31st Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science

December 7th-8th, 2023
Atlantic Technological University
Letterkenny, Donegal

Paper Submission Deadline - 24th September 2023 04th October 2023
Acceptance Notification for all Papers - 1st November 2023
Camera Ready Submissions (all tracks) - 8th November 2023

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AICS 2023

The 31st Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science (AICS 2023) will be hosted by Atlantic Technological University (ATU) in collaboration with Ulster University. The conference will be held in-person at the Letterkenny campus of ATU Donegal. We are also honoured that IEEE UK and Ireland Computational Intelligence Chapter will provide technical sponsorship of the conference.

With regular conferences dating back to 1988, the AICS Conference is Ireland’s primary forum bringing together researchers in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science. The fields of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, encompassing areas such as; Data Analytics, Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval, and Machine Learning, are now at the forefront of Irish computing research and industry. The AICS 2023 program will include presentations of high-quality theoretical and applied scientific papers and tutorials. Invited talks will describe important topics relevant to the field.

Conference Keynote Speakers

Salvatore Tedesco

AI-based Smart Wearable Systems for Health and Wellness in Sports, Ageing, and Rehabilitation

Salvatore Tedesco

Bio: Salvatore Tedesco is a Senior Researcher and Team Leader with the Wireless Sensor Networks Group, Tyndall National Institute, UCC, where he is responsible for leading a research team in the wearable and data analytics area. He has authored > 70 articles in international journals and conference proceedings and has received > 1.1 million in grant funding as PI/Co-PI. Since joining Tyndall he has managed and successfully led > 25 industrial and research-oriented projects focused on his main research interests on wearable technologies for healthcare and well-being, human motion analysis in sports and clinical populations, digital health, physiological monitoring, signal processing, edge analytics, and machine learning.

Toju Duke

The Responsible AI Framework: Developing Impactful AI Systems

Toju Duke

Bio: With over 18 years experience spanning across Advertising, Retail, Not-For Profit and Tech, Toju is a popular speaker, author, thought leader and advisor on Responsible AI. Toju worked at Google for 10 years where she spent the last three years as a Programme Manager on Responsible AI leading various Responsible AI programmes across Google’s product and research teams with a primary focus on large-scale models and Responsible AI processes. She is also the founder of Diverse AI, a community interest organisation with a mission to support and champion underrepresented groups to build a diverse and inclusive AI future. She provides consultation and advice on Responsible AI practices worldwide.

Call for Papers

Artificial Intelligence

Cognitive Science

We invite submissions in the broad areas of Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science to communicate the advances and achievements in these fields. Areas of interest include, but are not restricted to:

  • Machine learning
  • Automated reasoning
  • Natural language processing
  • Computer vision
  • Robotics
  • Planning and scheduling
  • Decision analytics
  • Moral judgment
  • Intelligent agents
  • Concept combination
  • Knowledge representation
  • Reasoning
  • Intelligent systems
  • Machine translation
  • Knowledge graphs
  • Causal inference
  • Recommender systems
  • Semantic web/linked data
  • Computer vision
  • Neural networks
  • Deep learning
  • Dialogue systems
  • Opinion mining
  • Information systems
  • User modelling
  • Visual analytics
  • Digital twins
  • Smart environments
  • Neuro-symbolic integration
  • Social cognition
  • Cognitive robotics
  • Cognitive modelling
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Embodied and grounded cognition
  • Creative cognition
  • Counterfactuals
  • Explainability
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Cyberpsychology
  • Neuroeconomics
  • Neuroethics
  • Neurolaw
  • AI and cognition
  • Cognition and simulation
  • Argumentation
  • Human perception
  • Language
  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Emotion
  • Fairness/Bias
  • Interpretability
  • Transparency
  • Ethics of AI
  • Deduction

We seek articles which report on in-use experiences (design, engineering, deployment, utility, and challenges) of AI-based, and cognitive-based.

We invite two types of submissions:

  • Full Paper Track: Full paper submissions should consist of original contributions (describing either fundamental research, interesting applications, in-use experiences, or reviews of the field) not published in other forums. Papers should be no more than 6-8 pages (including references) and these will be oral presentations at conference. Papers over 6 pages will be charged €90 per extra page up to a maximum of two extra pages (8 pages maximum).
  • Short Paper Track: This track is designed to facilitate students who have recently completed a Master’s program or for PhD students. Short paper submissions should consist of original contributions (describing interesting applications or theoretical research) and the first author must be a student. Papers should be a maximum of 4 pages (including references) and these will be poster presentations at conference.
Subject to the conference requirements for registration and attendance, and IEEE requirements (including authorship), accepted papers will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore subject to meeting IEEE Xplore’s scope and quality requirements.

