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Doctoral Consortium

The Doctoral Consortium will take place in conjunction with the 6th International Joint Conference on Computational Intelligence (IJCCI), to be held October 22-24 in Rome, Italy. The IJCCI 2014 doctoral consortium will provide an opportunity for graduate students to explore their research interests in an interdisciplinary workshop, under the guidance of a panel of distinguished experts in the field.

The Doctoral Consortium on Computational Intelligence is intended to bring together Ph.D. students within the computational intelligence field to discuss their research in an international forum. More precisely, the Doctoral Consortium will provide students with an opportunity to:

- Present their research work in a relaxed and supportive environment;
- Receive feedback and suggestions from peers and experienced faculty;
- Gain an overview of the breadth and depth of computational intelligence members;
- Obtain insight into directions for computational intelligence research taken by other doctoral candidates;
- Discuss concerns about research, supervision, the job market, and other issues;
- Network with peers and future colleagues

Thus, the symposium will help shape ongoing and future research projects aimed at computational intelligence, will promote scholarship and networking among new researchers in this emerging interdisciplinary area, and will expose these promising young researchers to the larger global community.

Antonello Rizzi
Department of Information Engineering, Electronics and Telecommunications, Università di Roma "La Sapienza"
Brief Bio
Antonello Rizzi received the Dr. Eng. degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome "La Sapienza" in 1995 and the Ph.D. in Information and Communication Engineering in 2000, from the same University. In September 2000 he joined the "Information and Communication" Department (INFO-COM Dpt.) of the University of Rome "La Sapienza" as an Assistant Professor. Since July 2010 he joined the "Information, Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering" Department (DIET), in the same University. His major fields of interest are in the area of Soft Computing, Pattern Recognition and Computational Intelligence, including supervised and unsupervised data driven modeling techniques, neural networks, fuzzy systems and evolutionary algorithms. His research activity concerns the design of automatic modeling systems, with particular focus on classification, clustering, function approximation and prediction problems. Currently, he is working on the following topics: Computational Intelligence techniques for Smart Grids and Micro Grids modelling, monitoring and control, Intelligent Systems for Sustainable Mobility, Energy Storage Systems modeling and control,Predictive Diagnostc systems for Condition Based Maintenance in Smart Grids, Complex Systems modelling and control, Granular Computing and Knowledge Discovery, Data Mining Systems in Industrial Applications, Classification and clustering systems for structured patterns, graph and sequence matching, symbolic inductive modeling systems, agent-based clustering and substructures mining. Since 2008 he serves as the scientific coordinator and technical director of the R&D activities in the Intelligent Systems Laboratory within the Sustainable Mobility Pole of Lazio Region. He is author of more than 160 publications on international journals and conferences. He is a Senior Member of IEEE.
The Doctoral Consortium advisory board will comment each presentation and at the end of the consortium there will be a general discussion, including a reflection about current and future research topics in the area.


The Doctoral Consortium is based on the following requirements and rules:
  • It is open only to Doctoral Students who have started their research;
  • Each paper must have a single author, i.e. a PhD student. Other contributors, including supervisors, could be acknowledged in the “Acknowledgements” section of the paper.
  • Each student with an accepted paper at the Doctoral Consortium must register and attend FCTA: a special student fee applies;
  • Each paper must be presented by the student
  • Submissions will be judged mainly on relevance, originality, technical quality and clarity;
  • Paper length: 8,000 to 50,000 characters (excluding white spaces);
  • Papers must be written in MS-Word or Latex including the following information:
    • research problem;
    • outline of objectives;
    • state of the art;
    • methodology and
    • expected outcome;
    • stage of the research.
Registered Doctoral Consortium papers will not be included in the book of proceedings as archival publications or in the Digital Library and therefore will remain free of copyright.


To apply for participation at the Doctoral Consortium, please submit your paper through the online submission platform PRIMORIS and follow the instructions and templates (MSWord and LaTex ) that can be found under Templates. After the paper submission has been successfully completed, authors will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail.


1. An introduction of themselves and their Ph.D. project for the introductory session. 1 slide only. Duration: 60 sec max.
2. A 10 minute presentation of their Ph.D. project to be used for introducing discussion about their project and its main issues during the small group sessions.
3. Students are also invited to prepare a poster about their Ph.D. for the main conference poster session.


A "Best PhD Project Award" will be conferred to the student of a paper presented at the conference doctoral consortium, selected by the Doctoral Chair based on the combination of paper reviewing marks and the feedback of the Advisory Board. The award will be announced and bestowed at the conference closing session. The author of an awarded paper will be entitled to:
  • A signed and stamped official award certificate;
  • The announcement of their achievement on a special conference webpage;
  • A one year free membership of INSTICC (, warranting full access to the SCITEPRESS Digital Library. If already an INSTICC member, then this offer adds one year to her/his current membership.
  • A voucher for a free or reduced registration* in one event sponsored by INSTICC, valid during a 12 months period, including all conference materials (without the printed proceedings). This voucher is only available if the presenter attends the closing session and receives the award.
* Speakers are entitled to a 50% discount over the basic registration fee; non-speakers are entitled to a free registration.

Important Deadlines

Doctoral Consortium Submission: July 21, 2014 (expired)
Author Notification: August 1, 2014 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: August 21, 2014 (expired)