BELIEF 2020

6th International Conference on Belief Functions, October 23-25, Shanghai, China.

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The international conference dedicated to belief functions


The theory of belief functions, also referred to as evidence theory or Dempster-Shafer theory, was first introduced by Arthur P. Dempster in the context of statistical inference, and was later developed by Glenn Shafer as a general framework for modelling epistemic uncertainty. These early contributions have been the starting points of many important developments, including the Transferable Belief Model and the Theory of Hints. The theory of belief functions is now well established as a general framework for reasoning with uncertainty, and has well understood connections to other frameworks such as probability, possibility and imprecise probability theories.

The biennial BELIEF conferences, sponsored by the Belief Functions and Applications Society, are dedicated to the confrontation of ideas, the reporting of recent achievements and the presentation of the wide range of applications of this theory. The first edition of this conference series was held in Brest, France, in 2010, the second edition in Compiègne, France, in 2012, the third edition in Oxford, UK, in 2014, the fourth edition in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2016, and the fifth edition in Compiègne, France, in 2018.

The Sixth International Conference on Belief Functions (BELIEF 2020) will be held in Shanghai, China, on October 23-25, 2020. It will be co-located with the 2020 International Conference on Cognitive analytics, Granular computing, and Three-way decisions (CCGT). The co-location of the two events is intended to favour cross-fertilization among researchers active in both communities.

Important dates

  • April 15: Paper submission deadline
  • May 31: Author notification
  • June 30: Camera-ready copy due

Proceedings

Proceedings of the previous editions of BELIEF have been published by Springer-Verlag as volumes of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNCS/LNAI) series and indexed by: ISI Web of Science; EI Engineering Index; ACM Digital Library; dblp; Google Scholar; IO-Port; MathSciNet; Scopus; Zentralblatt MATH. Formal confirmation for the publication of this year’s proceedings will be announced soon.

IJAR Special issue

Authors of selected papers from the BELIEF 2020 conference will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers for possible inclusion in a special issue of the International Journal of Approximate Reasoning.

Author instructions

Authors should submit their papers through Easychair following the Springer LNCS/LNAI series template.

The expected length of papers is no longer than 8 pages, references included, that should present original contributions with significant results.

Topics

Original contributions are solicited on theoretical aspects including, but not limited to

  • Combination rules
  • Conditioning
  • Continuous belief functions
  • Independence and graphical models
  • Geometry and distance metrics
  • Mathematical foundations
  • Computational frameworks
  • Data and information fusion
  • Links with other uncertainty theories
  • Tracking and data association
  • Statistical Inference
  • Machine Learning and Pattern recognition
  • Clustering and Classification

as well as on applications to various areas including, but not limited to

  • Applications in network analysis
  • Applications in environment and climate change
  • Applications in biology and medical diagnosis
  • Applications in risk and reliability analysis
  • Applications in business and economics
  • Applications in vision and image processing

Venue

The conference will take place in the Sheraton Shanghai Jiading Hotel

No. 66, Jiatang Road, Juyuan New Area

Shanghai, Shanghai 201800 China


Committees

BELIEF-CCGT Conference co-chairs

  • Denœux Thierry, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France
  • Miao Duoqian, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
  • Yao Yiyu, University of Regina, Canada

BELIEF 2020 Program Committee co-chairs

  • Liu Zhunga, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xian, China
  • Pichon Frederic, Université d'Artois, France

BELIEF 2020 Steering committee

  • Lefevre Eric, Université d'Artois, France
  • Liu Zhunga, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xian, China
  • Mercier David, Université d'Artois, France
  • Pichon Frederic, Université d'Artois, France
  • Wei Zhihua, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
  • Yue Xiaodong, Shanghai University, China

BELIEF 2020 Publication chair

  • Lefevre Eric, Université d'Artois, France

BELIEF 2020 Publicity co-chairs

  • Mercier David, Université d'Artois, France
  • Yue Xiaodong, Shanghai University, China

BELIEF 2020 Organisation committee

  • Yue Xiaodong, Shanghai University, China

BELIEF 2020 Technical program committee

  • will be announced soon