With only four months to go, the FUSION 2014 Conference, which will be held July 7 – 10, 2014 in Salamanca, continues with the preparations required to ensure its success.

FUSION is an international event which features the participation of hundreds of experts in Computer Sciences from around the world specializing in the management and optimization of data. Each year the conference is held in a different city, and on a different continent. After being hosted in Chicago 2011, Singapore 2012, and Istanbul last year, the event returns to Europe and will be held, for the first time, in Spain.

During three days, experts in the world of academic research, industry, and other public and private organizations, will discuss new technologies and applications for the multidisciplinary management and integration of data for their use in image reconstruction, medical diagnostics, logistics and military security.

The conference is sponsored by the International Society of Information Fusion (ISIF) and is organized by the Universities of Salamanca and Carlos III in Madrid. Management responsibilities belonging to the University of Salamanca have been assigned to the BISITE research group, which has ample experience in teaching and research activities in information fusion. Several of its members have already participated in previous conferences. The director of the conference is Professor Juan Manuel Corchado.

A call for papers was recently opened for participants to present information related to the main sessions, and to register in advance for the various tutorials that will be offered. Sessions will include themes such as Intelligent Information Fusion, Evaluation of Technologies for Uncertainty, and Data Assimilation for Big Data, among others.

Proposals should focus on the following main themes:

  • Theory and Representation
  • Algorithms for data and information fusion
  • Fusion systems, design and Evaluation
  • Related technologies
  • Applications

 

While the organization continues to receive proposals for presentations and tutorials, the names of several keynote speakers have already been made public: Gary J. Toth, United States Marine and specialist in data fusion for military purposes; Gaston H. Gonnet, from the Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, expert in symbolic and algebraic computations; Sergio A. Velastin, who was the Director of the Digital Imaging research Centre for Kingston University of London; and Enrique Diaz-Plaza Sanz, from IBM Spain.

FUSION is a professional event attended by first-rate experts, but it is also open to young researchers who wish to focus their work on data fusion. With that in mind, the organization is providing three grants in the amount of $800 to cover travel expenses and 50 grants to cover room and board expenses in Salamanca. Information regarding applications for the available grants can be found in the following site: http://www.fusion2014.org/grants while information regarding registration and fees is found in: http://www.fusion2014.org/registration

In addition, FUSION 2014 wishes to reward the quality of presentations, and has therefore established two awards to recognize the best technical presentation and the best proposal by a student, respectively.

To complete the academic program, the organization has arranged alternative activities for guests to include tours of the cities of Salamanca, proclaimed World Heritage city by UNESCO and featuring in its historic center dozens of palaces, Romanesque and gothic churches and the site of one of the four most ancient universities of the world; Ciudad Rodrigo, a monumental enclave near the border with Portugal, relevant to the history of Spain; and Sierra de Francia, a biosphere preservation area in the South of the province, where traditional architecture lives in harmony with nature.

In the coming months we will announce other news and publish the definitive program for the conference. You may find more information in the official conference webpage: http://www.fusion2014.org/

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