21st International Conference on
Circuits, Systems, Communications and Computers
(CSCC 2017),
Agia Pelagia Beach, Crete Island, Greece, July 14-17, 2017          www.cscc.co    Contact us

 
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Accepted Sessions, Workshops and Minisymposia

 

1) Title: Informatics in Control Theory and its Applications
Organizer-Chairman: Prof. Vladimír Vašek
Tomas Bata University in Zlín
Faculty of Applied Informatics
Nad Stráněmi 4511, 76005 Zlín, Czech Republic
E-mail: vasek@fai.utb.cz


Aim
In system, control, or process engineering, devices like PLC, IPC, microcontroller kits or intelligent computer boards with advanced operating systems constitute an integral part of manufacturing and industrial processes. Advances in theory of informatics have not been fully implemented in process control design until recently. However, many complex technological processes such as nonlinear, delayed, non-minimum phase ones, multidimensional or hybrid ones are hardly controllable by conventional control methods. Therefore, advanced modern control strategies have been investigated to deal with the those problems. These methodologies, however, requires the utilization of elements of optimization or artificial intelligence. From this perspective, both, theoretical and application, contributions combining the informatics and system (control) issues are useful and desirable and highly welcome for the special session.

Topics
- Modeling and identification
- Control design
- Process control
- Process engineering
- Microcontrollers and programmable logic controllers
- Programming for system and control engineering
- Time delay, nonlinear, and multidimensional systems
- Predictive, adaptive, robust, multimodel, optimal and other advanced control methods
- Artificial intelligence
- Neural networks and genetic algorithms
- Fuzzy logic methods
- Deterministic chaos
- Applied informatics and control applications
- Advanced Diagnostic and Measuring Systems
- Robotics
- Intelligent production systems
- Intelligent buildings systems
- Embedded systems

2) Title: Remote Sensing
Organizer-Chairman: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexey Nekrasov
Southern Federal University
Per. 1 Krepostnoy 34, k. 249
347922 Taganrog, Russia
E-mail: alexei-nekrassov@mail.ru


Aim
Remote sensing is the acquisition of information about an object or phenomenon without making physical contact with the object and thus in contrast to on site observation. In modern usage, the term generally refers to the use of aerial sensor technologies to detect and classify objects on Earth (both on the surface, and in the atmosphere and oceans) by means of propagated signals (e.g. electromagnetic radiation). It may be split into active remote sensing or passive. The session is intended to represent new theoretical and practical achievements in Remote Sensing and Systems.

Topics
All topics related to Remote Sensing.

3) Title: Knowledge Computing and Engineering for Intelligent Decision Support Systems
Organizer-Chairman: Professor Dr. Abdel-Badeeh M. Salem
Emeritus Professor of Computer Science
Head of Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Engineering Research Labs
Faculty of Computer and Information sciences
Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
E-mail: abSalem@cis.asu.edu.eg


Aim
Knowledge engineering deals with the development of intelligent information systems in which knowledge and reasoning play pivotal role. The symposium is devoted to discussion of current research of the knowledge computing and engineering paradigms and artificial intelligence methodologies which are used for developing intelligent decision support systems .In addition discusses the relevant applications in business , economy ,biomedical , healthcare, and education.

Topics
Artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques
Knowledge management and engineering
Knowledge-Based systems
Data mining and Knowledge discovery
Relevant Biomedical applications
Relevant Business, education and e-Government applications
International projects

4) Title: Embedded Systems Design
Organizer-Chairman: Professor Raluca Rob
Department of Electrical Engineering and Industrial Informatics
"Politehnica" University of Timisoara, Romania
E-mail: raluca.rob@fih.upt.ro


Aim
Embedded systems are one of the most rapidly growing segments of the computer industry today. The proposed Special Session focuses on Embedded Systems Design in all its design and architectural aspects related with embedded systems. This session addresses to all aspects of embedded digital and mixed hardware/software system engineering. It is a discussion forum for researchers and engineers working on state-of-the-art investigations, developments and applications. It focuses on a special and useful educational experience for embedded systems designers and technical professionals involved in designing electronics products and systems.

Topics
Embedded hardware
– Architecture, Design, Development, Verification, Debugging & Test
– Low Power Design
– Processors & Programmable Devices
– FPGA and Real Time Technology
– Strategies for Getting the Most from Smaller, Cheaper Parts
– Systems Architecture
– Trends in Embedded Systems Design & Verification
– Device Drivers
– Signal Converters
– Sensors, Sensor Hubs & Sensor Fusion
– Human-Machine Interfaces
– Wireless Networking
– Development Boards
– Security
Embedded software
– Architecture, Design, Development, Verification, Debugging & Test
– Data Acquisition and Signal Processing
– FPGA and Real Time Technology
– Image Processing
– Device Drivers
– Simulation-based validation and verification
– Embedded Android
– Rapid Development using Open Source Tools
– Languages (e.g., C, C++, Python)
– Writing Reliable Code
– Open Source Software
– Security
Connected devices
– Architecture, Design, Development, Verification, Debugging & Test
– Intelligent Sensors
– Networking and Connectivity
– Embedded Speech & Embedded Vision
– Security

5) Title: Image Tampering Detection and Authentication with Robust Features using Pixel based Techniques
Organizer-Chairman: Associate Professor Mohammad Farukh Hashmi
Anurag Group of Institutiona (College of Engineering)
Venkatpur R.R. District Ghatkesar Hyderabad 500088
E-mail: farukhhashmiece@cvsr.ac.in


Aim
In my research, I have developed an image forgery detection based on invariant features and block based techniques with classifiers. I am excited to share and continue to explore this methodology and collaborate with your department faculty to expand its potential. In addition to my dissertation research, other areas that interest me for my future research stem from my goal of developing improved object detection and tracking algorithms for parallel computation on GPU and Embedded application for image/video processing.

