CogSIMA 2021


Since 2011 the CogSIMA conferences promote a holistic cognitive approach to multidisciplinary research on dynamic cyber-physical-social systems of systems, whose constituent systems can be autonomous, and often collaborate and interoperate with organisations, machines, computer agents, and humans situated in complex dynamic environments. Critical to these systems of systems are their cognitive capabilities to sense, perceive and comprehend situations, reason and act on situations, demonstrate abilities of learning, self-organization, and collective intelligence, and their ability to consider the impact of interdependencies with the other systems. Adhering to its successful interdisciplinary tradition, CogSIMA 2021 will provide an inspiring forum for scientists and practitioners from diverse backgrounds including cognitive science, computer science, artificial intelligence, psychology, and human factors.

COVID-19 INFO: With ongoing uncertainty around COVID-19, the conference will continuously monitor the evolution of the pandemic all around the world and adapt the program to maximize engagement and deliver the best experience possible – whether in-person, virtual, or hybrid.

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We look forward to seeing you in Tallinn!

Call for Papers

All papers must present original and unpublished work that is not currently under review elsewhere. Each paper will be reviewed by at least three independent referees. Papers will be evaluated according to their significance, originality, technical content, style, clarity, and relevance to the conference. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the conference.

Two types of paper submissions will be accepted:

  • Regular Papers (5-8 pages) – papers that describe new results that advance the state-of-the-art
  • Poster Papers (3-5 pages) – describe work in progress. Each accepted poster will be included in the final conference proceedings submitted to the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library.

Authors of accepted papers will need to sign an IEEE copyright release form and present their paper at the conference. The conference proceedings will be digitally published by IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society and will be submitted to the IEEE Explore Digital Library.
All paper submissions will be handled electronically by EDAS. Authors should prepare a Portable Document Format (PDF) version of their full paper in 2-column style (main text in 10-point size) including figures and correct margins. Please use the stylesheet templates provided by IEEE to assure that your proposal is in line with our guidelines.

Call for Special Sessions

Interested attendees are encouraged to propose special sessions, which consist of five papers that provide a focused discussion of new or innovative topics.  Each proposal must include the session title, description, and organizers.  Special session papers will undergo the same review process.  Special session papers must be clearly indicated when submitted with a copy sent to the designated special session organizer.

Call for Tutorials

Proposals are invited for half-day tutorials. Tutorial proposal must include tutorial title, outline and description, and biography of the tutorial instructor. Tutorial proposal length is limited to 1 page.

Due Dates

  • Regular Papers: December 01, 2020
  • Poster Papers: January 11, 2021
  • Acceptance Notification (Regular & Poster): February 15, 2021
  • Camera Ready (Regular & Poster): March 31, 2021
  • Special Sessions: November 02, 2020
  • Tutorials: March 29, 2021


The conference proceedings will be electronically published in the IEEE CogSIMA Conference Proceedings and will be submitted to the IEEEXplore® Digital Library.
At least one author of an accepted paper is required to register for the conference at the full (member or non-member) rate and the paper must be presented by an author of that paper at the conference unless the TPC grants permission for a substitute presenter arranged in advance of the event and who is qualified both to present and answer questions. Non-refundable registration fees must be paid prior to uploading the final IEEE formatted, publication-ready version of the paper. For authors with multiple accepted papers, one full registration is valid for up to 3 papers.

