LA-CCI is an acronym that refers to the Latin America Conference on Computational Intelligence (CI) that currently includes Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela and featuring for the first time, Ecuador. All of them with active research groups in CI eager to develop the area and exchange experiences/personnel. LA-CCI is a structuring endeavor from LA-CIS (Latin American Society of Computational Intelligence) that is encouraging research groups of these participating Countries to teams up around the exciting topic of Computational Intelligence.
The third LA-CCI will be held Cartagena, Colombia from November 2nd to 4th of 2016. The objective of LA-CCI 2016 is to provide a high-level international forum for scientists, researchers, engineers, and educators to disseminate their latest research results and exchange views of the future research directions on Neural & Learning Systems, Fuzzy & Stochastic Modeling, Evolutionary & Swarm Computation, and their related applications.
In the previous editions of LA-CCI (i.e. in 2014 – Bariloche/Argentina and 2015 – Curitiba/Brazil), it was supported by respective national and several sister societies, especially the prestigious IEEE-CIS (as technical co-sponsor). However, as a natural result of the growth of the event, the organizing team and steering committee are very happy to announce that in 2016, for the first time, IEEE will be full sponsor of our Conference!
The local organizers of 3rd LA-CCI and steering committee of LA-CIS care much about future researchers that will integrate the organization, thus the congress will include thematic sessions, schools, and discussions-panels specially tailored for them. As an additional self-imposed responsibility, the organizers found important to gather other scholars, government officials and funding agencies representatives to discuss institutional approaches, internationalization policies and funding mechanisms that could be proposed specially for Latin America Countries.
The joint organization team would like encourage the participation of established scientists, young researchers and advanced students, not limited of Latin America Countries. It is important to notice that our Congress is organized by Latin Countries but aims at the international scientific community. Last, but not least, it is worth to state our main goals, namely:
(i) To be a notch scientific forum in Latin America, this time held in Colombia;
(ii) To be a regional hub of CI practitioners and professionals;
(iii) To be a privileged show-case of CI to industry;
(iv) To be a springboard for students;
(v) To publicize CI research going on within LA-CCI Countries;
(vi) To encourage CI research links to the LA-CCI Countries;
(vii) To foster academic mobility in LA-CCI and beyond; and,
(viii) To promote Science & Culture for Latin America.
This manifesto was drafted on November, 11th of 2015 and subsumes the rationale of the local organizer of 3rd La-CCI and steering committees of LA-CCI, signed respectively in Colombia and in Brazil.
Alvaro David Orjuela Cañón / Fernando Buarque-Brazil.