The 12th International Modelica Conference, which takes place at Clarion Congress Hotel Prague, is the main event for the Modelica community. Users, library developers, tool vendors, and language designers gather to share their knowledge and learn about the latest scientific and industrial progress related to Modelica and FMI (Functional Mockup Interface).
The fundamental idea behind Modelica is to allow storing modeling know-how in a high-level formally defined format, i.e., to collect information which you otherwise would find in engineering books only accessible by humans. By allowing convenient reuse of this know-how by definition of component model libraries, enormous saving in man-hours for setting up simulation studies is achieved. Furthermore, by proper validation of such model libraries, much more reliable conclusions can be made from simulation studies leading to better products and user experience. These considerations lead to the equation-based object-oriented formalism of Modelica.
Since the start of the collaborative design work for Modelica in 1996, Modelica has matured from an idea among a small number of dedicated enthusiasts to a widely accepted standard language for the modeling and simulation of cyber-physical systems. In addition, the standardization of the language by the non-profit organization Modelica Association enables Modelica models to be portable between a growing number of commercial and open-source tools. Modelica is now used in many industries including automotive, process and energy, aerospace, robotics, and industrial equipment. Modelica is the language of choice for model-based systems engineering.
The FMI standard has been added to the project portfolio of the Modelica Association. FMI provides a complementary open standard that enables deployment of pre-compiled high quality models originating from different model formats to a larger number of engineers working with system design and verification.
The format of the conference features a first day with 9 tutorials and 9 vendor presentations, as well as the FMI User Meeting. The following two days are exclusively dedicated to the scientific program.
The program is available in an event app for smartphones and tablets running Android and iOS, as well as accessible online with any web browser. After the conference, the proceedings will be officially published by Linköping University Electronic Press.
The conference site is located right above the Vysočanská station of the underground, which takes you to all the city center attractions in less than 20 minutes.
Finally, we want to acknowledge the support we received from the conference board and program committee. Special thanks to this year’s organizers, ČSKI (Czech Society for Cybernetics and Informatics) and Politecnico di Milano, Milena Zeithamlová of Action M Agency, Veronika Sýkorová of Creative Connection s.r.o., Filip Ježek of the Czech Technical University in Prague, and Marek Matejak of Charles University in Prague. The support from the conference sponsors is gratefully acknowledged. Last, but not least, thanks to all authors, keynote speakers, and presenters for their contributions to this conference.
We wish all participants an enjoyable and inspiring conference.
Prague and Milan, May 6, 2017
Jiří Kofránek and Francesco Casella