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The International Forum for Student Design Projects-Co-sponsored by the IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society

The IEEE Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium (SIEDS'11) is a student-focused international forum for applied research, development, and design in Systems and Information Engineering. The Symposium is the leading showcase for undergraduate and Master's graduate design projects, such as those from capstone design courses or from baccalaureate, honors, or design-oriented graduate theses. Projects must extend beyond the analysis of systems and include the synthesis of alternative solutions to a problem. When appropriate, implementation and testing of a design is encouraged. Faculty, industry, and government project advisors are welcome coauthors.

Contributed papers are solicited that apply diverse methodologies, including:

  • Data Mining and Statistics
  • Simulation and Stochastic Modeling
  • Human Factors and Cognitive Engineering
  • Mathematical Modeling and Optimization
  • Risk Analysis, Technology Management, and Policy
  • Life-cycle Analysis
  • Systems Economic Analysis

Papers can describe work in a wide variety of application areas, including: Telecommunications and Information Technology, Energy, Robotics, Transportation and Logistics, Critical Infrastructure, Military Applications, Economic and Financial Systems, Environmental, E-Business, Manufacturing, Education, and Decision Support. Papers should emphasize the application of fundamental systems analysis and design concepts. Symposium papers presented will appear in a copyrighted CD-ROM proceedings, available on-site and through IEEE Press. Papers not accepted for the proceedings will be considered for the conference poster sessions.


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  • Only those papers that are presented will be published.  Submitted papers that are not presented will not be published.


  • One paper per track will be awarded the Best Paper Award for that track by a set of external judges. This selection is based first on the quality of the written paper -- only the very best written papers are considered for a best paper award. Of the strongest papers, the final selection of each award winner is based on both the presentation and the paper.
  • While papers from both undergraduate and graduate students are welcomed at SIEDS, only those papers primarily written by undergraduates are eligible for Best Paper awards.
  • SIEDS '10 Best Papers and Posters


  • Student Travel scholarships are available on a limited basis.
  • Travel scholarships are only available to a single presenting author per paper.
  • Depending on demand, travel scholarships may only cover a portion of total travel expenses.
  • Applications for travel scholarships can be submitted prior to paper acceptance and must be submitted no later than one month prior to SIEDS (by March 29, 2011).
  • To submit a travel scholarship application, complete the Request Form.

The Symposium will be held on the grounds of the historic University of Virginia, in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Grounds Tour of the University of Virginia

Symposium fees reflect the student focus (and student participation) of SIEDS'10. Registration will include one copy of CD-ROM Proceedings and admission to all conference functions, including an evening banquet and breaks.

•  Student $75
•  IEEE Member (non-student) $100
•  All Others $150

Corporate sponsorship is invited. Please contact the Symposium Committee for more information.


Monday, February 21, 2011: Submission of 200-500 word abstracts for contributed papers not previously published or presented. Abstracts should explicitly address the following:

  • the systems analysis or design problem being solved (WHAT)
  • background/relevant literature/state of the art (WHY/MOTIVATION),
  • the methodological approach developed or adopted (HOW), and
  • preliminary results and implications (RESULTS).

Monday, March 7, 2011: Notified

Monday, April 4, 2011: Register and completed manuscript


General Chair: Reid Bailey
Sponsorship Chair: Barry Horowitz
Program Chair: MAJ Sam Huddleston
Publications Chair: Kay Neeley
Local Accommodations Chair: Garrick Louis
Finance Chair: Randy Cogill
Administrative Support: Jayne Weber, Jennifer Mauller

Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton, Northrop Grumman, ADT, Qinetiq, Accenture, and SAIC

All abstracts and papers are submitted electronically through the PaperCept conference Manuscript Management System.

For more information contact:
SIEDS'11 Symposium Committee
Department of Systems and Information Engineering
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400747
151 Engineer's Way
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Phone: (434) 924-5393
Fax: (434) 982-2972

Hosted by the Department of Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Virginia
Previous SIEDS conferences: 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003