MICAI 2016
 Please help us
Get our news via:


<< MICAI home



  May 24   Check your paper in the preliminary table of contents for the LNAI proceedings.  
  Oct 23   Pre-print version of each paper can be accessed. The password has been sent to all authors.  

15th Mexican International Conference on Artificial Intelligence

October 23–29 • Cancún, Mexico

Springer LNAI; CPS (anticipated); journals; special issues of journals.
Keynote speakers:
Efstathios Stamatatos, Imre J. Rudas, Vladik Kreinovich, G. Vargas Solar; special talk: Ángel Kuri.
Tours to unique attractions: Chichen Itza (one of
New Seven Wonders of the World); Coba archeological site (tentative).
Acceptance rate (oral session, LNAI volume) target around 25% -
See information about student grants
Collocated: Workshops / Call for Workshops, Tutorials / Call for Tutorials,
Call for Doctoral Consortium

 A beach in Cancún


Efstathios Stamatatos,
U. of the Aegean,
  Imre J. Rudas,
Óbuda U.,
  Vladik Kreinovich,
U. Texas El Paso,
  G. Vargas Solar,
  Ángel Kuri,

Please distribute the CFP: long or short version - poster: DOC, PDF

General Information

MICAI was characterized by Springer as premier conference in Artificial Intelligence. It is a high-level peer-reviewed international conference covering all areas of Artificial Intelligence, traditionally held in Mexico. The conference is organized by the Mexican Society for Artificial Intelligence (SMIA) and hosted by the Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas, Cuernavaca, Mexico. The scientific program includes keynote lectures, paper presentations, tutorials, panels, and workshops.

All previous editions of MICAI were published in Springer LNAI, and the Special Sessions of most of the past MICAI events have been published by the CPS;  At past MICAI events, extended versions of a considerable number of the LNAI papers were invited to special issues of journals, including ISI JCR-indexed journals; see for example a special issue on MICAI of Expert Systems with Applications. Recent MICAI events received over 300–400 submissions from over 40 countries each, with acceptance rate around 25% for the main session.

MICAI 2016 will be organized by the Mexican Society of Artificial Intelligence (SMIA) in collaboration with the Instituto Tecnológico de Cancún.

Publication: Papers accepted for long oral presentation will be published by Springer in a volume of the series Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI). Special Session papers (or main session papers of which the authors choose this) will be published post-conference by CPS and a number of prestigious journals. Best papers awards will be granted to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. Special issues of journals are anticipated for best papers. Extended versions of selected papers are expected to be invited to special issues of journals, including ISI JCR-indexed journals. Traditionally at MICAI, the results of the SMIA Best Thesis in Artificial Intelligence Contest are announced.

Important Dates

June 28     

Expression of interest: registration of draft abstracts -- just a general idea of what your paper will be about (why not submitting it now and change it later if needed?)

July 7  

Uploading of full text of registered papers for blind review. Contact us for late submissions.

August 15


Notification. By now, all acceptance notifications have been sent.

September 15


Camera-ready and payment deadlines for LNAI papers only

October 1  

Camera-ready deadline for poster papers

October 23  

Pre-conference events (registration, meetings)

October 24–25  

Pre-conference events (workshops, tutorials)

October 26–28  

Main conference (keynote and regular talks, cultural program)

October 29  

Post-conference events (meetings, cultural program)

Cultural Program

Tours to unique attractions:

Keynote Speakers

  Efstathios Stamatatos, U. of the Aegean, Greece

Title: Towards the Use of Authorship Attribution as Forensic Evidence

Abstract: Authorship attribution is the attempt to reveal the authors behind texts based on the assumption that the personal style of authors can be quantified and represented within a computational model. This line of research has a long history and it used to be mainly associated with analysis of literary texts of disputed authorship. Given the vast amount of texts in electronic form in countless media, authorship analysis can now play a crucial role in the framework of forensic applications as well as in social media analytics. Despite the fact that significant progress is reported in relevant literature, it is still questionable whether this technology is reliable enough to be used as evidence in court. This talk will focus on the main factors that are associated with using authorship attribution as forensic evidence. Moreover it will present recent advances in this field that aim at this direction.

