The Chinese Automation and Computing Society in the UK
Call for papers: Special Session on AI and Immersive Technologies for Industry, Healthcare and Education

The 29th IEEE International Conference on Automation and Computing (ICAC2024) invites submissions for a special session on the applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and immersive technologies (VR/AR/MR) to industry, healthcare and education. This session aims to showcase the latest research and developments in this emerging and interdisciplinary field, and to foster collaboration and exchange of ideas among researchers, practitioners and academics.

AI and immersive technologies are rapidly evolving and converging, offering new possibilities and innovations for various domains and sectors: AI enables immersive technologies to augment human perception, interaction and decision making, while immersive technologies provide AI with realistic and adaptive environments for learning and testing. The fusion of AI and immersive technologies has the potential to transform industry, healthcare and education, by enhancing productivity, efficiency, safety, quality, creativity, engagement and personalization.

We welcome original and high-quality papers that address the challenges, opportunities and solutions related to the use of AI and immersive technologies for industry, biomedicine and education. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

• AI and immersive technologies for industrial automation and manufacturing
• AI and immersive technologies for logistics and supply chain management
• AI and immersive technologies for energy and environmental management
• AI and immersive technologies for biomedical imaging and diagnosis
• AI and immersive technologies for surgical planning and training
• AI and immersive technologies for rehabilitation and assistive devices
• AI and immersive technologies for health and wellness monitoring and intervention
• AI and immersive technologies for education and learning
• AI and immersive technologies for training and skill development
• AI and immersive technologies for gaming and entertainment
• AI and immersive technologies for social and emotional learning and support
• AI and immersive technologies for human-computer interaction and user experience
• AI and immersive technologies for data visualization and analytics
• AI and immersive technologies for content generation and synthesis
• AI and immersive technologies for computer vision and scene understanding

Submission Guidelines

• Papers should be formatted according to the IEEE conference template and should not exceed 5 pages, including figures, tables and references.
• Papers should be submitted electronically through the ICAC2024 online submission system, and should indicate the special session title in the submission form.
• Papers will be peer-reviewed by at least two reviewers, and will be evaluated based on originality, significance, quality, clarity and relevance to the special session theme.
• Papers accepted for presentation in this special session will be published in the ICAC2024 conference proceedings, and will be submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore.
• The extended version of all accepted papers for presenting in this special session will be invited to submit to a special issue in Visual Computing for Industry, Biomedicine, and Art ( ), a SpringerOpen journal, which is currently ranked 20 based on SCOPUS’s citescore in the subject of Computer Graphics And Computer-Aided Design.

Important Dates

• Submission deadline: 31 March 2024
• Notification of acceptance: 31 May 2024
• Camera-ready copy due date: 30 June 2024
• Conference date: 28-30 Auugust 2024

• Dr Qingde Li, University of Hull, e-mail:
• Dr Qingqi Hong, Xiamen University, e-mail:

For any inquiries, please contact the session organizers at or

Call for papers: Privacy-preserving Techniques in the Quantum Computing Era: Innovative Approaches for Enhanced Information Security

Quantum computers present significant security concerns for traditional cryptography, prompting researchers and cryptographers to propose innovative methods for protecting data. This special session aims to explore privacy-preserving techniques that effectively secure sensitive data while ensuring robust security measures. The goal is to foster interdisciplinary collaboration and present cutting-edge research, case studies, and practical implementations that demonstrate the potential of privacy-preserving techniques in enhancing information security. This special session aims to make a significant contribution to the advancement of security solutions that are not only privacy-conscious but also fortified against potential threats from quantum computers, recognizing the crucial intersection between privacy and cybersecurity. The topics covered will include data privacy, information security, secure communication, image encryption, watermarking, digital signature, steganography, privacy preservation, AI and machine learning for cybersecurity, federated learning, chaos-based cryptography, homomorphic encryption, medical data security, secure multiparty computation, privacy-aware access control, blockchain security, biometric security, network security, Internet of Things (IoT) security, cloud security,  forensic analysis, and privacy-preserving data sharing.

Session organizers:

Dr Mujeeb Ur Rehman: With over ten years of experience, I am an experienced educator with cutting-edge teaching and research expertise in AI, Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, and IoT, having worked in academic, research, and industry environments. My contribution to the research community includes co-authoring more than 28 research papers, published in leading international journals (IEEE and IET Transactions) and peer-reviewed international conference (Best Paper Awards) proceedings. In recognition of my contributions to the field of Artificial Intelligence and Cybersecurity, I was awarded the Global Talent status by the UK Research and Innovation Body and the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2022. I am a member of the UKRI Talent Peer Review College. I also serve as the editor for numerous journals such as PLOS One, STEM and European Scientific Journal,  etc. Moreover, I have organized several special issues as a lead guest editor, including the CMC journal Impact factor 3.86), Intelligent Automation & Soft Computing (Impact factor 3.7) and MDPI Axioms (Impact factor 2.0), among others. Furthermore, I have served as a technical committee member in several IEEE conferences including ICSC2023, San Antonio, USA, CGVC 23, Wales, UK, GlobConPT, New Delhi, India and ICAISC 23, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia etc. Additionally, I am a reviewer for numerous high-impact factor journals.

School of Computer Science and Informatics, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

Interests: Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Information security, Multimedia encryption, IoT.

Dr Aminu Usman

School of Computer Science, University of Sunderland, UK

Interests: Cybersecurity, Information security, Artificial Intelligence, Medical data security

Dr Arslan Shafique

School of Biomedical Engineering, University of Glasgow, UK

Interests: Multimedia encryption, Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning

Abdulrazaq Abba

School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering, University of East London,

Information Security and Software Engineering


Call for Conference Special Session – for session’s promotion.

We invite submissions for a special session on the profound challenges posed by quantum computers to conventional cryptography. As the security landscape undergoes a transformative shift, researchers and cryptographers are compelled to devise innovative approaches to safeguard sensitive data. This special session is dedicated to exploring privacy-preserving techniques that not only protect data effectively but also ensure robust security measures in the quantum era.

The primary objective of this special session is to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and present state-of-the-art research, case studies, and practical implementations showcasing the potential of privacy-preserving techniques in fortifying information security. By focusing on the crucial intersection of privacy and cybersecurity, we aim to make meaningful contributions to the development of privacy-aware and enhanced security solutions amidst the advent of quantum computers.

We invite submissions on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Data and information security
  • Secure communication
  • Image encryption and watermarking
  • Digital signature and steganography
  • Privacy preservation
  • AI and machine learning for cybersecurity
  • Federated learning
  • Chaos-based cryptography
  • Homomorphic encryption
  • Medical data security
  • Privacy-preserving AI and machine learning
  • Secure multiparty computation
  • Privacy-aware access control
  • Blockchain security
  • Biometric security
  • Network security
  • Internet of Things (IoT) security
  • Cloud security,
  • Forensic analysis
  • Privacy-preserving data sharing

Join us in shaping the discourse on privacy and cybersecurity in the quantum era by sharing your insights, research findings, and practical implementations. Let us collectively explore the cutting-edge solutions that will define the future landscape of information security. Submit your contributions and be part of this transformative dialogue at our upcoming conference special session.