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The 2020 International Conference on Brain Inspired Cognitive Systems (BICS 2020), as a sequel of BICS 2004 - 2019, will be held online due to COVID-19, and this conference will be organised by Anhui University, Hefei, China. The first BICS 2004 was held in Stirling, Scotland, UK and the last BICS 2019 was held in GUANGZHOU, CHINA (

BICS 2020 aims to provide a high-level international forum for scientists, engineers, and educators to present the state of the art of brain inspired cognitive systems research and applications in diverse fields. The conference will feature plenary lectures given by world renowned scholars, regular sessions with broad coverage, and some special sessions focusing on popular and timely topics.

There will be NO conference proceedings. All accepted high-quality papers will be published in regular or special issues of our partner SCI/EI journals below:

International Journal of Automation and Computing

Cognitive Computation (, ISI SCI 2018 Impact Factor:4.287. The 2019 Impact Factor for Cognitive Computation will be added to the Web of Science Journal Citation Reports (JCR) in late September. Cognitive Computation continues to be indexed in the Web of Science.

All papers submitted to BICS will be peer reviewed by at least three independent experts, and if (conditionally) accepted, will be invited for presentation and further peer feedback at BICS 2020. Editors in Chief and guest/editorial board members of our partner journals will also be in attendance at BICS 2020 to provide informal advice and feedback to authors.


Biologically Inspired Systems (BICS-BIS):

Braininspired systems

Brain inspired vision

Brain inspired audition and sound processing

Brain inspired other sensory modalities

Brain inspired motion processing

Brain inspired robotics

Brain inspired adaptive and control systems

Brain inspired evolutionary systems

Brain inspired signal processing

Brain inspired learning

Brain inspired pattern recognition

Neuromorphic systems


Cognitive Neuroscience (BICS-CNS):

Cognitive neuroscience

Cognitive neuroscience of vision

Cognitive neuroscience of non-vision sensory modalities

Cognitive neuroscience of volition

Systems neuroscience

Attentional mechanisms

Affective systems


Cortical models

Sub-cortical models

Cerebellar models

Neural correlates


Models of Consciousness (BICS-MoC):

World awareness


Global workspace theory


Qualia models

Virtual machine approaches

Formal models for consciousness

Control theoretical models

Developmental/Infant models

Will and volition

Emotion and affect

Philosophical implications

Neurophysiological grounding

Enactive approaches


Analyitic/Synthetic phenomenology


Neural Computation (BICS-NC):

Neuro-computational systems

Hybrid neural systems

Neural learning

Neural control systems

Neural signal processing

Architectures of neural computation

Neural devices

Neural perception and pattern classifiers

Neuro-fuzzy systems

Evolutionary neural networks

Biological neural network models




Submission Deadline for full-papers:31/08/2020 Extended to 10/09/2020

First reviews/decisions: 31/10/2020

BICS 2020 Conference (only authors with papers with major or minor revisions will be invited to register & present papers at BICS for feedback/improvements): 18-20/12/2020

Revised manuscripts due: 31 /01/2021

Final reviews/decisions communicated to authors: 31/03/ 2021

Camera-ready papers due: 30/04/2021

Publication of Special Issues: Summer 2021