[hpc-announce] CogArch 2020: 4th Workshop on Cognitive Architectures - Call for papers/prototype demonstrations

Augusto J Vega ajvega at us.ibm.com
Mon Nov 18 12:08:03 CST 2019

** CogArch 2020: 4th Workshop on Cognitive Architectures **

Website: http://cogarch-workshop.org

The emerging new interest in artificial intelligence (AI) has led to a 
paradigm shift in the field of computer architecture. Architectures that 
focus on machine learning and neuromorphic computing are increasingly 
being adopted into the mainstream. The design of future processors is 
increasingly being predicated on metrics based on cognitive applications. 
The interplay between the development of state-of-the-art algorithms in 
cognitive sciences, computer vision, speech recognition and the design of 
the underlying system architectures has resulted in several 
cross-disciplinary advances. After highly successful editions of the 
Workshop on Cognitive Architectures in the past, in this year’s edition we 
expect to consolidate the many recent works in this field and provide 
concrete roadmaps as to what subsequent directions the research in this 
field should take. This workshop at HPCA 2020, 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. In addition, it also aims to foster an interest in such 
emerging fields among industry and academic researchers alike. The primary 
focus is expected to be on driving towards a better understanding of key 
cognitive algorithms of interest and the allied architectural support 
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. 

Recent advances in architectures for AI have been instrumental in the 
development and deployment of autonomous systems, such as self-driving 
vehicles, and unmanned aerial vehicles. The Tesla FSD and Nvidia Xavier 
SoC are examples of commercial chips in the autonomous driving space with 
dedicated hardware units for processing AI algorithms. Next-generation 
processors in this domain are being envisioned as multi-agent systems that 
support swarm-based decision-making, as well as intelligent data exchange 
capabilities amongst each other or with a backing cloud server. The 
proliferation of mobile computing platforms, Internet-of-Things and cloud 
support features thereof have opened up exciting new opportunities for 
such real-time, mobile (distributed or swarm-driven) cognition. The 
CogArch workshop solicits formative ideas and new product offerings in 
this general space. 

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to): 
o Algorithms in support of cognitive reasoning: recognition, intelligent 
search, diagnosis,
  inference and informed decision-making.
o Swarm intelligence and distributed architectural support; brain-inspired 
and neural computing architectures.
o Prototype demonstrations of state-of-the-art AI computing systems.
o Accelerators and micro-architectural support for artificial 
o Approaches to reduce training time and enable faster model delivery.
o Cloud-backed autonomics and mobile cognition: architectural and OS 
support thereof.
o Resilient design of distributed (swarm) mobile AI architectures.
o Reliability and safety considerations, and security against adversarial 
attacks in mobile AI architectures.
o Energy efficiency, battery life extension and endurance in mobile AI 
o 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 regular presentations and/or prototype 
demonstrations 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. Submissions will be reviewed by a workshop Program 
Committee, in addition to the organizers. 

Submitted manuscripts must be in English of up to 2 pages (with same 
formatting guidelines as main conference) indicating the type of 
submission: regular presentation or prototype demonstration. Submissions 
should be sent to submissions at cogarch-workshop.org by December 6th, 2019. 
Further details can be found at http://cogarch-workshop.org.
If you have questions regarding submission, please contact us: 
info at cogarch-workshop.org

o Vijay Janapa Reddi, Harvard University
o Augusto Vega, IBM Research
o Karthik Swaminathan, IBM Research
o Nandhini Chandramoorthy, IBM Research
o Alper Buyuktosunoglu, IBM Research
o Pradip Bose, IBM Research

o Submission deadline: December 6th, 2019
o Notification: January 10th, 2020
o Camera ready deadline: February 7th, 2020
o Workshop date: Sunday, February 23rd, 2020 (co-located with HPCA 2020)

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