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2014 Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICA 2014)

07/11/2014 09:00
09/11/2014 18:00

2014 Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICA 2014)  Fifth Annual Meeting of the BICA Society

November 7-9 (Friday-Sunday): Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA( Sponsored by: The BICA Society; The MIT; Elsevier B.V. 
Points of contact: Paul Robertson ( and Alexei Samsonovich (

Call for Papers

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 prices, so that an explosion of intelligent applications from driverless vehicles to augmented reality, to ubiquitous robots, is now almost certain.  The emerging on these grounds challenge of computational replication of all essential aspects of the human mind (the BICA Challenge) is interdisciplinary in nature and promises to yield bi-directional flow of understanding between all involved disciplines.


Social, Economic and Educational Sciences:

Cognitive Science:

Artificial Intelligence:


FormatA 2.5-day meeting including paper presentations, panel discussions, invited talks, and demonstration showcases. Symposia and other mini-events (special sessions, breakout groups, brainstorms, think-tanks, socials, contests, and more) as parts of the conference will be added as needed (proposals are solicited). In addition, BICA 2014 will host a special track "Doctorial Consortium" for which a "best student paper" award will be presented.  We will also host technology demonstrations, for which we solicit proposals, and a poster session.  We solicit additionally proposals for panel topics. A rich social-cultural program is expected. The working language is English.VenuesThe conference will be held on the MIT campus (the Stata Center, Building 32, 32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA – shown in the BICA 2014 logo on the first page) on November 8 and 9, and in a the Cambridge Marriott on Friday, November 7.Submission and Publication Venues:Publication venues  include: (1) the Elsevier journal BICA - papers may be distributed among several journal issues; and (2) a volume of Procedia Computer Science, indexed by Web of Science and Scopus. One EasyChair submission site will be used for all categories of submissions, including (1), (2) and also stand-alone abstracts that will be included in the conference program brochure, without being published. All submissions will undergo one round of peer-reviews. The category may be changed based on reviews. All conference materials (including papers and abstracts) will be together made available locally for conference participants (included in the registration package) via USB and/or the Internet. Invited speakers are not required, but are encouraged to submit papers or abstracts. Other participants can have presentations accepted based on an abstract only, without a paper submission.Paper Preparation:None of the 3 submission categories require producing a camera-ready version or typesetting by the Author. However, Authors should consult requirements specified in the BICA Guide for Authors ( for the category Letter (preferred; 3,000 - 6,000 words) or Research Article (approximately 8,000 – 12,000 words). In addition, Procedia papers will be limited to 6 journal pages; any extra pages will need to be covered by an Extra Page Fee of $50 USD per page. Alternatively, Authors are encouraged to submit longer Research Articles as journal papers, avoiding any Extra Page Fees. Position Papers or Reviews may be submitted as journal papers by invitation only; however, Position Papers can be submitted as Procedia papers without personal invitation (the same page limit applies). After the initial peer-review, accepted papers will be assigned to a specific publication venue by the Program Committee.Core Organizing Committee

Antonio Chella: OC Member
Christian Lebiere: OC Member

Important DatesProposals for Sub-Events:

Symposia, Workshops and Socials – March 1
Doctoral Consortium Submit – May 05
Technology Demos – June 13
Panel Session Interest – June 27

Paper and Abstract Submission:

Paper and abstract submission opens – March 1st
Letters of Intent due (via email to the Chairs) – No required
Abstract Submission Due – June 12
Paper Submission Due – June 27
Paper Review Feedback – July 14
Final Papers Due – September 1st
Late-breaking stand-alone abstracts due– September 31

Registration and Conference:

Early-bird registration due: June 17
Regular author-presenter registration due – June 27
Guest and non-presenting attendee online registration due – October 1
Sessions of the conference BICA 2014: November 7-9