Topics of Interest

Situation Management – Foundations

  • Conceptual frameworks, architectures, and models of cognitive situation management and control
  • New advances in situation awareness, control and decision support
  • Situation awareness: public vs. organizational vs. team vs. individual; distributed vs. shared awareness
  • Formalization of situations and situational reasoning
  • Situational “Big Data” analysis, situation mining, discovery, early detection of anomalies and patterns
  • Stimuli-reaction, negative feedback and predictive situation control
  • Situation modeling, comparison, assessment, validation, metrics and performance measurements
  • Near real-time situation awareness and control
  • Mental models, self-awareness, cognitive processes and impact of barriers (environmental, physiological, psychological, and social barriers)

Collective Situation Management and Control

  • Collective intelligence and emergent behavior in situation management
  • Biologically inspired computational models of situation management
  • Cooperation and collaboration in multi-agent situation management
  • Models of shared and distributed situation awareness and control
  • Adaptation and self-organization in cognitive situation management and control
  • Models of collective, autonomous and resilient situation control in hostile environments
  • Situation awareness for a swarm of autonomous systems
  • Integration of self-awareness and self-X capability models into cognitive situation management

Human-Artificial Intelligence Situation Management

  • Socially sensitive design and socially responsive design
  • Situation management in cyber-physical-social systems
  • Integration of human and signal intelligence
  • Human teaming with autonomous systems, human-AI teaming
  • Computer aided human decision-making in incomplete known, conflicting and stressful situations
  • Processing social media and other related human considerations to improve situation awareness
  • The impact of human competence and motivation in situation management
  • Distressed and handicapped persons in CogSIMA control loop

Situation Management Applications

  • System-level experiments and application specific research
  • Situation awareness and control for cyber security
  • Autonomous vehicles and transportation systems
  • Health care and pandemic situation management
  • Computational International Relation and Detection of fake data
  • Defence and autonomous mission control application


For the first time in its history, CogSIMA will take place in Europe, in one of its old, vibrant, and charming cities: Tallinn, the capital of Estonia!

Tallinn is an amazing blend of old and new. The world-famous Old Town was largely constructed between the 13th and 16th centuries and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. World-class yet affordable restaurants are tucked away on its winding cobblestone streets. Also worth exploring is the up-and-coming Kalamaja district, boasting a truly bohemian atmosphere and the Telliskivi Creative City. All of Tallinn’s neighbourhoods, each with its own personality, can be quickly and easily reached on foot or by inexpensive transport.

For travelling details visit Tallinn Tourist Information Centre website: https//, for conference related inquiries during conference office hours in Tallinn call +372 506 2076 (Ruth Laos)

The conference will be hosted by the Nordic Hotel Forum, a modern four-star superior business and conference hotel in the very heart of Tallinn, at the a prominent location on the edge of the picturesque Tallinn Old Town.

Conference venue: Nordic Hotel Forum, Viru square 3, Conference Centre (1. floor)

Travel Info

The city’s international airport, Lennart Meri Tallinn Airport, provides excellent facilities and a wide variety of services. Its convenient location – just 4 km from the city centre – means transport to most destinations takes surprisingly little time.

Please, visit the Tallinn Tourist Information Center website for further information:

Organizing Committee

General Chair:

   Leo Motus, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Honorary Chair:

   Gabe Jakobson, CyberGem Consulting, USA

Vice Chairs:

   Scott Fouse, Independent Consultant, USA

   Kellyn Rein, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Germany

TPC Co-Chairs:

   Kirstie Bellman, Topcy House Consulting, USA

   Nicolette McGeorge, Charles River Analytics, USA

   Mare Teichmann, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

   Alicia Ruvinsky, ERDS US Army, USA

Keynotes/Tutorial Chair

   Galina Rogova, The State University of New York at Buffalo, USA

Finance Chair:

   Ken Baclawski, Northeastern University, USA

Industry/Government Liaisons Chair:

   Michael Kozak, Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories, USA


Publications Chair

   Mary Freiman, Aptima, USA

Publicity Chair

   Giuseppe D’Aniello, University of Salerno, Italy

International Liaisons Chair

   Andrea Salfinger, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria

Student Program Chair 

   Ahmet Köse, IEEE Estonia

Local OC Chair 

   Peeter Lorents, Estonian Business School, Estonia

Local OC      

  Ruth Laos,  Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

  Mari-Anne Meister, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

  Monika Perkman, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

  Reet Elling, Tallinn University, Estonia


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