Modelling and Simulation (M&S) is increasingly becoming a central activity in the design of new systems and in the analysis of existing systems because it enables designers and researchers to investigate systems behaviour through virtual representations. For this reason, M&S is gaining a primary role in many industrial and research fields, such as space, critical infrastructures, manufacturing, emergency management, biomedical systems and sustainable future. However, as the complexity of the investigated systems increases and the types of investigations widens, the cost of M&S activities increases because of the more complex models and of the communications among a wider number and variety of M&S stakeholders (e.g., sub-domain experts, simulator users, simulator engineers, and final system users). To address the increasing costs of M&S activities, collaborative technologies must be introduced to support these activities by fostering the sharing and reuse of models, by facilitating the communications among M&S stakeholders, and more generally by integrating processes, tools and platforms.
The CoMetS track aims to foster innovative research contributions that address collaboration issues in the field of M&S and vice versa, i.e., contributions that use M&S methodologies and tools to address the design of collaborative environments. A combination of both issues in the same venue will further contribute to the understanding of the underlying mechanisms that can affect the quality of the service delivered by collaborative environments for M&S.
The CoMetS track is held under the aegis of the WETICE 2012 conference, the 21st IEEE International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Infrastructures, June 25-27, 2011, Toulouse (France).