Cognitive Systems Research

Special Issue on Complex Cognition

Guest Editors:

Ute Schmid (University of Bamberg, Germany)
Marco Ragni (University of Freiburg, Germany)
Coty Gonzalez (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA)
Joachim Funke (University of Heidelberg, Germany)

Theme of the Special Issue

Dealing with complexity has become one of the great challenges for modern information societies. To reason and decide, plan and act in complex domains is no longer limited to highly specialized professionals in restricted areas such as medical diagnosis, controlling technical processes, or serious game playing. Complexity has reached everyday life and affects people in such mundane activities as buying a train ticket, investing money, or connecting a home desktop to the internet. Interdisciplinary research on cognitive foundations and formal and algorithmical approaches of cognitive systems can address this challenge by providing insights in the mechanisms which can enable human and artificial systems to decide, reason, plan and act in complex domains.

Research which contributes to the topic of complex cognition is done in the context of cognitive architectures, automated planning and reasoning, decision support, and assistance systems. The special issue addresses basic mechanisms of complex cognitive systems as well as applications in arbitrary complex domains. It is open but not restricted to work in

Call for Papers

Anybody with research contributions relevant to the topics given above is invited to notify the guest editors of his/her interest to submit a paper by sending a tentative title, list of authors and a short abstract by November 30, 2009 to Full papers are also submitted by email to (not to the editors directly). Submission deadline is April 26, 2010. Submitted papers should contain original and unpublished work and should not exceed 30 pages (single column style) including tables and figures. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically in PDF format in accordance with the Elsevier guidelines. Please use the generic Elsevier style elsart available from to prepare the Latex file. All submitted papers will be refereed in a single-blind review process in terms of their originality, the methodological soundness, the clearness of the presented results and conclusions and the relevancy of the submission for the special issue.

Important Dates

Abstract 30th November, 2009
Submission 29th March, 2010
Extended to 26th April, 2010
Notification 31rd May, 2010
Extended to 10 September, 2010
Camera Ready 31st October, 2010
Start of Publishing Process 10th December, 2010

Board of Reviewers

Ruth Byrne (Trinity College Dublin, University of Dublin, Ireland)
Claus-Christian Carbon (University of Bamberg, Germany)
Nicholas Cassimatis (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)
Varun Dutt (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Christian Freksa (University of Bremen, Germany)
Ken Forbus (Northwestern University, USA)
Hector Geffner (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
Helmar Gust (University of Osnabrück, Germany)
Joachim Hertzberg (University of Osnabrueck, Germany)
Krystof Janowicz (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Ion Juvina (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Matthew Klenk (Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
Guenther Knoblich (Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Pieter Koopmann (University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
Emiel Kramer (Tillburg University, The Netherlands)
Josef Krems (University of Chemnitz, Germany)
Antje Krumnak (University of Giessen, Germany)
Kai-Uwe Kühnberger (University of Osnabrück, Germany)
Pat Langley (Arizona State University, USA)
Christian Lebiere (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Claus Möbus (University of Oldenburg, Germany)
Magda Osman (University College London, UK)
David Reiter (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Jussi Rintanen (NICTA, Australia)
Frank Ritter (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Klaus Robering (University of Southern Denmark, Denmark)
Christoph Schlieder (University of Bamberg, Germany)
Wolfgang Schoppek (University Bayreuth, Germany)
Gerhard Strube (University of Freiburg, Germany)
Niels Taatgen (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
Manfred Thüring (Technical University Berlin, Germany)
Elke van der Meer (Humboldt University Berlin, Germany)
Walter Warwick (Alion Science and Technology, USA)

Ute Schmid, Dec 11 2010