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3rd International Conference on Belief Functions
Oxford, UK, September 26-28 2014




The 3rd International Conference on Belief Functions

Oxford, UK, September 26-28 2014

The theory of belief functions, also referred to as evidence theory or Dempster-Shafer theory, is a well established general framework for reasoning with uncertainty, with well understood connections to other frameworks such as probability, possibility and imprecise probability theories. First introduced by Arthur P. Dempster in the context of statistical inference, the theory was later developed by Glenn Shafer into a general framework for modeling epistemic uncertainty. These early contributions have been the starting points of many important developments, including the Transferable Belief Model and the Theory of Hints.

The biennial BELIEF conferences are dedicated to the confrontation of ideas, the reporting of recent achievements and the presentation of the wide range of applications of this theory. This conference series started in Brest, France, in 2010, while the second edition was held in Compiègne, France, in May 2012.
The 3rd International Conference on Belief Functions will take place in Oxford, United Kingdom. Oxford is a world-famous university city, home of two major university. It is conveniently located 60 miles north-west of London, and enjoys direct coach links with all major London airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted.

This conference will provide opportunities to exchange ideas and present new results on the theory of belief functions and related areas such as random sets, imprecise probability and possibility theory. Original contributions are solicited on theoretical aspects (including mathematical foundations, decision making, combination rules, continuous belief functions, independence and graphical models, statistical estimation, etc.), as well as on applications to all areas of computer science, business and engineering including, but not limited to: data fusion, pattern recognition and machine learning, tracking, data mining, signal and image processing, computer vision, medical diagnosis, business decision, risk analysis, climatic change, etcetera.

Authors of selected papers from the BELIEF 2014 conference will be invited to submit an extended version of their papers for possible inclusion in a special issue of the International Journal of Approximate Reasoning.