[PlanetKR] FQAS 2019: 5 days to submit!

Alfredo Cuzzocrea cuzzocrea at si.dimes.unical.it
Tue May 14 01:45:19 EST 2019

Call for Papers: 13th International Conference on Flexible Query Answering
Systems Amantea, Italy - July 2-5, 2019 https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/jUitC91W27Hm0DJpuoMOeF?domain=fqas2019.units.it


Aim and Scope
FQAS is the premier conference focusing on the key issue in the information
society of providing easy, flexible, and intuitive access to information to
everybody. In targeting this issue, the conference draws on several research
areas, such as information retrieval, database management, data science,
information filtering, knowledge representation, knowledge discovery,
analytics, soft computing, management of multimedia information, and
human-computer interaction. The guiding topic of the FQAS conferences are
innovative query systems aimed at providing easy, flexible and
human-friendly access to information. Such systems are becoming increasingly
important also due to the huge and always growing number of users as well as
the growing amount of available information. Thus, works related to the
concepts of data science, data streams querying etc., are very welcome. This
year, FQAS has a special theme: Flexible querying and analytics for smart
cities and smart societies in the !
 age of big data. This provides a unique opportunity to special focalize on
emerging research trends that are leading the research scene since several

Since 1994, the conference has provided a unique and multidisciplinary forum
for researchers, developers and practitioners to explore and exchange new
ideas and approaches in all mentioned research areas. We invite submission
of original research contributions, and proposals for invited sessions,
panels, and tutorials. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to,
the following in the context of intelligent information access and/or
flexible query answering systems, and seamlessly organized in three main
topic containers:

Models, Methodologies and Algorithms for Efficient and Effective Flexible
Query Answering
•	Flexible Question Answering Systems
•	Context-Awareness in Query Interpretation
•	Contextual Information Retrieval
•	Multimodal, Spoken and Multimedia Query Answering
•	Mobile Information Access Systems
•	Ambient Information Access Systems
•	Semantic Web
•	Data Science and Big Data
•	Knowledge Discovery
•	Flexible Query Answering Models, Methods and Algorithms for Machine
•	Flexible Query Answering Models, Methods and Algorithms for Deep
•	Approximation Theories in Flexible Query Answering Systems
•	Multimedia Information Management
•	Business Analytics
•	Information Retrieval, Extraction and Fusion
•	Text and Data Mining
•	Knowledge Representation
•	Ontologies
•	Ontology-Based Query Answering
•	Ontology-Based Integration
•	Database Management
•	Cross Language Querying and Retrieval
•	Semantic Query Expansion
•	Domain and User Context Modelling
•	User Preference Personalization
•	Privacy Preserving Querying Answering
•	Human-Computer Interaction
•	User Interfaces and Data Visualization
•	Search Engines
•	Summarization of Search Results
•	Social Media
•	Cloud Computing and Cloud Information Access
•	Collaborative Information Management
•	Approximate Reasoning Models
•	Soft Computing
•	Ambient Intelligence
•	Computer Vision
•	Fuzzy Sets, Logic and Probabilistic Models
•	Imperfection/Uncertainty Management
•	Knowledge-Based Systems
•	Systems, Architectures, Platforms

Technologies and Methodologies for Cross-Sector and Cross-Border Utilization
of Big Data
•	From Flexible Query Answering to Flexible Querying and Analytics in
the Age of Big Data 
•	Flexible Querying and Analytics in the Data Value Chain
•	Predictive Analytics
•	Prognostic Analytics
•	Early Warning of Threats or Opportunities
•	Big Data Querying and Analytics for Process Optimization
•	Big Data Querying and Analytics for Risk Management
•	Big Data Querying and Analytics for Knowledge Fruition
•	Open Data Querying and Analytics for Open Source Intelligence
•	Privacy Issues and Privacy Enhancing Methods and Technologies 
•	Methodologies for Application Development with Users (e.g.,
Participatory Design and Development)
•	Hiding Complexity (of Data, Tools, Architectures, …) in Analytics
Environments for Data Scientists and Analysers
•	Abstractions for the Big Data Analytics Application Layer
•	Big Data Visualization Models and Methods

