Programme of Sessions

All special sessions are now open for full paper submissions.
For additional details on each session, download the correspondent file and feel free to contact the session chair for more information.
Some Special Sessions may have a different deadline for paper submission. Contact the session chair for more details.
Submissions are submitted via 
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Chair: Prof. Maria do Rosário Calado (Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal)

Co-chair: Sílvio Mariano (Universidade da Beira Interior, Portugal)

Brief Description:  Literature review reveals that bio-inspired algorithms applied to power and energy conversion systems are nowadays a hot research topic. These metaheuristics are nature inspired algorithms and its implementation replicates individual and collective strategies and behaviors of different agents to tackle hard optimization problems with a feasible computational cost. The inherent stochastic nature of these algorithms, i.e., often based on random processes, makes them suitable to cope with a wide-range set of problems.

The goal of this Symposium is to identify and discuss the most important and recent developments in the field of evolutionary and nature inspired algorithms to solve problems in the fields of power and energy conversion systems. Improvements and a better tuning understanding of genetic algorithms, artificial immune systems, particle swarm optimization, hybrid models, etc, and proposals of new techniques, applied to bounded multidimensional optimal value search, in systems control, prediction, clustering, security, forecast, data-mining, model parameters determination and design are among the topics of interest in this session.

Chairs: Petros Patias (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) and João Martins (FCT NOVA, Portugal)

Brief Description:  The goal of this special session is to present a selection of recent advances, some of which are already used in the cultural heritage domain while others have a high potential for it. The topics are presented with the goal to take into account how intelligent systems could be used in Cultural Heritage (raising awareness in society, reaching new audiences, re-using contents, promoting intercultural and interdisciplinary cooperation).

Submissions to this track of sessions have different deadlines, as follows:

  • Paper submission - 10th July 2018
  • Notification of Acceptance - 30th July 2018
  • Camera ready - 07th September 2018

Chair: Hassan Ait Haddou (LIFAM = ENSAM, France)

Brief Description: The "smart home", the "connected" architectural space and the augmented reality are giving rise to much hope as much as they feed many anxieties. Dream of a smart home that obeys your every word, or new alienation, new addictions to connected objects? Does the Internet of Things (IOT) connect people to brands so that brands meet the needs of people, or for people to comply with brand needs? New freedoms or Big Brother 3.0?

Far from seeking to dismiss the imaginary and cognitive load that crystallizes the so-called "smart building", this proposal would like to recover it and make it the reason for a problematization, a questioning multi-disciplinary and transdisciplinary theory, putting construction thought and practice at the heart of the interrogation by asking the question " Sustainable Smart Home for what purpose? 

Chair: Prof. Celina Leão (University of Minho, Algoritmi Research Centre, Portugal)

Co-chairs: Andreia Artífice (UNINOVA - CTS/GRIS, Portugal); Filomena Soares (University of Minho, Algoritmi Research Centre, Portugal); Carina Andrade (Algoritmi Research Centre, Bosch CM, Portugal); Ana Margarida Trigo (Algoritmi Research Centre, Bosch CM, Portugal); Carolina Centeio Jorge (INESC Technology and Science, Portugal)

Brief Description: This Track offers an open discussion on Gender, Diversity and Professional Identity in Engineering and Technology providing a forum for sharing experiences and discussion of best practices all over the world. The Track will promote discussions on the benefits of diversity and gender conscious management, and information on worldwide work-life balance concepts in Engineering. It also provides an opportunity for participants to know how to empower women by identifying empowerment strategies and to uncover what can be done to support gender parity.

Chair: Carlos Coutinho (Caixa Mágica, Portugal)

Co-chairs: Néjib Moalla (Université Lumière Lyon 2, France)

Brief DescriptionThis special session targets Blockchain-based applications development for decentralised environments (infrastructure, ownership, data, identity) for industry. It covers building procedures, standardisation, best-practices, security, cloud support, and innovative applications for such systems. Topics covering it should include novel approaches for scalability, interoperability and integration with legacy systems.

Chairs: J. Norberto Pires (University of Coimbra, Portugal) and Amin S. Azar (SINTEF, Norway)

Brief Description:  Additive and hybrid manufacturing are amongst the emerging areas of science and technology, which are complementing the recent global trends to fully digitalize the manufacturing processes and explore the internet of things (Industry 4.0 and e-factory concepts). Across the present AM technologies, those dedicated to metals pose several challenges due to high processing temperatures and phase transformation related phenomena. Industry is expanding the capacity to perform AM with metals such as lightweight and valuable materials and alloys. In fact, the world of manufacturing is constantly expecting a disruptive innovation in manufacturing systems that could enable autonomous and cost-effective production of radically new materials. In light of these interests, advancements in robotics equipped with high-end sensors for monitoring and autonomous operations are ultimately required to meet the increasing demand of the industry. This session aims to bring together specialists from academia and industry to present and discuss the latest developments in additive/hybrid- manufacturing. Special attention is given to the system issues, namely robotic setups, software, path planning, CAD interfaces and programming, sensors and advanced monitoring tools.

Chair: Diego R. Faria (Aston University, United Kingdom)

Co-chairs: Luis Manso (Aston University, United Kingdom); Cristiano Premebida (Loughborough University, United Kingdom)

Brief DescriptionThe aim of this session is to bring together researchers, students and practitioners from industry and academia to present current and future challenges of advanced sensor-based perception systems, machine learning techniques for autonomous systems, benchmarking, etc., and share their experience in this research topic, in particular: a) Machine learning (classical and deep-learning) and intelligent algorithms for perception and recognition systems, including robotics; b) Multimodal sensor datasets (Mono and Stereo Vision, RGB-D, IMU, LiDAR), evaluation and performance metrics, and benchmark databases related to autonomous systems.

Submissions to this session have different deadlines, as follows:

  • Paper submission - 15th August 2018
  • Notification of Acceptance - 23th August 2018
  • Camera ready - 04th September 2018

Chair: Teresa Pereira (Escola Superior de Ciências Empresariais - IPVC, Portugal)

Co-chairs: Luís Barreto (Escola Superior de Ciências Empresariais - IPVC, Portugal); António Amaral (Escola Superior de Ciências Empresariais - IPVC, Portugal)

Brief DescriptionTechnology evolution brought by the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), big data analytics and mobile/social media are increasingly changing the organizational approach of “doing things”, promoting the emergence of new and innovative business models, towards enhancing customer experiences as well as to drive new efficiencies. Digital technologies offer new possibilities for organizational growth, specially by deploying an approach more focused on productivity and on value creation. It is undeniable that this rhythm of change enhanced the awareness of most business man (decision makers) about the potential effect of digital transformation on their businesses and society, which address many challenges, mainly: driving cultural change, bridging the digital skills gap across workforce levels, changing customer expectations, data privacy and security – maximizing the return on upcoming investments. 

Submissions to this session have different deadlines, as follows:

  • Paper submission - 20th August 2018
  • Notification of Acceptance - 31st August 2018
  • Camera ready - 04th September 2018

Chairs: Vasil Sgurev and Vladimir Jotsov (ULSIT, Bulgaria)

Brief Description:  Contemporary and perspective intelligent methods and applications have been presented. The research is mainly focused on Data Science Applications, Agent-based Technologies, Cyber Security etc. 


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