The Systems and Information Engineering Design Symposium (SIEDS) is a student-focused international forum for applied research, development, and design in Systems and Information Engineering.

SIEDS 2024

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 are encouraged. Faculty, industry, and government project advisors are welcome coauthors.

Proceedings from SIEDS for prior years can be found on IEEEXPLORE.

Contributed papers are solicited that apply diverse methodologies, including:

  • Data Modeling: including Big Data, Data Analytics, and Data Mining
  • Simulation and Stochastic Modeling
  • Decision Analysis and Optimization
  • Human Factors and Cognitive Engineering
  • Systems Integration & Design
  • Risk Analysis, Technology Management, and Policy


Papers can describe work in a wide variety of application areas, including:

  • Telecommunications and Information Technology
  • Military Applications
  • Healthcare
  • Economic and Financial Systems
  • Energy
  • Environmental
  • Robotics and Sensor Networks
  • E-Business
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Manufacturing
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Education
  • Ethics and Social Justice


Papers should emphasize the application of fundamental systems analysis and design concepts. Symposium papers presented will be submitted for archival in IEEE Xplore. Only those papers that are presented will be published. Submitted papers that are not presented will not be published.

Abstracts Due: February 9, 2024. Submissions are open now! See instructions below.
Abstract Decisions: March 8, 2024
Final Papers Due: April 12, 2024
SIEDS Conference: May 3, 2024

The conference will be held in-person in Charlottesville, VA on May 3, 2024. Hybrid presentation options will be available for attendees at a distance from the conference site.

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Check in and Light Breakfast
8:30 AM - 9:30 AMPlenary Talk
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Session 1
11:00 AM - 12:00 PMSession 2
12:00 PM - 12:45 PMLunch
12:45 PM - 1:45 PMSession 3
2:00 PM - 3:00 PMSession 4
3:15 PM - 4:15 PMSession 5
4:30 PM - 5:30 PMSession 6
5:30 PM - 6:30 PMReception
6:30 PM - 8:30 PMSIEDS Banquet

Everything takes place at UVA’s Darden School of Business.

All events and food are included in the registration cost for in-person attendees.

SIEDS will take place at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Getting to Darden
We encourage local attendees to transit to Darden by the UTS Gold Bus Route or by foot.  We encourage out of town attendees staying in a Charlottesville hotel to use a ridesharing service like Lyft or Uber.  Parking is available, with instructions for parking to be sent to all attendees via email.

Local Accommodations
Stay the night in Charlottesville either before SIEDS or after the SIEDS Banquet!  A complete list of nearby hotels is here.  The closest (by far - walk to SIEDS!) is the Kimpton.  A local favorite that is more economical and right by Charlottesville’s epic Bodo’s Bagles is the English Inn.  If you want to stay in a UVA-themed hotel near the undergraduate bars, check out The Graduate.

Talk Title: Staying Curious in the Age of A.I.

James Villarrubia Plenary Speaker
James Villarrubia
NASA Presidential Innovation Fellow

Bio: James Villarrubia has 15 years of leadership experience across the public, non-profit, and private sector, starting with technology portfolio and policy management at the White House, Pentagon, and the Department of Justice, and continuing into several successful, award-winning startups in cybersecurity, AI, education, and people analytics.

James has earned a number of accolades prior to being named a Presidential Innovation Fellow including earning his Eagle Scout in 2003, attending the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholar and Rodman Scholar, and being name an IBM Watson A.I. XPrize Semifinalist for his work in A.I. James earned his BS in Systems Engineering while double majoring in Government from UVA in 2008, a Master's in Public Policy from the UVA Batten School in 2009, and is currently pursuing an Executive MBA program at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Registration will begin on April 1, 2024.

SIEDS will offer a mix of concurrent virtual and in-person sessions on May 3, 2024. Authors must declare their submission as in-person or virtual at the time of abstract submission.

  • If you are attending the conference in Charlottesville, register as an ATTENDEE. The cost will be $150 per attendee. At least one author of the paper must register and attend the conference to present the work.
  • If you will be attending the conference virtually, register as VIRTUAL. The cost will be $200 per paper. At least one author of the paper must register and attend the virtual sessions to present the work. For additional authors of the paper and all conference attendees, the links to the virtual sessions will be published in the program prior to the start of the conference.

Authors and participants can register themselves and others for SIEDS 2024 via EDAS using the below links:

Note: University of Virginia students on a capstone team in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering will be registered by their Department and should not register themselves.

