A central part of any conference is the papers. The proceedings of each year's SimTecT holds a broad range of viewpoints, insights into tools and methodology, and an invaluable snapshot of the status of simulation in Australasia. Year on year, ideas are raised, become widespread, are adapted and critiqued, and each year's SimTecT papers are a constant improvement in quality and breadth over the previous years.
As part of the review process, each paper submitted to the conference is scored for Clarity, Originality, Relevance to the conference themes, & Importance to the field. This applies to both refereed papers and non-refereed papers.
Over the last few years, the practice of simulation has grown and developed to the point where it is recognised as a profession in its own right, distinct from the physicists and psychologists, engineers and medical doctors that practice this discipline. Some of the main characteristics of a recognised profession are:
- Strong ethics;
- Well established professional organizations;
- Well defined Body of Knowledge; and,
- Common education & professional certification programs.