cex 2017

Comprehensibility and Explanation in AI and ML (CEX) @ AI*IA 2017

Location: University of Bari (Bari, Italy).
Date: Nov. 14 & 15 XOR Nov. 16 & 17, 2017.
Hosted at: AI*IA 2017, the 16th International Conference of the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence


  • Deadline for paper submission: August 1 (extended), 2017



Artur d'Avila Garcez, City, University of London
Barbara Hammer, University of Bielefeld
Alexandra Kirsch, University of Tübingen
Luc Steels, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona.


Registration for the workshop is handled via the main conference website.
Please consult http://aiia2017.di.uniba.it/ for details.


Mission Statement

CEX addresses fundamental questions for the nature of "comprehensibility" and "explanation" in an AI and ML context from a theoretical and an applied perspective. Research into philosophical approximations to what an explanation in AI and ML is (or can be) or how the comprehensibility of an intelligent system can formally be defined will be presented next to work addressing practical questions of how to assess a systems comprehensibility from a psychological perspective, or how to design and build better explainable AI and ML systems.

Fields of Interest

The workshop brings together a diverse audience, including:
  • participants from core areas of AI and ML
  • ontologists
  • cognitive scientists
  • psychologists
  • HCI researchers
  • and practitioners from industry and business contexts

Accepted Submission Formats

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit original papers that have not been submitted for review or published elsewhere:
- Submitted papers must be written in English, must be formatted according to the Springer LNCS style (templates and sample files are available from https://www.springer.com/gp/computer-science/lncs/conference-proceedings-guidelines).

- FULL PAPERS: Research and experience papers should not exceed 10 pages (excluding references/bibliography).

- SHORT PAPERS: Position papers or technical notes should not exceed 6 pages (excluding references/bibliography).

- All submitted papers will be judged based on their relevance, originality, significance, technical quality, and organisation.

Submission Website

Submissions to CEX @ AI*IA 2017 should be made via EasyChair:



Selected papers will be presented during the workshop. The workshop will include extra time for discussion of the presentations allowing the group to have a better understanding of the issues, challenges, and ideas being presented.


Accepted papers will be published in official workshop proceedings within the CEUR-WS.org series. Depending on the number and quality of accepted papers, the organizers will consider organizing a special issue of a journal as follow-up publication.


  • Deadline for paper submission: July 27, August 1 (extended), 2017 (anywhere on this planet)
  • Notification of paper acceptance/rejection: September 10, 2017
  • Camera-ready paper due: September 30, 2017
  • Workshop date: Nov. 14 & 15 XOR Nov. 16 & 17, 2017



  • John Bateman, University of Bremen
  • Joanna Bryson, University of Bath
  • Derek Doran, Wright State University
  • Artur Garcez, City, University of London
  • Yasemin Erden, St. Mary, London
  • Barbara Hammer, University of Bielefeld
  • Caroline Jay, University of Manchester
  • Kristian Kersting, Technical University Darmstadt
  • Antonio Lieto, University of Turin
  • Fiona McNeill, Heriot-Watt University
  • Rafael Penaloza, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
  • Sarah Schulz, University of Stuttgart
  • Gem Stapleton, University of Brighton
  • Serge Thill, University of Skövde
  • Leon van der Torre, University of Luxembourg
  • Rebekah Wegener, RWTH Aachen University
  • Christina Zeller, University of Bamberg