Topics
TBA

6) Title: Hybrid Modelling in Portfolio Optimization
Organizer-Chairman: Professor Nikos Loukeris
&
Assoc. Prof. I. Eleftheriadis
&
Lecturer S. Livanis
University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki
Greece
E-mail: nloukeris@uom.edu.gr


Aim
The efficiency of Artificial intelligence is capable to provide robust solutions in complex problems of high dimensionality such as the stock markets. New trends such as the hubrid heuristic models, deep learning, etc, are introduced to optimise solutions of higher efficiency and profitability to investors.

Topics
Finance
Portfolio Optimisation
Artificial Intelligence
Intelligent Computing
Deep Learning
Heuristics
Hybrid models

7) Title: Frontiers in Development of Intelligent Machine Learning Systems
Organizer-Chairman: Prof. Steven Lawrence Fernandes
Dept. of Electronics & Communication Engineering
Sahyadri College of Engineering & Management
India
E-mail: steven.ec@sahyadri.edu.in


Aim
Machine Learning is energetically pursued area of research and there exists a large community exploring various aspects of it. Machine learning provides solid support via empirical studies, theoretical analysis, or comparison to psychological phenomena. Developing intelligent machine learning applications and applying them to solve societal problems is of primary focus. All papers should describe the supporting evidence in ways that can be verified or replicated by other researchers. This special issue intends to bring together researchers working in the broad areas of Machine Learning and promote community-wide discussion of ideas that will influence and foster continued research in the field for the betterment of human mankind.

Topics
- Statistical Analysis & Soft Computing
- Big data Analytics & Signal/Image Processing
- Pattern Recognition & Computational Intelligence
- Neural networks & Fuzzy systems
- Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
- Embedded Systems & Internet of Things
- Green Computing & Network Security
- Bio Medical Science Signal Processing & Computer Aided Diagnosis
- Medical Image Processing & Genetic Algorithms

8) Title: Digital Manufacturing
Organizer-Chairman: Dr. N. Rajesh Jesudoss Hynes,
Department of Mechanical Engineering,
&
Prof. J. Angela Jennifa Sujana,
Department of Information Technology,
Mepco Schlenk Engineering College,
Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu,
India.
E-mail: findhynes@yahoo.co.in & ang_jenefa@mepcoeng.ac.in


Aim
Digital Manufacturing helps companies turn great ideas into successful products faster than ever before. By giving engineering, manufacturing, marketing, and purchasing a look at the product early in the design process, mistakes can be corrected and changes can be made while they are still inexpensive. Computer-Aided Manufacturing forms the basis of modern day software-controlled industrial manufacturing systems.

Topics
1. Cloud manufacturing
2. Virtual Manufacturing
3. Digital Prototyping
4. Transparent factory
5. Computer vision
6. Sensor Technologyv 7. Computer Aided Manufacturing
8. Computer Aided Inspection
9. Flexible Automation in Industries
10. Computer Aided Engineering Tools

9) Title: Identification of Dynamical Complex Systems
Organizer-Chairman: M. Mourad ELLOUMI, Dr., PhD (in automatic control)
&
Mrs. Houda SALHI, Dr., PhD (in automatic control)
Laboratory of Sciences and Techniques of Automatic Control and computer engineering (Lab-STA)
National School of Engineering of Sfax
University of Sfax, BP 1173, 3038 Sfax
Tunisia.
E-mail: mourad.elloumi@yahoo.fr & salhi.houda85@yahoo.fr


Aim
System identification aims at the building of mathematical models of dynamical systems based on prior knowledge of the data from the systems. Essentially, system identification is an art of modeling, where appropriate choices have to be made concerning the level of approximation given the final modeling objective. In control theory, a parametric and/or state estimation method is a process that provides an estimate of the parameters and/or the state variables of a given complex system, from its input-output and state measurements. Thus, knowing the system parameters and/or state variables is necessary to solve many control theory problems.

Topics
Parametric estimation, State estimation, Nonlinear systems, Large-scale systems, Time-varying systems, Stochastic systems, Recursive estimation algorithms, Convergence, Mathematical models for system identification, Input-output models, State-space models, Methods for identification, Industrial applications

10) Title: Identification and Adaptive Control of Dynamical Complex Systems
Prof. Mourad ELLOUMI and Prof. Houda Salhi Ketata, Associate Professors, Laboratory of Sciences and Techniques of Automatic Control and computer engineering (Lab-STA), National Engineering School of Sfax, University of Sfax, BP 1173, 3038 Sfax, Tunisia.
Romania.
E-mail: mourad.elloumi@yahoo.fr
E-mail: salhi.houda85@yahoo.fr


Aim
System identification aims at the building of mathematical models of dynamical systems based on prior knowledge of the data from the systems. Essentially, system identification is an art of modeling, where appropriate choices have to be made concerning the level of approximation given the final modeling objective. In control theory, a parametric and/or state estimation method is a process that provides an estimate of the parameters and/or the state variables of a given complex system, from its input-output and state measurements. Thus, knowing the system parameters and/or state variables is necessary to solve many control theory problems

Topics
- Parametric estimation
- State estimation
- Nonlinear systems
- Large-scale systems
- Time-varying systems
- Stochastic systems
- Recursive estimation algorithms
- Convergence
- Mathematical models for system identification
- Input-output models, State-space models
- Methods for identification, Adaptive control
- Industrial applications.