For virtual sessions, the registration fee will be $200 per paper. For in-person sessions, the registration fee will be $150 per attendee. At least one author per paper must register and attend.

SIEDS 2024 Committee

  • Chair: Jason Forsyth, James Madison University
  • Program Chair: Jon Su, Elon University
  • Publication Chair, Bryan Kuhr, Sweet Briar College
  • Judges Chair: Reid Bailey, University of Virginia
  • Session Chairing Chair: Harsh Anand, University of Virginia

Steering Committee

  • Chair: Reid Bailey, University of Virginia
  • Finance Chair: Bill Scherer, University of Virginia
  • Local Accommodations Chair: Greg Gerling, University of Virginia

Thank you for participating in SIEDS '23. We had an engaging and exciting conference due to your involvement. We are pleased to announce the best paper award winners in each of the tracks!

Track 1 - Decision Analysis: "Locating Emergency Response in the Metrorail System: A Decision Support Tool" by Elizabeth Ottinger, Alejandro Medina Mora, Kaveena Patel, Islay Van Dusen, Erica Gralla (George Washington University)

Track 2 - Health: "Optimizing Outpatient Cancer Infusion Center Throughput Using a Systems-Based Approach" by Devon M. Zavacky, Anna M. Bustamante, Hayden C. Ratliff, Rupa S. Valdez (University of Virginia)

Track 3 - Data and Optimization: "AI Assisted Trail Map Generation Based on Public GPS Data" by Jared Macshane, Ali Ahmadinia (California State University San Marcos)

Track 4 - Policy: "A Robust Control Chart for Monitoring Reliability Systems" by Parisa Jahani Alamdari (K. N. Toosi University of Technology, Iran), Mohammad Mahdi Ahmadi (University of Arizona)

Track 5 - Environment: "Investigating the Impact of Temporal Labeling of Emergency Department Visits for COVID-19: Comparing Healthcare Disparities Analyses Using Comprehensive, Single-Site Data with National COVID Cohort Co" by Madeleine Jones, Aubrey Winger, Christian Wernz, Jonathan Michel, Sihang Jiang, Andrea Zhou, Ebony Jade Hilton, Mikhail Zemmel, Saurav Sengupta, Kierah Barnes, Johanna Loomba, Donald Brown (University of Virginia)

Track 6 - Systems Design: "A General Framework for Human-Drone Interaction Under Limited On-Board Sensing" by Sammy Nayhouse, Samir Chadha, Chase Moore, Patrick Hourican, Nicola Bezzo (University of Virginia)

Once again, congratulations to the authors and thank you to the session moderators and judges for their hard work! We hope to see everyone next year.

-SIEDS Committee

All abstract, paper, and presentation submissions will be handled using EDAS. 

Submit an Abstract here

Step-by-step Guide for Submitting an Abstract

The abstract should address the following four topics. 

Motivation - Why:  Provide context for the work and reasons it is important. 

Focus of this Work - What:  Write a short statement of the specific focus of the work presented.   

Methodology - How:  Describe the methodology used to approach the problem of interest. If the focus of your work is on designing a system, this section frequently focuses on your design (“how” the focus of the work is addressed). 

Results:  Identify results.  If results are forthcoming, state what you expect to have as results by the time the final paper is due.  If the focus of your work is on designing a system, then Results frequently focuses on validation/testing results.   

 Useful abstract preparation information:

  • You will submit your abstract in a textbox; don’t focus on the formatting.  Figures, pictures, tables, or equations cannot be included.
  • The headers for each of the four sections are not needed – that is just to help you structure your abstract.
  • Your abstract should be 100-500 words.

All abstract, paper, and presentation submissions will be handled using EDAS.

Link to submit papers:  Sign into EDAS and register for the conference.  You will then see an icon to upload your final manuscript.  Only one author for each paper is required to upload the final manuscript. Papers should be uploaded by April 12th in PDF format. The maximum number of pages is six (6).

Paper Template:   All papers must conform to the two-column IEEE Robotics and Automation Society format. A template is available in Word and Latex from IEEE. We have developed a Google Docs and Overleaf template as well. Please duplicate these documents/projects and use as your own copy.

If you are having difficulty submitting your paper. (1) Make sure that at least one author is registered for the conference.  (2) The IEEE copyright checklist is completed.  (3)  The paper follows the IEEE template formatting.  (4) All authors listed match those on the paper. (5) The abstract and title match exactly between the EDAS entry and uploaded paper. (6) The paper is in PDF format.