The Ninth Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems will take place from Monday, November 15, through Thursday, November 18, 2021. Workshops will occur on Monday and the regular program will begin on Tuesday. The event will be virtual, as it was last year, due to COVID-19.

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 is August 20, 2021.

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. Details about conference presentations will be available in the coming months.

Important Dates

  •  Friday, August 20, 2021:    Deadline for paper submission through EasyChair
  •  Wednesday, September 22, 2021:    Decisions about paper acceptance
  •  Friday, October 22, 2021:  Revised submissions due
  •  Thursday, November 11, 2021:  Electronic publication
  •  Monday, November 15 - Thursday, November 18, 2021:  Conference


We are currently soliciting proposals for workshops to be held on Monday, November 15, the day before the main technical event, in separate Zoom meeting rooms. Prospective organizers should contact the workshop chairs by sending email to acs21@sift.net.

Program Chairs

Workshop Chairs

Organizing Committee