Big Data Analytics and Query Answering in Different Sectors
•	Energy Sector
•	Financial Sector
•	Healthcare Sector
•	Welfare Sector
•	Privacy Sector
•	Security Sector
•	Transportation Sector
o	Maritime Transportation
•	Law Enforcement and Security Sector
o	Predictive Policing
o	Intelligence-Led Policing
o	Early Warning of Threats
•	Customs Risk Sector
o	Big Data Analytics for Customs Risk Management
•	Business Intelligence Sector

Special Sessions

FQAS 2019 has four accepted special sessions:

Argumentation-based Query Answering
Big Data Veracity and Soft Computing
Data Mining & Knowledge Discovery
Industrial Applications and Systems

When you submit to these special sessions, please specify the correct
special session in the Web submission system.

Conference Location
Hotel Village La Principessa, Amantea, Italy

Submission Guidelines and Instructions
All accepted papers will be published by Springer-Verlag in their Lecture
Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series. Authors are invited to
submit original previously unpublished research papers written in English,
of up to 12 pages, strictly following the LNCS/LNAI format guidelines.
Authors can download the Latex (recommended) or Word templates available at
Springer's web site. Submissions not following the format guidelines will be
rejected without review. Submissions should be made electronically in PDF
format via the electronic submission system of the FQAS 2019 Conference
Management system. At least one author of each published paper must register
for the conference and present the paper at the conference.

Paper Publication
Accepted contributions will be published by Springer-Verlag LNAI series and
they will be disseminated through the Springer Digital Library Springer
Link. Papers will be also indexed by DBLP and Scopus. A selection of the
best FQAS 2019 papers will be invited to be revised and extended for the
post-conference publication in several special issues of top-quality

Call for Special Sessions
FQAS 2019 invites proposals for Special Sessions to be held during the
conference. Special sessions complement the regular technical program by
highlighting new and emerging research topics or innovative applications of
established approaches. The topic of a special session proposal should be
timely and compelling.

While we welcome special sessions in all areas of flexible query answering
systems, we are particularly interested in focused research topics,
specifically those related to the following innovation themes:

•	Big Data
•	Cognitive Computing
•	Deep Learning
•	Internet of Things
•	Personalized Healthcare Systems
•	Industry 4.0
•	Smart Systems
•	Argumentation

Special sessions can also cover any other area focusing on challenging open
problems of relevance in applications.
The participation of speakers from industry in a special session proposal is
encouraged and will be positively evaluated when the proposal is assessed.
Note that all papers will be subject to the same peer review process as for
regular papers.
Proposal Submission. Please submit proposals (approximately 3 pages) in PDF
format by email to the Special Sessions Co-Chairs. Proposal should include
the following information:
•	Title and Abstract: Propose a title and a brief abstract of no more
than approximately 100 words that will allow conference attendees to
understand the topic and the focus of the special session.
•	Rationale: Please explain why the topic of the special session is
novel and timely, why it is relevant to the FQAS community and how it
possibly fits within the innovation themes listed above. Technical sessions
are normally expected to have 5 papers. In exceptional cases (like
industrial talks, or contribution by particularly renowned speakers) it may
be possible to have sessions of one talks without an associate paper or a
talk which will have a double-time slot for the presentation. In these
cases, please contact the Special Sessions Chairs in advance (before
submitting your proposal) to explain the rationale of your request.
•	Biographies: Provide a short bio-sketch of the session proposers.

Important aspect in the evaluation of special session proposals will be the
timeliness of the topic, quality/track record of the proposers, coherence of
the session and expected value added to the overall technical program.

