The 11th IEEE International Multi-Disciplinary Conference on Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support (CogSIMA 2021)

May 14-22, 2021

Virtual Conference

Where Cognitive Science Meets Computer Science

Since 2011 the CogSIMA conferences promote a holistic cognitive approach to multidisciplinary research on dynamic cyber-physical-social systems of systems, whose constituent systems can be autonomous, and often collaborate and interoperate with organizations, machines, computer agents, and humans situated in complex dynamic environments. Critical to these systems of systems are their cognitive capabilities to sense, perceive and comprehend situations, reason and act on situations, demonstrate abilities of learning, self-organization, and collective intelligence, and their ability to consider the impact of interdependencies with the other systems.

The CogSIMA conferences are aimed at researchers and practitioners from academia, industry and government, with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience including computer science, human factors, cognitive science, modeling & simulation, robotics, and systems engineering.

Topics of Interest

Situation Management – Foundations

  • Conceptual frameworks, architectures, and models of cognitive situation management and control
  • New advances in situation awareness, control, and decision support
  • Situation awareness: public vs. organizational vs. team vs. individual; distributed vs. shared awareness
  • Formalization of situations and situational reasoning
  • Situational “Big Data” analysis, situation mining, discovery, early detection of anomalies and patterns
  • Stimuli-reaction, negative feedback, and predictive situation control
  • Situation modeling, comparison, assessment, validation, metrics, and performance measurements
  • Near real-time situation awareness and control
  • Mental models, self-awareness, cognitive processes, and impact of barriers (environmental, physiological, psychological, and social barriers)

Collective Situation Management and Control

  • Collective intelligence and emergent behavior in situation management
  • Biologically inspired computational models of situation management
  • Cooperation and collaboration in multi-agent situation management
  • Models of shared and distributed situation awareness and control
  • Adaptation and self-organization in cognitive situation management and control
  • Models of collective, autonomous, and resilient situation control in hostile environments
  • Integration of self-awareness and self-X capability models into cognitive situation management

Human-Artificial Intelligence Situation Management

  • Socially sensitive design and socially responsive design
  • Situation management in cyber-physical-social systems
  • Integration of human and signal intelligence
  • Human teaming with autonomous systems, human-AI teaming
  • Computer-aided human decision-making in incomplete known, conflicting, and stressful situations
  • Processing social media and other related human considerations to improve situation awareness
  • The impact of human competence and motivation in situation management
  • Distressed and handicapped persons in CogSIMA control loop

Situation Management Applications

  • System-level experiments and application-specific research
  • Situation awareness and control for cybersecurity
  • Autonomous vehicles and transportation systems
  • Health care and pandemic situation management
  • Political cooperation and disruption of fake data
  • Defence and autonomous mission control applications

Important Dates

Responding to many requests, the paper submission dates have been extended:

  • Regular Papers: January 31, 2021 
  • Poster PapersJanuary 31, 2021
  • Acceptance Notification (Regular & Poster): March 8, 2021
  • Camera Ready (Regular & Poster): March 31, 2021
  • Conference dates: May 14-22, 2021

Organizing Committee

General Chair

  • Leo Motus
    Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Honorary Chair

  • Gabriel Jakobson
    CyberGem Consulting, USA

Vice Chair

  • Scott Fouse
    Independent Consultant, USA
  • Kellyn Rein
    Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany

TPC Co-Chair

  • Kirstie Bellman
    Topcy House Consulting, USA
  • Nicolette McGeorge
    Charles River Analytics, Inc., USA
  • Alicia Ruvinsky
    ERDC US Army, USA
  • Mare Teichmann
    Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Keynotes/Tutorial Chair

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

Finance Chair

  • Ken Baclawski
    Northeastern University, USA

Publications Chair

  • Mary Freiman
    Aptima, Inc., USA

Publicity Chair

  • Giuseppe D’Aniello
    University of Salerno, Italy

Industry/Government Liaisons Chair

  • Michael Kozak
    Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories, USA

Student Program Chair

  • Ahmet Köse
    IEEE Estonia, Estonia

International Liaisons

  • Andrea Salfinger (Chair)
    Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria
  • Patricia Dockhorn Costa
    Federal University of Espirito Santo, Brazil
  • Peter Erdi
    Kalamazoo College, USA

Local Organizing Committee

  • Peeter Lorents (Chair)
    Estonian Business School, Estonia
  • Monika Perkman
    Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • Mari-Anne Meister
    Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Focus Session Organizers

  • Kirstie Bellman
    Topcy House Consulting, USA
  • Alicia Ruvinsky
    ERDC US Army, USA
  • Mare Teichmann
    Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
  • Dorothea Thomas-Aniola
    HENSOLDT Analytics, Vienna, Austria