Dear participants!

LA-CCI is an acronym that refers to the Latin America Conference on Computational Intelligence (CI) that currently includes correspondents in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. In these Countries, we have 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 Computational Intelligence Society) that is encouraging research groups of these participating Countries to teams up around the exciting topic of Computational Intelligence.

The fifth LA-CCI will be held in Guadalajara, Mexico in November (7th until 9th) of 2018. Overall, the objective of LA-CCI Series 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 successful editions of LA-CCI (2017 – Arequipa/Peru, 2016 – Cartagena de Indias/Colombia, 2015 – Curitiba/Brazil, and in 2014 – San Carlos de Bariloche/Argentina), we were supported by respective national and several sister societies, especially the prestigious IEEE and IEEE-CIS, the latter two, which is officially sponsoring LA-CCI since 2016. And as a natural result of the growth of the event, the organizing team and steering committee are very happy to announce that in 2018, we will provide the largest number of Key-speakers of the series!

Since its inception, the local organizers of LA-CCI and Steering Committee of LA-CIS have been caring greatly about future researchers so that this year we will offer again thematic sessions, school, and discussions-panels specially tailored for them. And as an additional self-imposed responsibility, the organizers found important to gather scholars, government officials, and funding agencies representatives to discuss institutional approaches, internationalization policies and funding mechanisms that could be fostering R&D in CI for Latin America Countries.

The joint organization team would like to 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. Finally, it is always worth to state our main goals, namely:

(i) To be a notch scientific forum in Latin America, this time held in Guadalajara, Mexico;
(ii) To be a regional hub of CI practitioners and professionals;
(iii) To be a privileged showcase 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 March, 07th of 2018, and subsumes (as the predecessors) the rationale of the local organizer of 2018 IEEE LA-CCI alongside the Steering Committee of LA-CCI, who signed respectively in Mexico and in Brazil.

Alma Yolanda Alanis Garcia, PhD – Mexico (General Chair of LA-CCI 2018)

Fernando Buarque de Lima Neto, DIC PhD – Brazil (Steering Committee Coordinator of LA-CCI Series).