About ICIST 2022

12th International Conference on Information Society and Technology will take place on Kopaonik, Serbia on Mar 13-16, 2022.

ICIST Conference series is one of the top IT scientific events in the region, with 60-100 papers presented each year, average of 200 participants per edition, attended also by the number of IT industry representatives in the region. It hosts distinguished scientists keynotes (in past years, we were honored to share the stage with Richard Mark Soley, Orri Erling, Howard Moskowitz, Bran Selić and others), scientific sessions, panel discussions, industry presentations with exciting social programme for motivated and successfull networking. It is a perfect venue for networking, dissemination of recent research results, getting new project ideas, finding new scientific partners and bringing great vibes back home.

The conference is open for all scientific contributions to the different areas of ICT. It also welcomes technical papers with case studies and demonstrations of novel ICT technologies and approaches in industry and society. It hosts loyal research communities dealing with the areas of information systems, model-based software engineering, e-government, big data, biomedical engineering, semantic web research and since recently, Internet of Things.

All accepted papers will be published in ICIST digital repository. Past editions of the online proceedings can be viewed here: ICIST2014, ICIST2015, ICIST2016, ICIST2017, ICIST2018, ICIST2019, ICIST2020, ICIST2021.

List of accepted special tracks:

Special Track: Digital Twin: from theory to practice, chaired by: Hervé Panetto, Michele Dassisti and Concetta Semeraro

Special Track: Blockchain Technologies and their applications, chaired by: Nemanja Zdravković

Special Track: ICT for health, well-being and sport, chaired by: Miroslav Trajanović, Anton Kos and Osiris Canciglieri Jr.

Special Track: ICT application in green energy, chaired by: Gordana Stefanović, Neven Duić and Dame Dimitrovski

ICIST Special Tracks


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Digital Twin: from theory to practice

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Digital Twin has been introduced over a decade ago, as an innovative all-encompassing tool, with perceived benefits including real-time monitoring, emulation, and forecasting. However, digital twins' theoretical framework and practical implementations (DT) are still far from this vision. Although successful implementations exist, sufficient implementation details are not publicly available. It is difficult to assess their effectiveness, draw comparisons and jointly experiment the DT methodology for specific operating fields. This open track explores the various DT features and current approaches, the shortcomings, opportunities for sustainability, and the reasons behind the delay in implementing and adopting the digital twin. Advancements in machine learning, the internet of things, and big data have contributed hugely to the improvements in DT regarding its real-time monitoring and forecasting properties. Despite this progress and individual company-based efforts, specific research gaps exist in the field, which have caused delay in the widespread adoption of this concept. This open-track session of the ICIST 2022 conference aims to bring together leading experts on Digital Twin theory, applications, and modelling to present the latest advances and results in their specific research domains.

This track welcomes research in this field, especially in the (but not limited to) following topics:

  • Simulation/Emulation models for Digital Twins
  • Tools and Applications of Digital Twin for Industry 4.0, e-health, smart cities, agriculture, manufacturing, aerospace, transport, … 
  • Model-Based System Engineering of Digital Twin
  • Artificial Intelligence, machine learning and deep learning techniques for Digital Twin
  • Digital Twin models interoperability
  • Knowledge extraction and modelling for Digital Twin
  • Digital Twin for Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Human Digital Twin
  • Digital Twin for sustainable manufacturing

The track chairs invite scientists, engineers, and decision-makers from government, industry, and academia to contribute with theoretical and applied research papers.

Papers published in this track will be invited to be extended for a special issue of an international journal.

Co-chairs:

  • Panetto, Hervé (herve.panetto@univ-lorraine.fr). Research Center for Automatic Control of Nancy (CRAN), Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France
  • Dassisti, Michele (michele.dassisti@poliba.it). DMMM, Politecnico di Bari, Bari, Italy
  • Semeraro, Concetta (csemeraro@sharjah.ac.ae). University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

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Blockchain Technologies and their applications

Blockchain Technology (BCT) has surpassed its initial application in cryptocurrencies, and now is being used in a wide array of areas. As blockchain creates resilient and tamper-proof distributed records, it has generated much interest in industry and academia alike. The innate properties of immutability and transparency are making BCT a disruptive technology, especially when it comes to applications in healthcare, supply chain management, financial and public sectors, and many others. In addition, BCT has an important role in decentralization in the fields of the Internet of Things, Cyber-Physical Systems, Fog/Edge Computing, next-gen wireless communications, as well as many more fields.

