8th International Conference ICT Innovations 2016

ICT INNOVATIONS 2016 Conference Aims and Scope

The aim of the ICT Innovations conference is to promote the publication of scientific results of the international community related to innovative fundamental and applied research in ICT. The conference will gather academics, professionals and practitioners willing to report valuable experiences in developing solutions and systems in the industrial and business arena. This includes but not limits to: innovative research, commercial implementations, novel applications of technology, and experience in applying recent research advances to practical problems, in different ICT areas.


The special conference topic for this year is "Cognitive Functions and Next Generation ICT Systems".
We live in the era when the technologies are intimately waved into virtually all aspects of our daily lives. Becoming almost invisible, they help us achieve much more things but there are also many shortcomings and unforeseen consequences.  On the good side, we can have bodily sensors tracking our physical activity, physiological parameters, sleep patterns which can help in detecting patterns or problems. On the other side, for example, our attention span is getting shorter and shorter as we are being constantly interrupted by notifications, emails, and instant messages delivered to our cell phones or watches, and similar disturbances. Moreover, the privacy issues involved in storing and manipulation of these data must not be neglected.
The technological convergence of sciences that were considered as separated in the past, like information and communication technologies, cognitive sciences, nanotechnologies and biotechnologies, will actually determine not only our society, health and economy, but also our education and culture.
This conference aims to bring together academics as well as industrial practitioners, to discuss these next generation emerging technologies, systems and applications and identify their opportunities and challenges in relation to human cognitive functions. 
Authors are invited to submit original works in relevant fields, especially if related to Cognitive Aspects and Functions associated to modern ICT Systems, including, but not restricted to: 3D Printing and Bioprinting, Ambient Intelligence, Artificial Intelligence, Assistive technologies, Attention and New Technologies, Augmented Reality, Big Data Analytics, Bioinformatics & Biomedical Engineering, Bio-interfaces, Cloud Computing, Cognition and Culture in ICT Experience, Cognitive Computing, Cognitive Infocommunications, Cognitive Radio and Software-defined Radio, Cognitive Robotics, Cognitive Systems, Cognitronics, Collaborative Environments, Computer Games, Content Repositories & Open Source Content, Context-aware Systems, Cyber Security, Data Mining & Information Retrieval, Digital Preservation, Digital Signal & Image Processing, Distributed & Parallel Processing, Eco-informatics, E-commerce & E-governance,  E-health, Embedded Systems,  Emerging Mobile Technologies, Emerging Technologies for Learning, Emotion Aware Systems, Energy Efficiency for ICT, Enriched Interfaces, Gesture Based Computing, Grid Computing, Haptic Interfaces, ICT and Assistive Cognitive Technologies, Innovative Media and Tools, Internet & Web Applications,  Internet of Things, Machine Learning, Machine Translation, Machine Vision, Moral and Ethical Aspects of AI and ICT, Natural Language Processing, Numerical & Symbolic Computation,  Pattern Recognition, Personalized Adaptive Technologies, Personalized Content Presentation, Personalized Medicine, Pervasive Technologies, Robotics & Automation, Security & Cryptography, Self-aware and Self-expressive systems, Semantic Interoperability, Semantic Web, Semantic-aware Systems, Situated Cognition & Education, Smart TV, Social Collaboration and Social Media, Speech Recognition & Synthesis, Technology Assisted Creativity, Ubiquitous Computing, Universal Translation Technologies, Visualization, Virtual Reality, Wearable Technologies, Wireless Communication & Sensor Networks.
We are also considering position papers that provide discussion on relevant and emerging topics without the experimentation and original research which is required for a regular paper. Position papers will substantiate the opinions or positions put forward with evidence from an extensive objective discussion of the topic. The format for such papers is the same as for regular papers, and if accepted they would be published in the web proceedings.

