Cognitive Architectures

IEEE Micro Special Issue on Cognitive Architectures - Call for Papers

Guest Co-Editors:
Alper Buyuktosunoglu,    IBM T. J. Watson Research Center
Pradip Bose,                   IBM T. J. Watson Research Center

Submissions due:    July 1, 2016
Publication date:     January-February 2017

Recent advances in Cognitive Computing Systems (as evidenced by innovations like Watson from IBM and self-driving cars from Google), coupled with neurally-inspired hardware designs (such as the IBM True North chip), have spawned new research and development activity in machine learning, neuromorphic and other brain-inspired computing models, and architectures for efficient support of complex tasks in computer vision, speech recognition and artificial intelligence. The proliferation of mobile computing platforms, IoT and cloud support features thereof have opened up exciting new opportunities for real-time, mobile (distributed or swarm-driven) cognition. This special issue solicits formative ideas and new product offerings in this general space.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
  • Algorithms in support of cognitive reasoning: recognition, intelligent search, diagnosis, inference and informed decision-making;
  • Swarm intelligence and distributed architectural support; brain-inspired and neural computing architectures;
  • Accelerators and micro-architectural support for cognitive computing;
  • Cloud-backed autonomics, smart edge computing and mobile cognition:  architectural and OS support thereof;
  • Resilient design of distributed (swarm) mobile cognitive architectures;
  • Energy efficiency, battery life extension and endurance in mobile, cognitive architectures;
  • Low-voltage (yet resilient) hardware-software co-designed cognitive IoT appliances: cross-layer design and optimization strategies;
  • Case studies and real-life demonstrations/prototypes in specific application domains: e.g. smart homes, connected cars and UAV (or drone)-driven commercial services, as well as applications of interest to defense and homeland security.

Submission procedure:

Log onto IEEE CS Manuscript Central ( and submit your manuscript.  Please direct questions to the IEEE Micro magazine assistant (micro­ regarding the submission site.  For the manuscript submission, acceptable file formats include Microsoft Word and PDF. Manuscripts should not exceed 5,000 words including references, with each average­-size figure counting as 250 words toward this limit. Please include all figures and tables, as well as a cover page with author contact information (name, postal address, phone, fax, and e­mail address) and a 200­-word abstract. Submitted manuscripts must not have been previously published or currently submitted for publication elsewhere, and all manuscripts must be cleared for publication. All previously published papers must have at least 30% new content compared to any conference (or other) publication. Accepted articles will be edited for structure, style, clarity, and readability. For more information, please visit the IEEE Micro Author Center (

Important Dates (all in 2016)
Initial submissions due:    July            1
Initial notifications:          August      19
Revised papers due:        September 16
Final notifications:           October     21
Final versions due:          October     31

Contact Guest Editors Alper Buyuktosunoglu ( and Pradip Bose
(, or Editor-in-Chief Lieven Eeckhout (