BELIEF 2022

7th International Conference on Belief Functions, October 26-28, 2022, Paris, France.



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The international conference dedicated to belief functions


The theory of belief functions, also referred to as evidence theory or Dempster-Shafer theory, was first introduced by Arthur P. Dempster in the context of statistical inference, and was later developed by Glenn Shafer as a general framework for modelling epistemic uncertainty. These early contributions have been the starting points of many important developments, including the transferable belief model and the theory of hints. The theory of belief functions is now well established as a general framework for reasoning with uncertainty, and has well understood connections to other frameworks such as probability, possibility and imprecise probability theories. It has been applied in diverse areas such as machine learning, information fusion and risk analysis.

The biennal BELIEF conferences, sponsored by the Belief Functions and Applications Society, are dedicated to the confrontation of ideas, the reporting of recent achievements and the presentation of the wide range of applications of this theory. The first edition of this conference series was held in Brest, France, in 2010. Later editions were held in Compiègne, France in 2012, Oxford, UK in 2014, Prague, Czech Republic in 2016, and again in Compiègne, France in 2018. The previous edition was delayed by the global pandemic and took place in 2021 in Beijing, China. The Seventh International Conference on Belief Functions (BELIEF 2022) will be located in Paris, France, and it will take place on October 26-28, 2022.

NEW : registration is open (Aug. 15: author registration deadline) !

NEW : submission is open for the poster session! all the details are below

Important dates

  • April 10, 2022: Special session submission deadline
  • April 17, 2022: Special session acceptance notification
  • May 1, 2022: Paper submission deadline
  • June 5, 2022: Author notification
  • July 3, 2022: Camera-ready copy due
  • July 31, 2022: Poster abstract submission
  • August 8, 2022: Poster acceptance notification

Proceedings

Proceedings of BELIEF 2022 will be published by Springer-Verlag in a volume of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNCS/LNAI) series and indexed by: ISI Web of Science; EI Engineering Index; ACM Digital Library; dblp; Google Scholar; IO-Port; MathSciNet; Scopus; Zentralblatt MATH. Previous BELIEF proceedings can be found on SpringerLink.

IJAR Best Paper Award

Thanks to the continued support of the International Journal of Approximate Reasoning, the best papers presented at the conference will be distinguished by the IJAR Best Paper Award. The prize will consist of a certificate and 1000 euros, which will be split between the winners.

Author instructions

Authors should submit their papers through Easychair - conference BELIEF 2022 following the Springer LNCS/LNAI series template, also available in Overleaf.

The expected length of papers is no longer than 10 pages, references included, that should present original contributions with significant results. Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers. In addition, the corresponding author of each accepted paper, acting on behalf of all of the authors of that paper, will have to complete and sign a Consent-to-Publish form. The corresponding author signing the copyright form should match the corresponding author marked on the paper. Once the files have been sent to Springer, changes relating to the authorship of the papers cannot be made.

IJAR Special issue

Authors of selected papers from the BELIEF 2022 conference will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers for possible inclusion in a special issue of the International Journal of Approximate Reasoning.

Topics

Original contributions are solicited on theoretical aspects including, but not limited to

  • Combination rules
  • Conditioning
  • Continuous belief functions
  • Independence and graphical models
  • Geometry and distance metrics
  • Mathematical foundations
  • Computational frameworks
  • Data and information fusion
  • Links with other uncertainty theories
  • Tracking and data association
  • Statistical Inference
  • Machine Learning and Pattern recognition
  • Evidential Clustering and Classification

as well as on applications to various areas including, but not limited to

  • Applications in network analysis
  • Applications in environment and climate change
  • Applications in biology and medical diagnosis
  • Applications in risk and reliability analysis
  • Applications in business and economics
  • Applications in vision and image processing

Call for Posters

The BELIEF 2022 Conference Committee is pleased to invite submissions of abstracts for poster presentations. The poster session aims to encourage discussions either around preliminary works or works in progress. For poster presentation, we also encourage the submission of abstracts corresponding to works in recent papers accepted or submitted elsewhere. The conference or journal where the paper was published or submitted must be specified at submission.

