31st Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science

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

Paper Submission Deadline - Submission Deadline Expired.
Acceptance Notification for all papers have been sent to authors.
Camera Ready Submissions (all tracks) - 15th 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.

Roisin Loughran

Regularity and Ethical Concerns for AI in Critical and Non-Critical Domains

Roisin Loughran

Bio: Dr Róisín Loughran is the Manager of the Regulated Software Research Centre at Dundalk Institute of Technology. Dr Loughran obtained a Bachelors degree in Electronic Engineering in UCD before undertaking a MPhil in Music and Media Technology at Trinity College Dublin. She completed her PhD entitled `Musical Instrument Identification with Feature Selection Using Evolutionary Methods’ at the University of Limerick and worked for a number of years as a post-doctoral researcher within the Natural Computing Research and Applications Group in UCD. Dr Loughran has extensive knowledge and publications in the area of AI and Evolutionary Computing (EC), in particular in the application of EC methods to interdisciplinary projects such as those in digital signal processing, music generation and computational creativity. Dr Loughran is currently researching into the application of EC and other AI methods to investigate and mitigate unwanted detrimental biases in algorithmic systems. Dr Loughran is an active contributor to the working group for the IEEE P7003 upcoming Standard on ‘Algorithmic Bias Considerations’.

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 - Submission Deadline Expired
  • Acceptance Notification for all Papers - 1st November 2023 8th November 2023
  • Camera Ready Submissions (all tracks) - 8th November 2023 15th November 2023
  • Conference Dates - 7th - 8th December 2023

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


Registration for AICS 2023 is open now!!
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Attendance 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

  • 8:30 - 9:30 - Registration (Tea / Coffee)

  • 09:30 - 10:00 - Welcome Address : Dr Kevin Meehan, Conference General Chair (ATU) Dr Rick Officer, VP Research and Innovation (ATU ) Professor Liam Maguire, PVC Research (Ulster University

  • 10:00 - 11:00 - Keynote: Toju Duke

  • 11:00 - 11:30 - Networking (Tea / Coffee)

  • 11:30 - 12:40 - Parallel Presentation Session 1 ( Health / Security and Robotics)

  • 12:45 - 13:15 - Lunch

  • 13:45 - 14:45 - Keynote: Dr Salvatore Tedesco

  • 14:45 - 15:40 - Parallel Presentation Session 2 (Machine Learning / NLP)

  • 15:40 - 16:00 - Networking (Tea / Coffee)

  • 16:00 - 17:00 - Parallel Presentation Session 3 (Deep Learning / NLP)

  • 19:00 - Close - Conference Dinner at Radisson Letterkenny

Friday, Dec 8th
ATU Donegal
Conference Day 2

  • 8:30 - 9:30 - Registration (Tea / Coffee)

  • 09:30 - 10:30 - Keynote: Dr Róisín Loughran

  • 10:30 - 12:00 - Poster Session

  • 12:00 - 12:45 - Presentation Session 4 (Health)

  • 12:45 - 13:45 - Lunch

  • 13:45 - 14:45 - Presentation Session 5 (Signal Processing)

  • 14:45 - 15:15 - Prizegiving and Closing Remarks by Mr. John Andy Bonar, VP Research, Equality and External Affairs (ATU Donegal)


Conference Chairs

Organising Committee

  • Dr Marion McAfee (Atlantic Technological University)
  • Dr Gerry McWilliams (Atlantic Technological University)
  • Dr Bryan Gardiner (Ulster University)
  • Dr Tara Doherty (Atlantic Technological University)
  • Dr Michael O’Grady (University College Dublin)
  • Professor Hujun Yin (University of Manchester)
  • Mallikharjuna Rao Sakhamuri (Atlantic Technological University)
  • Faisal Pathan Khan (Atlantic Technological University)
  • Gemma Lynch (Atlantic Technological University)

