The 5th IEEE International Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support (CogSIMA 2015)

Mar 9, 2015 – Mar 12, 2015

Orlando, USA

The 2015 IEEE CogSIMA conference continues to expand the research domain of cognitive situation awareness and decision support that was established by previous CogSIMA conferences. CogSIMA aims to provide an annual venue for presenting multi-disciplinary research on complex, often cyber-physical, dynamical systems – including humans, physical systems, computer agents and networks – whose individual and collective behavior depends on complex situations. Examples of such systems include command and control systems, disaster monitoring and recovery systems, human-robot exploratory systems, physical and cyber security systems, intelligent transportation systems, communication and social networks, and many others.

Common to these systems is the need to adequately perceive, comprehend, act, and communicate according to the current situation and expected changes, both in the surrounding environment and within the systems themselves. The amount of information that needs to be processed in order to derive decisions typically poses significant challenges for both, human cognitive capabilities and computer processing power. Consequently, there is a need to develop novel situation awareness and decision support approaches for augmenting the cognitive capabilities of collaborating.

  • Selecting which data is relevant and actively asking or searching for additional information
  • Integrating disparate data into a consistent world model
  • Inferring relations among elements of the situation, including prediction of future situations
  • Assessing uncertainties associated with data, information, and decisions
  • Automatic discovery of new situation models and/or model elements
  • Metrics for evaluating current and/or future situations and decisions
  • Interacting with other agents to achieve shared situation awareness and improve decision-making

Conference Scope

A distinguishing characteristic of the CogSIMA conferences is that key concepts like situations, events and actions are considered as first-class objects. The solution to the above-mentioned problems requires multi-disciplinary research that addresses the topics listed below.

  • Studies of concepts of situation, context, event, goal, intention, action, behavior in the in the context of hybrid interactive human-machine systems
  • Theories of situational awareness
  • Modeling of situations – model acquisition, adaptation and learning
  • Situation specification languages
  • Situation dependent information integration and fusion
  • Situation perception, comprehension, tracking, prediction, adaptation and learning
  • Models of human-machine collaboration, hybrid and shared cognition
  • Situation ontologies
  • Theories of relevance and sharing of situational awareness
  • Cyber-Physical Situation Management
  • Methods of actions planning, collaborative decision support
  • Approaches to spatial and temporal reasoning, reasoning about goals, intentions and actions, and collective reasoning by teams of human and/or machine agents
  • Advancement of situational control theory, including situational feedback, goal assessment and optimization, situational games with nature and adversaries, reflective situational control, and collective situational behavior
  • Metrics and evaluation of performance of hybrid human-machine systems
  • Architectures, systems, platforms and tools for situation awareness and decision support
  • Applications and case studies

Important Dates

Paper and Tutorial Submission 27 October 2014 (23:59 EST)
Acceptance Notification 1 December 2014 (23:59 EST)
Camera Ready Paper 26 January 2015 (23:59 EST)