Welcome the 2016 IEEE CogSIMA conference website!

The CogSIMA conference series provides an annual venue for presenting multi-disciplinary research on complex heterogeneous dynamical systems - of interacting humans, machines, computer agents and/or networks - whose individual and/or collective behavior depends on their situation awareness.

Examples of systems include command and control systems, disaster monitoring and recovery systems, human-robot teams, physical and cyber security systems, intelligent transportation systems, as well as communication and social networks. Common to these systems is the need to adequately perceive, reflect, act, and communicate according to the current situation and expected changes - both in the environment and within the systems themselves. The amount of information that needs to be processed in order to derive decisions typically poses significant challenges for both human cognitive capabilities and computer processing power. Consequently, there is a need to develop novel situation awareness and decision support approaches for augmenting their capabilities of dealing with the following problems:

  • Selecting relevant data and actively asking/searching for additional information
  • Integrating disparate data into a consistent world model
  • Inferring relations among elements of the situation, including prediction of future states
  • Assessing uncertainties associated with data, information, predictions and decisions
  • Making decisions to select the best actions to achieve goals and objectives
  • Interacting with other agents to achieve shared situation awareness and improve decision-making

CogSIMA conferences are aimed at researchers and practitioners from academia, industry and government, with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience including computer science, human factors, cognitive science, modeling & simulation, robotics, and systems engineering.

Dr. David L. Hall
Professor of Information Sciences & Technology (IST) at the Pennsylvania State University & Director of the Center for Network Centric Cognition & Information Fusion

Dr. David L. Hall

We are very saddened by the sudden passing of Dr. David Hall. His lasting contributions in the field of information fusion as well as his warm and generous spirit will be fondly remembered by all who knew him.

Dr. David L. Hall was a Professor of the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at the Pennsylvania State University and founding Director of the Center for Network Centric Cognition and Information Fusion. From 2010 to 2014 he served as the Dean of the College. He served as the Associate Director and Senior Scientist for the Penn State Applied Research Laboratory, Director of IR&D at HRB Systems, and Research Manager at the Computer Sciences Corporation. He has consulted for the USAF TENCAP Program, the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO), the National Security Agency, NASA, and acted as a Technical Advisory to the Defense Department's Joint Directors of Laboratories (JDL) Data Fusion Group. He has over 30 years of experience in multisource information fusion, software system development, and research and development. His honors include award of the DoD Joe Mignona National Data Fusion for his contributions to data fusion and being named as an IEEE Fellow for his contributions to data fusion.

Important Dates

  • Tutorial proposal submission: CLOSED
  • Full paper submission CLOSED
  • Acceptance notification: 14 Dec 2015
  • Camera ready paper: 1 Feb CLOSED
  • Author Registration Deadline: 15 February 2016
  • Early Registration Deadline: 15 February 2016
  • Hotel Reservation Deadline: 27 February 2016
  • Cancellation Deadline: 29 February 2016
  • Presentation submission: 19 Mar 2016
  • Tutorials Final Handouts/Presentation Files submission: 29 February 2016

Authors: Acceptance notifications have been sent out at this time. If you have any questions or have not received an email notification please do not hestitate to contact us.

Important Links

Room Reservations must be made by 27 February, 2016


Jun 10: We are pleased to announce that Charles River Analytics has agreed to be a Demonstration Patron this year. Thank you for your continued support!
Jul 2: Dr. Greg Zacharias (Chief Scientist of the US Air Force) and Dr. David Hall (Penn State University; Director of the Center for Network Centric Cognition & Information Fusion) have agreed to provide Keynote addresses. Please view the Speakers page for more information
Jul 2: All conference activities will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Local arrangements and room reservation information will be provided on the Travel page.
Aug 26: We are pleased to announce that Dr. Matthias Scheutz (Tufts University, Director of the Human-Robot Interaction Laboratory) will be presenting a keynote address.
Sep 25: We are pleased to announce that USC ICT has agreed to be a Demonstration Patron this year! ICT is a recognized leader in the development of virtual humans who look, think and behave like real people.
Feb 2: Pacific Science & Engineering Group, Inc. would like to announce three current job openings. Additional information is available under the Demos and Job Openings tab.
Mar 16: Charles River Analytics and United Technologies Research Center would like to announce current job openings. Additional information is available under the Demos and Job Openings tab.

Sponsors and Patrons


Lockheed MartinTallinn UniversityBudapest Semester in Cognitive SciencePacific Science & EngineeringUnited Technologies Research CenterCharles River AnalyticsSonalystsUSC Institute for Creative Technologies

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