2016 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence

for Security and Defense Applications


Organized as part of the 2016 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence

December 6 - 9 2016, Athens Greece

NOTE: Final Program Available here:

Call for Papers

Given the current global security environment, there has been increased interest within the security and defense communities in novel techniques for solving challenging problems. The genesis of this interest lies in the fact that repeated attempts of using traditional techniques have left many important problems unsolved, and in some cases, not addressed. New problems have emerged within the broad areas of security and defense that are difficult to tackle with conventional methods, thus requiring new techniques for detecting and adapting to emerging threats.

The purpose of the symposium is to present current and ongoing efforts in computational intelligence (e.g., neural networks, fuzzy systems, evolutionary computation, swarm intelligence, and other emerging learning or optimization techniques) as applied to security and defense problems.


This symposium aims at publishing high-quality research efforts rooted in Computational Intelligence as applied to defense and security problems. First-class contributions addressing research challenges in these areas and their CI-based solutions (i.e., neural networks, fuzzy systems, evolutionary computation, swarm intelligence, rough sets, granular computing, and other emerging learning or optimization techniques) are solicited.

List of topics

Advanced Architectures for Defense Operations

Modeling and Simulation of Defense Operations

Security Applications

Important Dates

Special Session Proposals: April 18, 2016

Paper Submission: July 18, 2016 extended to August 15th, 2016

Notification to authors: September 12, 2016 extended to September 26, 2016

Final submission: October 10, 2016

Early registration: October 10, 2016


Organizing Committee

Symposium Chair

Rafael Falcon

Larus Technologies, Canada


Symposium TPC Co-Chair

Marco Cococcioni

East. University of Pisa, Italy


Symposium TPC Co-Chairs

Rami Abielmona

Larus Technologies, Canada



Program Committee

Canicious Abeynayake - Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia

Derek Anderson - Mississippi State University, USA

Daniel Ashlock - University of Guelph, Canada

Sansanee Auephanwiriyakul - Computer Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Colin Bellinger - University of Ottawa, Canada

Rafael Bello - Universidad Central de Las Villas, Cuba

Axel Bender - DST Group, Australia

Erik Blasch - AFRL, USA

Alex Bourque - NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), Italy

Anne-Claire Boury-Brisset - DRDC Valcartier, Canada

Lam Thu Bui - LeQuyDon Technical University, Viet Nam

Emanuel Coelho - NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), Italy

Phillip Curtis - University of Ottawa, Canada

Zhen Ding - DRDC Ottawa, Canada

Maxwell Dondo - DRDC, Canada, Canada

Ruggero Donida Labati - Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy

Gerry Dozier - North Carolina A&T State University, USA

Gary Fogel - Natural Selection, Inc., USA

Mario Garza-Fabre - University of Manchester, UK

Ahmed Ghanmi - Defence Research & Development Canada, Canada

Eric Granger - École de technologie supérieure, Canada

Timothy Havens - Michigan Technological University, USA

Diana Inkpen - University of Ottawa, Canada

Nathalie Japkowicz - Northern Illinois University, USA

Jayadeva Jayadeva - Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India

Gwanggil Jeon - Incheon National University, Korea

Gunes Kayacik - Fair Isaac Corporation, San Francisco Bay Area, USA

Chyon Hae Kim - Iwate University, Japan

Maikel Leon Espinosa- University of Miami, USA

Xiao Luo - Dalhousie University, Canada

Tokunbo Makanju - York University, Canada

Gonzalo Nápoles - Hasselt Universiteit, Belgium

Ricardo Navarro - Iwate University, Japan

Bao Nguyen - Defence Research and Development Canada, Canada

Fred Petry - Naval Research Lab, USA

Luc Pigeon - Defence Research and Development Canada, Canada

Mihail Popescu - University of Missouri, USA

Mark Rempel - Defence Research and Development Canada, Canada

Jean Roy - DGSTCO, Valcartier Research Centre, DRDC, Canada, Canada

Stuart Rubin - SSC-SD, USA

Nizar Sakr - University of Ottawa, Canada

Khalid Shahbar - Dalhousie University, Canada

Christopher Strode - NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), Italy

Ali Vahdat - Dalhousie University, Canada

David Van-Veldhuizen - Air Force Research Laboratory, USA

Brijesh Verma - Central Queensland University, Australia

Raul Vicen - NATO STO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE), Italy

Slawomir Wesolkowski - Defence Research and Development Canada, Canada

George Yee - Carleton University, Canada

Nur Zincir-Heywood - Dalhousie University, Canada

Guidelines for Paper Submission

Paper submission deadline is July 18, 2016

Latex and Word Templates

To help ensure correct formatting, please use the style files for U.S. Letter Size found at the IEEE link below as templates for your submission. These include the templates in both LaTeX and Word format.

Violations of any of the above paper specifications may result in rejection of your paper. Please note that the Latex template does not allow for keywords. If you are using the Latex template, do not include keywords in your paper.

Manuscript Style Information

Note: Violations of any of the above specifications may result in rejection of your paper.


Submission Instructions

Follow this link to log in to EasyChair. From the top menu that appears (the black ribbon), choose "Submissions" from the left, then click on "Add a submission" link to the right side of the screen. You then have to choose the CISDA symposium. Click on "Continue" at the bottom of the screen. Finally, please fill out all the necessary information concerning the submission, upload the paper and click on "Submit".


Please follow the registration guidelines established for IEEE SSCI 2016.


CISDA will be held on Thursday Dec 8 and Friday Dec 9. More details here


The venue for the 2016 IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence is the Royal Olympic Hotel (Five-Star) .

Map and directions:

Hotel picture

The Royal Olympic is not just one of the five star hotels in Athens.

There are many nice five star hotels in the centre of Athens.

There are few hotels in the world though, that have the privilege to be in front of important monuments. There are even fewer that offer their guests the opportunity to admire from the hotel, simultaneously, a number of Masterpieces.

Hotel picture

From the Royal Olympic you have excellent view to The Temple of Zeus, The Acropolis, The Hadrian's Gate, The Marble Stadium and is infront of the National Garden.

Plaka (Old Town) is just across the road.

You can easily walk to all the above sites and if you wish to take the Underground, the Bus or the Tram they are all next to the Hotel.

You are exactly at the Centre of Historical Athens!

Area Attractions

Here are a few of Athens many attractions.

Past CISDA Editions

  • CISDA 2009 - Held in Ottawa, Canada (July 8-10)
  • CISDA 2010 - Held in Barcelona, Spain (July 18)
  • CISDA 2011 - Held in Paris, France (April 15)
  • CISDA 2012 - Held in Ottawa, Canada (July 11-13)
  • CISDA 2013 - Held in Singapore (April 16)
  • CISDA 2014 - Held in Hanoi, Vietnam (December 14-17)
  • CISDA 2015 - Held in Verona, New York, USA. (May 26-28)
  • Contact

    For submission-related inquiries, please contact TPC co-chairs



    For inquiries regarding registration fees, visa letters, please contact the symposium chair