Tracks/Topics

T1: Electronic Systems in Societal Automation

Track Chair: Adam Kostrzewa, TU Braunschweig, Germany -


System-level Design - methodologies & tools for reconfigurable platforms (programmable logic, partial reconfiguration); FPGA architectures, design, and CAD; robust & power aware computing and systems; energy management; data integration and fusion; communication modes; compensation mechanisms for aging and temperature; methodologies & tools for fault-tolerant designs; hardware attacks detection, threat modeling & defense; hardware-based security design; trusted design automation & tools; adaptive and compositional architectures.

Networked Embedded Systems - design, dependability and tooling for networked systems including real-time, safety, security, maintainability aspects; middleware solutions for distributed and networked systems; network protocols for distributed systems including resource control, admission control, self-aware adjustments, time synchronization, routing and energy consumption.

Cognitive Computing in Cyber-Physical Systems - hardware and architectures, software and algorithmic approaches for artificial intelligence, hardware accelerators for machine/deep learning algorithms; algorithmic optimizations for general purpose computing; modeling, design and analysis of networked control, switched control, and distributed control systems.

Embedded Systems and Architectures - design methodologies and tools; parallel and distributed embedded systems; multi/many-core embedded systems; timing and schedulability analysis; quality of service control; distributed and system-on-chip architectures; real-time and dependable mechanisms and architectures; static and dynamic reconfigurable systems; embedded systems case studies.

T2: Communication Systems in Societal Automation

Track Chair: Stig Peterson, SINTEF, Norway -


IP-based and web-based communication - protocols and technologies

Wireless Networks - WLAN; WPAN; 6LoWPAN, CoAP; Wireless coexistence and spectrum-sharing; Radio resource management in noisy environments; Internetworking and interoperability; Wireless Instrumentation and Wireless Sensor Network; Mesh, Relay, and Multi-hop Wireless Sensor Network; Software-defined and cognitive radio networks

Design Issues - Event-driven and Time-Triggered communications; Security and safety; Dependability and fault tolerance; Remote configuration and network management; Real-time communication and precise synchronization; Quality of Service (QoS) and performance indexes; Message schedulability analysis

Specialized Communication Networks in Diverse Application Domains - Home & Building Automation; Automotive Networks; Rail Transportation Networks; Avionics Networks Networks; Industrial Automation –Industrial Ethernet,, Wireless Industrial Networks; Power Systems – Protocols for Automatic Meter Reading, Protocols for Power System Automation.

T3: Computing in Societal Automation

Track Chair: Krzysztof Zielinski, AGH University of Science & Technology, Poland -


Algorithms and Models of Computing - Approximate and inexact computing Quantum computing, Probabilistic computing; Cloud and fog computing; Pervasive computing

Biological Computing Models - Brain computing; Neural computing; Computational neuroscience; Biologically-inspired architectures

Big Data Analytics - High performance data analytics; Data search and representation; Architecture and system design

Fault tolerance and resilience - Solutions for ultra-large and safety-critical systems; Hardware and software approaches to cope with adverse environments

Compiler Technologies - Advanced/novel analyses; Hardware/software integrated solutions; Domain-specific languages; High-level synthesis

T4: AI, Machine & Deep Learning in Societal Automation

Track Chair: Krystian Jobczyk, AGH University of Science & Technology, Poland -


Algorithms; Natural Language Processing; Computer Vision and Speech Understanding; Pattern Recognition; Data Mining and Information Retrieval; Soft Computing and tools - Fuzzy Logic, Neural Networks, Heuristic and AI Planning Strategies, Knowledge-based Systems; Automated Decision Systems; Computational Theories of Learning; Knowledge Representation; Reasoning and Evolution; Machine Learning – Supervised Learning, Unsupervised Learning, Neural Networks & Deep Learning, Reinforcement Learning; Ambient intelligence – contextual awareness, natural interaction, adaptability, robustness, fault-tolerance, security; Ambient intelligence and IoT – case studies; Semantic Web ; Hybrid Intelligent Systems; Software & Hardware Architectures & Accelerators; AI Systems in Societal Automation – Cars & Automotive and Service Industries; Home & Building automation; Transportation Systems; Smart Cities & Urban Automation; Energy Systems: Case Studies – experience emerging trends.

T5: Sensors in Societal Automation

Track Chair: Joerg Gebhardt, ABB Corporate Research, Germany -


Sensor technology is at the basis of many ideas and developments in digitization and Industrie 4.0. Availability of specific sensing methods to a sufficient accuracy is often decisive for feasibility of automation concepts. Sensing defines the way how automation systems collect information from their environment - and often from us, as users. Future sensing solutions will be embedded in large automation systems, such as smart buildings, factories, cities. Therefore, first, it is of great interest to have a look at visions of future automation solutions and find out which - perhaps qualitatively new - sensing solutions will be needed for that. Vice versa, recent rapid progress in sensor development inspires to think about previously unthinkable automation.

