Several types of awards are anticipated (please see details below). All submissions should be made via EasyChair (and NOT by email).

Currently, submissions are accepted only for the journal BICA and for presentations without publication. Submission to the Springer book (series “Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing”) is closed. Please submit your work to BICA 2016 in NYC.

Posters should be prepared using these files:,

Call for Participation

Any Researcher, young or not, is invited to join Fierces on BICA by registering for participation via EasyChair. Optionally, participants are invited to submit a biosketch or a personal statement for the Program Brochure (not for publication), an abstract for a short presentation, or a paper for a journal publication (please see details below). Proposals for roundtables and discussion panels are especially welcome.

Call for Lectures and Tutorials

Invited or Self-Nominated Lecturers or Keynotes of Fierces on BICA 2016 are expected to submit a title and a short or extended abstract of their lecture via EasyChair, as described below. Tutorial proposals should include a short Syllabus in the same format as an abstract or a paper, plus samples of tutorial materials (such as slides or hands-on assignments). Due to the limited time, tutorials may be limited to one or two lecture slots.

Call for Demos and Sub-Events

As mentioned above, proposals for roundtables and discussion panels, as well as for special interest breakout groups and socials, are particularly welcome and should be submitted as abstracts or short papers using the corresponding submission tracks in EasyChair (multiple submissions by the same participant are encouraged). Proposals for technological demonstrations should be accompanied with an abstract and submitted via the designated track. We also solicit submission of short (up to 5 min) videos, that may be demonstrated during coffee breaks. Please use the designated track in EasyChair, and also submit an abstract describing the video and its origin. Given a number of acceptable video submissions, a prize for the best video will be awarded.

Call for Papers

Submission to any track can include a paper in PDF, plus (optionally) the Word or Latex source used to create the PDF. The paper may be intended for publication in one or both Publication Venues (please see below), each of which has its own Guide for Authors. Conforming to the journal formatting requirements is optional at the initial stage. Acceptance of a paper for a journal publication is based on peer reviews and is contingent upon Author’s timely submission of the final version plus registration for Fierces on BICA (participation is not a requirement). An alternative to publication is to make the paper available to other Participants via locally distributed electronic media. A Fierces on BICA 2016 Best Paper Award is anticipated and will be announced at the opening ceremony.

Preparation of Materials

Please note: preparation rules have changed!

  • Short scientific abstracts, personal statements and biosketches should be submitted as plain text via EasyChair, by pasting them into the Abstract field. The recommended length is 150 words.

  • Participants without presentations may optionally submit any personal information, such as the link to a personal web page, affiliation, research interests, experience and expectations for the School, using the Abstract field. The submitted text may be included in the Program Brochure.

  • Papers and extended abstracts (intended for a book publication or not) are recommended to be prepared using the Springer template (Word or Latex). The templates and the Guide for Authors can be found at the following URL:

  • In addition, please refer to the BICA Guide for Authors to prepare your submission intended for the BICA journal.

Publication Venues

Submitted papers (and selected extend abstracts) will be peer-reviewed and accepted (or recommended for extension) for publication in the Elsevier journal BICA (acquires Thomson Reuters JCR Impact Factor in January, indexed in Web of Science and Scopus) and in a Springer book “Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICA) for young scientists: Proceedings of the First International Early Research Career Enhancement School (FIERCES 2016)” (with а лоок similar to the one shown below; indexed in Web of Science and Scopus). All Fierces on BICA Lecturers are cordially invited to submit their works to the journal BICA. Paper categories include Research, Tutorial, Visionary, and Review articles.

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ISSN: 2212-683XISSN: 2194-5357

Submission is Open!

Submissions in all categories are processed strictly via EasyChair and cannot be accepted by email. Before making a submission, please explore the submission site (you may need to create an account or switch your role to Author). To start or modify a submission, please proceed to the EasyChair login by clicking the button below. Biosketch is optional in all cases and, if included, should be appended as a separate paragraph in the Abstract field.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent as indicated on the deadlines page. Each accepted paper or abstract not associated with a lecture or tutorial can be presented as a Poster + Short Talk.

Scope and Topics

Intended topics and scope of Fierces on BICA include the following (please also refer to the diagram on the right).