  Imre J. Rudas, Head of University and Research Center, Óbuda U., Hungary

Title: Cloud Robotics

Abstract: Cloud Robotics is an emerging field within robotics, currently covering various application domains and robot network paradigms. Cloud Robotics was born from the merger of cloud technologies and robotics. Cloud technology-based computing—or simply Cloud Computing—is one of the most dynamically growing areas of Info-Communication Technologies (ICT). The presentation summarizes the basics of cloud computing, namely the main idea, the definition, the cloud model composed of essential characteristics, service models and deployment models. The next part provides a structured, systematic overview of the numerous definitions, concepts and technologies linked to Cloud Robotics and cloud technologies in a broader sense. It also presents a roadmap for the near future, describing development trends and emerging application areas. Cloud Robotics may have a significant role in the future as an explicitly human-centered technology, capable of addressing the dire needs of our society. Finally some cloud robotics projects are discussed. The last part of the presentation summarizes the results and ideas of a new generation internet and Cloud Technology based Virtual Collaboration Arena (VirCA) developed in Hungary and some of its application possibilities in Cloud Robotics. VirCA provides a platform where users can build, share and manipulate 3D content, and collaboratively interact with real-time processes in a 3D context, while the participating hardware and software devices can be spatially and/or logically distributed and connected together via IP network. The 3D content and processes in VirCA can be synchronized with the real world, which allows the combination of reality and virtual world in the collaboration arena.

  Vladik Kreinovich, U. Texas El Paso, USA

Title: Decision Making under Interval (and More General) Uncertainty: Monetary vs. Utility Approaches

Abstract: How to make a decision under interval uncertainty? In many situations, e.g., in financial and economic decision making, the decision results either in a money gain (or loss) and/or in the gain of goods that can be exchanged for money or for other goods. In such situations, interval uncertainty means that we do not know the exact amount of money that we will get for each possible decision, we only know lower and upper bounds on this amount. In this case, a natural idea is to assign a fair price to different alternatives, and then to use these fair prices to select the best alternative. In the talk, we show how to assign a fair price under interval uncertainty. We also explain how to assign a fair price in the case of more general types of uncertainty such as p-boxes (bounds on cumulative distribution function), twin intervals (when we only know approximate bounds), fuzzy values (when we have imprecise expert estimates of the gains), etc. In other situations, e.g., when buying a house to live in or selecting a movie to watch, the result of the decision is the decision maker's own satisfaction. In such situations, a more adequate approach is to use utilities - a quantitative way of describing user's preferences. In this talk, after a brief introduction describing what are utilities, how to evaluate them, and how to make decisions based on utilities, we explain how to make decisions in situations with user uncertainty - a realistic situation when a decision maker cannot always decide which alternative is better for him or her.

  G. Vargas Solar, CNRS, France

Title: Artificial Intelligence and Big Data management: the dynamic duo for moving forward data centric sciences

Abstract: After vivid discussions led by the emergence of the buzzword “Big Data”, it seems that industry and academia have reached an objective understanding about data properties (volume, velocity, variety, veracity and value), the resources and “know how” it requires, and the opportunities it opens. Indeed, new applications promising fundamental changes in society, industry and science, include face recognition, machine translation, digital assistants, self-driving cars, ad-serving, chat-bots, personalized healthcare, smart industry and more. The first lesson of the era of “Big Data” is that it is possible to access and exploit representative “samples” of available data collections thanks to the availability of the necessary resources for storing it and running greedy processing tasks on it. The second lesson is that computer science and mathematics disciplines must generate synergy with other sciences in order to exploit these new available “value”. The consequence is the emergence of “new” data centric sciences: data science, digital humanities, social data science, network science, computational science. These sciences with their new requirements and challenges call for a need to revisit the fundaments of databases, artificial intelligence and other disciplines used for addressing them with new perspectives. This novel and multidisciplinary data centric and scientific movement, promises new and not yet imagined applications that rely on massive amounts of evolving data that need to be cleaned, integrated and analysed for modelling purposes. Yet, data management issues are not usually perceived as central. In this keynote I will explore the key challenges and opportunities for data management in this new scientific world, and discuss how a possible data centric artificial intelligence community can best contribute to these exciting domains. If the moto is not academic, huge numbers of dollars being devoted to related applications are moving industry and academia to analyse these directions.