Unconventional Sensing - Non-invasive and remote sensing; Pervasive sensing; model-based and soft sensing; Novel components; Innovative applications and deployment experiences; System modeling, simulation, measurements, and analysis.

Sensor Networks - Devices and architectures for networked sensing; Network and system architectures and protocols; Network health monitoring, management, and accuracy considerations; Sensor tasking, control, and actuation.

Sensors for Digitization - Energy harvested systems; Transparent plants/factories and privacy; Influence factors from and impact on workforce and labor; Detection, classification, tracking, reasoning, and decision making; Sensors for condition monitoring, self-diagnostics and self-healing systems, instrument- overlapping diagnostics; Sensors and Plant Autonomy.

Signal Processing - (distributed) signal processing fusion of sensor information; sensing and artificial intelligence; Sensor data processing, mining, and machine learning.

T6: Human Companion

Human companion to provide day-to-day interaction with humans – computer systems, robotic pets, robotic humanoids; Emotions recognition and replication; Intuition; Day-to-day assistance with emotional challenges; Body construction – skeleton, muscle, skin; Making human companion robots self protecting; AI, Computing and Signal Processing; Dedicated communication networking; Novel research results. Prototypes & deployments – experience and emerging trends.

T7: Merging Humans and Machines

Track Chair: Valentina Emilia Balas, „Aurel Vlaicu” University of Arad, Romania -

Brain-computer interfaces – Novel research and Technology; Noninvasive electromagnetic methods for brain monitoring; Algorithms & translation techniques; Wireless technology in communication; Implant technology; Bio-tech hybrids; Human enhancement; Cyborgs; Turing test; Virtual reality; Non-verbal and extra-sensory communication; Humans as biological machines; Spiritual machines;

T8: Architectural Frameworks for Societal Automation – IoT and Cyber-Physical Systems

Track Chair: Marcel Baunach, TU Graz, Austria -


IOT & Cyber-Physical Systems Design and Technology; IoT and Sensor systems; Industrial IoT Systems; Distributed Architectures for Adaptive Systems; Autonomous Cyber-Physical Systems; Self-Adaption and Self-Organization; Learning and Self-Optimizing Cyber-Physical Systems. Novel Protocols and Network Technology; Data Streaming Architectures; Application areas of IoT & CPS; Case Studies, deployment, arising experience and emerging trends.

T9: Cyber-Security in Societal Automation

Track Chair: Martin Jaatun, SINTEF, Norway -


Access control; Authentication; Trust management; Accountability; Anonymity and privacy; Formal methods and verification; Hardware-based security; Language-based security; Software security; Data and system integrity; Database security; Distributed systems security; Network security; Intrusion detection; Mobile security; Web security; Security metrics; Security protocols; Real-time implementations of security algorithms and protocols; Security issues specific to application domain: wearable automation, home and building automation, vehicles and transportation systems, smart city & urban automation, smart metering and power systems.

T10: Development of Ultra Complex Man-Made Engineering Systems

Track Chair: Athanasios Kalogeras, ISI, Greece -


Large Scale and Ultra Large Scale System Design: Requirement Determination and Management; Design at All Levels; Design Representation; Methodologies and Tools; Component-Integration; Legacy Systems.

Human Interaction: Context-Aware Computing; User-Centered Specification; User Modeling; Non-Competitive Social Collaboration; Longevity.

Use of Computational Resources to Solve Complex Systems Challenges: Computational Complexity; Metaheuristics.

Large and Ultra Scale System Engineering: Representation Languages and Semantics; Specification, Verification, and Certification; Model Based Validation; Systems of Systems; Simulation; Modularity & Composability.

Adaptive Systems: Integrated operation; Distribution and decentralization; Interoperability; Security,Trust and Resilience; Robustness and Adaptation,

Applications of Systems Engineering to Diverse Industrial and Societal Application Areas.

T11: Socio-Technological Aspects of Societal Automation

Track Chair: Richard Zurawski, Innovation 4.0 Institute -

HMI; Technology and solutions for assisting elderly and disadvantaged; Smart Systems to assist kids in learning; Easing access to technology and assisting with an efficient usage; Social acceptance of technology and technological changes; Novel research results, deployment, case studies, experience and emerging trends

T12: Application Areas of Societal Automation

Track Chair: Thomas Strasser, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Austria -


Novel research results, deployment, case studies, experience and emerging trends.

Areas – Digital Arts & Entertainment, Digital Lifestyle, Digital Education; Wearable Automation; Social Robotics: applications of robotics to human tasks and activity areas to assist or replace humans in diverse application areas: home, school, hospital, employment place, city – for instance in feeding infirm and elderly, exoskeletons; Smart and self driving cars; Smart Vehicles – ground, air and water based; Transportation Systems; Urban Automation and Systems; Smart Cities; Energy Systems; Health delivery and systems – consultations, patient's monitoring, tele-surgery, etc; Military Logistic Systems, Space Station, Space Cities, Space Urban Automation, etc.