Paper Submission

All accepted Full-paper and Short-paper submissions will be presented at the conference, either orally or as posters, and included in the online conference proceedings. At least one author of each submission will be required to register for, and attend, the conference. All submissions must be made via the EasyChair system here.

Prospective authors are invited to submit their work using the standard IEEE two-column format, including text, figures, and tables. Full papers should be a maximum of 8 pages and Short papers should be a maximum of 4 pages. For full papers over 6 pages, there will be a charge of €90 per extra page up to a maximum of two extra pages (8 pages maximum).

In order to achieve the same appearance for all manuscripts, AICS 2023 requires the usage of the IEEE templates in Microsoft Word (A4) and LaTeX format can be found at IEEE Manuscript Templates for Conference Proceedings.

Accepted papers will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore subject to meeting IEEE Xplore’s scope and quality requirements.

Important Dates

  • Paper Submission Deadline (All Tracks) - 24th September 2023 04th October 2023
  • Acceptance Notification for all Papers - 1st November 2023
  • Camera Ready Submissions (all tracks) - 8th November 2023
  • Conference Dates - 7th - 8th December 2023

All indicated times are EOD, 23:59 Irish time.


Registration for AICS 2023 will be available in September 2023. Estimated costs are outlined below:

  • Full Paper Author (inc. Gala dinner): €260.00
  • Short Paper Author (inc. Gala dinner): €220.00
  • Attendee (inc. Gala dinner): €160.00
  • Attendee (ex. Gala dinner): €100.00
  • Student Attendee (inc. Gala dinner): €110.00
  • Student Attendee (ex. Gala dinner): €50.00

Conference venue location:
Radisson Blu, Letterkenny (Day 1)
ATU Donegal, Letterkenny Campus (Day 2)

Gala Dinner Venue:
Radisson Blu, Letterkenny


Thursday, Dec 7th
Radisson Blu

Conference Day 1

Programme not currently available.
Friday, Dec 8th
ATU Donegal

Conference Day 2

Programme not currently available.


Conference Chairs

Organising Committee

  • Dr Jennifer Hyndman (Atlantic Technological University)
  • Professor Michaela Black (Ulster University)
  • Dr Gerry McWilliams (Atlantic Technological University)
  • Dr Bryan Gardiner (Ulster University)
  • Dr Michael O’Grady (University College Dublin)
  • Professor Hujun Yin (University of Manchester)
  • Gemma Lynch (Atlantic Technological University)
  • Faisal Pathan Khan (Atlantic Technological University)
  • Mallikharjuna Rao Sakhamuri (Atlantic Technological University)