Call for Panels
FQAS 2019 is accepting proposals for panel sessions. The goal of the panel
sessions is to expand on the theme of the conference, flexible query
answering systems, to new directions and encourage discussion between
conference attendees and panelists. Panel organizers will have autonomy to
design the panel session as they seem fit, and we encourage new and
innovative panel programs. Panel sessions can span a single conference
session (1.5 hours) or two conference sessions (3 hours). Possible topics
for panel sessions include data-driven decision making, autonomous systems,
cyber-physical systems and the other topics listed under the conference call
for papers. Panel session proposal should be submitted directly to the Panel
Chairs and include in the subject of your email “FQAS 2019 Panel Proposal”.
Each proposal should include:

•	title and acronym of panel session;
•	proposed duration;
•	description of topic;
•	proposed session program;
•	preliminary list of invited speakers/panelists;
•	short bio of the organizers;
•	contact information for the organizers.

Call for Tutorials
FQAS 2019 is accepting proposals for tutorials. Tutorials are intended to
provide state-of-the-art as well as emerging topics in the broad context of
the conference’s topics. Tutorial sessions can span a single conference
session (1.5 hours) or two conference sessions (3 hours). Tutorial proposals
should be submitted directly to the Tutorial Chairs and include in the
subject of your email “FQAS 2019 Tutorial Proposal”. Each proposal should

•	title and acronym of tutorial;
•	proposed duration;
•	description of topic;
•	proposed tutorial program;
•	short bio of the tutorialists;
•	contact information for the tutorialists.

Important Dates
Paper submission : May 17, 2019
Notification of acceptance for papers: June 2, 2019 Camera-ready versions of
accepted papers: June 6, 2019 Special session submission: February 15, 2019
Notification of acceptance for special sessions: February 28, 2019 Panel
submission: February 15, 2019 Notification of acceptance for panels:
February 28, 2019 Tutorial submission: February 15, 2019 Notification of
acceptance for tutorials: February 28, 2019
Conference: July 2-5, 2019

The venue of FQAS 2019 Conference is the wonderful Amantea, on the
Tyrrhenian Coast of Calabria, the most sunny region of the Italian Peninsula
in the South Italy, usually called the “Toe of the Boot”. Amantea is a
beautiful small city in the Tyrrhenian coast of Calabria. It is easy
reachable via the Lamezia Terme International Airport, about 25 km from

Conference Organization Board
General Chairs
Henrik Legind Larsen, Aalborg University, Denmark Domenico Saccà, University
of Calabria, Italy

Program Chairs
Alfredo Cuzzocrea, University of Trieste, Italy Sergio Greco, University of
Calabria, Italy

Special Session Chairs
Nicolas Spyratos, University of Paris-South, France Volker Hoffmann, SINTEF
Digital, Norway

Panel Chair
Carlos Ordonez, University of Huston, USA

Tutorial Chairs
Ladjel Bellatreche, ENSMA, France
Carson Leung, University of Manitoba, Canada

Industrial Track Chair
Hassane Essafi, CEA, France

Publicity Chair
Wookey Lee, INHA University, South Korea

Local Organization Chairs
Marco Calautti, The University of Edinburgh, UK & University of Calabria,
Italy Enzo Mumolo, University of Trieste, Italy

Steering Committee
Henrik Legind Larsen, Denmark
Henning Christiansen, Denmark
Troels Andreasen, Denmark

Advisory Committee
Adnan Yazici, Turkey
Amihai Motro, USA
Arne Berre, Norway
Bruce Croft, USA
Don Kraft, USA
Fred Petry, USA
Gabriella Pasi, Italy
Guy De Tré, Belgium
Hassane Essafi, France
Hélène Jaudoin, France
Hendrik Decker, Germany
Henri Prade, France
Henrik Madsen, Denmark
Janusz Kacprzyk, Poland
Jesus Cardenosa, Spain
Jorgen Fischer Nilsson, Denmark
Jose Maria Blanco
Keith van Rijsbergen, UK
Maria Amparo Vila, Spain
Maria J. Martin-Bautista, Spain
Nicolas Spyratos, France
Norbert Fuhr, Germany
Olivier Pivert, France
Panagiotis Chountas, UK
Roman Slowinski, Poland
Ronald R. Yager, USA
Slawomir Zadrozny, Poland
Wlodek Zadrozny, USA
Zbigniew W. Ras, USA

