CoCo @ NIPS 2015
Cognitive Computation: Integrating Neural and Symbolic Approaches

Workshop at NIPS 2015, Montreal, Canada
11/12th of December 2015

Invited Speakers

Antoine Bordes, Facebook AI Research.
Rina Dechter, UC Irvine.
Pedro Domingos, University of Washington.
Ramanathan V. Guha, Google Inc.
Gary F. Marcus, NYU and Geometric Intelligence.
Stephen H. Muggleton, Imperial College London.
Daniel L. Silver, Acadia University.
Paul Smolensky, Johns Hopkins University.
Josh Tenenbaum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Greg Wayne, Deep Mind, Google Inc.
Michael Witbrock, Cycorp Inc.

Mission Statement

While early work on knowledge representation and inference was primarily symbolic, the corresponding approaches subsequently fell out of favor, and were largely supplanted by connectionist methods. In this workshop, we will work to close the gap between the two paradigms, and aim to formulate a new unified approach that is inspired by our current understanding of human cognitive processing. This is important to help improve our understanding of Neural Information Processing and build better Machine Learning systems, including the reuse of knowledge learned in one application domain in analogous domains.

The workshop brings together world leaders in the fields of neural computation, logic and artificial intelligence, natural language understanding, cognitive science, and computational neuroscience. Over the two workshop days, their invited lectures will be complemented with presentations based on contributed papers (following an open call for papers) and a poster session, giving ample opportunity to interact and discuss the different perspectives and emerging approaches.

The workshop targets a single broad theme of general interest to the vast majority of the NIPS community, namely the study of translations between neural models and knowledge representation for the purpose of achieving an effective integration of learning and reasoning. Neural-symbolic computing is now an established topic of wider interest to NIPS with topics that are relevant to almost everyone studying neural information processing.

Keywords: neural-symbolic computing; language processing; cognitive agents; multimodal learning; deep networks; symbol manipulation; variable binding; integration of learning and reasoning.

Workshop Pre-Proceedings

Pre-Proceedings - all contributed papers (.pdf)

Workshop Schedule Day 1 - Friday, December 11, 2015

Session chairs: Gary F. Marcus (morning), Artur d'Avila Garcez (afternoon)

Workshop Schedule Day 2 - Saturday, December 12, 2015

Session chairs: Tarek R. Besold (morning), Michael Witbrock (afternoon)


The workshop is open to anybody, please register via NIPS 2015.


The organisers owe a debt of gratitude to Geoffrey Hinton for his support to the CoCo workshop. Thank you, Geoff!

Workshop Organisers

Tarek R. Besold (KRDB, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy)
Artur d'Avila Garcez (City University London, UK)
Gary F. Marcus (New York University, U.S.A.)
Risto Miikulainen (University of Texas at Austin, U.S.A.)

Additional Information

General questions concerning the workshop should be addressed to Tarek R. Besold at TarekRichard(dot)Besold(at)unibz(dot)it.
This workshop is conceptually related to the series of International Workshops on Neural-Symbolic Learning and Reasoning (NeSy).
Please also feel free to join the neural-symbolic integration mailing list for announcements and discussions - it's a low traffic mailing list.