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EXPLAINS is sponsored by INSTICC – Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication


In the future people will collaborate more and more with machines to solve complex problems using AI techniques. Such a collaboration requires adequate communication, trust, clarity and understanding.
eXplainalbe AI (XAI) aims at addressing such challenges by combining the best of symbolic AI and Machine Learning including neural models, evolutionary computing and fuzzy systems. Such topic has been studied for years by all different communities of AI, with different definitions, evaluation metrics, motivations and results. In addition to technology, this involves social and legal issues as well as a wide range of real-world applications and domains. Both interpretability by design methods and post-hoc methods for explaining complex models have been proposed and investigated. Research has also redirected its emphasis on the structure of explanations and human-centered Artificial Intelligence, recognizing that the ultimate users of interactive technologies are humans.

This conference aims at attracting different research perspectives to promote debate. It intends to be a major multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary forum, bringing together academics and scholars of different disciplines, interested in the study, analysis, design, modelling and implementation of interpretable and explainable AI systems. Contributions are welcome both in addressing theoretical issues and in a broad range of application fields.


Each of these topic areas is expanded below but the sub-topics list is not exhaustive. Papers may address one or more of the listed sub-topics, although authors should not feel limited by them. Unlisted but related sub-topics are also acceptable, provided they fit in one of the following main topic areas:



  • Generative AI vs Interpretability
  • Explainable Generative AI
  • XAI using Machine Learning
  • Deep Learning and XAI
  • Fuzzy Systems and Logic for XAI
  • Knowledge Graphs in XAI
  • Explainable Graph Neural Networks
  • Explainable Neuro-Symbolic Reasoning
  • Evaluation of Explainability
  • Argumentative-Based Approaches for XAI
  • Bayesian Modelling for Interpretability
  • Explainable Edge Computing
  • Human-Computer Interfaces Supporting XAI
  • Natural Language Processing and XAI
  • XAI for the Semantic Web
  • Ontologies Supporting XAI
  • Metrics for Explanations
  • XAI Benchmarking
  • Evolutionary XAI Approaches
  • XAI for Evolutionary Computing
  • Post-Hoc Methods for Explainability
  • Model-Specific vs Model-Agnostic Methods for Explainability


  • Ethical Concerns of XAI
  • Accountability and Responsibility
  • Explainable Bias and Fairness of XAI Systems
  • Model Accuracy and Interpretability
  • Explainability Pitfalls and Problems in XAI
  • Prevention/Detection of Deceptive AI Explanations
  • Social Implications of Synthetic Explanations
  • Trust Management and Reputation
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Adversarial Attacks Explanations


  • Healthcare and Biomedical Sciences
  • Human/AI Cooperation
  • Decision-Support Systems
  • Recommender Systems
  • Computer Vision Applications
  • Robotics and Control Systems
  • Explaining Object and Obstacle Detection
  • Explainable Methods for Finance
  • Explaining Project Risk
  • Explainability in Transportation Systems
  • Supply Chains and Industry 4.0
  • Internet of Things
  • Security and Privacy
  • Privacy-Preserving Systems


João GamaUniversity of Porto, Portugal
Tome EftimovComputer System Department - E7, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
Gabriela OchoaUniversity of Stirling, United Kingdom


Authors can submit their work in the form of a complete paper or an abstract, but please note that accepted abstracts are presented but not published in the proceedings of the conference. Complete papers can be submitted as a Regular Paper, representing completed and validated research, or as a Position Paper, portraying a short report of work in progress or an arguable opinion about an issue discussing ideas, facts, situations, methods, procedures or results of scientific research focused on one of the conference topic areas.

Authors should submit a paper in English, carefully checked for correct grammar and spelling, addressing one or several of the conference areas or topics. Each paper should clearly indicate the nature of its technical/scientific contribution, and the problems, domains or environments to which it is applicable. To facilitate the double-blind paper evaluation method, authors are kindly requested to produce and provide the paper WITHOUT any reference to any of the authors, including the authors’ personal details, the acknowledgments section of the paper and any other reference that may disclose the authors’ identity.

When submitting a complete paper please note that only original papers should be submitted. Authors are advised to read INSTICC's ethical norms regarding plagiarism and self-plagiarism thoroughly before submitting and must make sure that their submissions do not substantially overlap work which has been published elsewhere or simultaneously submitted to a journal or another conference with proceedings. Papers that contain any form of plagiarism will be rejected without reviews.

All papers must be submitted through the online submission platform PRIMORIS and should follow the instructions and templates that can be found under Guidelines and Templates. After the paper submission has been successfully completed, authors will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail.


All accepted complete papers will be published in the conference proceedings, under an ISBN reference, on paper and on digital support.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef ( and every paper on our digital library is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
The proceedings will be submitted for indexation by SCOPUS, Google Scholar, DBLP, Semantic Scholar, EI and Web of Science / Conference Proceedings Citation Index.


