8th International Conference on Belief Functions, September 4th-6th, Belfast, United Kingdom.

Collocated with The 23rd UK Workshop on Computational Intelligence (UKCI 2024)

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Elsevier will sponsor Belief 2024 with a total prize pool of 1000€ for best paper(s).

The international conference dedicated to belief functions

The theory of belief functions, also referred to as evidence theory or Dempster-Shafer theory, was first introduced by Arthur P. Dempster in the context of statistical inference, and was later developed by Glenn Shafer as a general framework for modelling epistemic uncertainty. These early contributions have been the starting points of many important developments, including the Transferable Belief Model and the Theory of Hints. The theory of belief functions is now well established as a general framework for reasoning with uncertainty, and has well understood connections to other frameworks such as probability, possibility and imprecise probability theories.

The biennial BELIEF conferences, sponsored by the Belief Functions and Applications Society, are dedicated to the confrontation of ideas, the reporting of recent achievements and the presentation of the wide range of applications of this theory. The first edition of this conference series was held in Brest, France, in 2010, the second edition in Compiègne, France, in 2012, the third edition in Oxford, UK, in 2014, the fourth edition in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2016, the fifth edition in Compiègne, France, in 2018, the sixth edition in Shanghai, China, in 2021, and the seventh edition in Paris, France, in 2022.

The Eighth International Conference on Belief Functions (BELIEF 2024) will be held in Belfast Campus, Ulster University, Belfast, United Kingdom, on September 4th-6th, 2024. It will be co-located with the The 23rd UK Workshop on Computational Intelligence (UKCI 2024). Participants will be able to attend presentations at both conferences. The co-location of the two events is intended to favour cross-fertilization among researchers active in both communities.

Important dates

  • April 15, 2024: Paper submission deadline
  • May 31, 2024: Author notification
  • June 30, 2024: Camera-ready copy due


Proceedings of the previous editions of BELIEF have been published by Springer-Verlag as volumes of the Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNCS/LNAI) series and indexed by: ISI Web of Science; EI Engineering Index; ACM Digital Library; dblp; Google Scholar; IO-Port; MathSciNet; Scopus; Zentralblatt MATH. Formal confirmation for the publication of this year’s proceedings will be announced soon.

IJAR Special issue

Authors of selected papers from the BELIEF 2024 conference will be invited to submit extended versions of their papers for possible inclusion in a special issue of the International Journal of Approximate Reasoning.

Author instructions

Authors should submit their papers through Microsoft CMT following the submission guideline, Springer.

The expected length of papers is no longer than 8 pages, references included, that should present original contributions with significant results.


Original contributions are solicited on theoretical aspects, but not limited to

  • Combination rules
  • Conditioning
  • Continuous belief functions
  • Independence and graphical models
  • Geometry and distance metrics
  • Mathematical foundations
  • Computational frameworks
  • Data and information fusion
  • Links with other uncertainty theories
  • Tracking and data association
  • Statistical Inference
  • Machine Learning and Pattern recognition
  • Clustering and Classification

as well as on applications to various areas including, but not limited to

  • Applications in network analysis
  • Applications in environment and climate change
  • Applications in biology and medical diagnosis
  • Applications in risk and reliability analysis
  • Applications in business and economics
  • Applications in vision and image processing


The conference will take place in Belfast Campus, Ulster University, Belfast, United Kingdom

York St, Belfast BT15 1ED, United Kingdom


Type Early Bird Registration Open Until: 22nd July 2024 Regular Registration
Academic/industrial £325 (€380) £375 (€440)
Student £225 (€265) £275 (€325)

BELIEF 2024 Committees

Program Committee Co-chairs

  • Yaxin Bi, Ulster University, UK
  • Anne-Laure Jousselme, CS Group, France

Publicity Co-chairs

  • David Mercier, Université d'Artois, France
  • Anna Jurek-Loughrey, Queens' University of Belfast, UK
  • Fuyuan Xiao, Chonqing University, China

Publication Chair

  • Adrian Moore, Ulster University, UK

Local Organisation Committee

  • Naveed Khan, Ulster University, UK
  • Jorge Martinez Carracedo, Ulster University, UK
  • Colin Shewell, Ulster University, UK
  • Matias Garcia-Constantino, Ulster University, UK
  • Christopher O'Neill, Ulster University, UK
  • Maja Pavlovic, Ulster University, UK
  • Maurice Mulvenna, Ulster University, UK
  • Jun Liu, Ulster University, UK