Workshops Main Lines

1. Systems Theory and Applications (Pichler, Moreno-Díaz)

The central interest is in the presentation of new results in Systems Theory and Model Based Simulation using mathematical or logical methods for model building, model representation, model decomposition and model technology mapping. This includes method based systems in the sense of CAST tools which support designers in theoretical issues. Also successful general applications of systems-theoretical methods in different areas of science and engineering are welcomed.


2. Pioneers and Landmarks in the development of Information and Communication Technologies (Pichler, Seising)

The workshop deals with the various aspects of the life and work of world important pioneers in the field of Information and Communication Technologies, as well as the landmarks in the historical development of infrastructures of these technologies in different  countries. This includes important device inventions, and the physics and mathematics discoveries and developments in which the foundations lay. Also, important predictions by Science Fiction masters are welcome. The main goal is to interest all scientists and engineers (specially the younger generations) in the history of their field.


3. Stochastic Models and Applications to Natural, Social and Technical Systems (Nobile, Di Crescenzo)

The Workshop deals with theory and applications of probability in the modeling of random phenomena in the natural sciences, social sciences and technology, focusing on mathematical theory, analytical, algorithmic, experimental approaches and computational methods.

Practical applications of stochastic models to diverse areas such as biology, computer science, telecommunications modeling, inventories, reliability, queueing theory, optimization and operations research are very welcome as well.

Attention is given also to probabilistic methods in data science and related areas, and their applications to the treatment of big data.


4. Theory and Applications of Metaheuristic Algorithms (Affenzeller, Jacak, Raidl)

This Workshop is devoted to explore heuristic methods and their successful applications and potentialities in solving real complex problems. Suggested topics include, but are not restricted to: New algorithmic developments; Theory and application of Genetic Algorithms and Genetic Programming; Other heuristics (Simulated Annealing, Tabu Search, Ant Colony Optimization, Particle Swarm Optimization, Scatter Search, etc.); New generic Hybrids; Parallel Heuristics; Applications in Combinatorial Optimization and Applications in Bio and Medical Informatics.


5. Model-Based System Design, Verification and Simulation (Nikodem, Ceska, Ito)
The workshop concentrates on the role of simulation and formal analysis and verification tools in the design of reliable systems. Topics include embedded systems design, distributed and reactive systems design, reality-in-the-loop simulation, modelling formalisms and languages, model transformations, formal analysis and verification methods, model continuity, design methodologies, supporting tools, etc.


6. Applications of Signal Processing Technology  (Huemer, Zagar, Lunglmayr, Haselmayr)

Signal processing (SP) is an enabling but mostly hidden technology for many of today’s electronic products and in industry applications. The successful deployment of signal processing algorithms typically incorporates mathematical system modeling, computer simulation, algorithm selection and testing, as well as implementation aspects. The workshop aims at bringing together scientists of different fields of applications who deploy signal processing technology and algorithms such as optimized digital filters, adaptive filters, statistical signal processing, or estimation and detection methods, in their respective areas. It shall facilitate the interexchange of SP experience across different research areas so as to inspire new ideas in the participants’ fields of research.


7. Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining for Intelligent Transportation Systems and Smart Mobility ( Sanchez-Medina, del Ser, Vlahogianni , García, Olaverri-Monreal, Acosta)

The concept of ‘Smart Mobility’ lies at the core of the so-called the ‘Smart City’ paradigm, which has hitherto been understood as a fusion of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) with Transportation. However, such a definition is only a simplistic view of what ‘Smart Mobility’ should really be. In this workshop we will extend this envisioned fusion of technologies beyond applications to traffic modeling and management, so as to span further towards transportation electrification, human factors and autonomous driving, with an emphasis on human centered and holistic approaches. To this end we will work to grasp the interest and collect contributions from reputed scientists and colleagues investigating on techniques, tools and problems related to the main topic of the workshop: the cornerstone where algorithms and models from the broad fields of Artificial Intelligence, (Big) Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery meet together to efficiently address problems stemming in all areas of Intelligent Transportation Systems and Smart Mobility. 