Conference Date: 20 - 22 November, 2024

Paper Submission: June 24, 2024 (expired)
Authors Notification:
July 31, 2024
Camera Ready and Registration:
September 13, 2024

Paper Submission: July 24, 2024 (extended)
Authors Notification:
September 12, 2024
Camera Ready and Registration:
September 25, 2024

Workshop Proposal: June 26, 2024 (expired)

Doctoral Consortium
Paper Submission: September 20, 2024
Authors Notification: October 4, 2024
Camera Ready and Registration: October 14, 2024

Special Sessions
Special Session Proposal: June 26, 2024 (expired)
Paper Submission: September 20, 2024
Authors Notification: October 4, 2024
Camera Ready and Registration: October 14, 2024

Tutorial Proposal: October 9, 2024

Demo Proposal: October 9, 2024

Panel Proposal: October 9, 2024

Abstract Submission: September 20, 2024
Authors Notification: October 4, 2024
Camera Ready and Registration: October 14, 2024


EXPLAINS Secretariat
Address: Avenida de S. Francisco Xavier, Lote 7 Cv. C
             2900-616 Setúbal - Portugal
Tel.: +351 265 520 185
Fax: +351 265 520 186


The conference will take place at the Vila Galé Porto hotel which is located in the beautiful and historical city of Porto in Portugal. Porto is considered to be one of the most beautiful historical towns in Portugal, with its remarkable architectural heritage shaped by history.


Joaquim FilipePolytechnic Institute of Setubal / INSTICC, Portugal


Francesco MarcelloniDipartimento di Ingegneria dell'Informazione, University of Pisa, Italy
Kurosh MadaniLISSI Lab. / Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Sénart, University of Paris-EST Créteil (UPEC), France
Niki van SteinNatural Computing, Leiden University, Netherlands


