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1st International Joint Conference on Learning & Reasoning


First week of September 2021 (tentative),
Athens, Greece
ILP 2020-21

ILP 2020-21

30th International Conference on Inductive Logic Programming

NeSy 2020-21

NeSy 2020-21

15th International Workshop on Neural-Symbolic Learning and Reasoning

StarAI 2020-21

StarAI 2020-21

10th International Workshop on Statistical Relational AI

AAIP 2020-21

AAIP 2020-21

10th International Workshop on Approaches and Applications of Inductive Programming

In the face of the major disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, and in order to avoid the risks of having a face-to-face conference in September, as originally planned, IJCLR’s steering committee has made the difficult decision to postpone the conference until 2021. The option of having the conference, but as a virtual event, instead of a face-to-face meeting, has been considered and discussed. We feel, however, that given the novelty of IJCLR, and the fact that it aims at bringing together different communities to interact, collaborate and exchange ideas, a virtual conference may be inappropriate for this endeavour. The 1st IJCLR will therefore take place in Athens, during the first week of September 2021 (tentative). Exact dates TBA. What the postponement means for paper submissions: Journal Track: IJCLR’s journal track, the Special Issue on Learning & Reasoning, supported by the Machine Learning Journal (MLJ), will be extended with several additional cut-off dates and will continue to accept paper submissions throughout the period up to conference. In addition to the upcoming cut-off date of May 15 2020, the following cut-off dates are added: September 1st 2020
December 1st 2020
March 1st 2021
May 1st 2021
The editorial team will strive for quick review periods of 10-12 weeks for most submissions, while papers will be published online by MLJ upon acceptance. Authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their work in IJCLR when it takes place. Conference Track: We regret to announce that none of the conferences/workshops that participate in IJCLR will be accepting paper submissions in May 29, as originally planned. We would like to sincerely apologize for this disruption to all authors planning to submit their papers to one of IJCLR’s conferences/workshops. We would like to invite such authors to potentially submit extended versions of their papers to the journal track, in one of the subsequent cut-off dates. New dates for conference/workshop submissions for the 2021 conference will be announced in time.
Having worked on IJCLR for several months now, we are truly disappointed for not being able to host you in Athens at this time. We are, however, determined in having a successful conference next year. The IJCLR steering committee: Luc De Raedt, KU Leuven, Belgium
Stephen Muggleton, Imperial College London, UK
Artur d’Avila Garcez, City University of London, UK
Ute Schmid, University of Bamberg, Germany
Angelika Kimmig, Cardiff University, UK
Cèsar Ferri, Universitat Politènica de València, Spain
Jay Pujara, University of Southern California, USA
Sebastijan Dumančić, KU Leuven, Belgium
Nikos Katzouris, NCSR “Demokritos”, Greece
Alexander Artikis, University of Pireaus & NCSR “Demokritos”, Greece



Overview


The 1st International Joint Conference on Learning & Reasoning (IJCLR) will take place during the first week of September 2021 (tentative), in Athens, Greece. IJCLR will be hosted by the Institute of Informatics & Telecommunications of the National Center for Scientific Research (NCSR) "Demokritos".

The rapid progress in machine learning has been the primary reason for a fresh look in the transormative potential of AI as a whole during the past decade. A crucial milestone for taking full advantage of this potential is the endowment of algorithms that learn from experience with the ability to consult existing knowledge and reason with what has already been learned. Integrating learning and reasoning constitutes one of the key open questions in AI, and holds the potential of addressing many of the shortcomings of contemporary AI approaches, including the black-box nature and the brittleness of deep learning, and the difficulty to adapt knowledge representation models in the light of new data. Integrating learning and reasoning calls for approaches that combine knowledge representation and machine reasoning techniques with learning algorithms from the fields of neural, statistical and relational learning.

Four international conferences and workshops addressing such research topics join forces in the 1st International Conference on Learning & Reasoning (IJCLR):

  • The 30th International Conference on Inductive Logic Programming (ILP).
    The ILP conference series has been the premier forum for work on logic-based approaches to learning for three decades. Originally focusing on the induction of logic programs, over the years it has expanded its research horizon to other forms of relational learning and to probabilistic approaches.
  • The 15th International Workshop on Neural-Symbolic Learning & Reasoning (NeSy).
    The NeSy workshop series is a major venue for the presentation and discussion of key topics related to neural-symbolic computing, i.e. combinations of neural and logic-based approaches to learning & reasoning.
  • The 10th International Workshop on Statistical Relational Artificial Inteligence (StarAI).
    The StarAI workshop series studies combinations of logic with probability theory and focuses on statistical inference and learning with relational and first-order logical representations.
  • The 10th International Workshop on Approaches and Applications of Inductive Programming (AAIP).
    The AAIP workshop series focuses on learning executable programs in arbitrary programming languages, from incomplete specifications. e.g. from examples of their input/output behaviour.

IJCLR aims at bringing together researchers and practitioners working on various aspects of learning & reasoning, via presentation of cutting-edge research on topics of special interest to the participating conferences/workshops. In addition to each of the four events' individual programs, which will be held in parallel, IJCLR aims to promote collaboration and cross-fertilization between different approaches and methodologies to integrating learning & reasoning, via joint keynotes, panel discussions and poster sessions.



Call for Papers


Journal Track: IJCLR’s journal track, the special issue on Learning and Reasoning supported by the Machine Learning Journal (MLJ), will be accepting paper submissions throughout the period up to the conference, on regular cut-off dates. Submissions are solicited on all aspects of Learning and Reasoning and topics where machine learning is combined with machine reasoning or knowledge representation. Papers will be published online by MLJ upon acceptance and authors of accepted papers will be invited to present their work at the conference. Please follow the Call for Papers link for more information and guidelines on paper submissions to the journal track.

Conference Track: Each conference/workshop participating in IJCLR will be soliciting paper submissions on the topics of its interest. Accepted papers will be presented at IJCLR. New dates for the paper submissions to the conference track will be announced in time.