Special Track: Computational Analogy, ICCBR 2018

Call for Papers, ICCBR 2018 Special Track:  Computational Analogy, Submission deadline April 27, 2018

Computational Analogy and Case-Based Reasoning (CBR) are closely related research areas. Both employ prior cases to reason in complex situations with incomplete information. Analogy research often focuses on modeling human cognitive processes, the structural alignment between a base/source and target, and adaptation/abstraction of the analogical source content. While CBR research also deals with alignment and adaptation, the field tends to focus more on retrieval, case-base maintenance, and pragmatic solutions to real-world problems. CBR and Analogy researchers stand to benefit greatly from increased exposure to each other’s work and greater cross-pollination of ideas. The objective of this special track is to promote such communication by bringing together researchers from the two areas, to foster new collaborative endeavors, to stimulate new ideas and avoid reinventing old ones.


Topics of Interest

  • General analogical reasoning techniques
    • Adaptation
    • Alignment-based explanation/evaluation
    • Analogical distance
    • Analogical proportions in formal concept analysis
    • Analogical proportions in mathematical structures
    • Analogy in numerical settings
    • Compound analogy
    • Constructing alignments and mappings
    • Feature-based models of analogy and analogical reasoning
    • Logic-based models of analogy and analogical reasoning
    • Modality of representation of case/analogical source
    • The role of expertise in analogical reasoning
    • Segmenting and constructing cases for alignment
    • Solution-based vs. Problem-based approaches
    • Structural models of analogy and analogical reasoning
    • Types of analogical transfer/mapping
    • Analogical retrieval
  • Analogical retrieval
    • Data mining techniques
    • Data sources for cases/analogies
    • Feature-based vs. structural retrieval
    • Indexing
    • Repository-based approaches
  • Analogical generalization
    • Analogical abstraction
    • CBR and Analogy using generalizations or schemas
    • Constructing generalizations
    • Cross-discipline translation of concepts/vocabulary
  • Applications: Computational Analogy for…
    • Cognitive Modeling
    • Computational Creativity
    • Computational Design
    • Decision-making for robotics or virtual agents
    • Knowledge capture
  • Frontiers in Computational Analogy
    • Assessing models of Computational Analogy
    • Connections to Professional Practice in Engineering and Design
    • Hybrid models
    • Theoretical foundations of Computational Analogy



Paper submissions should be formatted using the ICCBR Conference format. Papers (submitted and final) will be no longer than 16 pages (i.e. max 14 pages without the reference section but including figures, tables and appendice and max 2 pages for the reference section). Papers will be reviewed by qualified reviewers drawn from the special track’s Program Committee.

ICCBR 2018 is employing the EasyChair conference management system, and submissions to the special track must be made via the ICCBR 2018 EasyChair Conference. All submissions are required to be in electronic format. Submissions to the Computational Analogy special track should include “Analogy” as a key word.


Important Dates

April 23, 2018: Title and Abstract Submission

April 20, 2018 April 27, 2018: Paper submission deadline

June 11, 2018: Acceptance decisions announced

June 24, 2018: Camera-ready submission due

July 10-12, 2018: Conference dates


Organizing Committee

Irina Rabkina (irabkina@u.northwestern.edu), Northwestern University, USA, (Co-chair)

Pierre-Alexandre Murena (murena@telecom-paristech.fr), Telecom ParisTech, France, (Co-chair)

Fadi Badra (badra@univ-paris13.fr), Université Paris 13, Paris, France