  Special talk:

Ángel Fernando Kuri Morales, ITAM, Mexico.

Title: Mining Text: A computational Intelligence Approach


Topics of interest are all areas of Artificial Intelligence, including but not limited to:

  • Expert Systems & Knowledge-Based Systems
  • Knowledge Representation & Management
  • Knowledge Acquisition
  • Multi-agent Systems and Distributed AI
  • Intelligent Organizations
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Sentiment Analysis and Opinion Mining
  • Ontologies
  • Intelligent Interfaces: Multimedia, Virtual Reality
  • Computer Vision & Image Processing
  • Neural Networks
  • Genetic Algorithms
  • Fuzzy Logic
  • Machine Learning
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Belief Revision
  • Qualitative Reasoning
  • Uncertainty & Probabilistic Reasoning
  • Model-Based Reasoning
  • Non-monotonic Reasoning
  • Common Sense Reasoning
  • Case-Based Reasoning
  • Spatial and Temporal Reasoning
  • Constraint Programming
  • Logic Programming
  • Automated Theorem Proving
  • Robotics
  • Planning and Scheduling
  • Hybrid Intelligent Systems
  • Bioinformatics & Medical Applications
  • Philosophical and Methodological Issues of AI
  • Intelligent Tutoring Systems
  • Data Mining
  • Applications


The registration fee amount for authors is USD 590 (the same as in all previous years) or MXN 11,000. This includes one paper only. If one author has more than one accepted paper, in order for the papers to be published the fee is to be paid for each of them independently, with a discount of USD 100 or MXN 1500, i.e., for the second etc. paper presented by the same author, an additional fee of USD 490 or MXN 9,500 is to be paid. If you pay via bank transfer or PayPal, you should add the bank fees, so the amount that you will pay will be higher. In summary:


Bank from Mexico Bank from abroad PayPal
First paper USD 590 = MXN 11,000 USD 590 plus bank fees USD 620
Second etc. paper presented by the same author USD 490 = MXN   9,500 USD 490 plus bank fees USD 520

This fee includes publication of one paper (up to the page limit) in any of the proceedings volumes or journal issues derived from the conference, one hard copy of a proceedings volume (where the corresponding paper was published; other volumes are not included), access to a digital copy of the pre-print versions of all accepted papers (unless copyright holders prevent us from distributing such copies), conference material, and attending the keynote lectures, regular technical presentations, and the poster session.

Additional fee applies for papers that exceed the page limit (USD 10 per additional page, in either review or camera-ready version, whichever is greater), for purchasing a hard copy of the proceedings (USD 75), for participating in some of the cultural activities, and for accompanying persons to participate in some of the cultural activities.

Registration fee for non-author attendees (main conference, tutorials, and workshops) and workshop authors will be lower. It will be announced later.

Payment options:

A very limited number of student grants for full-time students from developing countries (Mexico included) will be given to applicants in thoroughly justified cases and only to the applicants that will attend the conference in person. Strong preference will be given to the authors of the papers that received excellent evaluation scores and of which the applicant is the main author.

Paper Submission

We solicit original research papers written in English. The submissions must not have been previously published or be under review for another conference or journal. Only complete and finished papers will be reviewed, not abstracts. After your paper is accepted you will have a chance to improve it according the comments of the reviewers, but the reviewers will assume that the text that they are reading is the text that is to be published, with the only changes they explicitly request (as opposed to reviewing a draft or abstract). In particular, the papers must be submitted in the required format. We reserve the right to reject without review the submissions that do not follow the format guidelines.

