Symposium Call for Papers

The Symposium

International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence & Neuroscience – ACAIN 2020 Call for Papers

1-2 October, 2020

The Wordsworth Hotel & SPA in Grasmere – Lake District, England

Marriage of Mind and Machine 
Bringing together artificial intelligence and neuroscience promises to yield benefits for both fields” 
Nature, Vol. 571, 2019.

Welcome to ACAIN 2020, the International Symposium on Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience. Grasmere, nestled within the most idyllic landscapes of England, is a village and tourist destination in Cumbria, in the center of the Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Grasmere takes its name from the adjacent lake. It has associations with the Lake Poets, one of whom, William Wordsworth, lived in Grasmere for 14 years and called it as “the loveliest spot that man hath ever found”.

ACAIN 2020 will take place in the Wordsworth Hotel & SPA in Grasmere – Lake District, England. Having played host to European royalty, American presidents and a string of celebrities, the Wordsworth Hotel has, throughout its long history, been well known for its warmth and hospitality. And it’s this truly special atmosphere that continues to capture the hearts of guests today. A country house hotel with a home from home ambience, award-winning dining and a luxurious organic spa, the perfect ingredients for an indulgent stay in the majestic Lake District.

Please enjoy the leading artificial intelligence and neuroscience gathering in the world, while visiting English traditions, the Lake District, and more.

The ACAIN 2020  is aimed at AI experts, neuroscientists and both at AI experts with interests in Neuroscience and at neuroscientists with an interest in AI. ACAIN 2020 will be a special opportunity to hear about cutting-edge research by leading scientists in AI and Neuroscience.

The two days of keynote talks and oral presentations (the Symposium, 1-2 October) will be preceded by lectures of leading scientists (the Course, 28-30 September) for students and newcomers to this interdisciplinary field.

Moreover, ACAIN 2020 accepts rigorous research that promotes and fosters multidisciplinary interactions between artificial intelligence and neuroscience.

With the current exploding interest in AI and Neuroscience, the ACAIN Symposium will provide an exciting forum to present and hear about cutting-edge research in AI and Neuroscience.

We invite the submission of technical papers for the main technical track of the conference. Submissions should be significant and original on all aspects of Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience. We especially encourage papers on interdisciplinary applications of AI and Neuroscience.

The Symposium welcomes papers on broad aspects of AI and/or Neuroscience that constitute advances in the overall field including, but not limited to, explainable AI, cognition and AI, automated reasoning and inference, case-based reasoning, commonsense reasoning, computational cognitive science, generative adversarial networks, computer vision, computational neuroscience, constraint processing, ethical AI, heuristic search, human interfaces, intelligent robotics, knowledge representation, machine learning, multi-agent systems, deep learning, natural language processing, planning and action, and reasoning under uncertainty. The Symposium accepts results achieved in addition to proposals for new ways of looking at AI and Neuroscience problems, both of which must include demonstrations of value and effectiveness.

Papers describing applications of AI are also welcome, but the focus should be on how new and novel AI methods advance performance in application areas. Papers on applications should describe a principled solution, emphasize its novelty, and present an indepth evaluation of the AI techniques being exploited.

The Symposium will also consider summary papers that describe challenges and competitions from various areas of AI and Neuroscience. Such papers should motivate and describe the competition design as well as report and interpret competition results, with an emphasis on insights that are of value beyond the competition (series) itself.

The International Symposium Proceedings will be published by Springer. Papers will appear in a volume of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) – Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series.

Topics of Interest include, bu are not limited to:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Asilomar AI Principles
  • Neuroscience
  • Brain-Behavior Interactions
  • Cognition & Artificial Intelligence
  • Cognitive Computing
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Robotics
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computational Cognitive Science
  • Computational Modeling  of the Nervous System
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Creativity & Artificial Intelligence
  • Deep Learning
  • Epistemic Planning
  • Ethics for Autonomous Systems
  • Explainable Artificial Intelligence
  • General Reinforcement Learning Algorithms
  • Generative Adversarial Networks
  • Human-Level Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Machine Learning
  • Neural data Analysis Methods
  • Neuroinformatics
  • Neurotechnology
  • Probabilistic Generative Models
  • Probabilistic Programming
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Robotics
  • Symbolic AI & Deep Learning
  • Systems Neuroscience
  • Theory of Deep Learning

Important Dates (ACAIN Symposium):

Paper submission deadline: July 31, 2020 (Anywhere on Earth)

Paper notification: August 15, 2020

Submission site:

Types of Submissions

When submitting a paper to ACAIN 2020, authors are required to select one of the following four types of papers:

  • long paper: original novel and unpublished work (max. 12 pages);
  • short paper: an extended abstract of novel work (max. 4 pages);
  • work for oral presentation only (no page restriction; any format). For example, work already published elsewhere, which is relevant and which may solicit fruitful discussion at the conference;
  • abstract for poster presentation only (max 2 pages; any format). The poster format for the presentation is A0 (118.9 cm high and 84.1 cm wide, respectively 46.8 x 33.1 inch). For research work which is relevant and which may solicit fruitful discussion at the conference.

We expect high-quality papers in terms of their scientific contribution, rigor, correctness, quality of presentation and reproducibility of experiments.
Accepted papers must contain significant novel results. Results can be either theoretical or empirical. Results will be judged on the degree to which they have been objectively established and/or their potential for scientific and technological impact.

The International Symposium Proceedings will be published by Springer. Papers will appear in a volume of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) – Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series.


Submission Process

The paper title, author names, contact details, and a brief abstract must be submitted electronically through the ACAIN 2020 paper submission site (link above). Full papers must be submitted through the same site by the paper submission deadline. At least one author of each accepted paper is required to attend the conference to present the work.

Confidentiality Policy

All submissions will be treated in strict confidence until the publication date.

Review Process

Reviewing for ACAIN 2020 is double blind (reviewers do not know the author’s identity or vice versa). The first page, on which the paper body begins, should include the title and abstract, but not names or affiliations of the authors. Acknowledgments of funding or assistance should also be omitted. Submissions should not contain pointers to supplemental material on the web. When referring to one’s own work, use the third person, rather than the first person. All identifying information can be added back to the final camera-ready version of accepted papers.

Selection criteria include originality of ideas, correctness, clarity, significance of results, and quality of presentation. Authors also accept that all decisions of the program committee (i.e., summary reject, standard reject, or accept) will be final and cannot be appealed.

All accepted long papers  will be published in a volume of the series on Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) – Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence from Springer after the  conference. Instructions for preparing and submitting the final versions (camera-ready papers) of all accepted papers will be available later on.

All the other papers (short papers, abstracts of the oral presentations, abstracts for poster presentations) will be published on the ACAIN 2020 web site.

We can now include ORCID for authors of the proceedings. See this announcement and the guidelines (editor guidelines, section 4.7) for more information. For more information see this link.