13th European Conference on Symbolic and Quantitative Approaches to Reasoning with Uncertainty
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Belief function special session

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Belief function theory, also known as Dempster-Shafer theory or evidence theory, is a well established general framework for reasoning with uncertainty, with well understood connections to other frameworks such as probability, possibility and imprecise probability theories. First introduced by Arthur P. Dempster in the context of statistical inference, the theory was later developed by Glenn Shafer into a general framework for modeling epistemic uncertainty. These early contributions have been the starting points of many important developments, including the Transferable Belief Model and the Theory of Hints.

Belief function theory is now getting more and more applied in many research areas.

This special session is then dedicated to belief functions regarding theoretical and/or applications as well as practical aspects when using belief functions. This moment will be an opportunity to exchange new ideas and new results on work based on the belief function framework. Original papers with theoretical and/or practical contributions are then solicited.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

Theoretical aspects

  • Independence
  • Conditioning
  • Combination rules
  • Continuous belief functions
  • Graphical models
  • Decision making
  • Inference
  • Statistical estimation


  • Data fusion
  • Diagnostic
  • Classification
  • Pattern recognition
  • Clustering
  • Tracking
  • Data mining
  • Signal and image processing
  • Semantic web
  • Medical diagnosis
  • Business decision


- Fabio Cuzzolin, Reader, Head of Artificial Intelligence and Vision Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom. Web page:

- David Mercier, Associate Professor, University of Artois, France. Web page:


Papers to the special session should be submitted through the general paper submission
website as regular submissions. During submission, authors submitting to the special
session should check the corresponding category. Papers submitted to the special session
will undergo the same review and decision process as regular papers.

The submission website is


Submission and decision dates are the same as regular submissions.

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