Recent rapid advancements in information and computer science present both challenges and opportunities for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. New methods, techniques, and tools proposed from areas such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data mining help address challenging and complex problems more accurately and efficiently. On the other hand, challenges in handling and exploiting a huge amount of available data, in data security, and in realizing these advancements to serve societies, just to name a few, remain to be resolved. There are also needs for realizing these advancements in information and computer science to support the digital transformation efforts around the world.

NAFOSTED Conference on Information and Computer Science (NICS) is an international forum for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to present and discuss recent advancements and future directions in addressing challenging problems in the field of information and computer science. NICS is organized annually by the Vietnam’s National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED).

NICS 2020 is jointly sponsored by IEEE, NAFOSTED, and Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh city (VNU-HCMC). The conference will be hosted by the University of Science, VNU-HCMC on November 26-27, 2020 and in Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.


Objectives And Topics

You are invited to contribute your original work to NICS 2020. Topics of interest belong to the following, but not limited to, areas:

Foundations of Computer Science

  • Theory of computation
  • Algorithms and data structures
  • Programming language theory
  • Applied computer science
  • Computer security and cryptography
  • Computational science
  • Concurrent, parallel and distributed systems

Computational Intelligence

  • Language and speech processing
  • Soft computing
  • Computer vision
  • Bioinformatics
  • Knowledge discovery
  • Data mining
  • Machine learning & Deep learning
  • Computational biology
  • Agent-based systems
  • Semantic web
  • Information extraction and retrieval

Software Engineering

  • Agile software development
  • Mining software engineering repositories
  • Program analysis, synthesis, repair, and comprehension
  • Component-based, model-driven software engineering
  • Software process, modeling, design, and architecture
  • Multi-core programming, real-time systems
  • Software testing, validation, and verification
  • Software services and cloud computing services
  • Software tools and environments
  • Programming languages
  • Human-computer interface and interaction
  • Requirements and reverse engineering

Communication and Networking

  • Wireless Communications
  • Signal Processing for Communications
  • Network architecture
  • Network protocols and security
  • Parallel and distributed computing
  • Grid computing
  • Cloud computing
  • Mobile and ubiquitous computing
  • Quantum communications
  • Network Security


Submission guidelines

  • All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. Authors are invited to submit papers of up to 6 pages, written in English, in PDF format, and compliant with the IEEE standard.
  • Papers are submitted via the EDAS system at
  • At least one author of each accepted paper is required to pay a registration fee and to present the paper either in-person at the conference or online. Accepted papers presented at the conference will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore.

Important dates (AoE, UTC-12)

  • Submission deadline: August 3, 2020 September 21, 2020 (firm)
  • Acceptance notification: October 19, 2020 (October 30, 2020)
  • Camera-ready deadline: October 30, 2020 (November 9, 2020)
  • Conference: November 26 – 27, 2020

Journal Extensions

Intelligent Data Analysis Journal, an ISI-indexed Journal

A limited number of the best papers that are within the aims and scope of Intelligent Data Analysis (IDA) journal, will be selected to submit the extended version to IDA journal. IDA is indexed in the Web of Science: Science Citation Index-Expanded (SCI-E), Scopus, Google Scholar, ACM Digital Library and other databases.

Journal of Information and Communications

The best papers will be invited to submit the extended version for a special issue of the Journal of Information and Communications. The Journal is recognized by the State Council for Professorship, Vietnam (which grants between 0 and 1.0 point for each of its papers).