PC Member Affiliation
James Vincent PattenUniversity of Limerick
Enrique NaredoUniversity of Limerick
Malachy EatonUniversity of Limerick
Eoin GruaUniversity of Limerick
Meghana KshirsagarUniversity of Limerick
Pepijn Van de VenUniversity of Limerick
John NelsonUniversity of Limerick
Ciaran EisingUniversity of Limerick
Katie CrowleyUniversity of Limerick
Suzanne EganUniversity of Limerick
Muftah FraiferUniversity of Limerick
Conor HayesUniversity of Galway
Josephine GriffithUniversity of Galway
Pilib O BroinUniversity of Galway
Colm O'RiordanUniversity of Galway
Paul BuitelaarUniversity of Galway
Michael SchukatUniversity of Galway
James McDermottUniversity of Galway
John P. McCraeUniversity of Galway
Frank GlavinUniversity of Galway
Elham AlghamdiUniversity College Dublin
Declan DelaneyUniversity College Dublin
Arjun PakrashiUniversity College Dublin
Padraig CunninghamUniversity College Dublin
Ellen RusheUniversity College Dublin
Georgiana IfrimUniversity College Dublin
Brendan MurphyUniversity College Dublin
Brian Mac NameeUniversity College Dublin
Simon CatonUniversity College Dublin
Barry SmythUniversity College Dublin
Rob BrennanUniversity College Dublin
Derek GreeneUniversity College Dublin
Fintan CostelloUniversity College Dublin
Fred CumminsUniversity College Dublin
Mark KeaneUniversity College Dublin
Aonghus LawlorUniversity College Dublin
Rem CollierUniversity College Dublin
Ruihai DongUniversity College Dublin
Barry O'SullivanUniversity College Cork
Guillaume EscamocherUniversity College Cork
Begum GencUniversity College Cork
Ken BrownUniversity College Cork
Andrea BaloghUniversity College Cork
Mark O SullivanUniversity College Cork
Gregory ProvanUniversity College Cork
Derek BridgeUniversity College Cork
Darryl CharlesUlster University
Paul Mc KevittUlster University
Debbie RankinUlster University
Michaela BlackUlster University
Ivana DusparicTrinity College Dublin
Lucy McKennaTrinity College Dublin
John GilliganTechnological University Dublin
Bianca Schoen PhelanTechnological University Dublin
Eoin RogersTechnological University Dublin
Anh Duong TrinhTechnological University Dublin
Bujar RaufiTechnological University Dublin
Pierpaolo DondioTechnological University Dublin
Bojan BožićTechnological University Dublin
Sarah Jane DelanyTechnological University Dublin
Lucas RizzoTechnological University Dublin
Robert RossTechnological University Dublin
Hung NgoTechnological University Dublin
James UsherTechnological University Dublin
Susan MckeeverTechnological University Dublin
Luca LongoTechnological University Dublin
Elizabeth HunterTechnological University Dublin
Xhemal ZenuniSEE University in Tetovo
Conor LynchNimbus Research Centre (MTU)
Ted ScullyMunster Technologicial University
Ryan DonovanMunster Technologicial University
Ignacio CastineirasMunster Technologicial University
Kashif AhmadMunster Technological University
Ruairi O'ReillyMunster Technological University
Alison O'SheaMunster Technological University
Niall O MahonyMunster Technological University
Brian MurphyMunster Technological University
Daniel RiordanMunster Technological University
Diarmuid GrimesMunster Technological University
Haithem AfliMunster Technological University
Alex VakaloudisMunster Technological University
Christian BederMunster Technological University
Louise ConnellMaynooth University
Ralf BierigMaynooth University
Diarmuid O'DonoghueMaynooth University
Deirdre DesmondMaynooth University
Anila MjedaLero
Tiziana MargariaLero
Luis QuesadaInsight Centre for Data Analytics (UCC)
Nic WilsonInsight Centre for Data Analytics (UCC)
Julia DietlmeierInsight Centre for Data Analytics
Steve PrestwichInsight Centre for Data Analytics
Diego CarraroInsight Centre for Data Analytics
Ken DuffyHamilton InstituteMaynooth University
Takfarinas SaberDublin City University
Alan SmeatonDublin City University
Suzanne LittleDublin City University
Lifeng HanDublin City University
Gareth JonesDublin City University
Marija BezbradicaDublin City University
Julio Noe Hernandez TorresDublin City University
Liam MarnaneUniversity College Cork
Seamus DowlingAtlantic Technological University
Harshvardhan J. PanditADAPT Centre (TCD)
Brian DavisADAPT Centre
Paul WalshAccenture
Alexey Tarasov2K Games Dublin

AICS Patrons 2023

If you are interested in becoming a Patron of AICS2023 then please download the AICS2023 patron prospectus. A sincere thanks to our Patrons to date:

AICS Prize Sponsor

Belleek Pottery have agreed to sponsor both the Kay McNulty Best Paper Award and the Belleek Pottery Best Poster Award at AICS23. We would like to thank them for supporting this conference.

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Name Venue Dist. Conf. Travel Prices
Radisson Blu Hotel* 1.4km 18 minute walk From €189
Mount Errigal Hotel 650m 8 minute walk From €130 per night
Dillons Hotel 1.2km 17 minute walk From €95 per night

* Exclusive bed and breakfast rate of €107.00 per night available for conference delegates at Radisson Blu Hotel Letterkenny on December 6th and 7th, 2023.

Other Accomodation
Name Venue Dist. Conf. Travel Prices
Clanree Hotel 1.8km 23 minute walk From €100 per night
Station House Hotel 1.7km 21 minute walk From €90 per night
There are various B&B and Hostel options available in Letterkenny also. Please contact accomodation providers directly.


Letterkenny is connected to cities such as Dublin and Galway via the bus network. It is possible to get to Letterkenny by bus from Dublin using Route 32 from Dublin's Busáras, this service operates via Dublin Airport and Monaghan bus station. Route 64 will get you to Letterkenny from Galway via Sligo. The bus station in Letterkenny is located 550m from ATU Letterkenny Campus, only a 7 minute walk.

Free parking is available at the ATU Donegal Campus (subject to availability). Further parking is available in the multi-story car park on the Pearse Road opposite McGinley's Motors. To find out more information regarding parking near the ATU Campus, see the following link.