Mohammad Saniee Abadeh, Tarbiat Modares University, Iran, Islamic Republic of
Andrew Adamatzky, Computer Science, University of the West of England, United Kingdom
Michael Affenzeller, Independent Researcher, Austria
Jaumin Ajdari, Independent Researcher, North Macedonia
Emel Aktas, Cranfield University, United Kingdom
Haneen Algethami, Computer science, Taif University, Saudi Arabia
Cesar Analide, Department of Informatics, University of Minho, Portugal
Javier Andreu-Perez, University of Essex, United Kingdom
Andrea Apicella, Department of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Joel Arrais, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Reza Askari Moghadam, Faculte des Sciences et Ingenierie, Sorbonne University, France
Hamed Ayoobi, Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Mirjana P. Bach, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Bernhard Bauer, Institute of Computer Science, University of Augsburg, Germany
Elena Bautu, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Ovidius University Constanta, Romania
Shahina Begum, Mälardalen University, Sweden
Cyrille Bertelle, LITIS, Université du Havre, France
Floris Bex, Utrecht University / University of Tilburg, Netherlands
Isabelle Bichindaritz, State University of New York at Oswego, United States
Stefano Bistarelli, University of Perugia, Italy
Szymon Bobek, Jagiellonian University, Poland
Ulrich Bodenhofer, Institute of Bioinformatics, School of Informatics, Communications and Media, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg, Austria
Anna S. Bosman, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Bojan Božić, Technological University Dublin, Ireland
Susana Brás, Electrónica, Telecomunicações e Informática, IEETA, DETI, LASI, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
Francesco Calimeri, University of Calabria, Italy
Anne Magaly de Paula Canuto, Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Juan Luis Castro, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, Universidad de Granada, Spain
Danilo Cavaliere, University of Salerno, Italy
Salem Chakhar, Operations & Systems Management, Portsmouth Business School, University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom
Mario G.C.A. Cimino, University of Pisa, Italy
Antón Civit, University of Seville, Spain
Kendra Cooper, Independent Researcher, Canada
Juan M. Corchado, Department of Science Computer and Automation, University of Salamanca, Spain
Joana Costa, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal
António Cunha, Engineering, UTAD - Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
Cihan Dagli, Missouri University of Science & Technology, United States
Fisnik Dalipi, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Enrico De Santis, Dept. of Information Engineering, Electronics, and Telecommunications, University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy
Scott Dick, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Alberta, Canada
Inês Domingues, Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra, Coimbra Institute of Engineering, Rua Pedro Nunes - Quinta da Nora, 3030-199 Coimbra, Portugal., Portugal
Pietro Ducange, University of Pisa, Italy
Anikó Ekárt, Aston University, United Kingdom
Márcia A. Fernandes, Computing Department, Federal University of Uberlandia - UFU, Brazil
Jose M Ferrandez, Technical University Cartagena, Spain
Gianna Figà-Talamanca, Department of Economics, University of Perugia, Italy
Duarte Folgado, Fraunhofer AICOS, Portugal
Esteban García-Cuesta, Dep. Inteligencia Artificial, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
Tom Gedeon, Research School of Computer Science, Australian National University, Australia
Gizem Gezici, KDD Lab, Scuola Normale Superiore Pisa, Italy
Romain Giot, Université de Bordeaux, France
Tilottama Gowasmi, Department of Information Technology, Vasavi College of Engineering, India
Riccardo Guidotti, University of Pisa, Italy
Maki Habib, Mechanical Eng. Dept., , The American University in Cairo, Egypt
Giovanni Iacca, University of Trento, Italy
Florije Ismaili, Independent Researcher, North Macedonia
Marina Ivasic-Kos, Faculty of Informatics and Digital Technology, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Choi Jaesik, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, Korea, Republic of
Mohammad A. Jaradat, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Richard Jiang, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
Colin Johnson, University of Kent, United Kingdom
Jose M. Juarez, MedAI Lab, University of Murcia, Spain
Abhishek Kaushik, Independent Researcher, Ireland
Peter Kieseberg, St. Poelten University of Applied Sciences, Austria
Constantine Kotropoulos, Department of Informatics, Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki, Greece
Naveen Kumar, Mathematics, National Institute of Technology Kurukshetra, India
Christophe Labreuche, Thales Research and Technology, Thales Research and Technology, France
Florin Leon, Computer Science And Engineering, Technical University Gheorghe Asachi of Iasi, Romania
Rory A. Lewis, Computer Science, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, United States
Miqing Li, School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Hichem Maaref, Laboratoire Ibisc, Universite d'EVRY-IUT, France
Luis Magdalena, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain
Luca Marconi, University of Milano - Bicocca, Italy
Stefano Mariani, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Hall Mark, Airbus, United Kingdom
Tshilidzi Marwala, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Mohd Yusoff Mashor, University of Malaysia Perlis, Malaysia
Manuel Mazzara, Innopolis University, Russian Federation
Eunika Mercier-Laurent, Magellan Research Center, University Lyon3, France
Enza Messina, Informatics, Systems and Communication, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy
José M. Molina, Computer Science, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain
Anna Monreale, Università di Pisa, Italy
Pranab K. Muhuri, Computer Science, South Asian University, India
Babak Nasersharif, Khaje Nasir Toosi University of Technology, Iran, Islamic Republic of
João Neves, Universidade da Beira Interior., Portugal
Hossein Nezamabadi-pour, , Iran, Islamic Republic of
Adam Niewiadomski, Lodz University of Technology, Poland
Yusuke Nojima, Osaka Metropolitan University, Japan
Hélder Oliveira, University of Porto (FEUP), Portugal
Chun Ouyang, Queensland University Of Technology, Australia
Lale Özbakır, Erciyes University, Turkey
Elpiniki Papageorgiou, University of Thessaly, Greece
Giovanni Paragliola, Institute for high performance computing and networking of the National Research Council, Italy
Mario Pavone, v.le A. Doria 6, University of Catania, Italy
Alejandro Pazos Sierra, University of A Coruna, Spain
Alan Perotti, CENTAI Institute, Italy
Eduardo Pestana de Aguiar, Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil
Andrew Ponomarev, SPC RAS, Russian Federation
Roberto Prevete, University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Wael Rashwan, School of Business Technology, Technological University Dublin, Ireland
Friedrich Recknagel, The University of Adelaide, School of Biological Sciences, Australia
Alessandro Renda, University of Pisa, Italy
Olympia Roeva, Bioinformatics and Mathematical Modelling, Institute of Biophysics and Biomedical Engineering, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Bulgaria
Julio Rojas-Mora, UMR ESPACE 6012 CNRS, University of Avignon, France
Joao G. Rosa, Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil
Massimo Ruffolo, National Research Council (CNR), Italy
Rosalina Abdul Salam, Islamic Science University of Malaysia, Malaysia
Daniel Sánchez, Department Of Computer Science And A.i., University of Granada, Spain
Christos N. Schizas, National eHealth Authority of Cyprus, Cyprus
Sabrina Senatore, University of Salerno, Italy
José Silvestre Silva, Military Academy, Portugal
Catarina Silva, Department of Informatics Engineering, University of Coimbra, CISUC, Portugal
Timo Speith, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Tanel Tammet, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia
Aruna Tiwari, Indian Institute of Technology, Indore, India
Leonardo Trujillo, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Instituto Tecnolgico de Tijuana, Mexico
Matias Valdenegro-Toro, Department of Artificial Intelligence, University of Groningen, Netherlands
Leonilde R. Varela, University of Minho, University of Minho, Portugal
Jasmin Velagic, Automatic Control And Electronics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Gianni Vercelli, DIBRIS, Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy
Srdjan Vesic, CNRS, France
Maria Virvou, Department Of Informatics, University of Piraeus, Greece
Autilia Vitiello, Department of Computer Science, University of Salerno, Italy
Constantin Volosencu, Department of Automation and Applied Informatics, Politehnica University Timisoara, Romania
Kevin Wong, Murdoch University, Australia
Weiwei Yu, School of Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
Marina Yusoff, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
Ezzeddine Zagrouba, Higher Institute of Computer Science (ISI), Tunisia

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