CogArch 2016 - The 2nd Workshop on Cognitive Architectures @ ASPLOS 2016 - overview

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The emerging new interest in cognitive computing points to the need for defining hardware-software co-optimized architectures in support of this new paradigm. This workshop at ASPLOS 2016 proposes to bring together researchers and practitioners within systems architecture, computer vision, artificial intelligence and robotics to discuss the latest ideas, applications and commercialization strategies around the cognitive computing theme. The primary focus is expected to be on driving towards a better understanding of key cognitive algorithms and the allied architectural support issues.

Of particular interest are application areas of mobile cognition, which may comprise of a distributed swarm of ‘intelligent’ computing modules. This paradigm is relevant in the context of unmanned aerial vehicles and connected cars. Further, the rising investment by industry in designing IoT (Internet-of-Things) platforms, has resulted in several opportunities to build architectures that support capabilities such as intelligent data exchange and interaction with cloud, pattern matching, data analytics and other cognitive aspects to build truly transformative systems.


Call for Papers:

Recent advances in Cognitive Computing Systems (as evidenced by innovations like Watson from IBM and self-driving cars from Google), coupled with neurally-inspired hardware designs (such as the IBM True North chip), 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, IoT 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.
  • Accelerators and micro-architectural support for cognitive computing.
  • 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.

The workshop shall consist of short presentations by authors of selected submissions. 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 (TBA), 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 are welcome to submit their work to the IEEE MICRO Special Issue on Cognitive Architectures.



Karthik Swaminathan, Augusto Vega, Alper Buyuktosunoglu, Pradip Bose - IBM T.J Watson Research Center



Date and Venue

1:30-5:30 PM, on 2nd April 2016, Atlanta, GA


Further instructions:

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

Submission website:

Submission deadline: February 21th, 2016

Notification: February 29th, 2016

Camera ready deadline: March 23rd, 2016