Submission procedure. Submissions are received electronically. The submission and reviewing procedure is handled the the EasyChair system. To submit a paper:

 Go to the submission page 

If you have not a user of the EasyChair system, you will need to register using the "I have no EasyChair account" button. Please do not send us your submissions by email. Please contact us in case of problems.

Submission is done in two phases. First, by the expression of interest deadline, we only need the tentative title and a draft abstract of your paper (you can change this later); they will be used only to reserve the appropriate reviewers for your paper - why not doing it right now? Later, by the full paper submission deadline, we will need the full text of your paper, as a PDF file. Both the draft abstract and full paper are uploaded via the EasyChair system. If you read this late, or need more time, you can upload your paper while the system is open, or contact us for late submissions.

Submission of the paper assumes that at least one author will register at the conference and present an accepted paper or poster. Full registration fee should be paid for each accepted paper.

Size. Registration fee for authors includes publication of a paper of up to 12 pages, though more pages can be used for a small additional fee. We strongly encourage authors to use as many pages as really necessary for an excellent paper: longer papers have better impact and receive more citations. Do not sacrifice the quality of your paper to squeeze it into the page limit.

For each page that exceeds this limit small extra fee of USD 10 will be charged. If your page exceeds 20 pages, please contact the organizers first. The additional fee is charged for the pages exceeding the page limit in either the version submitted for review or in the camera-ready version, whichever is greater. In particular, you must not shorten the camera-ready version in comparison with the version submitted for review unless the reviewers required this (contact us if you feel you should do shorten it; in any case this would not reduce the fee). However, we encourage you to use as many pages as you really need for an excellent paper, even if you will pay a very small fee for it -- that it, we recommend you not to sacrifice clarity and completeness of your paper for the page limit.

Double blind review policy: the review procedure is double blind. Thus the papers submitted for review must not contain the authors' names, affiliations, or any information that may disclose the authors' identity (this information is to be restored in the camera-ready version upon acceptance). In particular, in the version submitted for review please avoid explicit auto-references, such as "in [1] we show" -- consider "in [1] it is shown". I.e., you may cite your own previous works provided that it is not deducible from the text that the cited work belongs to the authors. When citing your previous work, please keep the names:

Incorrect:      In [1] we have shown ...
1. <Hidden for review>, Syntactic Structures, The Hague, Mouton, 1957.


In [1] it was shown ...
1. Chomsky, N., Syntactic Structures, The Hague, Mouton, 1957.

Format. The submissions are to be formatted in strict accordance with the Springer LNCS format guidelines. You can find here some useful advice on formatting.

Workshops, Tutorials, Doctoral Consortium

Workshops and tutorials will be organized in conjunction with MICAI 2016; see Workshops / Call for Workshops, Tutorials / Call for Tutorials, Call for Doctoral Consortium.



  • Félix Castro (UAEH). Minería de Datos Educativa (in Spanish)
  • Miguel González Mendoza (ITESM). The FIWARE Platform and opportunities for research and entrepreneurship for Artificial Intelligence applications (in Spanish)
  • Oscar Herrera Alcántara (UAM). Telemetry and biosignal processing (in Spanish)
  • Francisco Viveros Jimenez (CIC-IPN). Introducción a las redes neuronales (in Spanish)
  • Alexei Morozov (IRE-RAS, Russia). The Actor Prolog Project: Past, Present, and Future (in English)
  • Ildar Batyrshin, Vizualization and Construction of Similarity and Association Measures in Data Analysis (slides in English, talk in Spanish)


MICAI 2016 will be held in Cancún, Mexico, at Iberostar Cancún (don't yet book, see below), located at Boulevard Kukulcan km. 17, some talks being presented at Instituto Tecnológico de Cancún, Av. Kabah, Km. 3 Cancún Quintana Roo México C.P. 77515, Col. Centro. All local transportation, such as tour buses, will be organized to/from the Iberostar Cancún hotel.

Please do not book a room separately; we have sent to all authors a link for discounted price (if you have not received it, contact us).

