The 10th IEEE International Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support (CogSIMA 2020)

04-07 May 2020,

University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

We are proud to announce that the IEEE Conference on Cognitive and Computational Aspects of Situation Management (CogSIMA) will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2020!

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.

Continuing a decade of interdisciplinary cognitive situation management research, CogSIMA 2020 again invites scientists and practitioners from diverse backgrounds – computer science, artificial intelligence, human factors, cognitive science, modeling and simulation, robotics, systems engineering, and related areas – to present their cutting-edge findings and developments on cognitive situation management issues.

Application areas of interest 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.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • 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


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.


  • Regular Papers and Poster Papers: December 10, 2019
  • Acceptance Notification: February 4, 202
  • Camera Ready due: March 6, 2020


Accepted papers and poster presentations will be submitted for publication in the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library, which will be indexed by major indexing and web discovery services (such as Google Scholar, DBLP, Semantic Scholar etc.).


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)

TPC Chairs

  • Galina Rogova (The State University of New York at Buffalo, USA)
  • Nicolette McGeorge (Charles River Analytics, USA)
  • Alicia Ruvinsky (ERDC US Army, USA)

Publicity Chair

  • Andrea Salfinger (Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria)

Tutorial Chair

  • Phyllis Nelson (California State Polytechnic University Pomona, USA)

Workshop Chair

  • Kirstie Bellman (Topcy House Consulting, USA)

Publications Chair

  • Mary Freiman (Aptima, USA)

Community Outreach Chair

  • Giuseppe D’Aniello (University of Salerno, Italy)

Industry Liason Chair

  • Michael Kozak (Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories, USA)


For questions, please contact us at
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