The Seventh Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems will take place from August 2 through 5, 2019, at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The meeting welcomes many types of research, including demonstrations of new capabilities, empirical studies of implemented systems, and formal analyses of complex tasks. The term "cognitive" refers to any artifact that thinks or reasons, whether or not it works the same way as humans.

The conference shares with early AI research an emphasis on high-level cognitive abilities, structured representations, and integrated systems. Thus, submissions on compositional inference, multi-step planning, and the acquisition of complex knowledge structures are especially relevant. However, the meeting is agnostic about the particular formalism to used to encode expertise, as well as whether expertise is constructed manually or learned from experience.

The purpose of the conference is to report progress toward the original goals of artificial intelligence and cognitive science, which aimed to explain the cognition in computational terms and to reproduce a broad range of human abilities in computational artifacts. Some functional abilities that arise in this context include the following.

  • Cognitive Aspects of Emotion and Personality
  • Conceptual Inference and Reasoning
  • High-level Execution and Control
  • Language Processing and Dialogue
  • Memory Storage and Retrieval
  • Metacognition and Meta-level Reasoning
  • Multi-Tasking and Attention
  • Problem Solving, Planning, and Heuristic Search
  • Social Cognition and Interaction
  • Structural Learning and Knowledge Capture
  • Vision and High-level Perception

Some research communities already address such issues, including those dealing with cognitive architectures, commonsense reasoning, cognitive robotics, qualitative modeling, and many others. We encourage participation from anyone who is interested in computational approaches to complex cognition, human-level intelligence, and related topics.

Submission, Review, and Publication

We invite researchers to submit papers for presentation at the conference. Submissions should be no more than sixteen (16) pages in length. Accepted papers, allotted four additional pages for elaboration, will appear in Advances in Cognitive Systems (ISSN 2324-8416), an electronic journal associated with the conference. Authors should follow the instructions provided at


and the formatting guidelines provided at

http://www.cogsys.org/formatting ,

which give detailed information and provide Latex and Word templates. Any submissions that diverge from this format or that exceed sixteen (16) pages will be returned without review. Submit papers electronically at


Each submission should clearly state the problem it addresses, describe its response to this problem, specify the novel theoretical tenets, make explicit claims about the approach's capabilities or behavior, and provide convincing evidence to support these claims. Every paper should also discuss related efforts, examine limitations of the reported work, and outline plans for future research. The review form at


elaborates these publication criteria. We encourage authors to examine the form before drafting their manuscripts to ensure suitability of their submissions.

Because the conference aims to encourage research toward a broader understanding of intelligence, its criteria for determining contributions differ from traditional ones. Progress can include demonstrating new functionality, integrating different facets of intelligence, presenting a novel approach to an established problem, explaining complex cognition in humans, and formally analyzing a difficult task. We also welcome submissions that pose new problems or describe testbeds that challenge existing approaches.

The conference aims to be as inclusive as possible to foster innovative research on the computational nature of intelligence. The FAQ page (http://www.cogsys.org/faq) attempts to clarify the scope of the event. Authors who have questions about whether their research is appropriate for the meeting should contact the Program Chair, Michael T. Cox (michael.cox@wright.edu), for additional information.

Schedule, Logistics, and Registration

The Seventh Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems is expected to run from 9:00 AM on Friday, August 2, through 5:30 PM on Monday, August 5, 2019, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The meeting will include extended technical presentations, leisurely breaks to encourage discussions, and poster receptions to foster additional interactions among participants. Details about conference presentations will be available soon.

Important Dates

  •  Thursday, May 10, 2019:    Deadline for paper submission through EasyChair
  •  Thursday, June 13, 2019:    Decisions about paper acceptance
  •  Thursday, July 3, 2019:  Revised submissions due
  •  Friday, July 29, 2019:  Electronic publication
  •  Friday, August 2 - Monday, August 5, 2019:  Conference

Program Chair