The goal of this special track is to promote community-wide discussion identifying the applications, technologies, as well as theories for BCT. Authors are encouraged to submit papers on topic relevant to this session that include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Theories of blockchain and distributed ledger technology
  • Protocols and algorithms based on BCT
  • BCT in the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • BCT in Healthcare
  • BCT in Financial Tech
  • BCT in Supply Chain Management
  • BCT in Agriculture
  • BCT in cloud/fog/edge computing
  • BCT in Next-Gen communications and networks
  • BCT in the Public Sector

Co-chairs:

  • Zdravković, Nemanja (nemanja.zdravkovic@metropolitan.ac.rs). Faculty of Information Technology, Metropolitan University, Belgrade, Serbia

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ICT for health, well-being and sport

One of the greatest social challenges today is addressing many different concerns and issues related to healthcare and well-being. These challenges include, but are not restricted to, improving the understanding of the causes and mechanisms connected to health; ability to monitor, prevent, detect, and treat disease; personalize health and care delivery. For addressing such challenges, a new approach is needed, which will transform the health and care delivery. This approach is proactive rather than reactive. Healthcare should evolve mechanisms for early risk detection, shifting from the acute treatment to long-term health monitoring. Instead of focusing on single disease treatment, healthcare systems should become capable of handling multiple chronic conditions and comorbidities at the same time. Care delivery should become pervasive, not exclusively institutional. Finally, the generic treatment approach should be abandoned, and care should become more personalized.

Although health is an important, if not necessary, component of well-being, physical activities such as recreation and sports are a good way to maintain and improve it. With the rapid advancement and affordability of miniature, wearable sensor devices, new approaches to quantifying and qualifying our physical activities are possible. For example, innovative applications based on sensor data will contribute to faster, cheaper and safer physical rehabilitation programs, personalized recreational plans, and in-depth analysis of athletes' performance in different sports.

Advanced ICT technologies will play a crucial role in this transformation. Health-related data will grow and will have accurate and useful digital representations. Predictive computing, used by the care providers and customers, will use health-related data to facilitate early risk detection and self-management of health and disease. Health systems will become interoperable. Robotic systems, driven by artificial intelligence will enable assisted living, in smart, age-friendly homes. Biofeedback applications in healthcare, sport, recreation, and rehabilitation will enable an easier and faster way to achieving the desired results. They will assist individuals, healthcare personnel, and trainers in many ways; from influencing the physiological processes in the human body, to motor learning in sports and rehabilitation.

With this session, we aim to uncover the current research in the above mentioned topics and topics closely related to them. All relevant contributions are strongly welcomed.

Co-chairs:

  • Trajanović, Miroslav (traja@masfak.ni.ac.rs). Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Niš, Niš, Serbia
  • Kos, Anton (anton.kos@fe.uni-lj.si). Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Canciglieri Jr., Osiris (osiris.canciglieri@pucpr.br). Pontifical Catholic University of Parana – PUCPR / PPGEPS, Curitiba, Brasil

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ICT application in green energy

Switching to green energy and moving away from fossil fuels is one of the biggest topics facing the whole world. In that sense, various strategic activities have been launched at the level of countries, regions and state unite, as well as scientific projects in research and development institutions, all with the aim to enable the transition from fossil to renewable energy sources, leading the change towards optimal and energy efficient production, embedding planning of energy consumption and production, reduce negative impact on the environment, etc. It is especially important to investigate the use of renewable energy sources such as solar, geothermal, wind, biomass and other sources from the aspect of sustainable development. 

Since many regions are facing similar problems in the transition period, it is important to exchange ideas, achievements and novel approaches such as the Green Agenda at EU level to make green transitions as fast and secure as possible.

Digital technologies, with their capabilities, should help speed up this transition process and enable solutions to be implemented in as much capacity as possible.

