Call for Papers


In his 1960 article on “Man-machine symbiosis”, Licklider predicted a time when “the main intellectual advances will be made by men and computers working together in intimate association”. While much of the emphasis within the AI community over the ensuing half century was placed upon tools for automation such as speech recognition or surpassing humans at challenging intellectual tasks such as chess or Jeopardy!, the last few years have witnessed a resurgent interest in symbiotic cognitive systems: collectives of humans and intelligent agents that collaborate to accomplish cognitive tasks better than either can alone.

The objective of this workshop is to bring together researchers working on aspects of symbiotic cognitive computing in various application domains to synthesize a new vision and research agenda for symbiotic cognitive systems and establish a community that will have a continued existence at future AI workshops and conferences.

Topics: The workshop will explore technologies, architectures, applications, or other aspects of symbiotic cognitive computing, including but not limited to:

  • Cognitive assistants;
  • Natural and/or multi-modal interaction technologies, e.g. dialog, gesture;
  • Technologies that support collaboration among humans and intelligent agents;
  • Technologies for creating, representing or using shared context as a vehicle for communication and understanding among humans and intelligent agents;
  • Planning for symbiotic tasks and/or interactions;
  • Agents that learn models of the environment and humans or other agents situated within it;
  • Software or hardware architectures for symbiotic cognitive systems;
  • Descriptions and/or evaluations of symbiotic computing systems applied to application domains;
  • Metrics and benchmarks for assessing the cognitive capabilities of human-agent collectives;
  • Architectures for cognitive agents or cognitive systems;
  • Theoretical topics pertinent to symbiotic cognitive systems; and
  • Vision statements for the future of symbiotic cognitive systems.

Submission Instructions


We are accepting abstacts/short papers (up to 4 pages) in PDF format using the AAAI Template.

Email submissions with the subject line "[AAAI2016-SCS workshop submission]" to

  • Jeffrey ( and
  • Stephanie (



The aim of the workshop is to synthesize from the participants a vision and research agenda for symbiotic cognitive systems, and identify challenge problems that can spur new collaborations and new research. The schedule is as follows:

Patterns of Symbiotic Systems
9:15-9:25A Distributed Cognition Perspective on Symbiotic Cognitive Systems: Representations as a Medium for Symbiosis
Thomas Erickson
9:25-9:35Contexts for Symbiotic Autonomy: Semantic Mapping, Task Teaching and Social Robotics
9:35-9:45Interaction and Task Patterns in Symbiotic, Mixed-Initiative Human-Robot Interaction
Felip Marti Carrillo and Elin Anna Topp
9:45-9:55Interaction in Human-Robot Societies
Tathagata Chakraborti, Kartik Talamadupula, Yu Zhang, Subbarao Kambhampati
9:55-10:05Artificial Attention at Scale
Alexander M. Morison and David D Woods
10:05-10:30Questions and Discussion
10:30-11:00 Break
Symbiotic Interactions
11:00-11:10Towards a Dataset for Human Computer Communication via Grounded Language Acquisition
Yonatan Bisk, Daniel Marcu and William Wong
11:10-11:20The Impending Ubiquity of Cognitive Objects
Maryam Ashoori, Rachel Bellamy, and Justin D. Weisz
11:20-11:30Ceding Control: Empowering Remote Participants in Meetings involving Smart Conference Rooms
V. Venkataraman, J. Lenchner, S. Trewin, M. Ashoori, S. Guo, M. Dholakia, and P. Turaga
11:30-11:40Human-Robot Collaboration: Affect-Driven Functional Coexistence
Mahni Shayganfar, Charles Rich, and Candace Sidner
11:40-11:50Pragmatics and Discourse in Knowledge Graphs
Amar Viswanathan, Geeth de Mel, and James A. Hendler
11:50-11:55Axiomatic Particle Filtering for Goal-directed Robotic Manipulation
Zhiqiang Sui, Odest Chadwicke Jenkins, and Karthik Desingh
11:55-12:30Questions and Discussion
12:30-2:00Lunch (on your own; no sponsored lunch)
Learning About and From Humans
2:00-2:10Task Learning through Visual Demonstration and Situated Dialog
Changsong Liu, Joyce Y. Chai, Nishant Shukla, and Song-Chun Zhu
2:10-2:20Towards Learning from Stories: An Approach to Interactive Machine Learning
Brent Harrison and Mark O. Riedl
2:20-2:30CATS: Cognitive Analytic Trail System
Raphael Melo Thiago, Leonardo Guerreiro Azevedo, Viviane Torres da Silva, Vinicius C. V. B. Segura, Marcelo Nery dos Santos, Renato F. de G. Cerqueira
2:30-2:40Symbiotic Cognitive Computing through Iteratively Supervised Lexicon Induction
Alfredo Alba, Anni Coden, Clemens Drews, Daniel Gruhl, Neal Lewis, Pablo N. Mendes, Meenakshi Nagarajan, Ashequl Qadir, and Steve Welch
2:40-2:45An Active Interactive Clustering Framework to Generate Labeled Data
Harshit Kumar, Sachindra Joshi, and David Nahamoo
2:45-2:50Toward assessment of mental fatigue in daily life from eye movements
Yasunori Yamada and Masatomo Kobayashi
2:50-2:55Cognitive Advertisement Design via Dynamic Bayesian Network
Wei Sun, Ying Li, Anshul Sheopuri, Thales S. Teixeira
2:55-3:00Enhancing Object Recognition with Dynamic Cognitive Context
Laura M. Hiatt, Wallace E. Lawson, Anthony M. Harrison and J. Gregory Trafton
3:00-3:05Visualizing the Residents Sentiment in Social Media with Location Information using Landmark Name at the Disaster Time
Akiko Murakami and Yohei Ikawa
3:05-3:30Questions and Discussion
3:30-4:30Poster Session and Break
Wrap Up
4:30-5:15What's next for Symbiotic Cognitive Systems?