11) Title: Product Lifecycle and Innovation Management
Organizer-Chairman: Prof. Dr. Satya Shah
Director of Engineering & Technology Management
Faculty of Engineering and Science
University of Greenwich, London
United Kingdom
E-mail: s.shah@gre.ac.uk


Aim
This special session aims to bring together practitioners and researchers to exchange ideas and new methods towards the Product Design, Product Lifecycle and Innovation Management aspects. The aim for the session is to develop cooperation for future aspects of the community allowing the exploration of the research aspects of Innovation and Product Design and Lifecycle in the Management enclave together.

Topics
- Innovation Management
- Innovative IT Systems
- Product Design
- Product Lifecycle Management
- Product Innovation
- User Experience Innovation
- User Collaboration
- Product Development
- Design to Value
- Intelligent Manufacturing Systems
- Operations Management
- Sustainability in Operations and Logistics
- Supply Chain Management
- Supplier Integration Systems
- Sustainable Supply Chain and Logistics
- Managing Innovation in Supply Chain
- Business Model Innovation
- Digital Business Models
- Service Based Business Models
- Service Design
- Service Development and Management
- Teaching and Learning in Product Innovation
- Technology Management
- Engineering Management
- Other areas relating to Product Innovation Management aspects

12) Title: Computational Biology & Computational Neuroscience
Organizer-Chairman: Dr. Preenon Bagchi
Padmashree Institute of Management & Sciences and Sarvasumana Association,
Bangalore, India.
E-mail: prithish.bagchi@gmail.com
&
Mrs. Padmashree Murthy
Sarvasumana Association, Bangalore, India.
Email: padmashree@sarvasumana.in


Aim
Computational Biology and Computational Neuroscience are rapidly advancing interdisciplinary area of research. Computational Biology and Neuroscience brings researchers from the area of Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Biomedical engineering, Medical electronics, Medicine, Neurology, Neuroscience, including Psychology in close contact with the researchers from the area of Bioinformatics, Software Engineering and Informational Technology. Applications of this interdisciplinary area are in Artificial neural network, Computational & mathematical modeling, Computer aided drug design, phylogeny, Database development, biosoftware development and Molecular dynamics. The aim of this special session is to understand the application of Computer science in biosciences.

Topics
Computational Biology
Bioinformatics
Biomedical Informatics
Artificial neural network
Mathematical modeling
Computer aided drug design
Ayur-informatics
Bio-software development
Computational Neuroscience
Neuroinformatics

13) Title: Green Energy Sources for Novel Applications
Organizer-Chairman: Dr. Tilak Joshi
Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology
New Delhi, India.
E-mail: tiljoshi@gmail.com


Aim
Almost all kind of electronic devices e.g., TV, computer, cellphone and other home appliances require electricity either through power supply or batteries in stored form. Coal is still a major source of electricity in the world, which being harmful for our environment makes it less favorable in the present time. A number of clean and green energy sources are being discovered by the researchers. The aim of this special session is to discuss new progress in this direction.

Topics
Display Technology
Memory Devices
Green Photonics
Nano Generators
Thermoelectric Devices
Triboelectric Generators
Solar Energy Harvesting

14) Title: Linked Data to Big Data: A Semantic Integration
Organizer-Chairman: Dr. Rajiv Pandey
Amity University, Lucknow Campus
India.
E-mail: rpandey@lko.amity.edu


Aim
In recent years, research in the area of Linked Data and Big data has grown rapidly, mainly due to growing complexity of digital data and the need to incorporate semantics .Tim Berners lee visualized Semantic web as: “The Semantic Web will bring structure to the meaningful content of web pages, creating an environment where software agents roaming from page to page can readily carry out sophisticated tasks for users" [Berners-Lee T et al.] However the aspects of Big Data were not integrated to evolve a semantic infrastructure that would cater to Semantic Big Data structuring and analysis. Linked data is a terminology commonly referred to describing best practices of • Structuring Documents • Adding Semantics • Prescribing domain specific relationships • Publishing Semantic Web documents Thus using Semantic Web Technologies to generate knowledge through effective definition of URI. The devices from Mobile phone, Internet of Things to Cyber Physical Systems are all contributing to the volume and adding to the size of the web data. Big Data is generally characterized by Volume, Variety, Velocity, Cardinality, Continuity and Complexity dimensions The challenge is thus to handle Big Data and also preserve the semantic feature of the web documents. This session shall explore the tools, techniques and technologies that shall support the huge dataset of the future and render semantic data analytics and intelligence.

Topics
Semantic Web Searches
Semantic Web Technology
Ontology and Ontology languages
Mapping structured and unstructured web data
Information Retrieval
Semantic Grids
Knowledge discovery
Semantic Agents
Linked Data
Big Data
Distributed File Structures
Data Representation
Data Analytics: Tools and Techniques
Semantic methods for big data management and analysis
Description Logic for Semantic structuring
Machine Learning

15) Title: Systems and Technology for Personal and Information Security
Organizer-Chairman: Prof. Andrzej Walczak
Chair of Programming Engineering Department
Institute of Computer and Information Systems
Cybernetics Faculty, Military University of Technology
Poland.
&
Dr. Maciej Kiedrowicz
Vice-director of Institute of Computer and Information Systems
Cybernetics Faculty, Military University of Technology
Poland.
E-mail: andrzej.walczak@wat.edu.pl & maciej.kiedrowicz@wat.edu.pl


Aim
The main objective of the session is to present the latest trends related to the management of sensitive information and the decree of personal data as well as personal security versus medical IT systems. Topics covered will include theoretical, technical, legal and organizational aspects. The subject of the session includes theoretical and practical application of the latest solutions in the field of information security, protection of sensitive data (including personal and health data), software and technical data security (including cryptology, RFID technology, digital signature, …) and other aspects resulting from access to vast amounts of sensitive data.

