Aim & Scope

We are pleased to announce the 9th Balkan Conference in Informatics (BCI 2019).

The BCI'2019 is co-organised by the Technical University of Sofia.

The main objective of the BCI series of conferences is to provide a forum for discussions and dissemination of research accomplishments in Computer Science and Information Technology and to promote interaction and collaboration among scientists from the Balkan countries and the rest of the world, and to encourage involvement of young researchers from the region.

The conference will consist of regular sessions with technical contributions (regular papers) reviewed and selected by an international program committee, as well as of invited talks presented by leading scientists. Different workshops will be held in line with the main conference. The official language of the conference will be English.

The 9th Balkan Conference in Informatics (BCI 2019) continues the tradition of BCI conferences held in Skopje (2017), Craiova (2015), Thessaloniki (2013), Novi Sad (2012), Thessaloniki (2009), Sofia (2007), Ohrid (2005), and Thessaloniki (2003).

Click here to see previous conferences.




Topics of interest

The general areas of interest include all topics listed in the 2012 Revision of the ACM Computing Classification System:

  • Hardware
  • Computer systems organization
  • Networks
  • Software engineering
  • Theory of computation
  • Mathematics of computing
  • Information systems
  • Human-centered computing
  • Computing methodologies
  • Applied computing
  • Social and professional topics



Steering Committee Chair

Yannis Manolopoulos, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki

Conference General Chairperson

George Eleftherakis, The University of Sheffield International Faculty, Greece
Milena Lazarova, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Steering Committee Members

Betim Cico, "EPOKA" University, Albania
Costin Bădică, University of Craiova, Romania
George Evangelidis, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece
Iliana Nikolova, University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Ilia Ninka, University of Tirana, Albania
Katerina Zdravkova, University of Sts Cyril and Methodius, North Macedonia
Margita Kon-Popovska, University of Sts Cyril and Methodius, North Macedonia
Marjan Gušev, University of Sts Cyril and Methodius, North Macedonia
Mirjana Ivanovic, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Petros Kefalas, The University of Sheffield International Faculty, CITY College, Greece
Roumen Nikolov, University of Library Studies and Information Technologies, Bulgaria
Zoran Budimac, University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Program Committee Chairpersons

Adelina Aleksieva-Petrova, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Antoniya Tasheva, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria

Organizing Committee

Daniela Minkovska, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Georgy Zapryanov, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Iva Nikolova, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Lyudmila Stoyanova, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Ralitsa Peycheva, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Roumen Trifonov ,Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Valentin Mollov,Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Virginia Dimitrova,Technical University of Sofia, Bulgaria




