Call for papers

We are delighted to invite you to submit your research articles to the Eighth International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures – BICA 2017, organized by BICA Society and NRNU MEPhI in Moscow, Russia, on August 1-6. BICA 2017 will be held in conjunction with the First International Early Research Career Enhancement School on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (FIERCES on BICA 2017), held at the same location during August 1-3. Please forward this page to your colleagues/researchers/students in order to promote the conference and the school. As every year, the BICA Conference is going to provide exceptional opportunities for scientific encounters and exchange of ideas in the cognitive sciences, artificial intelligence, and neuroscience, as well as being a delightful event.

To submit a paper, an abstract or a symposium/workshop proposal to BICA 2017 or to FIERCES on BICA 2017, please go to the general submission site.

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Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICA) are computational frameworks for building intelligent agents that are inspired from biological intelligence.  Biological intelligent systems, notably animals such as humans, have many qualities that are often lacking in artificially designed systems including robustness, flexibility and adaptability to environments.  At a point in time where visibility into naturally intelligent systems is exploding, thanks to modern brain imaging and recording techniques allowing us to map brain structures and functions, our ability to learn lessons from nature and to build biologically inspired intelligent systems has never been greater.  At the same time, the growth in computer science and technology has unleashed enough computational power at sufficiently low cost, so that an explosion of intelligent applications, from driverless vehicles to augmented reality and ubiquitous robots, is now almost certain.  The growth in these fields challenges us to replicate computationally all essential aspects of the human mind (the BICA Challenge): an endeavor which is interdisciplinary in nature and promises to yield bi-directional flow of understanding between all involved disciplines.


With the scope of BICA 2017 covering all areas of BICA-related research listed below, the major thrusts will be determined by your submissions. In addition to these focus topic areas of BICA 2017, we encourage submission of papers in all areas of BICA research, especially in the following areas.

Artificial Intelligence:

  • Creativity, goal reasoning and autonomy in artifacts
  • Embodied vs. ambient intelligence
  • Language capabilities and social competence
  • Learning by reading, by observation, by reasoning and analogy
  • Robust and scalable machine learning mechanisms
  • Self-regulated learning, bootstrapped and meta-learning
  • The role of emotions in artificial intelligence and their BICA models
  • Tests and metrics for BICA in the context of the BICA Challenge

Cognitive Science:

  • Perception, reasoning, decision making and action in BICA
  • Combining natural and artificial approaches to cognition
  • Comparison of different forms of learning and memory
  • Theory-of-Mind, episodic and autobiographical memory in cognitive systems
  • Introspection, metacognitive reasoning and self-awareness in BICA
  • Models of learning and memory: robustness, flexibility, transferability
  • Natural language and its role in intelligence, cognition and interaction
  • Unifying frameworks and constraints for cognitive architectures


  • “B” in BICA: useful biological constraints for cognitive architectures
  • Bridging the gap between artificial and natural information processing
  • Cognitive and learning mechanisms informed by neuroscience
  • Neural correlates of cognitive and meta-cognitive processes
  • Robustness, scalability and adaptability in neuromorphic systems
  • Neurophysiological underpinnings and implications of deep learning models
  • Physiological mechanisms of memory formation and (re)consolidation
  • Representation of contextual and conceptual knowledge in neural systems

Social, Economic and Educational Sciences:

  • Mixed-initiative systems based on inspirations from biology
  • Agents possessing human-level social and emotional intelligence
  • BICA in learning and tutoring technologies and education
  • BICA models of self and their application to perception and action
  • Representation, perception, understanding and expression of emotions
  • Virtual characters, artificial personalities and human-compatibility
  • Agent-based modeling of intelligent social phenomena


  • Mathematical basis for BICA and fundamental theoretical questions in BICA research
  • Alternative substrates for implementation of BICA: smart materials, neuromorphic, quantum and biocomputing
  • Alternative approaches to the development of BICA such as: evolutionary, system-theoretic, educational
  • Fundamental practical and theoretical questions in BICA research and technology
  • Cognitive Decathlon and Grand Challenges for BICA as components of the BICA Challenge
  • Critical mass for a universal human-level learner and a roadmap to the BICA Challenge
  • Metrics, tests, proximity measures and the roadmap to human-level / human-compatible AI
  • Leveraging the cloud, world-wide-web, and social-media: possible role for BICA in big data?
  • Interdisciplinary research opportunities and ideas for new initiatives
  • International trends in funding of BICA research

Format and Agenda

The format of the conference is a 3-day meeting including paper presentations, panel discussions, invited talks, and demonstration showcases. Workshops and other mini-events (special sessions, breakout groups, brainstorms, think-tanks, socials, contests, and more) as part of the conference will be added as needed (proposals are solicited). In addition, BICA 2017 will be proceded by sessions of Fierces on BICA 2017. We solicit additionally proposals for discussion panels. The working language is English. As always, we plan a rich social and cultural program included in the registration, including the joint Welcome Reception and more (details are to follow).

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