Submissions should include a title and an abstract no longer than 250 words. If accepted, they will be presented at the conference in a special poster session but will not appear in the proceedings. The main objective of the poster session is to foster discussions around preliminary works, or to popularize newly published works, therefore poster presenters are required to participate on site to the conference. The deadline for submissions is: July 31, 2022. Poster presenters will be notified by August 8th.

Abstract submission: belief2022@bfasociety.org

Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers

Rémi Bardenet's photo

Researcher Rémi Bardenet, CRIStAL, CNRS and Lille University, France.

Title: Topics in Monte Carlo computation and Bayesian learning

Abstract: to be announced.

Stéphane Canu's photo

Professor Stéphane Canu, INSA Rouen, France.

Title: Robustness of neural networks and adversarial attacks

Abstract: to be announced.

Philippe Xu's photo

Assoc. Professor Philippe Xu, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France.

Title: Fusion of heterogeneous deep neural networks with belief functions

Abstract: to be announced.

Venue and Registration


The event will take place at the Sorbonne Center for Artificial Intelligence (SCAI). There are multiple ways to arrive to the conference site: on subway (Metro lines 7 or 10), by taxi, or by bus.



The gala dinner will take place inside the Wine Museum, in the heart of Paris and a stone's throw away from the Eiffel Tower. Visiting this location is a great opportunity to discover the long history of this inherent part of French culture and tradition, and we are currently trying to secure a guided visit of the museum for the BELIEF 2022 participants (to be confirmed soon). Update: guided visit is confirmed. Optionally, the wine enthousiasts may subscribe to a blind wine tasting competition organized by the Museum hosts (you need to tick the Cultural Activity option during registration) - the winner gets a prize ! Update: the competition will take place just before the dinner, and will consist in a crash course given by a museum expert presenting the main regions and grape varieties, followed by the actual tasting. Thus, you don't need to be well accustomed to French wine to participate. Note however that if you are not a wine fan or if you don't drink alcohol, the gala dinner is non-alcohol friendly.

 

The registration fee for the onsite participants includes the following items:

Online participants benefit from a discounted registration fee, which includes the following items:

Paper presentation

Each paper must have at least one author registered with regular on-site registration (i.e., not student registration) with payment received by the author-registration deadline of August 15 to avoid being withdrawn from the conference. A single, full registration may cover up to two (2) papers. When registering, please enter the ID number(s) of the paper(s) that you will be covering with your full registration; for the paper ID number, use the 5-digit Easychair Paper ID number.

If you are a student who will be presenting a paper, and you are covering that paper with your registration, then you must register with the regular on-site rate.

BELIEF 2022 requires that each accepted paper be presented by one of the authors in-person at the conference site according to the schedule published. Any paper accepted into the technical program, but not presented on-site will be withdrawn from the official proceedings archived on Springer. The only exception is in the case of all non-EU authors who might face travel difficulties. In this case, you are required to contact us as early as possible to inform us about your intention to present online.

A student presenting a poster and not covering a paper registration may register with the on-site student rate.

Registration cost and additional options

You may find below the registration price depending on the participant category (faculty or student), attendance type (on-site/on-line) and registration period (standard or late registration). Optionally, you may purchase:

Registration fees (EUR) Standard fee* (ending Aug. 31, 2022) Late fee* (Sept. 1 - Sept. 30, 2022)
On-site student300€350€
On-site faculty500€550€
On-line student50€100€
On-line faculty100€150€
Additional ticket for welcome reception and gala dinner 150€150€
Optional cultural activity25€25€
Please note that the registration fees will switch according to Central European Time (CET)

Please note: for foreigners requiring invitation letters, contact us before attempting to pay the registration fee if you are not a co-author of an accepted paper. Provide a proof of affiliation with an academic institution, contact references and a list of publications on a public indexing engine such as Google Scholar. The organizing committee reserves the right to refuse attendance to individuals who can not demonstrate a clear link with the topic of the conference, and you will be informed. As stated by the registration policy, the registration fee is not refundable.