8.  Computer Vision, Machine Learning for Image Analysis and Applications (Penedo, Rádeva, Ortega-Hortas)

Image and video analysis: Object recognition, Convolutional neural networks, Video analysis, Segmentation, Color analysis, Texture analysis, Motion analysis,Tracking, Real-time imaging, Temporal-spatial Analysis, Deformable models, Image fusion, Multi-modal image processing

-Machine learning for image analysis: Feature selection and extraction, Classification and Clustering, Image understanding, Machine vision, Computer vision, Statistical methods, Statistical estimation, Image Description and Recognition, Neural Network architectures, Deep Learning in image processing

-Applications: Face recognition, 3D face recognition, Gesture recognition, Biometrics, Biomedical imaging, Bioinformatics, Document Processing, Multimedia, Security Systems, Surveillance, Visual Inspection, Other


9. Computer and Systems Based Methods and Electronic Tools in Clinical and Academic Medicine (Rozenblit, Hagelauer, Maynar, Klempous)

This workshop will focus on how we leverage from high technology - specifically, advanced modeling and simulation methods - to support medical tranining, research, and actual medical procedures

Main Topics

- Virtual and Augmented Reality in Medical Teaching and in Surgery Training

- Intelligent Systems as Diagnostics Assistants

- Medical care specific soft and hardware

- Remote diagnosis and monitoring systems

- Formal and Computer Models of Patient- Prescriptions Interaction.


10. Systems Concepts and Methods in Touristic Flows (Palma-Méndez, Rodriguez, Moreno-Díaz jr.)

Tourism is a powerful economic force. Tourism flows influence the environment of destinations and change cultures worldwide. Tourism is very sensitive to global transformations: changing consumer behaviour, economic evolution, climate change, epidemics, safety and political decisions. Besides, tourism generates an evergrowing amount of daily updated data in each of its axes (people flux, transport logistics and touristic facilities and services), available from official sites and ready to be mined and reused. Thus, tourism is a complex phenomenon and its relationships with economy, society and environment are suited for study from Systems and Cybernetics points of view using CAST tools.


 11. Systems in Industrial Robotics, Automation and IoT ( Jacob, Stetter, Markl)

 In the age of IoT and Industry 4.0 industrial robots and automation systems are affected by the dynamically increasing influence of software. The increasing implementation of software in industrial robots and other production systems offer new possibilities like human-robot-cooperation, high flexibility of production processes and reduction of lot size down to one for mass customization. The higher complexity and multidisciplinarity requires new methods for modelling and new tools for engineering of those systems. Therefore new approaches like deep learning and artificial intelligence have to be implemented to reduce complexity for the developer and to realize self-optimizing systems. The digitalization in the production offers possibilities for a deeper understanding and controlling of production processes and leads to higher quality and higher flexibility due to paralleling planning, programming and production processes during construction, start-up and running of production systems. The workshop should give the possibility to present new concepts, research results and best-case-studies of these topics. The exchange of experience of how to do innovation in the field of IoT and automation is the basis for new approaches in the fast changing and multidisciplinary field Industry 4.0.


12. Advances in Biomedical Signal and Image Processing Workshop (Fridli, Huemer, Kovacs, Böck)

 Due to the advances of biomedical engineering in medical data acquisition, the scientific community faces new opportunities in computer assisted medical practice. The captured biomedical signals contain information not only about the temporary general state of a patient’s health but they that may even be used for predicting critical events in the future. However, such clinically relevant information is often transient or masked by noise and therefore hard – if not even impossible – for a human observer to detect and interpret directly. Therefore, there is a fast-increasing demand for biomedical signal and image processing techniques that are capable to provide reliable parameters and predictors for various diseases, and so to support physicians in daily clinical practice. These techniques deal with problems of classification, segmentation, event detection for biomedical signals such as ECG, EEG, biomedical system identification in ultrasound imaging, and enhancement of medical imaging like CT, MRI, etc. The workshop targets scientists working in these or related fields, trying to initiate collaboration of experts from the medical as well as from the technical community.