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Accepted Special Sessions


Organisers of Special Sessions are responsible for:

  • Select a topic of interest to conference delegates.
  • Obtain papers on this topic, normally a minimum of 5 for an invited special session, but often more. At least 60% of the papers must be by authors that are neither session chairs, from their team nor reviewers for the session. 
  • If there are not sufficient papers, final accepted papers will be moved to the general track.
  • Manage the review process for these papers on due time and deadlines.
  • Provide suitable reviewers for the reviews of the papers.
  • Ensure the final versions of the papers are uploaded before the deadline.
  • Attend the conference and chair the session.
  • Provide a list of international reviewers (name, affiliation, country) who have already accepted to review the papers.
  • Disseminate widely a call for papers for the special session.



Special Session 1

Computational Intelligence for Industrial Cybersecurity

  • Mike Winterburn – Technological University of the Shannon, Ireland
  • Michael Hellwig – Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, Austria
  • Álvaro Herrero – University of Burgos, Spain
  • Stephen McCombie – NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands
  • Nuno Lopes – Polytechnic of Cávado and Ave, Portugal

Industry 4.0 is driving the convergence of Information technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) and is resulting in the wider deployment of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies. This is giving rise to complex heterogeneous distributed systems, particularly in manufacturing and maritime environments. Such systems can consist of 1) OT such as programmable logic controllers, computer numerical control systems, and complex industrial control systems including the supervisory control and data acquisition systems, and 2) IT such as databases, data integration tools, data visualisation systems, reporting systems, AI systems and additionally 3) IIoT such as distributed sensors, smart robotics, track and trace systems and even augmented reality. Industry 4.0 cybersecurity management has consequently become a difficult challenge. Systems communicate using a wide variety of standards and protocols, sometimes distributed over large geographic areas. They use a diverse mix of hardware and software components and consist of varied physical infrastructure. This means that traditional cybersecurity management tools such as firewalls, Intrusion Detection and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS), application log monitors and network monitoring tools are becoming increasingly limited. To fill this gap, this special session is aimed at presenting innovative applications of Computational Intelligence in the industrial domain.