Registration link and policies

On-site and on-line participants have to register using this link (Azur-Colloque platform) and have to pay the suitable registration fee mentioned above. Before pursuing, make sure to read carefully the payment guidelines:

Visas and Letters of Invitation

Participants are requested to familiarize themselves with their own applicable visa requirements well in advance of the conference. Present worldwide security regulations generally result in more stringent visa requirements and associated longer visa processing time. The BELIEF 2022 organizers cannot intervene with embassies or consulates on behalf of any participant.

In order to obtain a letter of invitation for visa purposes, contact the Organizing Committee directly.

Committees

BELIEF 2022 Program Committee Chairs

  • Sylvie Le Hégarat-Mascle, Paris-Saclay University, France
  • Isabelle Bloch, Sorbonne Université, France

BELIEF 2022 Steering committee

  • Thierry Denœux, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France
  • Sylvie Le Hégarat-Mascle, Paris-Saclay University, France
  • Isabelle Bloch, Sorbonne Université, France
  • Emanuel Aldea, Paris-Saclay University, France
  • Frédéric Pichon, Université d'Artois, France

BELIEF 2022 Publication chair

  • Sylvie Le Hégarat-Mascle, Paris-Saclay University, France

BELIEF 2022 Publicity co-chairs

  • David Mercier, Université d'Artois, France
  • Emanuel Aldea, Paris-Saclay University, France

BELIEF 2022 Organizing committee

  • Sylvie Le Hégarat-Mascle, Paris-Saclay University, France
  • Isabelle Bloch, Sorbonne Université, France
  • Emanuel Aldea, Paris-Saclay University, France
  • Xavier Fresquet, Sorbonne Université, France
  • Nora Roger, Sorbonne Université, France
  • Sophie Abriet, CNRS, France

BELIEF 2022 Program committee

  • Emanuel Aldea, Paris-Saclay University, France
  • Alessandro Antonucci, Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Lugano, Switzerland
  • Isabelle Bloch, Sorbonne Université, France
  • Ines Couso, University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain
  • Fabio Cuzzolin, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK
  • Thierry Denœux, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France
  • Sébastien Destercke, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France
  • Jean Dezert, ONERA, Palaiseau, France
  • Didier Dubois, Toulouse Institute of Computer Science Research, Toulouse, France
  • Zied Elouedi, Institut Supérieur de Gestion de Tunis, Tunisia
  • Sabine Frittella, Université d'Orléans, France
  • Radim Jiroušek, University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Anne-Laure Jousselme, Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation, La Spezia, Italy
  • John Klein, Université de Lille, France
  • Vaclav Kratochvil, Institute of Information Theory and Automation, CAS, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Sylvie Le Hégarat-Mascle, Paris-Saclay University, France
  • Éric Lefèvre , Université d'Artois, France
  • Xinde Li, Southeast University, Nanjing, China
  • Zhunga Liu, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China
  • Arnaud Martin, Université de Rennes 1, Rennes, France
  • Ryan Martin, North Carolina State University, USA
  • David Mercier, Université d'Artois, France
  • Enrique Miranda, University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Spain
  • Serafín Moral, University of Granada, Granada, Spain
  • Frédéric Pichon, Université d'Artois, France
  • Benjamin Quost, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, France
  • Emmanuel Ramasso, École nationale supérieure de mécanique et des microtechniques, France
  • Roger Reynaud, Paris-Saclay University, France
  • Johan Schubert, Swedish Defence Research Agency, Sweden
  • Prakash Shenoy, University of Kansas, USA