The IEEE Conference on Computer Systems and Applications (AICCSA) is the premier research conference covering all representative areas in computer systems and applications. Our aim is to bring researchers from all over the world to the middle east region and stimulate new research directions and collaborations. Over the years AICCSA has grown from single track to multi-track organization driven by the breadth of topics in the submitted papers from our community. The AICCSA consortium has promoted the participation of young scientists, has often organized PhD workshops and funded students through scholarships and grants for attending the conferences.
The 17th edition of AICCSA (http://www.aiccsa.net/) was held online and remained strong, healthy, and vibrant with an acceptance rate of 23%. AICCSA uses a double-blind review process, and papers published in AICCSA 2020 proceedings are now accessible through IEEE Xplore digital library. We thank IEEE for their continuous support and strong partnership.
In this edition, the main conference program is organized in seven technical sessions, for which the technical committee selected high-quality papers:
1) Artificial Intelligence, Agent Systems and Ambient Intelligence,
2) Security, Privacy and Trust,
3) Networking, IoT, and Sensors,
4) Multimedia, Computer Vision and Image Processing,
5) Software Engineering,
6) Databases and Information Systems, and
7) Natural Language Processing.
AICCSA offers a very rich program with multiple tracks, workshops, doctoral symposium, industrial sessions, and tutorials. We would like to especially thank our keynote speakers Ilkay Altintaş, Bart Preneel and Elias P. Duarte Jr for their enriching and visionary talks. Topics covered by the keynote speakers stimulated inspiring discussions on understanding the challenges of explainable integration of AI in data driven scientific applications (İlkay Altintaş), privacy-by-design and data minimization in the context of big data against corona (Bart Preneel), and realization of in network computing through case studies (Elias P. Duarte Jr). All the talks underlined the need to encourage multidisciplinary research including distributed systems, data analytics and databases.
AICCSA has a strong tradition of nurturing and growing symposia and workshops and elevating them successfully to IEEE sponsored conferences. This year in the same spirit, AICCSA hosted the workshop on Computational Intelligence and Big Data for Scientific and Technological Resources and Services and the symposium on Cyber-Physical Systems Concerns and Applications, the 3rd International Workshop on Health Informatics: IT Innovations and Disruptive Approaches in the Digital Health Era, and the Sixth IEEE International Workshop for Data Science and Computing. The AICCSA program has included a W-STEM session to promote discussion on gender issues, the key role of women in major advances in computing and the importance of women scientists in the evolution of science.
Finally, we thank the authors and invited speakers for contributing to the high-quality program, the program committee for their hard work in reviewing and selecting the papers, and the attendees for their participation and interest. We look forward to having another successful AICCSA edition in 2021.