CIMA 2017

7th International Workshop on Combinations of Intelligent Methods and Applications

in conjunction with the

21st International Conference on Knowledge-Based and Intelligent Information & Engineering Systems (KES-2017) 6-8 September 2017, Marseille France

***Paper Submission EXTENDED to 14th JULY (last extention)***


The combination of different intelligent methods is a very active research area in Artificial Intelligence (AI). The aim is to create integrated or hybrid methods that benefit from each of their components. It is generally believed that complex problems can be easier solved with such integrated or hybrid methods. Some of the existing efforts combine what are called soft computing methods (fuzzy logic, neural networks and genetic algorithms) either among themselves or with more traditional AI methods such as logic and rules. Another stream of efforts integrates case-based reasoning with soft-computing and more traditional AI or machine learning methods. Yet another integrates logic-based agent approaches with non-symbolic approaches. Some of the combinations have been quite important and more extensively used, like neuro-symbolic methods, neuro-fuzzy methods and methods combining rule-based and case-based reasoning. However, there are other combinations that are still under investigation, such as those related to natural language processing and the Semantic Web. In some cases, combinations are driven by theoretical aspects, but usually they are created in the context of specific applications.

The Workshop is intended to become a forum for exchanging experience and ideas among researchers and practitioners who are dealing with combining intelligent methods either based on first principles or in the context of specific applications.


Topics of interest include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Bayesian Networks
  • Case-Based Reasoning Integrations
  • Deep Learning
  • Ensemble learning, Ensemble methods
  • Evolutionary Algorithms Integrations
  • Evolutionary Neural Systems
  • Fuzzy-Evolutionary Systems
  • Semantic Web Technologies Integrations
  • Hybrid Approaches for the Web
  • Hybrid Knowledge Representation Approaches/Systems
  • Hybrid and Distributed Ontologies
  • Information Fusion Techniques for Hybrid Intelligent Systems
  • Integrations of Neural Networks
  • Integrations of Statistical and Symbolic AI Approaches
  • Intelligent Agents Integrations
  • Machine Learning Combinations
  • Neuro-Fuzzy Approaches/Systems
  • Reinforcement learning
  • Swarm intelligence methods & integrations
  • Applications
    • Agents & Multi-agent Systems
    • Big Data
    • Biology, Computational Biology & Bioinformatics
    • Decision Support and Recommender systems
    • Economics, Business and Forecasting Applications
    • Education & Distance Learning
    • Industrial & Engineering applications
    • Medicine & Health Care
    • Multimodal Human Computer Interaction
    • Natural language Processing and Understanding
    • Planning, Scheduling, Search & Optimization
    • Robotics
    • Social Networks

Paper Submission

We are interested in high quality research papers on the above or related topics. Interested authors are invited to submit original contributions to the workshop. The papers should not exceed 10 pages (following KES guidelines: ).All contributions should be submitted in pdf format at (Choose "Paper Submission" under "Invited Sessions" section and then at "Session Name" choose "WS01: ..."). All papers will be refereed by at least two members of the program committee of the Workshop. Accepted papers will be presented at the Workshop sessions of the conference.


Proceedings of all accepted papers will be published in electronic form in the CEUR workshop proceedings database (an ISSN number will be given). Extended versions of the accepted papers, following the line of previous years workshops, will be published as some Springer series volume after the workshop.

Past Springer Volumes


One of the authors of each accepted paper should register for the Conference and the Workshop and present it at the associated Workshop session of the conference. If none of the authors is registered, their paper will not be presented at the Workshop and will not be included in the proceedings. Registration details will be announced at the workshop site.

Important Dates

Paper Submission : 14 July 2017 (last extention)
Author Notification: 30 July 2017
Camera ready Papers: 5 August 2017

Organizers and PC Chairs

Ioannis Hatzilygeroudis (Contact Chair)
Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics
University of Patras
26504 Patras

Vasile Palade
Faculty of Engineering and Computing
Cogent Computing Applied Research Centre
Coventry University
Priory Street
United Kingdom

Isidoros Perikos
Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics
University of Patras
26504 Patras

Program Committee

Ajith Abraham, Machine Intelligence Research Labs (MIR Labs)

Plamen Angelov, Lancaster University (UK)

Nick Bassiliades, Department of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)

Maumita Bhattacharya, Charles Sturt University (Australia)

Nikolaos Bourbakis, Wright State University (USA)

Gloria Cerasela Crisan, University of Bacau (Romania)

Georgios Dounias, Department of Financial and Management Engineering, University of the Aegean (Greece)

Foteini Grivokostopoulou, Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics, University of Patras (Greece)

Ioannis Hatzilygeroudis, Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics, University of Patras (Greece) (Co-chair)

Andreas Holzinger, Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science, Graz University of Technology (Austria)

Constantinos Koutsojannis, Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Western Greece (Greece)

George Magoulas, Department Computer Science and Information Systems, Birkbeck College (UK)

Christos Makris, Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics, University of Patras (Greece)

Antonio Moreno, Department of Computer Science & Maths, University Rovira i Virgili (Spain)

Muaz Niazi, Department of Computer Science, Comsats Institute of IT, Islamabad (Pakistan)

Vasile Palade, Department of Engineering and Computing, Coventry University(UK) (Co-Chair)

Isidoros Perikos, Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics, University of Patras (Greece) (Co-chair)

Camelia Pintea, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

Jim Prentzas, Department of Education Sciences in Pre-School Age,Democritus University of Thrace (Greece)

Roozbeh Razavi-Far, University of Windsor (Canada)

David Sanchez, Department of Computer Science & Maths, University Rovira i Virgili (Spain)

Kyriakos Sgarbas, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University Of Patras (Greece)

Douglas Vieira, Enacom-Handcrafted Technologies (Brazil)

Maria Virvou, Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus (Greece)

* Committe members have been invited

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