In the Spotlight:

  • Models of perception, cognition and action
    • Congnitive modelling
    • Image-based thinking modelling and cognitive graphics
    • Knowledge engineering, onthologies and knowledge management
    • Emotionally intelligent BICA
    • Character reasoning and narrative intelligence
    • Automated planning and behaviour modelling
    • Active learning in artifacts
    • Intelligent tutoring systems and environments
    • Believable autonomous social actors
    • Secure authentication of the mind
    • Evolutionary modeling and genetical algorithms
    • Reasoning modelling and non-classical logics
    • Fuzzy models and soft computing;
    • Benchmarks, metrics, tests and challenges for BICA
    • Fundamental theoretical questions in BICA research
    • The roadmap for the BICA Challenge
    • Acquiring, representing and processing of temporal knowledge
    • Intelligent simulation
    • Intelligent agents, semantic networks and maps
    • Methodological and philosophical problems of artificial intelligence
    • Future plans for fundings and collaboration.
    Models of perception, cognition and action
  • Study of cognitive evolution
  • Emotionally intelligent BICA
  • Narrative intelligence in BICA
  • Models of prospective episodic memory
  • Theory-of-mind reasoning
  • Character reasoning
  • Narrative goal reasoning
  • Active learning in artifacts
  • BICA models of self-regulated learning
  • Believable autonomous social actors
  • Secure authentication of the mind
  • Benchmarks, metrics, tests and challenges for BICA
  • Fundamental theoretical questions in BICA research
  • The roadmap for the BICA Challenge

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Figure: Generic extended BICA.


  • “B” in BICA: useful biological constraints for cognitive architectures
  • Bridging the gap between artificial and natural information processing
  • Cognitive and learning mechanisms informed by neuroscience
  • Neural correlates of cognitive and meta-cognitive processes
  • Robustness, scalability and adaptability in neuromorphic systems
  • Neurophysiological underpinnings of reinforcement learning
  • Physiological mechanisms of memory formation and (re)consolidation
  • Representation of contextual and conceptual knowledge in neural systems

Social, Economic and Educational Sciences:

  • Mixed-initiative systems based on inspirations from biology
  • Agents possessing human-level social, narrative, and emotional intelligence
  • BICA in pedagogical, learning, and tutoring technologies and education
  • BICA models of self and their application to self-aware perception and action
  • Representation, perception, understanding, processing and expression of emotions
  • Virtual characters and narratives, artificial personalities and human-compatibility of BICA
  • Agent-based modeling of intelligent social phenomena (are there any?)
  • Applications of BICA technologies in elderly care

Cognitive Science:

  • Perception, reasoning, decision making and action in BICA
  • Combining natural and artificial approaches to cognition
  • Comparison of different forms of learning, memory, and cognitive growth
  • Theory-of-Mind, episodic and autobiographical memory in cognitive systems
  • Introspection, metacognitive reasoning and self-awareness in BICA
  • Models of learning and memory: robustness, flexibility, transferability
  • Natural and body language and its role in intelligence, cognition and interaction
  • Unifying frameworks and constraints for cognitive architectures: the grand unification

Artificial Intelligence:

  • Creativity, goal reasoning and human-level autonomy in artifacts
  • Embodied vs. ambient intelligence: embedding or embodiment?
  • Natural Language capabilities and social competence of BICA
  • Learning by reading, by observation, by reasoning and by analogy
  • Robust and scalable machine learning mechanisms in BICA
  • Self-regulated learning, bootstrapped and meta-learning and the critical mass
  • The place for BICA in tomorrow's textbook of artificial intelligence


  • Mathematical basis for BICA and fundamental theoretical questions in BICA research
  • Alternative substrates for implementation of BICA: smart materials, quantum and biocomputing
  • Alternative approaches to the development of BICA: evolutionary, system-theoretic, educational
  • Fundamental academic, practical and theoretical questions in BICA research and technology
  • Cognitive Decathlon and Grand Challenges for BICA as components of the BICA Challenge
  • Critical mass for a universal human-level learner and a roadmap to solving the BICA Challenge
  • Metrics, tests, proximity measures and the roadmap to human-level / human-compatible AI
  • Leveraging the cloud, world-wide-web, and social-media: possible role for BICA?
  • Cybersecurity and secure authentication methods based on BICA
  • Interdisciplinary research opportunities involving BICA
  • International trends and opportunities in funding BICA related research

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