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The 18th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence: Methodology, Systems, Applications AIMSA 2018

- AI and Deep Learning -

Varna, Bulgaria, September 12th - 14th, 2018

Initiated in 1984, the biennial Artificial Intelligence: Methodology, Systems, Applications (AIMSA) conference is a premier forum for exchanging information and research results on AI theory and principles along with applications of intelligent system technology. The conference traditionally brings together academic and industrial researchers from all areas of AI to share their ideas and experiences and learn about the research in contemporary AI. As its name indicates, the conference is dedicated to Artificial Intelligence in its entirety. However, for AIMSA 2018, we would like to put an emphasis on Deep Learning (DL) as it has been used successfully in many applications, and is considered one of the most cutting-edge machine learning and AI techniques at the moment. Of course, the focus on DL does not preclude submission of papers on other interesting topics and approaches in AI.

The 18th edition of AIMSA will be held in the beautiful Varna area, Bulgaria. With excellent opportunities for outdoor activities, water sports and gastronomy, Varna promises to be a wonderful venue for a memorable conference.


The conference welcomes submissions of original, high quality papers in all areas of Artificial Intelligence, including (but not limited to) traditional topics such as search, machine learning, planning, knowledge representation, reasoning, natural language processing, robotics and perception, multiagent systems, etc.

We especially welcome papers on end-to-end learning; multi-task learning; cross- and multimodal learning; combinations of DL and knowledge-based approaches; transparency, explainability, stability and provability of DL; DL meta-learning in AI etc., as well as papers that bring useful computational technologies from other areas of computer science into AI.

All submissions will be subject to academic peer review by at least two members of the program committee. Selection criteria include accuracy and originality of ideas, clarity and significance of results, and quality of presentation.

For each accepted paper, at least one author is required to attend the conference to present the paper.

The best paper of the conference will receive the Best Paper Award during the conference.


Submission deadline (extended):
May 31, 2018
Notification of acceptance:
June 17, 2018
Deadline for camera-ready:
July 1, 2018
September 12-14, 2018

Papers have to be submitted electronically (in PDF format) via the submission system to the address: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aimsa2018

Papers should be written in English, font Times 10pt. Regular papers should be no more than 10 pages, posters no more than 4 pages. Authors are requested to follow the LNCS Style. The first page should contain the title of the paper, names and addresses of all authors (including e-mail), an abstract (100-150 words) and a list of keywords.

Submissions should describe original research. Papers accepted for presentation at AIMSA 2016 cannot be presented or have been presented at another meeting with publicly available published proceedings. Papers that are being submitted to other conferences must indicate this on the title page, as must papers that contain significant overlap with previously published work.

Over lengthy or late submissions will be rejected without review. Notification of receipt and acceptance of papers will be sent to the first author.


The AIMSA 2018 Proceedings will be published by Springer in their Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence subline of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science series. (http://www.springer.com/gp/computer-science/lncs)

Extended versions of AIMSA 2018 selected papers will be published by MDPI, Switzerland, in a special issue of "Information" (ISSN 2078-2489) - an Open Access Journal of Information Science.


The official language of the conference is English.


Josef van Genabith
The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence DFKI
Saarland University, Germany,
Website: http://www.dfki.de/web/research/mlt

Gennady Agre Institute of Information and Communication Technologies - BAS
Galia Angelova Institute of Information and Communication Technologies - BAS
Roman Bartak Charles University in Prague
Christoph Beierle FernUniversität in Hagen
Tarek R. Besold City University of London
Loris Bozzato CIT-IRST, Fondazione Bruno Kessler
Ricardo Calix Purdue University Northwest
Diego Calvanese Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Thierry Declerck German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)
Sarah Jane Delany Dublin Institute of Technology
Christo Dichev Winston-Salem State University
Darina Dicheva Winston-Salem State University
Danail Dochev Institute of Information and Communication Technologies - BAS
Benedict Du Boulay University of Sussex
Stefka Fidanova Institute of Information and Communication Technologies - BAS
Tomasz Gambin Polytechnika Warszawska
Geert-Jan Houben Delft University of Technology
Maciej Kandula Johannes Kepler University, Linz and BOKU University, Vienna
Kristian Kersting TU Darmstadt
Matthias Knorr Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
Petia Koprinkova-Christova Institute of Information and Communication Technologies - BAS
Pawel Labaj MCB Jagelonian University, Krakow
Amedeo Napoli CNRS, Nancy
Maria Nisheva Sofia University
Michal Okoniewski ETH Zurich
Dean Palejev Institute of Mathematics and Informatics - BAS
Horia Pop UBB Cluj
Allan Ramsay The University of Manchester
Ioannis Refanidis University of Macedonia
Ute Schmid University of Bamberg
Dominik Slezak University of Warsaw
Stefan Trausan-Matu University Politehnica of Bucharest
Dan Tufis Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Romanian Academy
Petko Valtchev Universite du Quebec a Montreal
Josef van Genabith The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence DFKI
Dimitar Vassilev Sofia University
Tulay Yildirim Yildiz Technical University


Feiyu Xu AI Lab, Lenovo Research, Lenovo Group, China
John D. Kelleher Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
Milica Gasic University of Cambridge, UK



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The AIMSA'2018 Registration fees includes attendance to AIMSA'2018 technical sessions, a copy of the AIMSA'2018 proceedings, Welcome reception, working lunches, coffee-breaks and the Conference dinner.

Registration fees Before August 1st After August 1st
Regular fee AIMSA 400€ 450€
Student/PhD Student* AIMSA 300€ 350€

* Early registration fee should be paid not later than August 1st, 2018.

* Authors of accepted papers should pay the registration fee not later than July 6st, 2018.

** Students/PhD Students are required to enclose a copy of a certificate.


Bulgarian Artificial Intelligence Association provides the Grant scheme, which is aimed at AIMSA 2018 participants who are full time students/PhD students or young researchers and covers AIMSA 2018 Conference Fee.

Priority will be given for registered participants with submission accepted for publishing in AIMSA 2018 Conference Proceedings. In such cases the paid Conference fee will be reimbursed at the Conference.


Gennady Agre
Institute of Information and Communication Technologies
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Acad. G. Bonchev 2, 1113 Sofia, Bulgaria
Phone: +359 28700118
Fax: +359 28707273


Bulgarian Artificial Intelligence Association
Institute of Information and Communication Technologies at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (IICT - BAS)