Call for Papers

Invitation to submit a position paper to the AAAI 2017 Fall Symposium on A Standard Model of the Mind

The purpose of this symposium is to engage the international research community in developing a standard model of the mind, with a focus specifically on human-like minds, which include human minds but also artificial minds that are either inspired by human ones or are similar because of common functional goals. The notion of a standard model has its roots in particle physics, where it is assumed to be internally consistent, yet still have major gaps; and serves as a cumulative reference point for the field while driving efforts to both extend and revise it. A standard model of the mind could yield similar benefits while also guiding experimentation, application, extension, interpretation, evaluation, and comparison.

The intent is not to develop a single implementation, model or theory that everyone would abide by and agree is correct. What is sought is a statement of the best consensus given the community’s current understanding of the mind, plus a sound basis for further refinement as more is learned. A beginning was made at the 2013 AAAI Fall Symposium on Integrated Cognition, followed by an effort to capture and extend that initial consensus. Truly creating a standard model requires participation by researchers from across the community; hence this symposium.

Working sessions will focus on the concept, framework, major components, and initial draft of a standard model; on mapping of existing architectures onto the model; and on summarizing the results and looking to the future. Each session will consist of an introduction, brief statements by 3-4 panelists on their position papers, and a moderated panel discussion. The focus will be on interactions that lead to a written summary document.

Position papers (up to 6 pages) can be submitted to  The official AAAI deadline for submissions is July 21, 2017, and we would appreciate receiving them by then if at all possible, but we will be able to review submissions received up until July 30, 2017.  Submissions should address fundamental issues with the concept of a standard model, outline proposals for such a model, or suggest specific contents. While contributions from all perspectives will be considered, 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.  The author kit for submissions can be found at

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.