Call For Session Topics For Essays

Call for Papers

The annual International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN) is the flagship conference of the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society and the International Neural Network Society. It covers a wide range of topics in the field of neural networks, from biological neural network modeling to artificial neural computation. 

Guidelines for Paper Submission 

Important Dates 

  • Special session & competition proposals submission: September 15, 2016
  • Tutorial and workshop proposal submission: October 15, 2016 October 30, 2016
  • Paper submission: November 15, 2016 December 1, 2016
  • Paper decision notification: January 20, 2017
  • Camera-ready submission: February 20, 2017
  • All deadlines are US pacific time time, 11:59pm.

Topics Covered


  • Feedforward neural networks
  • Recurrent neural networks
  • Self-organizing maps
  • Radial basis function networks
  • Attractor neural networks and associative memory
  • Modular networks
  • Fuzzy neural networks
  • Spiking neural networks
  • Reservoir networks (echo-state networks, liquid-state machines, etc.)
  • Large-scale neural networks
  • Learning vector quantization
  • Deep neural networks
  • Randomized neural networks
  • Other topics in artificial neural networks


  • Supervised learning
  • Unsupervised learning and clustering, (including PCA, and ICA)
  • Reinforcement learning and adaptive dynamic programming
  • Semi-supervised learning
  • Online learning
  • Probabilistic and information-theoretic methods
  • Support vector machines and kernel methods
  • EM algorithms
  • Mixture models, ensemble learning, and other meta-learning or committee algorithms
  • Bayesian, belief, causal, and semantic networks
  • Statistical and pattern recognition algorithms
  • Sparse coding and models
  • Visualization of data
  • Feature selection, extraction, and aggregation
  • Evolutionary learning
  • Hybrid learning methods
  • Computational power of neural networks
  • Deep learning
  • Other topics in machine learning


  • Dynamical models of spiking neurons
  • Synchronization and temporal correlation in neural networks
  • Dynamics of neural systems
  • Chaotic neural networks
  • Dynamics of analog networks
  • Itinerant dynamics in neural systems
  • Neural oscillators and oscillator networks
  • Dynamics of attractor networks
  • Other topics in neurodynamics


  • Connectomics
  • Models of large-scale networks in the nervous system
  • Models of neurons and local circuits
  • Models of synaptic learning and synaptic dynamics
  • Models of neuromodulation
  • Brain imaging
  • Analysis of neurophysiological and neuroanatomical data
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Models of neural development
  • Models of neurochemical processes
  • Neuroinformatics
  • Other topics in computational neuroscience 


  • Neurocognitive networks
  • Cognitive architectures
  • Models of conditioning, reward and behavior
  • Cognitive models of decision-making
  • Embodied cognition
  • Cognitive agents
  • Multi-agent models of group cognition
  • Developmental and evolutionary models of cognition
  • Visual system
  • Auditory system
  • Olfactory system
  • Other sensory systems
  • Attention
  • Learning and memory
  • Spatial cognition, representation and navigation
  • Semantic cognition and language
  • Grounding, symbol grounding
  • Neural models of symbolic processing
  • Reasoning and problem-solving
  • Working memory and cognitive control
  • Emotion and motivation
  • Motor control and action
  • Dynamical models of coordination and behavior
  • Consciousness and awareness
  • Models of sleep and diurnal rhythms
  • Mental disorders
  • Other topics in neural models of perception, cognition and action


  • Brain-machine interfaces
  • Neural prostheses 
  • Neuromorphic hardware
  • Embedded neural systems
  • Other topics in neuroengineering


  • Brain-inspired cognitive architectures
  • Embodied robotics
  • Evolutionary robotics
  • Developmental robotics
  • Computational models of development
  • Collective intelligence
  • Swarms
  • Autonomous complex systems
  • Self-configuring systems
  • Self-healing systems
  • Self-aware systems
  • Emotional computation
  • Artificial life
  • Other topics in bio-inspired and biomorphic systems


