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.

  • Methodologies and Application Areas

    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 Submitted papers that are not presented will not be published.

  • Key Dates

    Abstracts Due: February 9, 2024 (Submission site will be open in January 2024)
    Abstract Decisions: March 8, 2024
    Final Papers Due: April 12, 2024
    SIEDS Conference: May 3, 2024

  • Conference Schedule

    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.

  • Registration

    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.

    Note: University of Virginia students in the Department of Systems and Information Engineering will be registered by their Department.

  • Abstract Submissions

    All abstract, paper, and presentation submissions will be handled using EDAS. The submission site will be open in January 2024.

    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.
  • Fees

    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.

  • 2024 SIEDS Symposium Committees

    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

    Steering Committee

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

    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