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MRC 2021 : he 1st International Workshop on Machine Reasoning


When Mar 12, 2021 - Mar 12, 2021
Where online
Abstract Registration Due Jan 15, 2021
Submission Deadline Jan 20, 2021
Notification Due Jan 31, 2021
Final Version Due Feb 20, 2021
Categories    NLP   artificial intelligence

Call For Papers

MRC 2021: The 1st International Workshop on Machine Reasoning
Co-located with WSDM 2021, Virtual Event, March 12, 2021
For queries:
Submission due: Jan 15, 2021 (Abstract Due), Jan 20, 2021 (Paper Due)

Recent years have witnessed the success of machine learning and especially deep learning in many research areas such as IR, Data Mining, Vision and Natural Language Processing. Though various learning approaches have demonstrated satisfying performance in perceptual tasks such as pattern recognition and matching by extracting useful features from data, the area still sees a large amount of research needed to advance from perceptual learning to cognitive reasoning in the coming years towards cognitive intelligence. This includes but is not limited to neural logic reasoning, probabistlic logic reasoning, neural-symbolic reasoning, causal reasoning, knowledge reasoning and commonsense reasoning.

The workshop focuses on the research and application of machine reasoning methods and applications in various tasks. It will gather researchers and practitioners in the field for discussions, idea communications, and research promotions. It will also generate insightful debates about the recent progress in machine intelligence to a broader community, including but not limited to IR, data mining, machine learning, CV, NLP, economics, legal regulations and beyond.

We welcome contributions of both long and short papers from a wide scope of topics of machine reasoning. Papers must be submitted to easychair at by 23:59, AoE (Anywhere on Earth) on January 15 (Abstract) and January 20th (Full paper), 2021.


We welcome contributions of both long and short papers from a wide range of topics, including but not limited to the following topics of interest:

1. Logical Reasoning
Neural Logic Reasoning
Probabilistic Logic Reasoning
Logic Reasoning on Graphs
Logic Reasoning on Small Data
Inductive Logic Programming
Abductive Learning and Reasoning
Analogy Learning and Reasoning
2. Causal Reasoning
Counterfactual Reasoning
Deductive Causal Reasoning
Inductive Causal Reasoning
Abductive Causal Reasoning
Causal Reasoning for Unbiased AI
Causal Reasoning for Explainable AI
3. Knowledge and Graph-based Reasoning
Knowledge-enhanced Reasoning
Reasoning in Heterogeneous Networks
Reasoning on Cognitive Graphs
Reinforcement Knowledge Reasoning
4. Commonsense Reasoning
Commonsense Representation
Commonsense Resources
Social Commonsense Reasoning
Physical Commonsense Reasoning
5. Neural Symbolic Reasoning
Symbolic Regression over Neural Networks
Neural Symbolic Reasoning over Graphs
Neural Symbolic Representation Learning
Neural Symbolic Cognitive Models
Mechanisms for Neural-Symbolic Integration
6. Human-Machine Collaborative Reasoning
Interactive Reasoning
Conversational Reasoning
Interfaces for Collaborative Reasoning
Collaborative Reasoning in Smart Environments
Reasoning for Collaborative Decision Making
7. Datasets and Resources
New Datasets for Machine Reasoning
Benchmarks for Machine Reasoning
Small Data for Machine Reasoning
Evaluation Methods for Machine Reasoning
8. Novel Applications of Machine Reasoning
Reasoning in Search Systems
Reasoning in Recommender Systems
Reasoning in Social Networks
Reasoning in Medical Diagnostics
Reasoning in Legal Assistants
Reasoning in Tabular Data
Reasoning in Conversational Systems

**Easychair submission webpage**

**Important days (All time are 23:59, AoE, Anywhere on Earth)**
Jan 15, 2021: Abstract Due
Jan 20, 2021: Paper Due
Jan 31, 2021: Paper Notification
Feb 20, 2021: Camera Ready Submission
Mar 12, 2021: Workshop Day

**Organizing committee**
Yongfeng Zhang (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA)
Min Zhang (Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)
Hanxiong Chen (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, USA)
Xu Chen (Renmin University of China, Beijing, China)
Xianjie Chen (Facebook Research, USA)
Chuang Gan (MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, USA)
Tong Sun (Adobe Research, USA)
Xin Luna Dong (Amazon, USA)

Submission Guidelines:

MRC 2021 paper submissions can either be long (maximum 9 pages plus reference) or short (maximum 4 pages plus reference). Each accepted paper (no matter short or long) will have an oral presentation in a plenary session, and will also be allocated a presentation slot in a poster session to encourage discussion and follow up between authors and attendees.

MRC 2021 submissions are double-blind. All submissions and reviews will be handled electronically. MRC 2021 submissions should be prepared according to the standard double-column ACM SIG proceedings format. Additional information about formatting and style files is available on the ACM website. Papers must be submitted to easychair at by 23:59, AoE (Anywhere on Earth) on January 15th (Abstract) and January 20th (Full paper), 2021.

For inquires about the workshop and submissions, please feel free to email

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