Topics that may be interesting are numerous, but we believe that the application of ICT in energy efficiency can be important as one of the first steps in saving energy. Also, the use of organic waste as an energy source by applying GIS, waste source mapping, application of image processing for recognition of organic waste sources, have the potential to support the green transition. The application of ICT in energy planning is inevitable for monitoring and energy management. Finally, creating conditions for the implementation of smart grids, can be considered a final step, placing the abovementioned and other applications in use, thus enabling the green transition on a large scale.

Co-chairs:

  • Stefanović, Gordana (goca@masfak.ni.ac.rs). Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Niš, Niš, Serbia
  • Duić, Neven (neven.duic@fsb.hr). University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Dimitrovski, Dame (dame.dimitrovski@mf.edu.mk). Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje, North Macedonia

Important Dates

1 Jan 31

Abstract Submission

2 Feb 15

Decisions Sent to Authors

3 Mar 01

Conference Registration

4 Mar 13

Conference is Opened

5 Jun 01

Full Paper Submission

Call for contributors

Call for initial submissions

We welcome submission of extended abstracts presenting original unpublished work which is not been submitted for publication elsewhere. Initial submissions must comply to the specific requirements, as it follows.

The initial submissions must be made by using EasyChair platform, in the form of extended abstract. The extended abstract must consicely and clearly highlight all following aspects: research motivation and the problem, the research question(s), methodology, description of the solution and/or the discussion. The evaluation of the extended abstracts will be double-blind. Thus, author names, addresses, emails and affiliations MUST NOT be included in the extended abstract. The extended abstract must be created by using the template below, submitted in PDF format, and it MUST NOT exceed 4 A4 pages including figures. Only key references should be included.

The initial submissions will be peer reviewed by IPC members. After the decisions are distributed, the authors with accepted submissions will be invited to submit full papers for publishing in the ICIST 2022 Proceedings book. The specific deadline for full papers will be June, 1st, 2022 (template for full papers can be downloaded here). In order to have the submitted full paper published in the Proceedings book, at least one author or co-author must be registered at the conference and present the paper in regular or poster session. When submitting the extended abstract for a special track, select the special track title in the submission form.

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ICIST 2022 Keynotes

Dubravko Ćulibrk, AI Research and Development Institute of Serbia, CEO, Serbia

Dubravko Ćulibrk is a Full Professor of Information Systems Engineering at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management of the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia and the Director of The Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Institute of Serbia. Since his PhD days spent at the Florida Atlantic University (2003-2006), USA he has been conducting research in the domain of biologically-inspired machine learning, with a particular focus on computer vision and multimedia understanding. He spent two years (2013-2015) as a postdoc researcher at the University of Trento, Italy with the Multimedia and Human Understanding Group, working with prof. Nicu Sebe. On his more recent sabbatical (2018-2019) he succumbed to his entrepreneurial side and manned the post of Senior Research Scientist at Tandemlaunch, a unique deep-tech startup foundry in Montreal. He is an NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute University Ambassador and a member of Serbian Entrepreneurs. His current research interests include: Neural Networks and Deep Learning, Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Data Science, Multimedia, Visual Attention, Image/Video Processing and Remote Sensing.

Fotis Psomopoulos, Principal Investigator at the Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB), CERTH, Thessaloniki, Greece

Dr Fotis Psomopoulos is a Principal Investigator at the Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB), at the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), in Thessaloniki Greece. He holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a focus on Bioinformatics. His research interests lie at the intersection of Bioinformatics and Machine Learning, primarily working on the design and implementation of data mining algorithms for knowledge extraction from large datasets in Life Sciences. In this context, he was selected to be an EGI Champion on Life Sciences in 2013, an RDA-EU Ambassador for Bioinformatics in 2019, and he is currently co-leading the ELIXIR Machine Learning Focus Group. In addition to his research activities, he is particularly active in training efforts and initiatives (such as the Carpentries and GOBLET). He is the Training Coordinator of ELIXIR-GR, a member of the ELIXIR Training Platform Executive Committee, and is a member of the EOSC Task Force on Research Careers, Recognition, and Credit.

ICIST 2022 Committees

Organizing Committee (OC) is in charge for the organization of the conference. All decisions related to the scientific programme are made by the International Programme Committee (IPC), based on the peer review process, coordinated by the IPC co-chairs. Track chairs are in charge of setting up a scientific programme in the specific topics, which are decided upon based on the submitted track proposals.

