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CNS2019 - The International Workshop on Cognitive and Neural Systems

In conjunction with SNAMS-2019 - The Sixth International Conference on Social Networks Analysis, Management and Security
October 22-25, 2019, Granada, Spain -

We are pleased to invite you to submit original contributions to CNS 2019 via the official submission system at . This can include, technical and experimental, theoretical, conceptual, or a survey. All submissions will be peer-reviewed on the basis of relevance, originality, importance, and clarity.

Call for papers
Conversation is an essential social activity for humans. Intelligent systems that can handle natural language are actually deployed on personal or home devices or embedded in humanoid robots, and try to enable social interactions between computers and humans in order to assist, enable, or entertain. Even though they have significantly improved their abilities in recognizing and synthetizing speech, they often fail to meet expectations of having a real dialogue with humans. Indeed, they essentially try to provide a more or less adequate imitation of how humans converse, bringing the interlocutor into stereotyped conversations, but without developing real understanding of language or learning and using robust and meaningful representations of physical concepts, objects, and events of the external world.

This workshop is intended to provide an overview of the research being carried out in the areas of Cognitive and Neural systems designed to acquire capabilities for language learning, understanding, production, and grounding, interactively or autonomously from data, also operating on portable and embedded devices or with preliminary quantum computing developments. To this aim, the workshop aims to gather researchers with broad expertise in various fields — computer vision and natural language processing, cognitive science and psychology, artificial intelligence and robotics, computational modeling and neuroscience — to discuss their cutting edge work in these exciting areas with original contributions covering the whole range of theoretical and practical aspects, technologies and systems.


·         Natural Language Understanding

·         Natural Language Generation

·         Natural Language Grounding

·         Computer and Cognitive Vision

·         Conversational Systems/Interfaces

·         Human-like Reasoning and Adaptive Behavior

·         Computer/Human Interactive Learning

·         Search and Information Retrieval

·         Machine/Deep Learning from huge amounts of heterogeneous data

·         Reinforcement Learning

·         Emotional Intelligence

·         Neuroscience-Inspired Cognitive Architectures

·         Trustworthy and Explainable Artificial Intelligence

·         Cognitive and Social Robotics

·         Quantum Machine Intelligence

·         Intelligence on portable and embedded devices

·         Applications in Science, Engineering, Medicine, Healthcare, Finance, Business, Law, Education, Transportation, Retailing, Telecommunication, Multimedia


Submissions Guidelines and Proceedings

Manuscripts should be prepared in 10-point font using the IEEE 8.5" x 11" two-column format (IEEE Templates). All papers should be in PDF format and submitted electronically at Paper Submission Link. A full paper can be up to 6 pages (including all figures, tables, and references). Submitted papers must present original unpublished research that is not currently under review for any other conference or journal. Papers not following these guidelines may be rejected without review. Also, submissions received after the due date, exceeding length limit, or not appropriately structured may also not be considered. Authors may contact the Program Chair for further information or clarification. 
All submissions are peer-reviewed by at least three reviewers. Accepted papers will appear in the SNAMS Proceeding and to be submitted to IEEE Xplore for inclusion. The proceedings are also submitted for indexing to EI (Compendex), Scopus and other indexing services like DBLP. 
Submitted papers must include original work, and must not be under consideration for another conference or journal. Submission of regular papers must not exceed 6 pages and must follow the IEEE paper format. Please include up to 7 keywords, complete postal and e-mail address, and fax and phone numbers of the corresponding author. Authors of accepted papers are expected to present their work at the conference. Submitted papers that are deemed of good quality but that could not be accepted as regular papers will be accepted as short papers. 


Journal Special Issues
Selected papers from the workshop will be invited to submit an extended version to:

·         the special issue Natural Language Processing: Emerging Neural Approaches and Applications ofApplied Sciences, section Computing and Artificial Intelligence (

·         Quantum Machine Intelligence ( )

Papers will be selected based on their reviewers’ scores and appropriateness to the Journal’s theme. All extended versions will undergo reviews and must represent original unpublished research work.

Important Dates 
Submission Date: 22 July 2019 (EXTENDED)

Notification to Authors: 20th August 2019

Camera Ready Submission: 5th September 2019


Technical Program Committee 
Giovanni Acampora, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy

Plamen Angelov, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

Flora Amato, University of Naples Federico II, Naples, Italy

Angelo Cangelosi, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Matteo Cavaliere, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK

Giuseppe De Pietro, Institute for High Performance Computing and Networking - National Research Council of Italy (ICAR-CNR), Naples, Italy

Alessandro Di Nuovo, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK

Bruno Golosio, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy

Xavier Hinaut, Inria, Bordeux, France

Alessandro Maisto, University of Salerno, Salerno, Italy

Stefano Melacci, University of Siena, Siena, Italy

Marco Palomino, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK

Wojciech Samek, Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Berlin, Germany

Matthew Shardlow, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK

Stefan Wermter, University of Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany


General Co-Chairs:

Massimo Esposito, Institute for High Performance Computing and Networking - National Research Council of Italy (ICAR-CNR), Naples, Italy

Giovanni Luca Masala, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK


Technical Program Co-Chairs:

Andrea Calimera, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy

Ioanna Giorgi, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

Aniello Minutolo, Institute for High Performance Computing and Networking - National Research Council of Italy (ICAR-CNR), Naples, Italy

Marco Pota, Institute for High Performance Computing and Networking - National Research Council of Italy (ICAR-CNR), Naples, Italy


Publication and Publicity Co-Chairs:

Emanuele Damiano, Institute for High Performance Computing and Networking - National Research Council of Italy (ICAR-CNR), Naples, Italy

Raffaele Guarasci, Institute for High Performance Computing and Networking - National Research Council of Italy (ICAR-CNR), Naples, Italy


Organization Chair:

Sandra Sendra, Universidad de Granada, Spain

Moayad Aloqaily, Carleton University, Canada

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