Program Committee Members

Adelina Aleksieva - Petrova, Technical University - Sofia, Bulgaria
Adrian Groza, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Adrian Iftene, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania
Aleksandra Klasnja-Milicevic, Faculty of Sciences, Novi Sad, Serbia
Alexander Chatzigeorgiou, University of Macedonia,Thessaloniki, Greece
Amelia Bădică, University of Craiova, Romania
Ana Proykova, University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Anastas Mishev, University of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, North Macedonia
Anca Vasilescu, Transilvania University of Brașov, Romania
Antonia Tasheva, Technical University - Sofia, Bulgaria
Arda Yurdakul, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
Arzucan Ozgur, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
Avgoustos Tsinakos, TEI of Kavala, Greece
Azir Aliu, South East European University, Tetovo, North Macedonia
Bazil Pârv, Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Bekim Fetaji, South East European University, North Macedonia
Betim Cico, "EPOKA" University, Albania
Blagoj Delipetrev, University Goce Delcev, North Macedonia
Boris Milašinović, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Boris Rachev, Technical University of Varna, Bulgaria
Boris Tudjarov, Technical University - Sofia, Bulgaria
Christos Douligeris, University of Piraeus, Greece
Christos K. Georgiadis, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece
Costin Bădică, University of Craiova, Romania
Cveta Martinovska, University Goce Delcev, North Macedonia
Cvetana Krstev, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Damir Kalpic, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Dana Petcu, West University of Timişoara, Romania
Dana Simian, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania
Daniela Minkovska, Technical University - Sofia, Bulgaria
Daniela Zaharie, West University of Timişoara, Romania
Dejan Gjorgjevikj, University St. Cyril and Methodius, North Macedonia
Delyan Genkov, Technical University - Gabrovo, Bulgaria
Demosthenes Stamatis, Alexander TEI of Thessaloniki, Greece
Dilyana Budakova, Technical University - Sofia, Branch Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Dimitar Trajanov, University Ss Cyril and Methodius, North Macedonia
Dimitris Dranidis, The University of Sheffield International Faculty, Greece
Dragan Janković, Univesrity of Nis, Serbia
Efthimios Tambouris, University of Macedonia,Thessaloniki, Greece
Elinda Kajo Mece, Polytechnic University of Tirana, Albania
Elior Vila, University "Aleksandër Xhuvani", Albania
Elvira Popescu, University of Craiova, Romania
Florin Leon, Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iaşi, Romania
Galidia Petrova, Technical University - Sofia, Branch Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Galina Ilieva, University of Plovdiv "Paisii Hilendarsky", Bulgaria
George A. Gravvanis, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
George A. Vouros, University of Piraeus, Greece
George Eleftherakis, The University of Sheffield International Faculty, Greece
Georgi Zapryanov, Technical University - Sofia, Bulgaria
Georgios Evangelidis, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece
Goran Velinov, University of Sts Cyril and Methodius, North Macedonia
Gordan Jezic, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Grisha Spasov, Technical University - Sofia, Branch Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Horia Pop, Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Hristo Valchanov, Technical University - Varna, Bulgaria
Ilia Ninka, University of Tirana, Albania
Ilias Sakellariou, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece
Ilija Jolevski, St. Clement of Ohrid University, Faculty of ICT – Bitola, North Macedonia
Iraklis Paraskakis, South East European Reserach Centre, Greece
Iva Nikolova, Technical University - Sofia, Bulgaria
Ivan Jordanov, University of Portsmouth, UK
Ivan Koychev, University of Sofia "St. Kliment Ohridski", Bulgaria
Ivan Lirkov, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
Ivan Luković, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Ivica Dimitrovski, University Ss Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, North Macedonia
John Galletly, American University in Bulgaria, Bulgaria
Katerina Zdravkova, University of Sts Cyril and Methodius, North Macedonia
Kiril Alexiev, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
Krasimir Manev, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria
Krasimira Stoilova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
Krassen Stefanov, Sofia University, Bulgaria
Ladislav Huraj, University of SS. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, Slovakia
Leonid V. Stoimenov, University of Nis, Serbia
Leonidas Palios, University of Ioannina, Greece
Lyudmila Stoyanova, Technical University - Sofia, Bulgaria
Margarita Todorova, University of Veliko Turnovo "St Cyril and St. Methodius", Bulgaria
Margita Kon-Popovska. University of Sts Cyril and Methodius, North Macedonia
Marius Brezovan, University of Craiova, Romania
Marjan Gušev, University of Sts Cyril and Methodius, North Macedonia
Maro Vlachopoulou, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece
Michael Vassilakopoulos, University of Central Greece, Greece
Mihaela Colhon, University of Craiova, Romania
Mihaela Oprea, University Petroleum-Gas of Ploieşti, Romania
Milen Petrov, University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Milena Karova, Technical University - Varna, Bulgaria
Milena Lazarova, Technical University - Sofia, Bulgaria
Milos Radovanovic, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Miloš Savić, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Mirel Coşulschi, University of Craiova, Romania
Mirjana Ivanović, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Natasa Hoic-Bozic, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Nevena Ackovska, Institute of Informatics, North Macedonia
Nikitas N. Karanikolas, TEI of Athens, Greece
Olga Georgieva, University of Sofia, Bulgaria
Panayiotis Bozanis, University of Thessaly, Greece
Patrizia Poščić, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Pavel Boytchev, Sofia University, Bulgaria
Pece Mitrevski, St. Clement of Ohrid University, North Macedonia
Petia Georgieva, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Petia Koprinkova-Hristova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
Petr Saloun, VSB -TU Ostrava, Czech Republic
Petros Kefalas, The University of Sheffield International Faculty, Greece
Petya Asenova, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria
Petya Pavlova, Technical University - Sofia, Branch Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Simona Motogna, Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Sotir Sotirov, Burgas “Prof. D-r. Assen Zlatarov” University, Bulgaria
Spiros Skiadopoulos, University of Peloponnese, Greece
Srdan Skrbic, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Stanimir Stoyanov, University of Plovdiv "Paisii Hilendarski", Bulgaria
Stanislav Simeonov, Burgas “Prof. D-r. Assen Zlatarov” University, Bulgaria
Stelios Xinogalos, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece
Stoyan Bonev, American University in Bulgaria, Bulgaria
Stoyan Maleshkov, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria
Suzana Loshkovska, University Ss Cyril and Methodius, Skopje
Theodore Kaskalis, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece
Valentin Hristov, Technical University - Sofia, Bulgaria
Valentin Mollov, Technical University - Sofia, Bulgaria
Valentina Emilia Balaş, Aurel Vlaicu University of Arad, Romania
Valentina Ivanova, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria
Valentina Kukenska, Technical University - Gabrovo, Bulgaria
Vassilios Dagdilelis, University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece
Veneta Aleksieva, Technical University - Varna, Bulgaria
Viorel Negru, West University of Timişoara, Romania
Virginia Dimitrova, Technical University - Sofia, Bulgaria
Vladimir Filipovic, University of Belgrade, Serbia
Vladimir Kurbalija, University of Novi Sad, Serbia
Vladimir Trajkovikj, Ss Cyril and Methodius University, North Macedonia
Volin Karagiozov, American University in Bulgaria, Bulgaria
Yannis Manolopoulos, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Zhaneta Savova-Tasheva, National Military University, Bulgaria
Zoltán Horváth, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary
Zoltán Porkoláb, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, Hungary
Zoran Bosnic, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Zoran Budimac, University of Novi Sad, Serbia




