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AIxRoads 2019 : A.I. at the Crossroads of NLP and Neuroscience (IJCAI workshop)


When Aug 10, 2019 - Aug 10, 2019
Where Macao
Submission Deadline May 12, 2019
Notification Due May 27, 2019
Final Version Due Jun 10, 2019
Categories    artificial intelligence   NLP   linguistics   neuroscience

Call For Papers

(Apologies for cross-posting)

A.I. at the Crossroads of NLP and Neuroscience (AIxRoads)

Extended deadline: may 12, 2019
workshop: 10th, 11th or12th of August, 2019 (one of these three)

1 Workshop Description

This one-day workshop will be held in Macao in August (10/11/12, 2019), in conjunction with the 28th International Joint Conference of Artificial Intelligence (

The goal of this workshop is to stimulate cross-fertilization between the different communities of the AI universe (e.g., Mathematicians, Linguists, Cognitive Scientists, Neuroscientists) in order to identify the knowledge needed to bridge the gap between Natural and Artificial Intelligence. More precisely, we would like to discuss whether and how the usage of knowledge concerning the human brain may enable engineers to produce better software. For more details see the conference website:

Here are some of the questions for which we would like to receive your proposals or answers:

- Can we get machines to learn as ordinary people do? Children induce rules on the basis of very few examples, containing even noisy data (few-shot learning; learning of abstractions).

- Can we replicate this by a machine?

- How can the learned knowledge be reused for new tasks?

- How to improve the interaction between humans and machines?

- Can knowledge of the brain mechanisms involving intelligence (sound, vision and language) help us to develop better architectures?

- In what ways can the techniques developed in AI inspire cognitive scientists to get new ideas/theories, or, to help them to refine existing ones?

- Is there a way for AI to exploit embodied representations ?

- How can AI help us to solve problems in other disciplines, for example, NLP?

- Can we make Natural and Artificial Intelligence cooperate in problem-solving, or, should the two be applied separately ?

- If there is an interaction between the two, what should this look like? What are the interfaces and workflows?

- What are the benefits for AI to mimic humans or the human mind while processing language?

- Where in the development cycle and how shall AI engineers consider specific human aspects, such as the human brain/mind?

- Specificities of humans and machines: how relevant is deep learning in modeling human thought?

- Do we still need theories in the age of deep learning? Are there ways to interpret their results?

- Is it possible to build a glass box and open the neural network black box?

- What can NLP practitioners learn from network science (complex graphs)?

- Can machines liberate us from the boring and mechanical aspects of problem-solving (logical proofs), to allow us to focus more on the creative aspects of the task?

- How to build AI augmenting human intelligence, or, how to use human intelligence to augment AI?

- Can we impose order and logic on an unordered set of ideas, by detecting the nature of the links between them automatically, to help authors in producing coherent texts?

2 Workshop Submissions

We accept regular workshop papers, which will be included in the proceedings pending acceptance. All submissions should be in PDF format, and be submitted via the following website: If you don’t have already an account with them, you will have to create one (

To allow for double-blind reviewing, the manuscripts should be devoid of information allowing author identification. Paper formats should comply with the IJCAI 2019 style sheets, available at:

Regular Submissions Papers can be either full (8 pages of content + references) or short papers (4 pages + references) reporting original and unpublished research relevant for this workshop.

Accepted papers are expected to be presented by one of the authors at the workshop (oral presentation or poster). It is only under this condition that they will be included in the workshop proceedings.

If the same paper has been submitted to multiple conferences / workshops, the authors are asked to point this out at submission time. For papers to be presented at this workshop, they must be withdrawn from other venues.

3 Important Dates

Submission deadline: May 12, 2019 (11.59 p.m., UTC-12h)
Notification of acceptance: May 27, 2019
Camera-ready version due: June 10, 2019
Workshop date: Aug 10/11/12, 2019 (one out of these three)

4 Workshop Organizers

- Michael Zock (CNRS, LIS, AMU, Marseille, France), psycholinguist
- Yoed N. Kenett (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA), neuroscientist
- Enrico Santus (MIT, CSAIL, Boson, USA), computational linguist
- Mingyu Wan (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University), computational linguist
- Emmanuele Chersoni (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University), computational linguist

5 Program Committee or

6 Contact Information


Phone (France): +33 951-899-707
Skype: mikazock

To be sure to have the most recent information, check with the workshop’s homepage (

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