Call: Cognitive Architectures for Artificial Minds – Special issue of Journal of Cognitive Systems Research

Journal of Cognitive Systems Research


The design and adaptation of Cognitive Architectures (CA) is a wide and active area of research in Cognitive Science, Artificial Intelligence and, more recently, in the areas of Computational Neuroscience, Cognitive Robotics, and Computational Cognitive Systems. Cognitive architectures have been historically introduced i) to capture, at the computational level, the invariant mechanisms of human cognition, including those underlying the functions of reasoning, control, learning, memory, adaptivity, perception and action, ii) to form the basis for the development of cognitive capabilities through ontogeny over extended periods of time, and iii) to reach human level intelligence, also called AGI (Artificial General Intelligence), by means of the realisation of artificial artefacts built upon them.

During the last decades many cognitive architectures have been realised, and agents based on such infrastructures, have been widely tested in several cognitive tasks involving reasoning, learning, perception, action execution, selective attention, recognition etc.

This special issue is intended to provide an overview of the research being carried out in the interdisciplinary area of cognitively inspired AI systems designed and integrated with existing or novel CA. Both papers presenting theoretical and applied research contribution in the field are welcome.

In particular the interests of this issue are focused (but not limited to) on papers addressing the following problems: i) how different cognitive functions can be successfully integrated in general cognitive artificial agents ii) how novel integrative approaches differ and improve previous perspectives adopted in cognitive architectures iii) how the integration of cognitive architectures with external cognitive systems (e.g. specialised in specific tasks such as natural language understanding; planning, multimodal perception etc.) can improve the local performance of cognitive agents while respecting the architectural requirements of general intelligence.


Key topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Cognitive Architectures in Robotics and Human Robot-Interaction
  • Knowledge Representation and Reasoning in Cognitive Architectures
  • Knowledge discovery and acquisition in Cognitive Architectures
  • Spatial Cognition and Computation in Cognitive Architectures
  • Computational Models of Narrative Understanding in Cognitive Architectures
  • Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing & Understanding in Cognitive Architectures
  • Cognitive Architectures as a basis for Human-Centred Computing and Assistive Technologies
  • Artificial General Intelligence and Cognitive Architectures
  • Computational Creativity and Cognitive Architectures
  • Developmental Cognitive Architectures
  • Requirements of Cognitive Architectures for General Intelligence
  • Challenges and Open Problems of Cognitive Architectures
  • Evaluation of Cognitive Architectures
  • Methodological open questions on Artificial Systems based on Cognitive Architectures


Submissions to the special issue must include original research. Papers must be new and have not been published or submitted to other journals. Authors should prepare their manuscript according to the “Guide for Authors” available at the journal homepage:

Submission should be made via the EVISE system: ces/pages/homepage/homepage.jspx?_adf.ctrl-state=10f3bazys2_132

Authors must select “Special Issue: Cognitive Architectures” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process. All papers will be peer-reviewed following the reviewing procedures of the Cognitive Systems Research (CSR) journal. All papers will undergo a preliminary screening to ensure relevance to the special issue prior to be the peer-review phase; research papers that do not sufficiently address the special issue call may not be selected for a full peer review (such a decision will be communicated rapidly).


NEW Deadline for paper submission: November 15th, 2016 (strict)
Notification of acceptance: May 1st, 2017
Publication date: July, 2017


Mehul Bhatt
University of Bremen, Germany

Antonio Lieto
University of Turin and ICAR-CNR, Italy

Alessandro Oltramari
Bosch, USA /aoltrama/aoltrama.html

David Vernon
University of Skövde, Sweden

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