The Sixth Annual Conference on Advances in Cognitive Systems will take place from August 18 to 20, 2018, at Stanford University in the San Francisco Bay area. The meeting will bring together researchers who study high-level cognition, emphasize rich, structured representations, adopt a systems-level view of the mind, and incorporate insights about human thinking. The purpose is to report progress toward the original goals of artificial intelligence and cognitive science, which aimed to explain the mind in computational terms and to reproduce a broad range of human abilities in computational artifacts.

The conference welcomes work on any topic related to the representation or organization of complex mental structures, their use in multi-step cognition, or their acquisition from experience or instruction. Some functional capabilities that arise in this context include:

  • Conceptual Inference and Reasoning
  • Memory Storage and Retrieval
  • Language Processing
  • Social Cognition and Interaction
  • High-level Execution and Control
  • Problem Solving and Heuristic Search
  • Cognitive Aspects of Emotion and Personality
  • Metacognition and Meta-level Reasoning
  • Structural Learning and Knowledge Capture
  • Cognitive 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 pages for further 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://cogsys.org/formatting ,

which give detailed information about format and which provide Latex and Word templates. Any papers that diverge from this format or that exceed 16 pages will be returned without review. All papers must be submitted electronically at


Each submission should state the problem or capability it addresses, describe its response to this problem, make explicit claims about the approach, and provide clear evidence to support these claims. Every paper should also discuss related efforts, examine limitations of the reported work, and outline plans for future research.

Because the conference aims to encourage research toward a broader understanding of intelligence, its criteria for determining contributions will 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 on new problems or testbeds that challenge existing approaches.

Each submission will be assigned to multiple referees who will evaluate the paper for its contribution to understanding cognitive systems, clarity of claims about this contribution, convincing evidence in support of those claims, and cogent presentation of its ideas to readers. We encourage authors to examine the review form at


before drafting their manuscripts to ensure their submissions address all of the dimensions on which reviewers will evaluate them.

The conference aims to be as inclusive as possible while still fostering innovative research on the computational nature of intelligence. The conference 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, Pat Langley patrick.w.langley@gmail.com, for additional information.

Important Dates

  •  Friday, May 25, 2018 (midnight PDT):  Deadline for paper submission
  •  Friday, June 22, 2018:  Decisions about paper acceptance
  •  Wednesday, July 18, 2018:  Revised submissions due
  •  Wednesday, August 15, 2018:  Electronic publication
  •  Saturday, August 18 - Monday, August 20, 2018:  Conference

Program Chair

Organizing Committee