Our tech is developing at an astounding pace. Smart devices and machines powered by artificial intelligence attempt to increase both convenience and autonomy. Researchers and companies gather under the same banner this year to answer one question - is the proliferation of AI and modern, smart, automated tech a Leap of fAIth? We expect your interesting contributions to this exciting topic, including all papers, presentations, keynote, and panel proposals in consumer electronics, computer engineering, automotive engineering, IoT and many other related topics!


ZINC 2024 will provide symposiums, forums, panels, talks, workshops, tutorials, product and prototype demonstrations, for researchers and engineers from academia and industry to exchange experience and results on their recent work. This includes but is not limited to all academy and industry members active in the fields of artificial intelligence, autonomous mobility, automotive engineering, consumer technologies, software engineering, hardware design, electronics, consumer applications and devices, new services and platforms, communications and connectivity as well as various enabling technologies and interdisciplinary forms of research with consumer benefit.

The ZINC 2024 events include the 2024 Zooming Innovation in Consumer Technologies Conference (ZINC), which is sponsored by IEEE Serbia and Montenegro Section - Consumer Technology Chapter; University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Computer Engineering and Computer Communications Group, RT-RK Institute for Computer-Based Systems and NIT Institute. The host town Novi Sad is a regional center of youth and education, also known as Serbian Athens due to its rich cultural heritage and influence. This year we are hosting a full-fledged hybrid event - we expect the exquisite program on site but also digitally-authored online part which would allow all authors to contribute from any location in the world.

We invite prospective authors to participate in either lightning talks, regular presentations, keynotes, and/or tutorials. Regular submissions in the IEEE format are welcome (2-6 pages), and these would be submitted for publication in the IEEEXplore database. We also invite keynote proposals, lightning talk proposals, and industry presentation proposals for inclusion in the program, in the form of a short abstract only. Please note that papers can be submitted to IEEEXplore only if the submission follows IEEE paper submission guidelines.

2 IN 1

INDUSTRY AND ACADEMIA COMBINED - TWO TICKETS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE. A friend of ZINC 2024 is SEE Automotive Conference, a leading regional event gathering automotive OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, and other industry companies from this area. By contributing to ZINC 2024 or registering for the event, you automatically get the ticket for SEEA (21th-22nd of May, 2024 in Belgrade)

RT-RK Tech Day - Gaetan Delcroix

Gaetan Delcroix


RT-RK Tech Day - Friedhelm Pickhard

Friedhelm Pickhard

TTTech Auto

RT-RK Tech Day - Ištvan Papp

Ištvan Papp


RT-RK Tech Day - Srđan Popić

Srđan Popić


RT-RK Tech Day - Dejan Stefanović

Dejan Stefanović


RT-RK Tech Day - Stefan Marinkov

Stefan Marinkov


RT-RK Tech Day - Stefan Marinkov

Vladimir Živkov


Prospective authors are invited to participate in any or all of the following categories:

      1. Lightning talks -a short description or 5 slides long ppt file.
      2. Papers - submit 2-6 page paper. All papers must comply with IEEE format specifications, and have signed the IEEE copyright form to be submitted to IEEE Xplore database.
      3. Keynote - submit your biography and content with short description.
      4. Tutorial - submit your biography and content with short description.

ZINC venue: Rectorate of the University of Novi Sad, Dr Zorana Djindjica 1.

Only electronic submissions via the web will be accepted.



150 EUR

IEEE members and students: 100 EUR

Gala dinner ticket (not included with the registration fee): 50 EUR

Boundaries between disciplines are breached and CE is a perfect example of multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and cross-technology work in action. The seed starts in fundamental sciences, nurtured via tools, management, units and empowered by services and systems, tailored by needs and desires, until it matures to off the shelf products. In this light topics include, but are not limited to the following:

Q: How do I know that my submission is with the scope of the ZINC?
A: If you can write a paragraph with a consumer in mind – then yes, by all means, you are at the right place!

The ‘Industrial Categories’ is meant for papers that are submitted by non-academic, such as for example, but not limited to engineers working in industry. These papers focus more on practical oriented contents such as implementation of related topics. Papers for the Industrial Tracks will be reviewed by qualified industry reviewers for industry relevancy for its content. Authors of these papers may retain their copyrights.

To support the experience sharing and to popularize the applied sciences, we are introducing lightning talks – 5 to 10 minutes presentations of best practices, techniques, ideas, and tricks. For lightning talks no associated academic paper is required.


