(Apologies for cross postings)
                          9th International Workshop on 
                                   (CIMA 2021)
                    (URL: http://aigroup.ceid.upatras.gr/cima2021/)                                                 
                               in conjunction with
  The Twelfth International Conference on Information, Intelligence, Systems and Applications
			           (IISA 2021)
                          12-14 July 2021, Chania, Greece 
                                CALL FOR PAPERS
The combination of different intelligent methods is a very active research area 
in Artificial Intelligence (AI). The aim is to create integrated or hybrid methods
that benefit from each of their components. It is generally believed that complex
problems can be easier solved with such integrated or hybrid methods. Some of the 
existing efforts combine what are called soft computing methods (fuzzy logic, 
neural networks and genetic algorithms) either among themselves or with more 
traditional AI technologies such as logic and rules. Another stream of efforts 
integrates case-based reasoning and machine learning with soft-computing and 
traditional AI methods. Yet another integrates agent-based approaches with logic 
and also non-symbolic approaches. Some of the combinations have been quite important 
and more extensively used, like neuro-symbolic methods, neuro-fuzzy methods and 
methods combining rule-based and case-based reasoning. However, there are other 
combinations that are still under investigation, such as those related to the 
Semantic Web and Deep Learning. In some cases, combinations are based on first 
principles, but in most cases they are created in the context of specific 

The Workshop is intended to become an annual forum for exchanging experience and 
ideas among researchers and practitioners who are dealing with combining intelligent 
methods either based on first principles or in the context of specific applications.  

Topics of interest of the Workshop are (but not limited to):

Bayesian Networks Integrations
Case-Based Reasoning Integrations
Deep Learning Integrations
Ensemble learning, Ensemble methods
Evolutionary Algorithms
Evolutionary Neural Systems
Fuzzy-Evolutionary Systems
Hybrid Knowledge Representation Approaches
Hybrid and Distributed Ontologies
Information Fusion Techniques
Integrations of Neural Networks
Intelligent Agents Integrations
Integrations of Statistical and Symbolic AI Approaches
Machine Learning Combinations
Neuro-Fuzzy Approaches/Systems
Neuro-symbolic Approaches
Reinforcement learning
Semantic Web Technologies Integrations
Swarm intelligence methods & integrations
   Agents & Multi-agent Systems
   Big Data Processing
   Computational Biology & Bioinformatics
   Decision Support and Recommender systems
   Economics, Business and Forecasting Applications
   Education & Distance Learning
   Industrial & Engineering applications
   Medicine & Health Care
   Multimodal Human Computer Interaction
   Natural language Processing and Understanding
   Planning, Scheduling, Search & Optimization
   Social Networks
This year we are very interested in combinations of intelligent methods for sentiment 
analysis and emotion recognition and in Deep Learning and Logic Integrations.

We are interested in high quality research papers on the above or related topics. 
Interested authors are invited to submit original contributions to the workshop. 
The papers should be submitted through the IISA-21 submission system 
(https://easyconferences.eu/iisa2021/submission/). In the "Select Track" page, 
choose "CIMA 2021". In preparing your submission, follow IISA-21 
guidelines (https://easyconferences.eu/iisa2021/instructions-for-authors/). All papers 
will be refereed by at least two members of the program committee of the Workshop. 
Accepted papers will be presented at the Workshop sessions of the conference. 

he papers of the workshop will be included in the IISA 2021 proceedings (published in 
IEEEXplore as in previous years). After the workshop, we may issue a 
Springer volume with extended versions of the accepted papers, after a second review round.  

One of the authors of each accepted paper should register for the IISA Conference 
and present the work at the associated Workshop session of the conference. If none 
of the authors is registered, their paper will not be presented at the Workshop and
will not be included in theproceedings. Registration info is available in 

Paper submission: 19 April, 2021
Acceptance notification: 10 May, 2021
Camera-ready: 17 May 2021

Ioannis Hatzilygeroudis,  University of Patras, Greece
Maria Virvou, University of Piraeus
Vasile Palade, Coventry University, UK
Isidoros Perikos, University of Patras, Greece
PROGRAM COMMITTEE (To be completed)
Miltos Alamaniotis,, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Texas at San Antonio (USA)
Plamen Angelov,, School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University (UK)
Nick Bassiliades, Department of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
Maumita Bhattacharya, Centre For Research In Complex Systems(CRiCS), Charles Sturt University (Australia)
Nikolaos Bourbakis, , OBR Distinguished Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Wright State University (USA)
Gloria Cerasela Crisan, Department of Mathematics and Informatics, "Vasile Alecsandri" University of Bacau (Romania)
Georgios Dounias, Department of Financial and Management Engineering, University of the Aegean (Greece)
Foteini Grivokostopoulou, Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics, University of Patras (Greece)
Ioannis Hatzilygeroudis, Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics, University of Patras (Greece) (Co-chair)
Andreas Holzinger, Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science, Graz University of Technology (Austria)
Sotirios Kotsiantis, Department of Mathematics, University of Patras (Greece)
Constantinos Koutsojannis, Department of Physiotherapy, University of Patras (Greece)
Arnaud Lallouet, Huawei Technologies Ltd, Paris Research Center (France)
George Magoulas, Department Computer Science and Information Systems, Birkbeck College (UK)
Christos Makris, Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics, University of Patras (Greece)
Amol Mali, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (USA)
Antonio Moreno, Department of Computer Science & Maths, University Rovira i Virgili (Spain)
Daniel C.Neagu, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Bradford, (UK)
Vasile Palade, Department of Engineering and Computing, Coventry University(UK) (Co-Chair)
Isidoros Perikos, Department of Computer Engineering & Informatics, University of Patras (Greece) (Co-chair)
Jim Prentzas, Department of Education Sciences in Early Childhood, Democritus University of Thrace (Greece)
Kyriakos Sgarbas, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University Of Patras (Greece)
Maria Virvou, Department of Informatics, University of Piraeus (Greece) (Co-chair)
Wei Fang, Department of Computer Science, Jiangnan University (China)