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Zora Konjović

Novi Sad, Serbia
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Milan Zdravković

Niš, Serbia
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Miroslav Trajanović

Niš, Serbia
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Miodrag Ivković

Novi Sad, Serbia
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Alexis Aubry

Nancy, France
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Marija Boban

Split, Croatia
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Zorica Bogdanović

Belgrade, Serbia
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Miloš Bogdanović

Niš, Serbia
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Osiris Canciglieri Jr.

Curitiba, Brasil
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Carlos Coutinho

Lisbon, Portugal
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Michele Dassisti

Bari, Italy
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Igor Dejanović

Novi Sad, Serbia
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Dejan Drajić

Novi Sad, Serbia
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Dražen Drašković

Belgrade, Serbia
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Stevan Gostojić

Novi Sad, Serbia
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Elissaveta Gourova

Sofia, Bulgaria
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Irena Holubová

Prague, Czech Republic
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Luka Humski

Zagreb, Croatia
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Fan Ip-Shing

Cranfield, UK
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Dragan Ivanović

Novi Sad, Serbia
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Nenad Ivezić

Maryland, USA
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Valentina Janev

Belgrade, Serbia
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Dorina Kabakchieva

Sofia, Bulgaria
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Nikola Korunović

Niš, Serbia
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Anton Kos

Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Aleksandar Kovačević

Novi Sad, Serbia
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Komlen Lalović

Belgrade, Serbia
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Mario Lezoche

Nancy, France
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Eduardo R. Loures

Curitiba, Brazil
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Nikola Luburić

Novi Sad, Serbia
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Ivan Luković

Novi Sad, Serbia
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Miloš Madić

Niš, Serbia
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Nikola Milivojević

Belgrade, Serbia
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Maria Mimikou

Athens, Greece
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Dragan Mišić

Niš, Serbia
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Siniša Nikolić

Novi Sad, Serbia
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Ovidiu Noran

Brisbane, Australia
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Đorđe Obradović

Belgrade, Serbia
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Dušan Okanović

Stuttgart, Germany
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Hervé Panetto

Nancy, France
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Branko Perišić

Novi Sad, Serbia
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David Romero

Mexico
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Ioan Stefan Sacala

Bucharest, Romania
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Milan Segedinac

Novi Sad, Serbia
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Concetta Semeraro

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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Jean Marcelo Simão

Curitiba, Brazil
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Dubravka Sladić

Novi Sad, Serbia
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Goran Sladić

Novi Sad, Serbia
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Jelena Slivka

Novi Sad, Serbia
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Jaka Sodnik

Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Kamelia Stefanova

Sofia, Bulgaria
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Anderson Luis Szejka

Curitiba, Brasil
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Milan Trifunović

Niš, Serbia
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Anton Umek

Ljubljana, Slovenia
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Milan Vidaković

Novi Sad, Serbia
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Georg Weichhart

Steyr-Gleink, Austria
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Miroslav Zarić

Novi Sad, Serbia
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Nemanja Zdravković

Belgrade, Serbia
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Žarko Ćojbašić

Niš, Serbia
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Dubravko Ćulibrk

Novi Sad, Serbia
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Gordana Stefanović

Niš, Serbia
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Neven Duić

Zagreb, Croatia
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Dame Dimitrovski

Skopje, North Macedonia

About the venue

Grand Hotel & Spa Kopaonik

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Kopaonik is a mountain in the central part of Serbia and the largest mountain range in the country. The highest point is the Pančić's Peak with 2,017 m. Kopaonik is a major ski resort in Serbia, and after Bulgaria's Bansko, the largest in Southeast Europe. There are 25 ski lifts with capacity of 32,000 skiers per hour.

Grand Hotel & Spa is situated at an exclusive location, near the ski slopes and ski lifts in the beautiful environment of the National Park Kopaonik. Premium comfort and convenience in 221 guest rooms and suites, complemented by numerous facilities for relaxation and enjoyment throughout the year, including spa & wellness area, congress center, fitness center, sports hall, space bowling center and a la carte restaurant Garden.

Contacts

Registration and conference logistics: office AT yuinfo.org

Scientific programme: Milan Zdravković, milan.zdravkovic AT gmail.com