  • Applications of deep neural networks
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical engineering
  • Data analysis and pattern recognition 
  • Speech recognition and speech production 
  • Robotics
  • Neurocontrol
  • Approximate dynamic programming, adaptive critics, and Markov decision processes
  • Neural network approaches to optimization
  • Signal processing, image processing, and multi-media 
  • Temporal data analysis, prediction, and forecasting; time series analysis 
  • Communications and computer networks 
  • Data mining and knowledge discovery 
  • Power system applications 
  • Financial engineering applications 
  • Security applications
  • Applications in multi-agent systems and social computing 
  • Manufacturing and industrial applications 
  • Expert systems 
  • Clinical applications 
  • Big data applications 
  • Other applications 
  • Smart grid applications


  • Hybrid intelligent systems 
  • Swarm intelligence 
  • Sensor networks 
  • Quantum computation 
  • Computational biology 
  • Molecular and DNA computation 
  • Computation in tissues and cells 
  • Artificial immune systems 
  • Philosophical issues
  • Other cross-disciplinary topics 

Special Session Topics


Date: March 2-3, 2018

Location: Courtyard Marriott and Horizon Convention Center, Muncie, IN

Keynote Speaker: Andrea Jain, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis, author of Selling Yoga: From Counterculture to Pop Culture (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).

Keynote Address: TBA

Special Topic Sessions: Alcohol in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – see below

Teaching Religion and Violence – see below

Preconference Workshop: Issues in Teaching Law and Religion– see below

The deadline for proposal submissions is January 16, 2018 --> see PDF link at bottom of this page

  • Authors may submit a 400 to 500 word proposal for individual papers or for panels of papers. 
  • The proposal form requires you to submit your proposal to a single section chair.  Please also cc the Vice President and Program Chair of the Conference, 
  • Descriptions of each section are listed on the Section Chairsweb page. If you have any questions about whether your proposal is appropriate for a particular section, please contact that section’s chair. 
  • If you feel your proposal does not fit into any of our current sections, you may submit it to the Additional Topics section. 
  • While at least one Additional Topics session may be related to the theme addressed by the conference speaker, proposals to Additional Topics (or any other section) need not be tailored to fit the themes addressed in the plenary session. 
  • Creative, unconventional, interactive session formats are encouraged. 
  • You may also opt to submit a proposal for a poster if that better suits your project; just indicate this in the proposal itself. 
  • If you are interested in organizing a panel, email the section chair directly.

Please observe these restrictions:

  1. You may submit up to two different proposals to a single section.
  2. You may submit up to two different proposals to two different sections.
  3. You may not submit the same proposal to two different sections.

Notification of acceptance/rejection will be sent out at the beginning of February.

Special Topic Sessions: 

Alcohol in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam – Alcoholic beverages, including wine, beer, and liquor, have played intriguing roles in human civilization from ancient times up to the present. In this Special Topic session(s) we will focus on the various places that alcohol has occupied in the practices and speculations of Jews, Christians, and Muslims through the centuries. For this purpose, we welcome both comparative papers and contributions centering on a single religious tradition. Papers may approach their subject from historical, textual, theological, anthropological, sociological, and/or psychological perspectives.

Submit proposals to Vadim Putzu –
Teaching Religion and Violence – The Teaching Religion Section invites submissions the topic of teaching religion and violence. We invite scholars to reflect on the challenges and importance of teaching particular events, images, texts, and concepts (from recent mass shootings and contemporary terrorism to the Shoah to the history of slavery, colonization). We will be addressing this discussion to the broader questions of pedagogical practice related to student mental health and sustaining an inclusive classroom.

Preconference Workshop: Issues in Teaching Law and Religion

March 2, 2018, the Midwest American Academy of Religion will host a pre-conference workshop in the annual meeting, “Issues in Teaching Law and Religion.” Focused on practical pedagogical concerns related to this essential and increasingly topical focus within our field, the workshop will run from 9 am to 1 pm and feature brief presentations by invited scholars on specific issues they find useful, challenging, and important in teaching religion and law. Discussion will follow each pair of presentations. Moreover, essays by each of these scholars will be available to MAAR members in advance of the conference on this website. All MAAR members are encouraged to attend this conference. There will be a separate registration fee for the pre-conference workshop, which includes breakfast and lunch on March 2nd.

Contact: Spenser Dew –

Click on the PDF link below to submit a proposal. Deadline: January 16, 2018.

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