Program Committee (to be extended)
Henning Christiansen, Roskilde University, Denmark Henrik Legind Larsen,
Aalborg University, Denmark Panagiotis Chountas, University of Westminster,
UK Ernesto Damiani, University of Milan, Italy Anne Laurent, LIRMM – UM,
France Adnan Yazici, Middle East Technical University, Turkey Nicolas Marin,
Univesity of Granada, Spain Hélène Jaudoin, IRISA-ENSSAT, France Fabio
Crestani, University of Lugano, Switzerland Marek Reformat, University of
Alberta, Canada Krassimir Atanassov, Centre of Biomedical Engineering,
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria Janusz Kacprzyk, Systems Research
Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland Eulalia Szmidt, Systems
Research Institute Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland Henri Prade, IRIT -
CNRS, France Farouk Toumani, Limos, Blaise Pascal University, France
Gabriella Pasi, Università degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, Italy Allel
Hadjali, LIAS/ENSMA, France Antoon Bronselaer, Ghent University, Belgium
Bernard De Baets, Ghent University, Belgium Slawomir Zadrozny, Systems
Research Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland Christophe Marsala,
Universite Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6, France Jose Angel Olivas, UCLM,
Spain Patrice Buche, INRA, France Fred Petry, Naval Research Lab, USA
Andrzej Skowron, Warsaw University, Poland Henrik Bulskov, Roskilde
University, Denmark Dominik Slezak, University of Warsaw & Infobright,
Poland Marie-Jeanne Lesot, LIP6 – UPMC, France Zbigniew Ras, The University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA Thierry Chaussalet, University of
Westminster, UK Elena Baralis, Politecnico di Torino, Italy Guillaume
Raschia, LINA, University of Nantes, France Marzena Kryszkiewicz, Warsaw
University of Technology, Poland Trevor Martin, University of Bristol, UK
Jørgen Fischer Nilsson, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark Didier
Dubois, IRIT/RPDMP, France Ignacio J. Blanco, University of Granada, Spain
Grzegorz J Nalepa, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland Rudolf
Kruse, University of Magdeburg, Germany Boughanem Mohand, IRIT University
Paul Sabatier, France Miguel-Angel Sicilia, University of Alcala, Spain
Antoni Ligeza, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland Grégory
Smits, IRISA/University of Rennes 1, France Maria-Amparo Vila, University of
Granada, Spain Sebastien Ferre, Universite de Rennes 1, France Juan Miguel
Medina, University of Granada, Spain Juan Carlos Cubero, University of
Granada, Spain Umberto Straccia, ISTI-CNR, Italy Etienne Kerre, Ghent
University, Belgium Andreas Nuernberger, Otto-von-Guericke University of
Magdeburg, Germany Daniel Ortiz-Arroyo, Aalborg University, Denmark
Francisco P. Romero, UCLM, Spain Olivier Pivert, IRISA-ENSSAT, France Donald
Kraft, Louisiana State University, USA Troels Andreasen, Roskilde
University, Denmark Guy De Tre, Ghent University, Belgium Enrique
Herrera-Viedma, University of Granada, Spain Olga Pons, University of
Granada, Spain Ana Garcia-Serrano, ETSI Informatica – UNED, Spain Shuigeng
Zhou, Fudan University, China Wlodek Zadrozny, UNCC, USA Amihai Motro,
George Mason University, USA Bruce Croft, University of Massachusetts
Amherst, USA Agnieszka Dardzinska-Glebocka, Bialystok University of
Technology, Poland Krzysztof Zielinski, AGH University of Science and
Technology, Poland Maria J. Martin-Bautista, University of Granada, Spain

For more information and any inquire, please contact Alfredo Cuzzocrea

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