The Ninth Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems took place from Monday, November 15, through Thursday, November 18, 2021. Workshops occured on Monday and the regular program began on Tuesday. The event was virtual, as it was the previous year, due to COVID-19.

There is no charge for registration but it is required for Zoom access. Details about registration and the conference schedule are available HERE.

The conference 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 computational entity that thinks or reasons, whether or not it works the same way as humans.

The objective of the conference is to bring together researchers who pursue the original goals of artificial intelligence and cognitive science. That is, the overarching theme is to explain cognition in computational terms and to reproduce a broad range of intelligent behaviors in computational artifacts. Functional abilities that arise in this context include:

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

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


We invite researchers to submit papers for presentation at the conference.

The deadline for paper submissions was September 6, 2021 and submissions are now closed.

Authors of papers accepted for oral presentation may be invited to publish an expanded version as an article in Advances in Cognitive Systems, an archival electronic journal associated with the conference.

Details on the submission, review, and publication process can be found HERE, including the review form used for evaluation.

Schedule, Logistics, and Registration

The Ninth Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems will run from the morning EST on Monday, November 15, through the afternoon on Thursday, November 18, 2021. Workshops will be on Monday, November 15, and technical talks will begin on Tuesday. The meeting will include invited addresses, technical presentations, and poster sessions in Zoom breakout rooms to foster interactions among participants.

FREE Registration is now open!

Details about registration for the conference (to gain Zoom access) and its schedule are now available HERE.

Important Dates

  •  Monday, September 6, 2021:    *Submissions are now closed.*
  •  Monday, October 4, 2021:    Decisions were announced.
  •  Monday, November 1, 2021:  Revised submissions due
  •  Friday, November 12, 2021:  Electronic publication
  •  Monday, November 15 - Thursday, November 18, 2021:  Conference

Invited speakers


Workshops will be held on Monday, November 15, the day before the main technical event, in separate Zoom meeting rooms. This year's workshops include:

Prospective organizers can still contact the workshop chairs at acs21@sift.net.

Program Chairs

Workshop Chairs

Organizing Committee

Program Committee