room (1 queen or king), $209/room (2 queen) + $10 per additional guest
Booking: email, link or phone 800-433-4344, option #1 - Group Code 84224

Residence Inn Marriot

2550 Canyon Boulevard, Boulder, CO 80302
Rate: $169/room
Booking: link or phone 888-236-2427 and reference "American Modelica Conference 2020"  

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 the University of Colorado in Boulder, will organize free Modelica workshops on Monday, March 23rd before the conference. Detailed workshop contents will be announced soon. 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.

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 now posted at Eventbrite. Please note that the period for discounted Early Bird registration ends January 31st, 2020.   

Important Dates


November 15, 2019

Submission of full papers for reviewed papers
January 15, 2020
Submission of extended abstracts for presentation-only contributions
January 22, 2020
Notification of acceptance for papers and presentations
January 31, 2020
End of discounted Early Bird registration
February 15, 2020 Submission of final papers and one-page abstracts
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