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CogMan 2015 : IFIP/IEEE Workshop on Cognitive Network and Service Management


When May 11, 2015 - May 15, 2015
Where Ottawa, Canada
Submission Deadline Jan 12, 2015
Notification Due Feb 5, 2015
Final Version Due Feb 15, 2015
Categories    data mining   network management   service management   machine learning

Call For Papers

Call for Papers
1st IFIP/IEEE International Workshop on Cognitive Network and Service Management
... CogMan 2015 ...
co-located with the 14th IFIP/IEEE Symposium on Integrated Network
and Service Management (IM 2015)

Ottawa, Canada, May 11-15 2015


** Aim and Scope **

The First IFIP/IEEE International Workshop on Cognitive Network and Service Management will be held in conjunction with IFIP/IEEE IM 2015 in Ottawa, Canada, from May 11-15, 2015. The workshop is endorsed by the IEEE Communications Society's Technical Committee on Network Operations and Management (CNOM). The scope of the CogMan workshop is to bring together experts in network and service management, on the one hand, with scientist in cognitive control and artificial intelligence, on the other hand. CogMan is a follow up of the DamNet Workshop on Data Mining in Networks, which has been run for four years at IEEE ICDM (the IEEE flagship conference on Data Mining). However, while DamNet aimed at bringing the broader network science (beyond computer networks) into the data mining community, CogMan aims at bringing experts in computational intelligence into the particular area of Integrated Networks and Services.

Modern communication networks have reached a level of scale, dynamics and complexity that demands for a dynamic management that is able to (i) adapt to unforeseen scenarios and (ii) proactively undertake management decisions when certain trends can be witnessed. Cognitive approaches such as artificial intelligence and machine learning are an ideal candidate for reaching this dynamic management. However, at the same time they feature important challenges as there is a need for large-scale and scalable cognitive technologies, the integration within multi-agent settings and guaranteeing convergence to (sub-)optimal goals. The workshop focus will encompass cognitive algorithms (e.g., artificial intelligence, machine learning) and their application to network and service management problems.

CogMan 2015 aims at providing an international forum for researchers addressing these challenges. It intends to facilitate the exchange of ideas between different research communities which share a common interest optimizing networks and services through cognition.

** Topics of Interest **

Authors are invited to submit papers that fall into or are related to the topic areas listed below:

Data mining
- Parallel and Distributed Data Mining algorithms
- Extreme-scale Data Mining
- Graph Mining
- Analysis, modeling & visualization
- Big data analytics

Learning styles
- Supervised learning
- Unsupervised learning
- Semi-supervised learning
- Reinforcement learning

Cognitive algorithms
- Regression
- Instance-based methods
- Regularization methods
- Decision-Tree learning
- Bayesian methods
- Kernel methods
- Clustering
- Association rule learning
- Artificial neural networks
- Deep learning
- Dimensionality reduction
- Ensemble methods

Multi-agent decision-making
- Transfer learning
- Reward shaping
- Convergence in multi-agent systems
- Competition in multi-agent systems
- Game theoretic approaches
- Hierarchical approaches

Cognitive management challenges
- Achieving convergence
- Dealing with competition
- Integration within existing network management approaches
- Dealing with uncertainty

Network management paradigms
- Autonomous and Autonomic Networks
- Bio-inspired Networks
- Self-* management
- Cognitive defined networks
- Cognitive virtualization techniques
- Application domains
- Traffic analysis
- Security management
- Resource management
- Fault management

** Submission Instructions **

Paper submissions must present original research or experiences. Late-breaking advances and work-in-progress reports from ongoing research are also encouraged. Only original papers that have not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere can be submitted. Each submission must be written in English, accompanied by a 75 to 200 word abstract and a list of up to 5 keywords. There is a length limitation of 6 pages (including title, abstract, figures, tables, and references) for workshop papers. Submissions must be in IEEE 2-column style. Papers exceeding these limits, multiple submissions, and self-plagiarized papers will be rejected without further review.

Authors should submit their papers in PDF, postscript, or Word formats via JEMS (

PLEASE NOTE: To be published in the IFIP/IEEE IM 2015 Proceedings and to be eligible for publication in IEEE XploreR, an author of an accepted paper is required to register for the workshop at the full (member or non-member) rate and the paper must be presented by an author of that paper at the conference [or workshop] unless the TPC Chair grants permission for a substitute presenter arranged in advance of the event and who is qualified both to present and answer questions. Non-refundable registration fees must be paid prior to uploading the final IEEE formatted, publication-ready version of the paper. For authors with multiple accepted papers, one full registration is valid for up to 3 papers. Accepted and presented papers will
be published in the IFIP/IEEE IM 2015 Proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore.

** Important Dates **
- Paper submission: January 12, 2015
- Notification of acceptance: February 5, 2015
- Final version of papers due: February 15, 2015
- Workshop date: May 11-15, 2015

** Workshop Co-Chairs **
- Antonio Liotta, Technical University Eindhoven, The Netherlands
- Steven Latré, University of Antwerp – iMinds, Belgium
- Giuseppe Di Fatta, University of Reading, United Kingdom

** Contact **
Contact the workshop chairs at for more information.

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