The official hotel, all-inclusive, is rather expensive. Sharing the room would result in saving of USD ~50 per person per night. If you want to share a room with another participant, please contact us (indicating dates of stay, gender, smoking or not); we will try to match your request with another similar request (no guarantee).

Also there are much cheaper hotels in the downtown Cancun (city center), outside the tourist zone. The downtown is in 20-25 min (20 km) drive by bus or taxi. One-way bus trip costs USD 1-2, taxi USD 10-20 or so. We cannot recommend any specific hotel in the downtown. We can also try to match room sharing requests for downtown hotels.


See program overview and detailed program.

 NEW  Pre-print version of each paper can be accessed. The password has been sent to all authors.

The general schedule of the conference will be as follows:

  • Sunday: Pre-conference events (registration, meetings)

  • Monday, Tuesday: Pre-conference events (workshops, tutorials)

  • Wednesday to Friday: Main conference (keynote and regular talks, cultural program)

  • Saturday: Post-conference events (meetings, cultural program)

Conference organization

Conference chair: Grigori Sidorov
Program chairs:  Grigori Sidorov, Oscar Herrera Alcántara, Sabino Miranda Jiménez, Obdulia Pichardo Lagunas.

Program Committee

Abraham Sanchez Lopez
Adel Alimi
Albert Bifet
Alberto Reyes
Alberto Reyes Ballesteros
Alejandro Rosales
Alessandro Ricci
Alexander Gelbukh
Alexander Tulupyev
Alexandra Balahur
Alfredo Arias-Montaño
Alfredo Gabaldon
Aline Villavicencio
Alisa Zhila
Ana Gabriela Gallardo-Hernández
Anastasios Bezerianos
Anastasios Tefas
Andrea Formisano
Angel Kuri-Morales
Anilu Franco-Arcega
Antonio Hernandez
Antonio-José Sánchez-Salmerón
Aristidis Likas
Arles Rodriguez
Arturo Garcia-Perez
Arturo Gonzalez
Asif Ekbal
Aurelio Lopez
Bernadette Sharp
Bernardete Ribeiro
Bogdan Smolka
Bruno Lara
C. Alberto Ochoa-Zezatti
Carlos Arturo Gracios-Marin
Carlos Garcia-Capulin
Carlos Mario Zapata Jaramillo
Carlos Montoro
Chaman Sabharwal
Claude Frasson
Claudia Zepeda Cortes
Dario Landa-Silva
David Claudio Gonzalez
David Pinto
Denis Filatov
Diana Inkpen
Dieter Hutter
Dieter Mitsche
Dunja Mladenic
Eber Enrique Orozco Guillén
Edgar Vallejo
Eduardo Cabal-Yepez
Eduardo Gomez-Ramirez
Eduardo Rodriguez-Tello
  Efrén Mezura-Montes
Efren Gorrostieta
Efstathios Stamatatos
Ekaterina Ovchinnikova
Erik Cambria
Erik Cuevas
Erik Rodner
Eugene Levner
Fanhai Yang
Felipe Orihuela-Espina
Felix Calderon
Felix Castro Espinoza
Felix F. Gonzalez-Navarro
Fernando Aldana
Fevrier Valdez
Francisco Martínez-Álvarez
Francisco Viveros Jiménez
Friedhelm Schwenker
Gibran Etcheverry
Gregorio Toscano Pulido
Grigori Sidorov
Guillem Alenya
Guillermo De Ita
Guillermo Morales-Luna
Guillermo Sanchez-Diaz
Gustavo Arroyo
Gustavo Cerda-Villafana
Héctor Jiménez Salazar
Héctor Pérez-Urbina
Heriberto Cuayahuitl
