Call for Participation

Invitation to submit a position paper to the AAAI 2018 Fall Symposium on A Common Model of Cognition

This symposium is a direct follow-on to the 2017 AAAI Fall Symposium on “A Standard Model of the Mind.”  Our goal is to engage the international research community in developing a common model of cognition – that is, a community consensus concerning mental structures and process to the extent that such exists –with a focus specifically on human-like minds, including artificial minds that are either inspired by human ones or are similar because of common functional goals.After the first meeting, we formed online working groups covering the following topics: (1) procedural and working memories; (2) declarative memory; (3) metacognition and reflection; (4) language processing; (5) emotion, mood, affect and motivation; (6) higher-level knowledge, rational and social constraints; (7) lower-level neural and physiological constraints; and (8) perceptual and motor systems. The intent of these working groups is to develop a statement of the best consensus in each area given the community’s current understanding of these components of cognition and how they fit together. The goal of this year’s meeting to provide a forum to focus on extending the model based on the progress made in the working groups while engaging new participants to the process. Interested people can participate in the effort by subscribing to the Common Model list and joining the working groups of interest. (See List archives provide instructions on joining the working groups.)

There will be a combination of parallel working group sessions that focus on the major components, and plenary sessions for working group presentations and discussions of general topics drawn from submitted papers. There also will be a poster session for accepted papers not presented in the other sessions.

Full papers (up to 6 pages) or short position papers (2 pages) can be submitted to by July 20, 2018. They can address fundamental issues with the concept of a common model, describe alternative formulations, or make proposals for extension to the common model or its components. While contributions from all perspectives are welcome, those arising from a cognitive architecture approach — and yielding implications for the computational structure and function of the mind and its parts — are expected to be most directly relevant.

Organizing Committee
John Laird (University of Michigan,, Christian Lebiere (Carnegie Mellon University,, Paul S. Rosenbloom (University of Southern California,

For More Information
People considering writing position papers are encouraged to visit the symposium website (, which has additional background resources.  You can also contact any member of the organizing committee.