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Symposium on Future Intelligent Educational Environments SOFIEE (2020)

Madrid, Spain
20 or 22 of July, 2020
The Conference


We are pleased to invite you to submit a paper, poster or demo to the Symposium on Future Intelligent Educational Environments (SOFIEE). This Symposium focuses on creating educational environments that are friendly, smart or intelligent, open, personalized, and can seamlessly support anytime anywhere learning or training. Intelligent not only refers to technology, but also to human processes and behaviours.

The core differentiating feature of this symposium is that the teaching environments are in some way smart or intelligent. Thus, there are a multiplicity of types of learning environments that are addressed by this such as smart buildings or classrooms, virtual & mixed reality environments, clouds and mobile learning systems that can interact with students and teachers at a pedagogical level, so as to bring true innovations to education. We will also include environments that support the learning of practical skills, such as science and engineering laboratories that are critical to students following STEM courses. In addition, the symposium also includes building a wider smart or intelligent campus infrastructure which can also impact the cost and effectiveness of education.

This Symposium will feature an inspiring keynote presentation and, in addition to the papers and demonstrations, will include an open panel discussion about the future of education. Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit complete unpublished papers, which are not under review elsewhere. We welcome all papers that relate to the application of new smart and intelligent approaches to teaching, learning, or training.

This event thus offers researchers, practitioners, and stakeholders a forum to share ideas, insights and experiences, as well as to explore multidisciplinary research advances within the context of an intelligent learning environment.


Workshop Topics: Some of the topics of interest include (but is not limited to):

  • Smart or Intelligent Learning and Teaching

  • Smart or Intelligent buildings or classrooms

  • Smart Labs

  • Virtual or Mixed-Reality in Education

  • Innovative Models of Learning Design, Delivery and Assessment

  • Innovative course delivery such as open courses and open learning

  • Innovative Research and Practice in Mobile, Blended or Hybrid Learning

  • New Trends of Learning or Training: seamless, affective, social, and collaborative

  • Design, Development, and Implementation of Edutainment

  • Learning Analytics and Learning Clouds

  • Use of Social Media in Teaching, Training, and Learning

  • Big Data in Education, Training, and Journalism

  • Personalized intelligent tutors

  • Affordable Learning Solutions such as Digital Library, E-publishing, and E-readers

  • Development of Open Educational Resources

  • Global learning partnerships and innovations related to the theme of this symposium.                                                                                                                                                                           

Details of the event: The Symposium will feature (1) invited speakers session, (2) research papers session, and (3) discussion sessions.

This forum is designed for speakers from industries, government, and other non-academic settings, who would like to share their innovative ideas and interact with the audience.

Let us collaborate to innovate in education and create the tools to support the learning of coming generations.



General chairs

George Dafoulas (Middlesex University, U.K.)

Juan Carlos Augusto (Middlesex University, U.K.)

Minjuan Wang (SDSU, U.S.A.)
Vic Callaghan (University of Essex, U.K.)


Contact: for more information email:;


Programme Committee 

   Ahmed Alzahrani (Umm Al-Qura University, KSA)

   Almaas Ali (Middlesex University, U.K.)
   Malek Qalit Alrashidi (University of Tabuk, KSA)

   Michael Gardener (University of Essex)
   Gordon Hunter (Kingston University, U.K.)

   María José Rodríguez Fórtiz (U. of Granada, Spain)
   Anasol Pena (British Telecom, U.K.)
   Demetrios Sampson (University of Piraeus, Greece)

   Laura Macias Velasco (U. del Valle de Atemajac Mexico)
   Victor Zamudio (Instituto Tecnológico De León, Mexico)

       (... more to be added ...)




  • Paper submission deadline: 26th April 2020

  • Notification of acceptance: 5th May 2020

  • Final version submission: 14th of May 2020

  • Workshop date: 20 or 21 July2020

Important Dates


PUBLICATION: All accepted papers will be published in an Open Access volume in the Book Series on Ambient Intelligence and Smart Environments Series (IOS Press). As of 2015, the Workshops Proceedings published by this Book Series are indexed in the Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science (CPCI-S) by Thomson Reuters. Previous editions were indexed by Scopus. The subject and topics of a special issue in an indexed journal are being considered.


SUBMISSIONS: Papers should be submitted according to the IOS Press style, with a length of at least 6 but no more than 10 pages. Latex and Word templates can be found in  Submission webpage will be provided in the webpage of the workshop at a later date.

Submission Webpage:

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