Topics
Legal data protection
Technology for data protection
Security of medical data
Safety personal data
RFID technology
Classified documents
Sensitive documents
Electronic signature
Remote identification
Biometrics
Biomedical sensors
Security solution for personal data
Sharing personal records
Identity, access and authorization
Cryptology and data protection
Tracking data
Tracking documents and objects
Hiding of personal data
Hiding of medical data
Sharing of medical data
Remote detectors of diseases
Ontology and database for personal data
Biomedical applications
All other topics related to Information Safety

16) Title: Assistive Technology and User-Centred Design
Organizer-Chairman: Professor Stephen Benton and Bryan Manning,
University of Westminster
Business Psychology Centre,
Faculty of Science and Technology
115 New Cavendish Street.
London, UK.
E-mail: bentons@westminster.ac.uk


Aim
To highlight the opportunities for improving innovative system design when design is fully integrated into behavioural and performance analyses around user –centred research. Issues of costly functional system redundancies and failed –user uptake will be addressed. Case studies as well as research data to be disseminated.

Topics
Technology Acceptance Models: our latest research findings.
Technology and acceptance integrated with user –Centred design
Assistive Robotic designs and developments
Demographic challenges to design interventions e.g. Ageing demographic and customised assistive technologies.

17) Title: Computerized Systems in the Function of Planning Sustainable Economic Development
Organizer-Chairman: Dr. Brankica Todorovic,
School of Economics
Uzice, Serbia.
E-mail: bdanica@neobee.net


Aim
Analysis of the application and effectiveness of computer systems (GIS and other) planning of sustainable development in tourism and economy specific destinations and the nacional economy.

Topics
-The role of information technology and systems in strategic planning for sustainable economic development
-The theoretical basis of GIS and other information systems
-Application of GIS system in the event of specific destinations (Case Study)
-Computerized systems in the function of sustainable development planning (goals, tasks, functions)
-The role of the state and relevant institutions in the promotion of information systems in the economy
-Information and computer systems as an integral part of the relevant economic and strategic documents of national economy
-Future directions of development of the relationship between sustainability, information systems and the interests of the national economy

18) Title: Combinatorical and Toplogical Geometric Information Theory and Application
Organizer-Chairman: Prof. Rodolfo A. Fiorini,
Politecnico di Milano University
School of Industrial and Information Engineering,
Department of Electronics
Information and Bioengineering
Italy.
E-mail: rodolfo.fiorini@polimi.it


Aim
This minisymposium is aimed to the discussion of recent advancements and exchange of ideas for practitioners, scientists and theorists working in the broad area of Geometric Science of Information (GSI) and Computational Information Conservation Theory (CICT) for advanced engineering, bioengineering and wellbeing management applications. Our goal is to create an atmosphere of cooperation for everyone interested in GSI and CICT, and their applications in advanced enterprises and high reliability organizations. Our minisymposium will be structured to facilitate discussions of new research and applied results in this relevant area. The session will focus but not limited on the following topics.

Topics
- Combinatorics and Information
- Computational Information Geometry
- Computational Information Conservation
- Optimal Transport Geometry
- Optimization on Manifold
- Optimized Exponential Cyclic Sequences Properties
- Machine/Manifold/Topology Learning
- Topology and Information
- Riemannian Geometry in Manifold Learning
- Uncertainty Quantification for Computer Modeling
- Differential Geometry in Signal Processing
- Signal Denoising
- Geometry of Time Series and Linear Dynamical Systems
- Quantum Information Geometry
- Quantum Decoherence Incomputability Modeling
- Lie groups in Structural Biology.

19) Title: Linked Data to Big Data: A Semantic Integration
Organizer-Chairman: Dr. Rajiv Pandey
Ph. D. Computer Science
Amity Institute of Information Technology
Amity University , Lucknow Campus
Senior Member IEEE
MIET UK
E-mail: rpandey@lko.amity.edu


Aim
In recent years, research in the area of Linked Data and Big data has grown rapidly, mainly due to growing complexity of digital data and the need to incorporate semantics .Tim Berners lee visualized Semantic web as:
“The Semantic Web will bring structure to the meaningful content of web pages, creating an environment where software agents roaming from page to page can readily carry out sophisticated tasks for users" [Berners-Lee T et al.]
However the aspects of Big Data were not integrated to evolve a semantic infrastructure that would cater to Semantic Big Data structuring and analysis.
Linked data is a terminology commonly referred to describing best practices of
-Structuring Documents
-Adding Semantics
-Prescribing domain specific relationships
-Publishing Semantic Web documents
Thus using Semantic Web Technologies to generate knowledge through effective definition of URI.
The devices from Mobile phone, Internet of Things to Cyber Physical Systems are all contributing to the volume and adding to the size of the web data. Big Data is generally characterized by Volume, Variety, Velocity, Cardinality, Continuity and Complexity dimensions. The challenge is thus to handle Big Data and also preserve the semantic feature of the web documents.
This session shall explore the tools, techniques and technologies that shall support the huge dataset of the future and render semantic data analytics and intelligence.

