[CogSci] Special Issue on Problem-solving, Creativity and Spatial Reasoning in Cognitive Systems (ProSocrates)

Zoe Falomir zfalomir at uni-bremen.de
Mon Oct 30 12:53:33 PDT 2017

*Special Issue on Problem-solving, Creativity and Spatial Reasoning in
Cognitive Systems (ProSocrates) @ Cognitive Systems Research, Elsevier*

The focus of this ProSocrates Special Issue is to bring problem-solving,
spatial cognition/reasoning, cognitive systems and creativity disciplines
together, by bringing in dialogue specialists from each of the fields.
Authors of experimental, theoretical and computational work which combines
perspectives from at least 2 these topics are invited to submit
contributions. The larger aim of integrating these topics is to produce
theoretical tools, approaches and methodologies for creative and spatial
problem solving in cognitive systems, in a manner that would benefit from
such interdisciplinary bootstrapping.

Papers included in this issue will address such questions/debates as:

How spatial reasoning can help in problem solving?
How can problems be modeled in order to be solved creatively?
How can spatial reasoning improve cognitive and/or creative skills in
people? and in cognitive systems?
What is the relation between Creativity and Spatial Reasoning?
How sketches, shapes and colours can be interpreted cognitively and/or
What is the relation between computational creativity, cognitive creativity
and reasoning?
How analogy and metaphor, image schemas and concept blending shed light on
creative problem solving?

Possible topics to be explored by the contributions to this special issue

Spatial cognition, creative cognition
Spatial reasoning, case-based reasoning, analogical reasoning
General and spatial problem solving, knowledge representation for
problem-solving, cross-modal creativity and problem solving
Analogy and metaphor, concept blending, image schemas
Cognitive modeling and qualitative modeling
Computational creativity, computational cognitive systems
Symbolic, subsymbolic and hybrid approaches, evolutionary approaches and
genetic algorithms
Systems for enhancing human spatial reasoning and/or creativity
Cognitive recommender systems, natural and artificial cognitive systems
Visuospatial creativity, insight and re-representation
Applications in Education, Robotics, Design, etc.


Submissions to the special issue must include original research. Papers
must be new and have not been published or submitted to other journals.
Authors should prepare their manuscript according to the "Guide for
Authors" available at the journal homepage:

Submission should be made via the EVISE system:

Authors must select “VSI: ProSocrates” when they reach the "Article Type"
step in the submission process. All papers will be peer-reviewed following
the reviewing procedures of the Cognitive Systems Research (CSR) journal.

All papers will undergo a preliminary screening to ensure relevance to the
special issue prior to be the peer-review phase; research papers that do
not sufficiently address the special issue call may not be selected for a
full peer review (such a decision will be communicated rapidly).


Deadline for paper submission: November 15th, 2017
Notification of acceptance: July 15th, 2018
Publication date: September 15th, 2018


Zoe Falomir
University of Bremen, Bremen Spatial Cognition Centre, Germany
zfalomir at uni-bremen.de

Ana-Maria Oltețeanu
University of Bremen, Bremen Spatial Cognition Centre, Germany
amoodu at informatik.uni-bremen.de
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