Call for Papers:

3rd Workshop on Cognitive Architectures

Final Submission Deadline
February 5, 2018

3rd Workshop on Cognitive Architectures (CogArch)
in conjunction with ASPLOS 2018
Williamsburg, VA, USA
March 24, 2018

Paper submission deadline: Feb 5, 2018
Demo proposal submission deadline: Feb 12, 2018
Notification of acceptance: February 19, 2018
Final paper submission: March 12, 2018
Workshop date: March 24, 2018

Recent advances in Cognitive Computing Systems (as evidenced by innovations like Watson from IBM and AlphaGo from Google DeepMind), coupled with brain-inspired hardware designs (such as the IBM True North chip and Tensor Processing Units (TPU) from Google), as well as recent offerings from Intel and Microsoft, have spawned new research and development activity in machine learning, neuromorphic and other brain-inspired computing models, and architectures for efficient support of complex tasks in computer vision, speech recognition and artificial intelligence. The proliferation of mobile computing platforms, Internet-of-Things and cloud support features thereof have opened up exciting new opportunities for real-time, mobile (distributed or swarm-driven) cognition. This half-day workshop solicits formative ideas and new product offerings in this general space.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
– Algorithms in support of cognitive reasoning: recognition, intelligent search, diagnosis, inference and informed decision-making.
– Swarm intelligence and distributed architectural support; brain-inspired and neural computing architectures.
– Prototype demonstrations of state-of-the-art cognitive computing systems.
– Accelerators and micro-architectural support for cognitive computing.
– Approaches to reduce training time and enable faster model delivery.
– Cloud-backed autonomics and mobile cognition: architectural and OS support thereof.
– Resilient design of distributed (swarm) mobile cognitive architectures.
– Energy efficiency, battery life extension and endurance in mobile, cognitive architectures.
– Case studies and real-life demonstrations/prototypes in specific application domains: e.g. Smart homes, connected cars and UAV-driven commercial services, as well as applications of interest to defense and homeland security.

6 pages, including references, with same formatting guidelines as main conference.

This edition of CogArch will feature a session where researchers can showcase innovative prototype demonstrations or proof-of-concept designs in the cognitive architecture space. Examples of such demonstrations may include (but not be restricted to):
1. Custom ASIC or FPGA-based demonstrations of machine learning, cognitive or neuromorphic architectures
2. Innovative implementations of state-of-the-art cognitive algorithms/applications, and the underlying software-hardware co-design techniques
3. Demonstration of end-to-end cognitive systems comprising of edge devices backed by a cloud computing infrastructure
4. Novel designs showcasing the adoption of emerging technologies for the design of cognitive systems
5. Tools or frameworks to aid analysis, simulation and design of cognitive systems

Submissions for the demonstration session may be made in the form of a 1 page abstract highlighting key features and innovations of the prototype demonstration. Proposals accepted for demonstration during the workshop can be accompanied by a poster/short presentation.

The workshop shall consist of short presentations by authors of selected submissions and selected poster presentations/live demonstrations. In addition, it will include invited keynotes by eminent researchers from industry and academia as well as interactive panel discussions to kindle further interest in these research topics. Submitted papers will be reviewed by a Workshop Program Committee, in addition to the organizers. While these peer-reviewed papers will not be published in the ASPLOS conference proceedings, the authors of the accepted papers will be invited to submit their work to a special issue of an eminent journal. (Presenters at the 2016 edition of CogArch were invited to submit their work to the IEEE MICRO Special Issue on Cognitive Architectures).

Karthik Swaminathan, Augusto Vega, Nandhini Chandramoorthy, Alper Buyuktosunoglu, Pradip Bose
Affiliation: IBM T. J. Watson Research Center