2019 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics (SMC’19)


Special Session

Computational Models of Cognition and Situated Behavior in Cyber-Physical-Human Systems

Oct. 7 - Bari, Italy

Session Description

This special session deals with the problem of developing approaches supporting cognitive situation management. Since intelligent behavior is inherently situational, intelligent artificial agents and systems need to obtain situation awareness and expose situated behavior. Recent advancements in machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) have mainly focused on models of computational perception of individual local situations, achieving major breakthroughs in the automated detection of individual objects and entities from heterogeneous sources such as images, audio, video, and natural language. Hence, the upcoming challenge is how we can build intelligent agents capable to comprehend the overall observed situation(s), by interrelating these individual situations. As opposed to the clearly defined object recognition tasks, comprehension of situations represents a complex task of fusion of relational, spatial and temporal information, potentially emerging from the aggregation of multiple agents’ views. These challenging characteristics thus call for novel and potentially synergistic approaches from both sub-symbolic and symbolic AI, as well as inspirations from the models of collective (swarm) intelligence in biological agents developed in cognitive science.

Therefore, the goal is to bring together researchers from diverse fields to exchange on recent developments towards cognitive situation management, situation understanding, situation learning and knowledge acquisition, and situated interaction.

Important Dates

Paper submission: March 31, 2019

Notification of paper acceptance/rejection: June 7, 2019

Camera-ready paper submission: July 7, 2019


  • Artificial and Computational Intelligence Techniques for Situation Understanding
    • Computational (Fuzzy) Logic
    • Rough Sets
    • Pattern Recognition
    • Deep & Representation Learning
    • Reinforcement Learning
    • Statistical Relational Learning
    • Probabilistic Models, Bayesian Reasoning
  • Knowledge Acquisition in Intelligent Systems
    • Situation Knowledge Representation and Management
    • Interpolation and Prediction of Missing Information
    • Situation Understanding from Natural Language, Situated (Social) Interaction
      • Understanding Social Situations, Situations Expressed in Natural Language
      • Situational Natural Language Understanding
  • Agent-Based Modeling
    • Situational Human-Computer Interaction
      • Situation Awareness in Human Learning
      • Augmented Reality for Situation Awareness
      • Situated User Profiling and Modeling
    • Collective Intelligence, Shared Situation Awareness, Emergent Behavior
    • Situation Awareness in Cyber-Physical Systems and Decision Support Systems


Papers must be submitted electronically for peer review through PaperCept by March 31, 2019: http://conf.papercept.net/conferences/scripts/start.pl. In PaperCept, click on the SMC 2019 link “Submit a Contribution to SMC'19” and follow the steps. For “Type of submission”, please select “Special Session Papers”. On the submission page, please enter the following code to submit to this special session: g3wn3

All papers must be written in English and should describe original work. For guidelines, please follow the the SMC website link http://smc2019.org/information_for_authors.html

Special Session Program

Monday, Oct. 7, 14:00 - 16:00 | Room 1 @ The Nicolaus Hotel, Bari, Italy

[SMC'19 program]

14:00 - 14:20: Some Issues in Modelling Comprehensive Situation Awareness

Leo Motus, Leo, Mare Teichmann, Taivo Kangilaski, Jaan Priisalu, Jaanus Kaugerand

Tallinn University of Technology

14:20 - 14:40: SoReNet: A Novel Deep Network for Audio Surveillance Applications

Antonio Greco, Alessia Saggese, Mario Vento, Vincenzo Vigilante

University of Salerno

14:40 - 15:00: Tactical Situation Modelling of MUM-T Helicopter Mission Scenarios Using Influence Maps

Matthias Anton Frey, Axel Schulte

Bundeswehr University Munich

15:00 - 15:20: Berrick: A Low-Cost Robotic Head Platform for Human-Robot Interaction

Riccardo Berra, Francesco Setti, Marco Cristani

University of Verona

15:20 - 15:40: Models of Situated Intelligence Inspired by the Energy Management of Brains

Robert Kozma1, Raymond Noack2, Hava Siegelmann2

1 University of Memphis, TN, 2 University of Massachusetts Amherst

15:40-16:00: Maximizing the Availability of Composable Systems of Next-Generation Data Centers

Leylane Silva1, Glauco Gonçavles2, Daniel Rosendo3, Guto Santos4, André Moreira1, Judith Kelner1, Djamel Sadok1, Mattias Wildeman5, Amardeep Mehta5, Patricia Takako Endo6

1 Federal University of Pernambuco, 2 Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, 3 GPRT, 4 UFPE, 5 Ericsson Research, 6 University of Pernambuco

Session Organizers

Gabe Jakobson, CyberGem Consulting, USA

Kellyn Rein, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany

Andrea Salfinger, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Giuseppe D’Aniello, University of Salerno, Italy

Technical Committee on Cognitive Situation Management, IEEE SMC Society