Topics
- Semantic Web Searches
- Semantic Web Technology
- Ontology and Ontology languages
- Mapping structured and unstructured web data
- Information Retrieval
- Semantic Grids
- Knowledge discovery
- Semantic Agents
- Linked Data
- Big Data
- Distributed File Structures
- Data Representation
- Data Analytics: Tools and Techniques
- Semantic methods for big data management and analysis
- Description Logic for Semantic structuring
- Machine Learning

20) Title: Modern Active Elements and Their Applications in Analog Signal Generation/Signal Processing Circuits
Organizer-Chairman: Associate Professor Mayank Srivastava
Department of Electrical, Electronics and Communication Engineering
The Northcap University (Formerly ITM University)
Gurgaon, Haryana, India
E-mail: mayank2780@gmail.com


Aim
The special session on MODERN ACTIVE ELEMENTS AND THEIR APPLICATIONS IN ANALOG SIGNAL GENERATION/SIGNAL PROCESSING CIRCUITS aims to provide an international forum where researchers and practitioners in the fields of Modern analog devices, analog integrated circuits and COMS/BJT implementations of active elements can interact, exchange ideas and disseminate their accomplishments and visions.
SCOPE: It is now fairly well understood by academicians as well as practice engineers and circuit designers that in spite of the dominance of digital circuits and systems and digital signal processing, the importance of analog circuits and analog signal processing has not diminished by any account. In fact, in several areas and applications, analog circuits are indispensible e.g. continuous time filters, amplifiers, precision rectifiers, analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, digital-to-analog (D/A) converters and certain classes of communication circuits and artificial neural networks. In view of the above, research on analog circuit design has continued to remain prominent although, the design considerations and focus have changed from time to time alongside the changes in integrated circuit (IC) technology. There are several modern active elements such as current conveyors (CC), current feedback operational amplifiers (CFOA), operational transresistance amplifiers (OTRA), current differencing buffered amplifiers (CDBA), current differencing transconductance amplifiers (CDTA), four-terminal floating nullor (FTFN), voltage differencing transconductance amplifiers (VDTA) [18], current follower transconductance amplifiers (CFTA), current backward transconductance amplifiers have been available for analog signal processing and signal generation. Now researchers are focusing mainly on exploring the application of existing circuits and also discovering alternative new active elements .Therefore, this session is mainly aimed to cover the recent innovations, trends, practical challenges and possible solutions in the field of modern active elements, analog integrated circuits, COMS/BJT implementations of active elements and applications of these elements in analog signal generation/signal processing.

Topics
- Modern active elements and their applications.
- COMS/BJT implementations of modern active elements
- Current mode/voltage mode/mixed mode circuits
- Digital Control of active elements
- Device modeling
- Microelectronics circuits

21) Title: New Trends in Virtual Reality and Augmented Visualization
Organizer-Chairman: Prof. Lucio Tommaso De Paolis
Augmented and Virtual Reality Laboratory (AVR Lab)
Deptment of Engineering for Innovation
University of Salento, Italy
E-mail: lucio.depaolis@unisalento.it


Aim
Virtual Reality technology permits the creation of realistic worlds where the user inputs are used to modify in real time the digital environment. Interactivity and captivating power contribute to the feeling of immersion in the virtual world, of being part of the action that the user experiences. Mixed and Augmented Reality technologies permit the real-time fusion of computer-generated digital contents with the real world; virtual objects help user to perform real-world tasks better by displaying information that cannot directly detect with own senses.

Topics
Virtual and Augmented Reality Technologies
- collision detection and collision response algorithms
- haptic interfaces
- physical modelling

Virtual and Augmented Reality in Medicine and Surgery
- applications (diagnosis, surgical planning, rehabilitation, surgical training)
- image-guided navigation
- augmented visualization in surgery

Virtual and Augmented Reality in Cultural Heritage and Education
- edutainment in Cultural Heritage
- serious games
- mobile apps

22) Title: Smart Sensing Session, with Three Smart Applications: Smart House, Smart Lighting, Healthcare
Organizer-Chairman: Assoc. Prof. Mircea Risteiu
"1 Decembrie 1918" University of Alba Iulia
Computer Science and Engineering Department
Alba Iulia, Romania
E-mail: mristeiu@uab.ro


Aim
The session is inviting academics, researchers and practitioners to put together and share their high-quality, original, and state-of-the-art papers describing theoretical aspects, system architectures, analysis and design techniques, and implementation experiences in intelligent sensing technologies. The meeting is intending to report substantive results on a wide range of smart sensing approaches applied to variety of domain problems, grouped into mentioned applications with major issues related to: Fundamentals of Smart Sensing Principles and Mechanisms, Materials and its Applications for Smart Sensors, Smart Sensing Applications, Hardware, Software, Systems, and Technologies, Intelligent Management of Sensors, Analysis, Evaluation, and Test of Smart Sensors

Topics
All topics related to Smart Sensing applications and issues.

23) Title: Sustainable Pattern Recognition for Life Science Applications
Organizer-Chairman: Dr.-Ing. Walid Hussein
Center for Advanced Informatics and Business Intelligence
Faculty of Informatics and Computer Science
The British University in Egypt
Cairo, Egypt
E-mail: walid.hussein@bue.edu.eg


Aim
The implementation of pattern recognition approaches in the field of life science is rapidly expanding and predicted to grow strongly in the next decades. In general, life science research covers the areas of food, medical, business, industrial and environmental researches. In each area, researchers try to design a mathematical model for a specific problem. The aim of this session is to pool the recent advances in the numerical techniques in improving the pattern recognition based solutions of life science problems.

