13th International Conference on Flexible
Query Answering Systems

July 2-5, 2019, Amantea, Italy

Special theme:
Flexible querying and analytics for smart cities and
smart societies in the age of big data

 

 

 




 

 

[Aim and Scope | Conference Location | Submission Guidelines and Instructions | Paper Publication | Call for Special Sessions | Call for Panels | Call for Tutorials | Important Dates |
Venue | Accommodation | Conference Organization Board]

 

Best Papers of FQAS 2019 will be Invited for Extended Submissions to Top-Quality Journals

 

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 years.

 

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 Learning

·       Flexible Query Answering Models, Methods and Algorithms for Deep Learning

·       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.

 

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Conference Location

Hotel Village La Principessa, Amantea, Italy

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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.

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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 journals.

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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.

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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.

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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 conferences 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 include:

 

·       title and acronym of tutorial;

·       proposed duration;

·       description of topic;

·       proposed tutorial program;

·       short bio of the tutorialists;

·       contact information for the tutorialists.

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Important Dates

Paper submission (main conference): April 11, 2019
Paper submission (special sessions): April 18, 2019
Notification of acceptance for papers: April 20, 2019
Camera-ready versions of accepted papers: May 1, 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

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Venue

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 Amantea.

 

In particular, the conference venue will be at Hotel Village La Principessa, not far from Lamezia TermeInternational Airport and Lamezia Centrale train station (see Trenitalia).

 

Lamezia Terme International Airport provides international flights to/from:

- Basel (EasyJet);

- Charleroi-Bruxelles (Ryanair);

- Cologne (Tuifly, Germanwings);

- Düsseldorf (Ryanair, Tuifly, Germanwings);

- Frankfurt (Ryanair);

- Hanover (Tuifly, Germanwings);

- London-Stansted (Ryanair);

- Munich (Tuifly);

- Stuttgart (Tuifly, Germanwings).

 

With regards to internal flights, the Lamezia Terme Airport is well-connected with:

- Rome Fiumicino (Alitalia, Ryanair);

- Milan Malpensa (Alitalia, Easyjet);

- Milan Linate (Alitalia);

- Bergamo/Milan Orio Al Serio (Ryanair).

 

For international travelers, the best hub to change the flight for Lamezia Terme is usually Rome Fiumicino.

 

Lamezia Terme International Airport is about 25 Km far away from the Hotel Village La Principessa conference venue (see the map below).

 

 

The Lamezia Centrale train station is well-connected to Rome Termini train station (several trains per day).

 

Travelling by car, the trip to the Hotel Village La Principessa can be planned using the Google maps service.

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Accommodation

Hotel Village La Principessa will offer special rates for FQAS 2019 conference participants:

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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. Raś, 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

 

Local Organization Team

Gianvincenzo Alfano, University of Calabria, Italy
Nicola Fiorentino, University of Calabria, Italy
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For more information and any inquire, please contact Alfredo Cuzzocrea