Overcoming challenges in the European automotive industry: The role of systems engineering and continuous integration and verification.

The European automotive industry has long struggled with a variety of challenges. These include a lack of software expertise in management, the absence of robust software systems engineering practices, unnecessarily high complexity due to interdependencies between suppliers, and relentless cost pressures. This presentation will address the critical aspects of systems engineering and supplier integration and how a disciplined and continuous approach to continuous SW integration and verification (CX) can effectively reduce complexity.

The presentation aims to show that CX is a key enabler for improving software key performance indicators (KPIs) when executed across supplier tiers, providing the European automotive industry with a way to improve its competitiveness in the Software Defined Vehicle SDV race.

The analysis and conclusions are based on more than 30 years of practical experience in software development in the automotive industry. Therefore, the presentation is focused on practical relevance rather than academic rigor.

Friedhelm Pickhard, born in 1959, studied Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Paderborn, earning a Dipl.-Ing. degree. He furthered his education in Electrical Engineering at Ruhr University Bochum, where he also attained a Dipl.-Ing. degree. His expertise lies in software-intensive product development and system engineering, gained through work in the military and automotive sectors.

Pickhard’s career includes significant roles within the Bosch Group. Notably, he served as President and Managing Director of Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Ltd. in Bangalore, India. Later, he was CEO at ETAS, a Bosch subsidiary, until March 2021. Subsequently, Pickhard transitioned to the board of TTTech-Auto AG, where he oversaw product development, customer programs, and industrialization until February 2024. Currently, he is engaged in preparing for new responsibilities, reflecting his ongoing commitment to professional growth and leadership in the industry...

Infrastructure for the Age of Software

Bob Frankston (born June 14, 1949) is an American software engineer and businessman who co-created, with Dan Bricklin, the VisiCalc spreadsheet program. Frankston is also the co-founder of Software Arts. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City in 1966. He earned a S.B degree in computer science and mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by a Master of Engineering degree in computer science, also from MIT. Following his work with Dan Bricklin, Frankston later worked at Lotus Development Corporation and Microsoft. Frankston became an outspoken advocate for reducing the role of telecommunications companies in the evolution of the Internet, particularly with respect to broadband and mobile communications.

Towards Responsible and Trustworthy AI - Global Initiatives and the Outlook for Serbia

Responsible and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a critical topic in policy, industry, and the sciences, as it is crucial for the adoption and acceptance of AI systems in various applications such as healthcare, business, government and education.

Trustworthy AI is essential for building trust in the AI system's development, deployment, and use. It is widely recognized that trustworthy AI requires a range of properties such as safety, justice, explainability, human-centeredness, beneficence, autonomy, robustness, fairness, transparency, non-discrimination, promotion of social and environmental well-being, non-maleficence and sustainability.

The development of a framework and foundation for a trustworthy AI requires an understanding of the technology itself, the societal and ethical conditions present, and how to appropriately account for and assess their impact on the way AI is designed, built, and tested, and the way it interfaces with human beings. The traceability of AI systems must be ensured, where individuals can have full control over their own data.

All global initiatives for coordination in the domain of AI, put the aspect of responsible AI development at the focus of their efforts. Dubravko will provide an overview of these initiatives and an inside look on the activities of the Responsible AI group of the Global Partnership on AI as well as the International Federation for Information Processing Technical Committee on Artificial Intelligence. He will also talk a bit on the relevant initiatives in Serbia and activities at the Institute of Artificial Intelligence.

Dubravko Ćulibrk is a Full Professor of Information Systems Engineering at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management of the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Serbia and the Acting Director of The Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Institute of Serbia. Since his PhD days spent at the Florida Atlantic University (2003-2006), USA he has been conducting research in the domain of biologically-inspired machine learning, with a particular focus on computer vision and multimedia understanding. He spent two years (2013-2015) as a postdoc researcher at the University of Trento, Italy with the Multimedia and Human Understanding Group, working with prof. Nicu Sebe. On his more recent sabbatical (2018-2019) he succumbed to his entrepreneurial side and manned the post of Senior Research Scientist at Tandemlaunch, a unique deep-tech startup foundry in Montreal. He is an NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute University Ambassador and a member of Serbian Entrepreneurs. His current research interests include: Neural Networks and Deep Learning, Computer Vision, Machine Learning and Data Science, Multimedia, Visual Attention, Image/Video Processing and Remote Sensing.