The Eighth Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems (ACS 2020) will occur this coming August from Monday the 10th through Wednesday the 12th. The event will be virtual due to the ongoing travel and meeting restrictions that have resulted from COVID-19. The meeting welcomes many types of research, including demonstrations of new capabilities, empirical studies of implemented systems, and formal analyses of complex tasks.

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. 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.


Submissions will be either full papers (at most 16 pages) or extended abstracts (at most 6 pages). See http://cogsys.org/formatting for specific formatting instructions. Full papers accepted for presentation at the conference will be at the editor's discretion included in the journal, Advances in Cognitive Systems. Accepted extended abstracts and full papers not invited to the journal will be included in a non-archival conference proceedings.

Accepted full papers will be presented as either a long oral presentation or a poster. Accepted extended abstracts will be presented as either long oral presentations, short oral presentations, posters, or combined with a panel discussion. These decisions will be made by program chairs based on recommendations by the program committee.

If you decide to submit, please examine the review form at http://cogsys.org/review-form. Referees will expect authors to address the questions found on the form. You can submit papers at easychair.

Important Dates

  •  Sunday, May 31, 2020:    Deadline for paper submission
  •  Monday, June 30, 2020:    Decisions about paper acceptance
  •  Monday, July 20, 2020:  Revised submissions due
  •  Monday, August 10, 2020:  Electronic publication of conference articles
  •  Monday, August 10 - Wednesday, August 12, 2020:  Conference

Program Chairs

Fundraising Chair

Organizing Committee