ICEI2020: 11th International Conference on Ecological Informatics

ICEI 2020 has an open call for session proposals in the upcoming 11th International Conference on Ecological Informatics (ICEI 2020), scheduled from 17-21 November 2020 at the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management – Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. Call for proposals closes 15 March 2020

Date published: 2020/02/14

I. About ICEI

International Conference on Ecological Informatics (ICEI) is a biennial forum that brings together interdisciplinary ecological researchers from all over the world to present their scientific works, deliberate upon ideas and build networks. The 10th ICEI was held in 2018 at the Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany (

II. ICEI 2020

At the beginning of the second decade of this century and in a milestone year, ICEI 2020 aims to posit itself as a high intellectual pedestal to champion the prospects of leveraging the potentials offered by emerging technologies, and to position ecological informatics as a travelator to our common, sustainable future.

With an overarching conference objective Integrating ecology, technology, and society for transformative changes towards sustainability, ICEI 2020 is designed to accommodate all novel concepts and techniques for efficient utilization of ecological data and knowledge by means of the state of the art data collection, computing, and connecting technologies.

III. Call for session proposal

We invite you to submit proposals for sessions in the upcoming 11th International Conference on Ecological Informatics (ICEI 2020), scheduled from 17-21 November 2020 at the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management – Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

In order to equitably address the three components; ecology, technology, and society; ICEI 2020 is structured around three themes;


Ecological Data Science

  • Data Archiving and Sharing
  • Semantics, Ontology and Metadata
  • Citizen Science and Long-term Ecological Research (LTER)

Machine and Deep Learning in Ecology

  • Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) for Image Recognition and Identification
  • Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) for Ordination, Clustering and Predictive Modelling
  • Evolutionary Algorithms (EA) for Predictive Modelling and Threshold Analysis
  • Decision Trees and Gradient Forest (GF) for Predictive Modelling and Threshold Analysis
  • Wavelets for Time-lag Analysis


GIS and Remote Sensing-based Monitoring and Data Synthesis

  • Remote Sensing-based Forecasting and Early Warning
  • UAV Imagery for Spatial-temporal Monitoring
  • Species-distribution Modelling (SDM) by MAXENT etc.
  • Invasive Species Monitoring

Image-based Monitoring and Data Synthesis

  • Thermal Imaging of Biodiversity
  • Acoustic Imaging of Biodiversity
  • Camera-based Imaging of Biodiversity

Genome-based Monitoring and Data Synthesis

  • DNA-Barcoding and Eco-genomics

Phenome-based Monitoring and Data Synthesis

  • Plant Phenomics

Uncertainty Analysis and Hybrid Modelling

  • Uncertainty Analysis and Modelling by Bayesian Inference etc.
  • Ensembles of Complementary and Alternative Models


  • Environmental Policy Analytics
  • Scalable environmental start-up initiatives
  • Communicating Science and Informing decision
  • Futurecasting research and education in Ecological Informatics

We envisage the three themes to be both independent as well as interdependent.


(1) The topics listed under each theme are only indicative. The organizers will be glad to accommodate relevant topics that are not indicated at present.

(2) ICEI 2020 seeks to ensure continuity of topics discussed in ICEI 2018. In addition to expanding the scope by adding new themes, we look forward to building upon and take forward theme(s) initiated in Jena.

IV. Responsibilities of session chair:

As a proposer of an accepted ICEI 2020 session, you will become the session chair. It is the chair's primary responsibility to solicit papers for your session, oversee their review, and come up with a session prelude, which is synchronized with the objective and themes of ICEI 2020. You will be provided access to standard conference management tools over which you will collaborate with the conference chairs in determining which manuscripts are to be accepted and structure presentation time in your session. Please feel free to contact if you have any questions about the obligations entailed in becoming a session organizer.

V. Procedure for submitting proposals

Session proposals can be submitted either individually or jointly. Each session should identify a coherent topic that can be addressed by 5 to 15 papers. For example, a session might bring together papers on alternative approaches to a particular problem, or it may analyze the prospects of data analytics or artificial intelligence in one question, sampled across geography. Details of the sessions presented at ICEI 2018 ( may be used as a yardstick.

Proposals must be submitted online at

VI. Guidelines for submitting proposal:

Session proposals can be as short as a single page and should in no case be more than 5 pages (portrait, A4 size, Times New Roman 12 size font, with 1.5 line spacing). The proposal should:

Identify a coherent topic that is in tune with the broad themes of ICEI 2020.

Introduce yourself. A short biographical sketch with the current position and a list of your publications (min 2, max 4) related to the topic.

Justify the topic selection. Explicitly mention, if this is a continuing session (from ICEI 2018) or a new one.

Discuss why the topic is thematically and temporally relevant. Ensure to give due emphasis on how your topic is addressed in other conferences/ publication, and how your approach is different from it.

Present a state of the topic picture and mention the likelihood of receiving sufficient high-quality scientific works. You may feel free to provide a list of most likely researchers who would be presenting their works.

In addition to the quality of work, the geographic spread of researchers is an important criterion for evaluation.

ICEI 2020 will host a limited number of pre-conference workshops. Although it is not mandatory for all ICEI 2020 sessions to have associated workshops, it is desirable to have thematic workshops for at least a few of them. A workshop will add to the vibrancy of your session and prime prospective audience. Please indicate in your proposal if you plan to conduct a workshop (pre-conference tutorial) associated with your session. Kindly note, call for the workshop(s) will be released separately.

Please mention: ‘ICEI 2020 – session proposal’ in the subject line of your correspondence.

VII. Proposal EvaluationAbout ICEI

The session proposals will be evaluated independently by three blind reviewers for its suitability, as outlined above. ICEI 2020 will bring out conference proceedings with an extended abstract. We are currently in touch with publishers to finalize it. Depending upon the number and diversity of sessions, we are exploring possibilities of a special thematic issue in reputed scientific journals.

We look forward to your submissions.

A decision on your submission will be communicated, as indicated below.

VIII. Important Dates

Last date for submission of proposals:15 March 2020

Notification Regarding the Proposals:25 March 2020

For correspondence:

R. Jaishanker, Ph.D.

Professor, Ecological Informatics,
CV Raman Laboratory of Ecological Informatics
Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management – Kerala
Email: [email protected]