IMPORTANT DATES

Full paper submission: April 1, 2019
Notification of acceptance: May 15, 2019
Early (Author) Registration: June 30, 2019
Camera-ready papers (ACM Proceedings): June 15, 2019
Camera-ready papers (online Proceedings): July 15, 2019
Late Registration: September 1, 2019







REGISTRATION AND FEES

Regular (before 15 June) and Student: 300 €
Regular (after 15 June): 350 €
Extra page: 50 €/page
Extra paper: 150 €


Bank Transfer information:
Name: BNB – Sofia, Central Office
IBAN: BG 24 BNBG 9661 3100 1038
BIC code: BNBGBGSD

IMPORTANT:
1. The conference fee is paid by bank transfer in Euro (EUR).
2. Please mention at your Bank as a deposit reason “BCI - Contract: 6538-9” followed by your NAME.
3. When ordering the bank transfer, please inform your bank that all commissions and transfer charges are paid by the ordering customer - conference participant.




The conference registration fee covers:

  • Conference kit
  • Conference USB proceedings
  • Admission to all scientific sessions
  • Lunches
  • Coffee breaks
  • Conference dinner
  • Social event



Submission


Submission


All contributions should be submitted electronically via the EasyChair.

Papers must be formatted according to the ACM ICPS style templates (LaTeX2e format is preferred) and following ACM proceedings instructions.

Template




Original contributions are solicited for the following categories:

  • Full research papers (max 8 pages) describing research accomplishments.
  • Short research papers (max 4 pages), i.e. experience reports, project overviews, etc. which do not fully adhere to the standards of a first rate scientific publication, but are nevertheless of interest and value for the participants of the conference.

Submissions will be reviewd by at least two independent reviewers, members of the Programme Committee.

Only accepted full papers and some high-quality short papers will be included in the main BCI 2019 Proceedings (published by ACM in the International Conference Proceedings Series).

Other accepted papers will be published in local proceedings (with ISBN). A selection of outstanding papers from the conference may be invited for publication in internationally recognized journals (subject to additional reviewing).

Research papers should be original contributions and should not be accepted or submitted elsewhere until the decisions of the BCI 2019 program committee are announced.

At least one author from every submission accepted to appear in proceedings is obliged to register and attend the conference.




Invited Speakers

Lefteris Angelis

Title: Statistical Analysis In The Research of Human Factor in Software Engineering

Abstract: The keynote presents a variety of problems and methods that were the main subject of research for almost two decades of the STAINS (Statistics and Information Systems) research group at School of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The presentation focuses on statistical methodologies that were used for the study of human factor in Software Engineering. Subjects of the presentation include: estimation of the human effort in software development, study of the processes and human interactions involved in the development of open software, effects of personality of software engineers in their working attitudes and in the product quality, assessment of programmers' mental workload through brain-computer interface, quantitative study of the human prioritization of issues and requirements and quantification and management of human competencies. Statistical methods and models that were used for analyzing the data related to the aforementioned subjects like prediction models, archetypal analysis, multi-correspondence analysis, compositional data analysis and ranking and clustering methods are overviewed in order to show the need and the usefulness of advanced statistics in the research of human factor.

Lefteris Angelis studied Mathematics and received his Ph.D. degree in Statistics (Experimental Designs) from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (A.U.Th.). He is currently Professor at the School of Informatics, A.U.Th and coordinator of the STAINS research group. He has served as Deputy Head and Head of the School of Informatics. He is also Treasurer of the Greek Statistical Institute. His research interests involve: statistical methods, especially with applications to information systems and software engineering (SE) focusing on the research on the human factor; computational methods in mathematics and statistics; planning of experiments; biostatistics - bioinformatics and simulation techniques. He has published more than 200 papers in journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. According to Google scholar his work has received more than 4,100 citations with an h-index = 34. A recent assessment study (2019) published in Journal of Systems and Software (Elsevier) has classified him among the “Most active experienced SE researchers in top-quality journal“ who have shown top research in performance that spans across the last two decades.



About Sofia

Sofia (acient name Serdica) is the 15th largest among cities in the European Union with a population of about 1.68 million people by concentrating most of the major universities, cultural and business institutions in Bulgaria.
It is situated at the foot of Vitosha Mountain in the western part of the country.

Even though Sofia is inhabited since 7000BC which makes it one of the oldest cities in Europe, it was a pretty small city until it became the capital of Bulgaria in 1879.

Sofia's architecture combines a wide range of architectural styles, varying from Christian Roman architecture and medieval Bulgar fortresses to Neoclassicism and prefabricated Socialist-era apartment blocks.




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