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Special Sessions

Special sessions are very small and specialized events to be held during the conference as a set of oral and poster presentations that are highly specialized in some particular theme or consisting of the works of some particular international project. The goal of special sessions (minimum 4 papers; maximum 9) is to provide a focused discussion on innovative topics. All accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book, under an ISBN reference, and on CD-ROM support. All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library. SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier). The proceedings are submitted for indexation by Thomson Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (ISI), INSPEC, DBLP, EI (Elsevier Engineering Village Index) and Scopus.


HA 2017Special Session on Health Applications
Chair(s): Elena Tànfani and Angela Testi

MSCCES 2017Special Session on Applications of Modeling and Simulation to Climatic Change and Environmental Sciences
Chair(s): Francisco Mugica, Carlos Gay and Àngela Nebot

Special Session on Health Applications - HA 2017

Paper Submission: May 25, 2017 (expired)
Authors Notification: June 2, 2017 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: June 12, 2017 (expired)


Elena Tànfani
Università degli Studi di Genova
Angela Testi
University of Genova

The main difficulty of making decisions in the health care area is linked to the complexity and intrinsic uncertainty of the system itself and to its dynamic nature. Moreover, decisions in the health care field are subject to many challenges and constraints: fast change and uncertain outcomes, aging population, increasing citizen expectations, equity considerations and limited resources.
In this context simulation modelling techniques can supply the different stakeholders involved in the health care delivery process with appropriate decisions making tools.
The special session is aimed at collecting the application of simulation models to different concrete situations and problems arising in the broad field of health care delivery and evaluation.
A key feature of the session should be combining a clear explanation of methodological and theoretical concepts together with some reminds to practical applications. Each contribution should, therefore, contain both methodological and theoretical concepts as well as data collection and practical application and also the description of the impact on health care policy.

The main topics include but are not limited to:

• Health policies issues
• Planning health services
• Epidemiology and disease modeling
• Capacity planning
• Integrated care pathways design and evaluation
• Patient Logistics and Patient flow modeling
• Health care operations planning and scheduling
• Work-force staffing and planning
• Home care modeling
• Quality and appropriateness evaluation

Special Session on Applications of Modeling and Simulation to Climatic Change and Environmental Sciences - MSCCES 2017

Paper Submission: May 17, 2017 (expired)
Authors Notification: May 31, 2017 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: June 8, 2017 (expired)


Francisco Mugica
Carlos Gay
Àngela Nebot
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

The main objective of the session is to provide a forum to disseminate and discuss recent and significant research efforts in climate change and atmospheric sciences applications in modeling and simulation based on Computational Intelligence which have significant impact to society.

New, unusual and hybrid approaches used to deal with such applications are particularly encouraged. The session is therefore open to high quality submissions from researchers who should present original research and applications including innovative results.

Such applications could utilize the following topic areas of computational intelligence (but are not limited to):

• Genetic Computational Intelligence Systems including adaptive, hierarchical, evolutionary, neural and nature-inspired systems
• Hybrid systems of computational intelligence techniques
• Fuzzy optimization and design, decision analysis and support
• Fuzzy data analysis - clustering and classifiers, pattern recognition, bio-informatics
• Knowledge discovery, learning, reasoning, agents, knowledge representation
• Neural network theory & models
• Learning and adaptation Pattern recognition
• Neural control Hybrid systems
• Evolutionary neural systems Self-aware systems
• Complex systems Data mining and intelligent systems
• Constraint and uncertainty systems and applications
• Application optimization, decision analysis, decision making, multi-criteria decision making
• Applications of data mining/knowledge discovery techniques to improve understanding of environmental science datasets