Keynote Lectures

"Towards Multimodal Affective Feedback : Interaction between Visual, Auditory and Haptic Modalities", Bipin Indurkhya, Professor at AGH University and Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland.
Affective computing has become a key research area in recent years. In this talk, a brief background of research on multimodal affective computing will be provided, and then the recent research on combining visual and auditory modalities with haptic modality will be presented. An affective haptic dataset has been constructed, and the emotional visual and auditory stimuli from the International Affective System (IAPS and IADS) were used. Participants were asked to rate the visual stimuli, auditory stimuli haptic stimuli, visual-haptic stimuli and auditory-haptic stimuli. Analysis of the results indicated that the presence of haptic stimulus affects the arousal of the visual stimulus, but does not affect the valence significantly. This interaction has been further explored in terms of the intensity, frequency, waveform and rhythm of the haptic stimuli. Finally, a set of guidelines on visual-haptic interaction that could be used to design multimodal affective feedback has been generated. Similar results were found on audio-haptic interaction.
"Cognitive-and-emotive robotics: Artificial brain, computing cognitive actions and emotional evaluations, since 1981", Stevo Bozinovski, Professor at South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC, USA and Elected Associate Professor at the University of Sts Cyril and Methodius, Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering, Skopje, Macedonia.
This plenary keynote talk is related to the 35th anniversary of appearance of emotions in artificial neural networks. In 1981 a neural network was proposed named Crossbar Adaptive Array, which was the first artificial brain, in a sense that in addition to computing its behavior, it was able to compute emotional evaluations of encountered situations. And all the computations, cognitive and emotive, were done on the same memory structure. With its unique approach and architecture, this artificial brain was able to solve the delayed reinforcement learning problem for neural networks, which at that time was a very challenging problem. The talk will describe the 1981 event, as well as some of the current research related to that event.
"A Service-Oriented Web Architecture for Computational Creativity", Tony Veale, Professor at University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
Creativity is a long cherished and widely studied aspect of human behavior that allows us to re-invent the familiar and to imagine the new. Computational creativity (CC) is a newly burgeoning area of creativity research that brings together academics and practitioners from diverse disciplines, genres and modalities, to explore the potential of computers to be autonomously creative, or to collaborate as co-creators with people. An architecture for creative Web services will be presented that will act as a force magnifier for CC, both for academic research, and for the effective deployment of real CC applications in industry. For researchers, this service-oriented architecture supports the pooling of technologies in a robust interoperable framework, in which CC models are conceived, developed and migrated from lab settings to an industrial strength platform. Industry developers, for their part, will be able to exploit novel results of CC research in a robust, low-risk form, without having to re-implement algorithms from a quickly moving field. The architecture will be illustrated with the first growing set of creative Web services that provide robust figurative language processing on demand.
"Socially Intelligent Robots, the need of next generation of Consumer Robots", Amit Kumar Pandey, Head Principal Scientist (Chief Scientist) and Scientific Coordinator – Collaborative Projects at Aldebaran Robotics, SoftBank Group, Paris, France.
The talk will reinforce that the humanoid robots have a range of potential societal applications, and that as a robotics industry, Aldebaran’s R&D and Innovation is around the centrality of wellbeing of people. The first part of the talk will illustrate some of the use cases Aldebaran is seeing for humanoid robot companion. The second part will highlight some of the research directions and results towards achieving such social humanoid robot companion. And last part will present the feedback from real users and conclude by pointing some ethical issues and the grand challenges ahead.


Please send the paper for reviewing at:
Authors are invited to submit full papers (up to 10 pages) in Springer LNCS style (for more information, refer to http://www.springer.com/computer/lncs?SGWID=0-164-6-793341-0.S.
The review process will be double-blind peer review. Papers must be based on unpublished, mature and original work and must be submitted to “ICT Innovations 2016” only.
At least one author of each accepted contribution is required to register (registration with conference proceedings) for the Conference. The maximum number of accepted papers per author/co-author is three.​


Due to multiple requests the submission deadline was extended to June 12, 2016.
  • Paper submission: June 12, 2016
  • Position paper submission: June 30, 2016
  • Acceptance decision: July 10, 2016
  • Final version of paper submission: July 24, 2016
  • Final deadline for early registration fee: July 31, 2016
  • Conference dates: September 5-7, 2016


ICT INNOVATIONS 2016 Workshops and Special Sessions

We cordially invite you to propose a special session or workshop, so please send your proposal to: gstojanov@aup.fr or andrea.kulakov@finki.ukim.mk
ICT Innovations 2016 will be held in conjunction with the MAESTRA SCHOOL ON MINING BIG AND COMPLEX DATA. More details can be found at http://maestra-project.eu/school/index.html.

ICT INNOVATIONS 2016 Conference Venue and Dates

Conference will be held during the period from 5th till 7th of September 2016, in Hotel Metropol, at the coast of Ohrid Lake, R. Macedonia, near city of Ohrid, the city of great historical and natural value and significance. Let its legacy stimulate your innovations as it has been through the centuries. 
Looking forward to meeting you in Ohrid!
Prof. d-r Georgi Stojanov
Assoc. Prof. d-r Andrea Kulakov
General Co-chairs
ICT Innovations 2016 Conference