Special Session IEEE SMC 2019



“Special Session on Intelligent decision making and consensus in social networks

for IEEE SMC’19

October 6-9, 2019 – Bari, Italy

Session Organizers:

Raquel Ureña, De Montfort University, United Kingdom, raquel.urena@dmu.ac.uk

Francisco Chiclana, De Montfort University, United Kingdom, chiclana@dmu.ac.uk

Enrique Herrera-Viedma, University Of Granada, Spain, viedma@decsai.ugr.es

Yucheng Dong, Sichuan University, China, ycdong@scu.edu.cn

Session area: Cybernetics

Session description

Online platforms foster the communication capabilities of the Internet to develop internet based communities, where millions of users interact in real time and share opinions and knowledge. This type of communities, also known as social networks, represents an excellent scenario to carry out crowd based decision making since they involve a huge population in the so called e-collaborative and e-democracy processes. Therefore, they might present an inestimable tool for governments and policy makers to leverage the wisdom of the crowds in the decision-making processes [1,2].

However this scenario also pose several research challenges as it involves a large number of experts coming from different backgrounds and/or with different level of knowledge and influence, and so issues such us scalability, trust definition and propagation [3], influence assessment, information modelling, consensus and information aggregation [2], among others may arise.

The goal of this special session is to bring together the modern Information and communication technologies (ICT), in particular, business intelligence and analytics (BI&A), social networks, big data, fuzzy logic and mobile cloud computing and to discuss their role in the development of effective e-collaboration frameworks [1]. Contributions on second generation of e-collaboration activities and systems are expected to be proposed. Theoretical issues and applications on various domains, ideas on how to solve collaborative decision making processes in social networks frameworks, both in research and development and industrial applications, are welcome. Approaches describing advanced prototypes, systems, tools and techniques and state of the art surveys pointing out future research directions are also encouraged. Some of the appropriate topics, but no limited, to be discussed in this special session include:


  • Influence assessment in social networks
  • Preference modelling in collaborative decision making in social networks
  • Trust definition, development and propagation in social networks
  • Scalability of decision-making processes in social networks.
  • Information visualization
  • E-democracy and E-collaborative platforms
  • Social network based Recommender systems
  • E-health applications
  • E-marketing applications


  1. H2020-MSCA-IF-746398-DeciTrustNET, Trust based Decision Support System for Social Networks with Uncertain Knowledge, https://decitrustnet.our.dmu.ac.uk/
  2. Raquel Ureña, Francisco Chiclana, Guy Melançon, Enrique Herrera-Viedma, A social network based approach for consensus achievement in multiperson decision making, Information Fusion, Volume 47, 2019, Pages 72-87.
  3. Raquel Ureña, Gang Kou, Yucheng Dong, Francisco Chiclana, Enrique Herrera-Viedma, A review on trust propagation and opinion dynamics in social networks and group decision making frameworks, Information Sciences, Volume 478, 2019, Pages 461-475



Papers must be submitted electronically for peer review through PaperCept by March 31, 2019: http://controls.papercept.net/conferences/scripts/start.pl. In PaperCept, click on the SMC 2019 link “Submit a Contribution to SMC’19” and follow the steps.

All papers must be written in English and should describe original work. For guidelines, please follow the the SMC website link http://smc2019.org/information_for_authors.html


February 20, 2019: deadline for special session proposal

March 15, 2019: notification of special session acceptance/rejection

March 31, 2019: deadline for paper submission

June 7, 2019: notification of paper acceptance/rejection

July 7, 2019: deadline for final camera-ready papers.