Ninth International Workshop on
Neural-Symbolic Learning and Reasoning

Workshop at IJCAI-13, Beijing, China
5th of August 2013

Previous events in the series:
NeSy'05 took place at IJCAI-05, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1st of August 2005.
NeSy'06 took place at ECAI2006, Riva del Garda, Italy, 29th of August 2006.
NeSy'07 took place at IJCAI-07, Hydarabad, India, 8th of January 2007.
NeSy'08 took place at ECAI2008, Patras, Greece, 21st of July 2008.
NeSy'09 took place at IJCAI-09, Pasadena, California, 11th of July 2009.
NeSy'10 took place at AAAI-10, Atlanta, Georgia, 11th of July 2010.
NeSy'11 took place at IJCAI-11, Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain), 17th of July 2011.
NeSy'12 took place at AAAI-12, Toronto, Ontaria, Canada, 23rd of July 2012.

NeSy'13 Workshop Programme (pdf)


Proceedings - all papers (pdf)

Single papers for separate download:

Equipping Symbolic Frameworks with Soft Computing Features (invited talk)
Kai-Uwe Kühnberger
(pdf of paper) (pdf of slides)

Learning Multi-Sensory Integration with Self-Organization and Statistics
Johannes Bauer and Stefan Wermter
(pdf of paper) (pdf of slides)

Linear Autoencoder Networks for Structured Data (invited talk)
Alessandro Sperduti
(pdf) (pdf of slides)

Inference, Learning, and Laws of Nature
Salvatore Frandina, Marco Gori, Marco Lippi, Marco Maggini and Stefano Melacci
(pdf of paper) (pdf of slides)

Dual-Process Theories and Cognitive Architectures (invited talk)
Ron Sun
(pdf) to the slides

Knowledge Extraction from Deep Belief Networks for Images
Son Tran and Artur Garcez
(pdf of paper) (pdf of slides)

Combining Runtime Verification and Property Adaptation through Neural-Symbolic Integration
Alan Perotti, Artur Garcez and Guido Boella
(pdf) (pdf of slides)

On Common Ground: Neural-Symbolic Integration and Lifelong Machine Learning (invited talk)
Danny Silver
(pdf of paper) (pptx of slides, including audio, 172MB)

Extending the Associative Rule Chaining Architecture for Multiple Arity Rules
Nathan Burles, James Austin and Simon O'Keefe

Evolution of Connections in SHRUTI Networks
Joseph Townsend, Ed Keedwell and Antony Galton
(pdf) (pdf of slides)

On Chomsky and the Two Cultures of Statistical Learning (discussion)
Peter Norvig

Call for Papers

Artificial Intelligence continues to face big challenges in its quest for adaptable intelligent systems. The recent developments in the field of neural-symbolic computing bring an opportunity to integrate well- founded symbolic reasoning with robust neural computing and learning to tackle these challenges.

The Workshop on Neural-Symbolic Learning and Reasoning is intended to create an atmosphere of exchange of ideas, providing a forum for the presentation and discussion of the key topics related to neural-symbolic integration, including:


Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit original papers that have not been submitted for review or published elsewhere. Submitted papers must be written in English and should not exceed 6 pages in the case of research and experience papers, or 4 pages in the case of position papers (including figures, bibliography and appendices). All submitted papers will be judged based on their relevance, originality, significance, technical quality and organisation. Papers must be submitted through easychair at https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=nesy13.


Selected papers will be presented during the workshop. The workshop will include extra time for discussion of the presentation allowing the group to have a better understanding of the issues, challenges, and ideas being presented.


Accepted papers will be published in official workshop proceedings, which will be distributed during the workshop. Authors of the best papers will be invited to submit a revised and extended version of their papers to the Journal of Logic and Computation, Oxford University Press.

Important Dates

Deadline for paper submission: April 20, 2013 extended
Notification of paper acceptance: May 20, 2013
Camera-ready paper due: May 28, 2013
Workshop date: 5th of August 2013
IJCAI-13 main conference: Aug 3-9, 2013


The workshop is open to anybody, please register via IJCAI-13.

Workshop Organisers

Artur d'Avila Garcez (City University London, UK)
Pascal Hitzler (Wright State University, Dayton, OH, U.S.A.)
Luis Lamb (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)

Programme Committee

Howard Bowman, University of Kent, England
Claudia d'Amato, University of Bari, Italy
Marco Gori, University of Siena, Italy
Barbara Hammer, TU Clausthal, Germany
Steffen Hölldobler, TU Dresden, Germany
Ekaterina Komendantskaya, University of Dundee, Scotland
Kai-Uwe Kühnberger, University of Osnabrück, Germany
Gadi Pinkas, Center for Academic Studies, Israel
Florian Roehrbein, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, U.S.A.
Rudy Setiono, National University of Singapore
Jude Shavlik, University of Wisconsin-Madison, U.S.A.
Gerson Zaverucha, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Additional Information

General questions concerning the workshop should be addressed to Artur d'Avila Garcez at aag@soi.city.ac.uk.
Please also feel free to join the neural-symbolic integration mailing list for announcements and discussions - it's a low traffic mailing list.

Pictures from the workshop