Heydy Castillejos
Hiram Calvo
Horacio Rostro Gonzalez
Hugo Jair Escalante
Humberto Sossa
Ildar Batyrshin
Iria Da Cunha
Ivan Mesa
Ivan Olmos
Ivan Razo
Ivan Vladimir Meza Ruiz
Ivandre Paraboni
J. Raymundo Marcial-Romero
Jaime Mora-Vargas
Jesús Emeterio Navarro-Barrientos
Jesus Angulo
Joaquin Gutierrez
Johan Suykens
Jorge Solis
José Alberto Hernández Aguilar
Jose Arrazola
Jose Luis Carballido
Jose Ruiz-Pinales
  Jose Santos
Josef Steinberger
Juan Arturo Nolazco Flores
Juan C. Acosta-Guadarrama
Juan Carlos Nieves
Juan Humberto Sossa Azuela
Juan J. Flores
Klempous Ryszard
Konstantinos Koutroumbas
Kostas Triantafyllopoulos
Laetitia Jourdan
Leonardo Trujillo
Leszek Nowak
Lourdes Martínez
Luciano Sanchez
Luis Enrique Sucar
Luis Martí
Ma. de Guadalupe Garcia-Hernandez
Magdalena Ortiz
Manuel Montes-Y-Gómez
Manuel Vilares Ferro
María Auxilio Medina Nieto
Maria De Marsico
Maria Lucia Barrón-Estrada
Marianna Apidianaki
Marino Sánchez Parra
Mario Pavone
Mark Hasegawa-Johnson
Marta R. Costa-Jussà
Masaki Murata
Mathieu Lafourcade
Mauricio Osorio
Michael Carl
Michael T.M. Emmerich
Michele Nappi
Miguel Gonzalez-Mendoza
Miguel Félix Mata Rivera
Mikhail Mikhailov
Nicolas Younan
Nicoletta Calzolari
Niladri Chatterjee
Noé Alejandro Castro-Sánchez
Obdulia Pichardo
Oleksiy Shulika
Olga Kolesnikova
Oliver Schuetze
Omar López-Ortega
Onofrio Gigliotta
Orion Reyes
Oscar Castillo
Oscar Dalmau
Oscar G. Ibarra-Manzano
Oscar Herrera
  Pablo H. Ibarguengoytia
Pablo Ibarguengoytia González
Panagiotis Vlamos
Paolo Rosso
Partha Pakray
Patricia Melin
Patrick Siarry
Pedro Flores
Pinar Karagoz
Piotr W. Fuglewicz
Ponciano Jorge Escamilla-Ambrosio
R. Carolina Medina-Ramirez
Rafael Batres
Ramon Zatarain
Raul Monroy
Raúl Garduño Ramírez
Reyer Zwiggelaar
Ricardo Landa
Ricardo Martinez
Risto Fermin Rangel Kuoppa
Rocio Lizarraga-Morales
Rodolfo Ibarra
Rogelio Hasimoto
Roger Nkambou
Roxana Girju
Sánchez López Abraham
Sabino Miranda
Salvador Ruiz Correa
Sergio Ledesma
Shahnaz Shahbazova
Shiliang Sun
Sivaji Bandyopadhyay
Sofia N. Galicia-Haro
Sonia Ordoñez
Stefania Costantini
Stefano A. Cerri
Stephane Marchand-Maillet
Tanja Magoc
Ted Pedersen
Teresa Alarcón
Thamar Solorio
Valia Kordoni
Vania Dimitrova
Vera Lúcia Strube De Lima
Victor Ayala-Ramirez
Victor Muñiz
Virgilio Lopez-Morales
Vlad Estivill-Castro
Vladik Kreinovich
Volodymyr Ponomaryov
Yasmín Hernández Pérez
Yasunari Harada
Yoel Ledo Mezquita
Yulia Ledeneva



  • General inquiries: micai2016Instert the @ sign hereMICAI.org.

  • Inquiries on submission requirements: submission2016MICAI.org.

  • Inquiries on the conference program: program2016MICAI.org.

  • More contact options: see here.

Please indicate "MICAI-2016" in the Subject line of all correspondence,
and please indicate your paper number, authors, and paper title in all correspondence when applicable.

<< MICAI home

Download the famous
CICLing Conference Timer

Not to be confused with MICCAI.