2020 IEEE Conference on Cognitive and Computational Aspects of Situation Management (CogSIMA)

4 -7 May 2020

University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Important notice: Please find the most recent information about this conference under http://www.cogsima2020.org!


Where Cognitive Science meets Computer Science

Organized by the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society's Technical Committee on Cognitive Situation Management, the CogSIMA conference series provides the premier venue for discussing complex heterogeneous dynamical systems - of interacting humans, machines, and computer agents - whose collective behavior depends on their cognitive capabilities to comprehend, explain, predict and act upon the surrounding operational situations.

Adhering to its successful interdisciplinary tradition, CogSIMA 2020 will provide a stimulating forum for scientists and practitioners from diverse backgrounds to advance the field of cognitive situation management. We aim to bring together researchers from computer science, artificial intelligence, human factors, cognitive science, modeling and simulation, robotics, systems engineering, and related areas, to progress towards this ambitious goal.

Application areas include autonomous vehicles, command and control systems, disaster monitoring and recovery systems, human-robot teams, physical and cyber security situation awareness and cyber warfare systems, intelligent transportation systems, health care medical situation control systems, and many others.

For questions concerning CogSIMA 2020 contact us at admin@cogsima.org.

We look forward to seeing you in Victoria!

Please consult www.cogsima2020.org for the most recent updates.


Accepted papers and poster presentations will be submitted for publication in the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library.

Important Dates

Regular & Poster Presentation Papers due: November 1, 2019

Acceptance Notification: February 4, 2020

Camera Ready due: March 6, 2020

Topics of Interest

  • Situation sensing, perception, comprehension, prediction and truth maintenance
  • “Big Data” analysis, situation learning and knowledge acquisition
  • Social media processing for situation awareness
  • Cognitive information fusion
  • Integration of human and signal intelligence
  • Multi-agent situation awareness, situation control and decision support
  • (Team) decision making
  • Models of collaboration and emergent behavior in cognitive multi-agent systems
  • Situation assessment methodology & applications, e.g.,
    • Situation recognition in autonomous vehicles
    • Situation assessment by Reinforcement Learning
  • Biologically-inspired computational models of situation management
  • Approaches to spatial and temporal reasoning, reasoning about goals, intentions and actions
  • Metrics and evaluation of performance of hybrid human- machine systems
  • Models of human-machine collaboration
  • Ontology-based computing, context modeling and discovery
  • Systems, platforms and tools for situation awareness, situation control and decision support
  • System-level experiments and application-specific research


For celebrating its 10th edition, the CogSIMA conference series will take place at a Canadian location for the very first time, inviting its attendees to the charming city of Victoria, a well-known tourist destination on Canada’s picturesque west coast replete with unscathed, breath-taking nature. The garden city, as the capital city of British Columbia is called, will stun attendees with its beautiful garden and park landscapes, attracting visitors from all over the world. Victoria represents an excellently reachable destination for international travelers, with two major airport hubs in close vicinity, Vancouver and Seattle. Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria can be conveniently reached from either Vancouver or Seattle after a short flight or ferry ride.

The conference will be hosted by the University of Victoria (UVic), one of Canada's top universities, consistently ranking among the Top 3 universities in Canada and the Top 1% of universities worldwide.

In addition to UVic’s modern and scenic campus environment, CogSIMA attendees will also enjoy the surrounding coastal beauty of Vancouver Island, featuring lush forests and spectacular mountain and ocean sceneries encouraging all sorts of outdoor activities (e.g., hiking, kayaking, sailing, cycling etc.), as well as the picturesque, old English charm of the city of Victoria offering plenty of shopping, dining and nightlife activities.

Please consult Victoria Tourism and British Columbia Tourisum for further information on local highlights.


Downtown Victoria, which is easily reachable from the conference venue by public transportation, offers a great selection of hotels meeting all types of travel requirements and price ranges.

Please consult Victoria Tourism for further information.

How to Submit

We invite two types of submissions, regular papers and poster presentations, which will undergo a competitive review process. All papers must present original and unpublished work that is not currently under review elsewhere. Each paper will be reviewed by at least three independent referees. Papers will be evaluated according to their significance, originality, technical content, style, clarity, and relevance to the conference.

Quantitative and/or qualitative methods and results are welcome, as well as hypotheses-driven or more open-ended exploratory work. Submissions must clearly outline the methodology (manipulations, measurements, environment and context, etc.) and technologies used, for both replicability and enabling in-depth review. In addition, research providing novel system designs, algorithms, interface technologies, and computational methods supporting elements of situation management are encouraged. Submitted papers should address issues related to the general domain of situation management.

Regular Papers (5-8 pages): describe new results that advance the state-of-the-art. Each accepted paper will be allocated approximately 25 minutes for the oral presentation during the conference.

Poster Presentations (3-5 pages): describe work in progress. Each accepted poster will be presented in a 5 min. talk in the poster session, and will be included in the final conference proceedings submitted to the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library.

At least one author of an accepted paper is required to register for the conference at the full (member or non-member) rate and the paper must be presented by an author of that paper at the conference, unless the TPC grants permission for a substitute presenter arranged in advance of the event who is qualified both to present and answer questions. All paper submissions will be handled electronically in EDAS. Authors should prepare a Portable Document Format (PDF) version of their paper using the stylesheet templates provided by IEEE.


Organizing Committee

General Chair:

Scott Fouse, Independent Consultant, USA

Honorary Chair:

Gabe Jakobson, CyberGem Consulting, USA

Vice Chair:

Kellyn Rein, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany


Ken Baclawski, Northeastern University, USA

Local Chair:

Adel Guitoni, University of Victoria, Canada

Publicity Chair:

Andrea Salfinger, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

TPC Co-Chairs:

Galina Rogova, The State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

Nicolette McGeorge, Charles River Analytics, USA

Alicia Ruvinsky, ERDC US Army, USA

Publications Chair:

Mary Freiman, Aptima, USA

Tutorial Chair:

Phyllis Nelson, California State Polytechnic University Pomona, USA

Workshop Chair:

Kirstie Bellman, Topcy House Consulting, USA

Community Outreach Chair:

Giuseppe D'Aniello, University of Salerno, Italy

Industry Liason Chair:

Michael Kozak, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories, USA

Technical Program Committee

to be announced

Registration Fees

Please consult www.cogsima2020.org for the most recent updates.

Discounts will be provided for IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics (SMC) Society members and IEEE members, as well as students.