Topics
Signal processing applications in life science problems
Image processing applications in life science problems
Machine learning approaches in life science problems
Software engineering schemes for life science problems
Multimedia and mobile computing techniques for life science problems

24) Title: Track and Trace, Mobility and Smart Cities
Organizer-Chairman: Prof. Dr. Eduardo Mario Dias
Polytechnic School of the University of Săo Paulo
Brazil
E-mail: emdias@pea.usp.br


Aim
The Special Session/Workshop proposal aims to analyze and propose solutions to problems that affect big cities in the world, both in the area of urban transport and ports, as in health and environment, using ITS (Intelligent Transport System) tools control, such as: RFID, mobile technologies for field monitoring, identification of people and vehicles within protected areas, among others. Also demonstrates the advantages of using open standards in major cities.

Topics
- Wireless and mobile computing
- Cloud computing and storage
- Optimization problems in telecommunications
- RFID
- Traffic signal control
- Open Standard Protocol
- ISPS-CODE
- Biometrics
- Track and Trace
- Mifare

25) Title: Optimization for Vehicle Routing Problem
Organizer-Chairman: Ismail Yusuf, Ph.D. 1. Lamintang Computer College (LCC), Batam Indonesia.
Buana Impian Blok B1 No. 27-28.
Kota Batam, 29439.
Provinsi Kepulauan Riau, Indonesia.
2. University of Malaya
Department of Artificial Intelligence, Faculty of Computer Science and
Information Technology.
50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
E-mail: ism4ilyusuf@yahoo.com


Aim
Vehicle routing optimization (VRP) is a very active research area. It's at the core of supply chain and logistics as well as people transportation activities. This special session will bring together leading researchers, practitioners, end-users, engineers and scientists in the area of vehicle routing and logistics, stimulating the work on new and important problems with sound scientific methods.

Topics
All topics related to Vehicle Routing Problem, Supply Chain and Logistic issues

26) Title: İmece Circles and Concept Mapping for Good Communication at Teachers' Colleges
Organizer-Chairman: Hayal Köksal (Ph.D.)
Association for Innovative Collaboration (YİMEDER)
Director General (Turkey), World Council for Total Quality & Excellence in Education
Part-time Instructor, Faculty of Education, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
E-mail: hayal@boun.edu.tr
&
Erol İnelmen (Ph.D.)
Retired Instructor, Faculty of Education, Boğaziçi University, Istanbul
Association for Innovative Collaboration (YİMEDER)
E-mail: inelmen@boun.edu.tr


Aim
Practicing and showing all the participants the technique we use in our courses to train better communicators and critical thinkers. The use of this technique is especially important for the faculties of Education (Teachers’ Colleges) where the trainers of the future leaders (kids) are trained. If they learn how to think critically as a team member, they will teach more effectively.

Topics
Introduction, Formation of teams (İmece circles), Concept mapping, Presentation Writing the essays about the concept maps, Final report.

27) Title: Semi-Markov Models and Hidden Semi-Markov Models of Systems
Organizer-Chairman: Prof. Yuriy E. Obzherin
Head of the Department of Higher Mathematics
Sevastopol State University
Russia
E-mail: objsev@mail.ru


Aim
Discussion of the results and possible application of the theory of semi-Markov processes and hidden semi-Markov processes for modeling and analysis systems for various applications.

Topics
1. The theory of semi-Markov processes
2. The theory of hidden semi-Markov processes.
3. Using semi-Markov processes and hidden semi-Markov processes for modeling and analysis systems for various applications

28) Title: Innovative Group/collaborative Decision Making Approaches/methods and Technologies
Organizer-Chairman: Prof. Abdelkader Adla
Department of Computer Science
University of Oran 1 Ahmed Ben Bella
Oran, Algeria
E-mail: adla.abdelkader@univ-oran.dz


Aim
This special session will provide a common platform for discussion of challenging issues and potential techniques in the field group and collaborative decision making. It will also serve as a critical and essential forum for integrating various research challenges in this domain and promote collaboration among researchers from academia and industry to enhance the state-of-art and help define a clear path for future research in this emerging area. Most importantly, the special session will be a forum to discuss how to utilize advances from multiple disciplines for building collaborative decision support systems that can intelligently merge human knowledge and expertise with formal models to make better decisions.

Topics
• Business Intelligence and Knowledge-Based Decision Support
• Knowledge Management and Resource Discovery for Decision support Systems
• Multi-Attribute and Optimization Approaches for Decision making
• Web Resources and Collaborative Decision Making
• Big Data Analytics and Collaborative Decision Making
• Cloud-based decision support systems
• Mobile decision support systems
• Applications of group/collaborative decision support systems

29) Title: The Big Data and Allied Technologies Workshop
Organizer-Chairman: Dr. Chetna Dabas
Dept. of Computer Science Engineering & Information Technology
Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida India
E-mail: bigdatasession2017@gmail.com


Aim
Big data is increasing ever since it has come into being. In the technology landscape, Big Data represents major shift. This bears challenges corresponding to the exponentially raised volume, velocity and variety of information. Managing these parameters and gaining meaningful insights is the prime challenge faced by the big data community today. This workshop focuses on addressing these issues and proposing solutions which may later by absorbed by the research community or industry in one way or another. The papers submitted to this workshop should address relevant work with supporting evidences (experimental or mathematical) in mechanisms that are acceptable and technical for the research community. This special issue intends to bring the research, academics and industry communities together while coming up with some productive ideas or concerns for the evolution of mankind in the research world. This may specifically influence crucial domains including health care, bio-medical research, Internet search, finance and business informatics, and scientific computing.