Session Chairs

  • Professor Michaela Black (Ulster University)
  • Dr Emmett Kerr (Atlantic Technological University)
  • Dr Eoghan Furey (Atlantic Technological University)
  • Dr Muskaan Singh (Ulster University)
  • Dr Karla Muñoz Esquivel (Atlantic Technological University)
  • Dr Bryan Gardiner (Ulster University)
  • Dr James Connolly (Atlantic Technological University)
  • Dr Marion McAfee (Atlantic Technological University)

PC Member Affiliation
Alan SmeatonDublin City University
Alison O'SheaMunster Technological University
Aoife HillAtlantic Technological University
Arjun PakrashiUniversity College Dublin
Barry O'SullivanUniversity College Cork
Barry SmythUniversity College Dublin
Brendan MurphyUniversity College Dublin
Brian MacNameeUniversity College Dublin
Bryan GardinerUlster University
Bujar RaufiTechnological University Dublin
Christian BederMunster Technological University
Ciarán EisingUniversity of Limerick
Conor LynchMunster Technological University
Daniel RiordanMunster Technological University
Daryll CharlesUlster University
Debbie RankinUlster University
Derek GreeneUniversity College Dublin
Diego CarraroInsight Centre for Data Analytics
Donny HurleyAtlantic Technological University
Elizabeth HunterTechnological University Dublin
Emmett KerrAtlantic Technological University
Enrique NaredoUniversity of Limerick
Eoghan FureyAtlantic Technological University
Eoin GruaUniversity of Limerick
Eric GyamfiUniversity College Dublin
Fatemeh GolpayeganiUniversity College Dublin
Frank GlavinUniversity of Galway
Fred CumminsUniversity College Dublin
Helena GibsonAtlantic Technological University
Ian McLoughlinAtlantic Technological University
Ivana DusparicTrinity College Dublin
James ConnollyAtlantic Technological University
James GillespieUlster University
James McDermottUniversity of Galway
James Vincent PattenLero (SFI Research Centre for Software)
Jamie RocheAtlantic Technological University
Jennifer HyndmanAtlantic Technological University
Julio HernandezTrinity College Dublin
Karina LitvinovaAtlantic Technological University
Karla Muñoz EsquivelAtlantic Technological University
Kashif AhmadMunster Technological University
Katie CrowleyUniversity of Limerick
Kenneth BrownUniversity College Cork
Kevin CurranUlster University
Kevin MeehanAtlantic Technological University
Konrad MulrennanAtlantic Technological University
Liam MarnaneUniversity College Cork
Lifeng HanUniversity of Manchester
Louise ConnellMaynooth University
M M Manjurul IslamUlster University
Malachy EatonUniversity of Limerick
Marion McAfeeAtlantic Technological University
Mark KeaneUniversity College Dublin
Meghana KshirsagarUniversity of Limerick
Michael McCannAtlantic Technological University
Michael SchukatUniversity of Galway
Michaela BlackUlster University
Mubashir Husain RehmaniMunster Technological University
Muftah FraiferUniversity of Limerick
Muskaan SinghUlster University
Nestor Velasco BermeoUniversity College Dublin
Niall McCarrollUlster University
Niall O'MahonyMunster Technological University
Paul GreaneyAtlantic Technological University
Paul MoranAtlantic Technological University
Philip LongAtlantic Technological University
Pilib Ó BroinUniversity of Galway
Priyanka ChaurasiaUlster University
Ralf BierigMaynooth University
Raymond BondUlster University
Ruairi O'ReillyMunster Technological University
Ruihai DongUniversity College Dublin
Saim GhafoorAtlantic Technological University
Sarah Jane DelanyTechnological University Dublin
Saritha UnnikrishnanAtlantic Technological University
Saugat BhattacharyyaUlster University
Saurabh KulshreshthaFidelity Investments
Seamus DowlingAtlantic Technological University
Sean MulleryAtlantic Technological University
Shagufta HennaAtlantic Technological University
Suzanne LittleDublin City University
Tammie BollingPellissippi State Community College
Tony RobinsonUlster University
William FarrellyAtlantic Technological University
Xhemal ZenuniSouth East European University
Yalemisew AbgazDublin City University
Zakaria SabirUniversity College Dublin

AICS Patrons 2023

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 Professor Paul McKevitt Memorial Award for Best Poster 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.