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.


We invite researchers to submit papers for presentation at the conference. Submission, review, and publication details are found at

http://cogsys.org/instructions/2019 .

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


This year we offer three workshops at the beginning of the conference (Friday, August 2) to provide participants an intimate setting where they can share ideas and discuss directed topics within cognitive systems research. The current topics center on high-level goal reasoning; human-robot interaction; and cognitive vision. Papers will be published as separate volumes but will use the same ACS short and long formats. Conference attendees that wish to participate without paper submissions may submit a brief statement of interest. For detailed information about these workshops, consult the following links.

Program Chair

Workshops Chair

Program Committee