Topics
• Big data Management
• Big data Analytics
• Data Science Applications and Implementations
• High dimensional Data Analysis
• Cloud Computing
• Sensor data Analysis
• Fast Data Computing and Analysis
• Social Network Analysis
• High performance data analytics
• Computer Networks
• Distributed Machine Learning and Big Data
• Analysis of high velocity Data streams
• Map reduce framework
• Genetic Algorithms
• Fuzzy computation
• Neural Networks
• Wireless Sensor networks
• Web Applications and Big Data
• Big data and Healthcare
• Big data in Business
• Big data in Academics

30) Title: Technology Challenges in Internet of Things
Ganesh Kumar
Senior Technical Consultant & Professor Linyi Top Network Co Ltd,LinyiShandong Provience,China K.L.N College of Engineering, Anna University,Madurai,India E-mail: ganesh_me@yahoo.com


Aim
Technology Challenges in Internet of Things The main aim of this session is to drive the connected low-cost sensing and actuation and the large host of scientifically and economically relevant application scenarios that they enable the technologies for Internet of Things has become a core research area with a broad reach scope across many fields in information & communication and interdisciplinary environments . The objective for the Internet of Things has always been the creation of complex interacting systems that allow for seamless information exchange between physical and digital objects. Availability of smartphones and apps, not only for companies but also consumers are part of this networked world. This inter connectivity together with large-scale data processing, machine learning, robotics, and new fabrication techniques leads to a transfer of innovation and business patterns from the digital space into the physical world.

Topics
- Physical world event understanding and process
- Real time applications in IoT
- Architecture and operation of IoT
- Enabling technologies in IoT
- IoT system communication
- Physical and virtual interactions in IoT
- Security challenges in IoT
- Social acceptance of IoT systems

31) Title: Numerical Analysis and Modeling of Composite Structural Members
Organizer-Chairman: Professor Eva Kormaníková
Technical University of Košice, Civil
Engineering Faculty, Vysokoškolská 4, 04200 Košice, Slovakia
E-mail: eva.kormanikova@tuke.sk


Aim
Micro-mechanics, macro-mechanics and optimization of structural elements made of composite materials. Homogenization techniques within the selected micromechanical models. Analyse of the long term activity of composite structures and sandwich structural elements - rheological material properties, shrinking, creep, moisture and temperature effect. Static and dynamic analysis and numerical modelling of laminated composite structural elements with application of contact elements for different failure modes.

Topics
- Static and Dynamic Analysis of Composite Structures
- Experimental Analysis and Diagnostics of Composite Structures
- Failures, Creation and Growth of Cracks, Damages and Reconstructions of Composite Structures
- Structural, Shape and Material Optimization of Composite Structures
- Analysis of Interaction Problems
- Numerical Methods, Simulations and Mathematical Applications

32) Title: Advanced Topics on Information Science and Technology with Emphasis on Text Mining, Machine Translation, Text Categorization
Organizer-Chairman: Sarantos Kapidakis (Professor on Electronic Publishing and Digital Libraries, Faculty of Information Science and Informatics-Ionian University, e-mail: sarantos@ionio.gr)
Marios Poulos (Associate Professor of Semantic Information Processing, Faculty of Information Science and Informatics-Ionian University, e-mail: mpoulos@ionio.gr)
Petros Kostagiolas (Assistant Professor of Information Services Management, Faculty of Information Science and Informatics-Ionian University, e-mail: pkostagiolas@ionio.gr)


Aim
The special session of Information Science and Technology brings together librarians, academics, scientists, engineers, computer users, and students to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about special aspects of Information Science such as (archival science, cognitive science, commerce, communications, library science, museology, management, mathematics), and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.

Topics
- Information access: text mining, machine translation, text categorization
- Information management: processing and delivery of information
- Information retrieval: searching structured storage, relational databases, and the World Wide Web
- Information seeking behavior, Information needs, and Information society
- Technologies and applications in Information Services

33) Title: Green and Secure Software and Systems
Organizer-Chairman: Nikolaos Bardis, PhD, Eng.
Associate Professor on Informatics for Military Applications
Director of Informatics LAB
Department of Mathematics & Engineering Sciences,
Hellenic Military Academy
Greece
E-mail: bardis@ilabsse.gr


Aim
The purpose of this session is to bring together researchers and practitioners from various disciplines, working in the areas of Green and Secure Software and Systems. It aims to provide an integrated platform to present original methods, tools, techniques and innovative applications on IS&T. Therefore, the session serves as a forum enabling experience exchange between academia, defence and industry, as well as between researchers working in different research branches.

Topics
- Information Security
- Privacy and Security
- Security and greenness issues
- Cryptography
- Cryptanalysis
- Hacking and Cracking
- Cyber Warfare
- Cyber Defense
- Cyber Security
- IW and Information Infrastructure Protection
- Safety Critical Systems
- Robotics
- Digitized Battlefield and C4ISR
- Production Control, Control Systems
- Communication Networks
- Wireless networks
- Mobile Communications
- Markovian Chains
- Advanced signal processing for military applications
- Risk Analysis
- Vulnerability analysis
- Evolution of software quality
- Threat Assessment/Modeling
- Database Management
- Data Mining and Data Warehousing
- Knowledge Management
- Military Decision Making
- Military Systems Interoperability
- Early Warning Systems
- GIS Appllications
- Pattern Recognition Systems
- Computational Techniques
- Decision Analysis
- Risk Management and Risk Analysis

34) Title: Optimization Problem Solving
Organizer-Chairman: Assis. Prof. Danica Brzic
Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy,
Belgrade University,
Karnegijeva 4,11000 Belgrade
E-mail: brzic@tmf.bg.ac.rs


Aim
The aim of this session is optimization methods and techniques developing using computers, on various case studies. Optimization with of nonlinear problem solving was studied. Minimization of a nonlinear objective function subject to linear or nonlinear constraints were examined. In any problem, constraints should be identified either as being inequality constraints or equality constraints. Inequality constraints in problem are frequently transformed into equality constraints, so that need focus first on problems involving only equality constraints. Lagrange multiplier optimization method was developed.

Topics
-Design
-Operation
-Management
-Economic critera of optimization,costs
-Technique criteria of optimization
-Chemical reactors object function formulation
-Multistaged distillation

35) Title: Web Computing & Security
Organizer-Chairman: Assoc. Prof. Antoanela Naaji, Ph.D
Vasile Goldis Western University of Arad,
Department of Engineering and Computer Science,
86 Rebreanu Str., Arad, Romania
E-mail: anaaji@uvvg.ro


Aim
One of the key topics in technology refers to programming the web applications for various fields, as well as the way in which they are developed, optimized, accessed and secured. The session tends to attract a diverse audience of researchers and practitioners from academia, industry, and public administration in order to interchange knowledge and disseminate new ideas towards challenges raised by recent advances in web computing and cyber-security.

Topics
- Web applications and services security;
- Wireless and mobile computing;
- Cloud computing and storage;
- Multimedia applications and virtual reality;
- Security solutions for virtualization;
- Network optimization and security aspects;
- Identity, access and authorization management;
- GPS, Location-Based Services;
- Encryption and interception of communications;
- Cryptographic applications; TCP/IP protocol suite security, secure routing, secure transmission protocols;
- VoIP, SIP, IP telephony and Wi-Fi security;
- Secure directories, e-mail, DNS, and other network services security;
- Firewalls, VPNs, intruder detection and prevention systems;
- Threat identification, honey pots security, incident handling;
- Delivery techniques, including spam, voice mail and rank manipulation;
- Phishing, rogue-AV, pharming, click-fraud, crime-ware, extortion and emerging attacks;
- Malware, botnets, criminal/phishing gangs and collaboration or money laundering;
- Techniques to avoid detection, tracking and takedown;
- e-Activities (e-Learning, e-Communities, e-Commerce, e-Management, e-Marketing, e-Governance, e-Science, e-Health, etc.).

36) Title: Recent Advances in Soft Switching Converters and their Applications
Prof. Ebrahim Babaei
Department of Power Engineering, Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Tabriz, 29 Bahman Boulevard, Tabriz, Iran
E-mail: e-babaei@tabrizu.ac.ir


Aim
SOFT SWITCHING CONVERTERS are becoming more and more important in power conversion. Soft switching is a possible way of reducing losses in power electronic switches. The expression "soft switching" actually refers to the operation of power electronic switches as zero-voltage switches (ZVS) and/or zero-current switches (ZCS). Soft switching converters have been experiencing, in terms of research and applications, a constant growth during the last decades. The efforts of research have led to a rapid development of different soft switching converter topologies, modulation techniques, and control strategies. Nevertheless, many interesting aspects, such as efficiency improvement, optimized parameters, classification, increasing power density and switching frequency, decreasing circulating currents of auxiliary circuits and new applications, still require more investigation. We encourage all researchers working in this area to submit papers to this Special Session

Topics
- New auxiliary soft switching circuits;
- Soft switching based (dc-dc, dc-ac, ac-dc, ac-ac) converters;
- Soft switching converters with high switching frequency;
- New auxiliary circuits for achieving soft switching by using less number of components;
- Classification of soft switching converters;
- New modulation and control strategies for soft switching converters;
- Industrial applications of soft switching converters;
- Soft switching converters for renewable energy applications;
- Soft switching converters for electric vehicles;
- Parameters optimization.

37) Title: ’’5G architectures and networks’’
George Agapiou
OTE SA Pelika & Spartis 1 Maroussi, 15122, Athens Greece E-mail: gagapiou@oteresearch.gr


Aim
Current telecommunications networks were designed for the delivery of services such as voice, video, and data to be offered to a different number of terminals. Future 5G networks are promising to support a fast mobile and connected society through devices, sensors and IoT. 5G technologies will lead the way to a wide variety of new use cases, architectures, transmission means and business models. New machine to machine (M2M) and human machine type applications will be introduced that will make people’s communication quicker, and diversified. The above applications are promising to automate and mobilize a variety of industries, including automotive, energy, health, smart city, and media. The objectives of the special session are:

- Discuss recent trends in 5G developments
- Present new business trends with multitenancy and new business models
- Investigate new optical backhauling means in 5G technologies
- Present advanced platforms (controllers, orchestrators, educational, etc.)
- Assess the convergence of satellite to 5G technologies


Topics
- 5G architectures
- Optical backhauling in small cell architectures
- Satellite convergence to 5G
- 5G use cases
- Network slicing
- IoT and M2M applications in 5G
- Cloud and virtualization
- Traffic design and modelling
- Business modeling – financial analysis of applications