AAAI-MAKE 2021 • Spring

AAAI Spring Symposium on Combining Machine Learning and Knowledge Engineering
March 22-24, 2021 | An International Virtual AI Event

Join us…

… and work together on a combined machine learning and knowledge engineering based AI!

AAAI-MAKE 2021 brings together practitioners and researchers from various companies, research centers, and academia of machine learning and knowledge engineering working together on joint AI that is being explainable and grounded in domain knowledge.

Important Dates

  • Extended submission due: 30th of November 2020
  • Notification of authors: 10th of January 2021
  • Camera-ready: 26th of February 2021 (extended)
  • Registration: 26th of February 2021
  • Registration for non-authors (FCFS): 5th of March 2021
  • 2021 Spring Symposium: 22-24 of March 2021
  • 2020 Spring Symposium: 24-25 of March 2021

AAAI-MAKE 2021: Format

AAAI-MAKE 2021 is part of the AAAI Spring Symposium Series, an annual set of meetings run in parallel held at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA. It involves presentations of accepted position, full and short papers, side-tutorial events from industry, (panel) discussions, demonstrations, and plenary sessions to foster interaction and contribution among the participants.

The AAAI Spring Symposium Series «[…] is designed to bring colleagues together in an intimate forum while at the same time providing a significant gathering point for the AI community. The two and one half day format of the series allows participants to devote considerably more time to feedback and discussion than typical one-day workshops. It is an ideal venue for bringing together new communities in emerging fields.» (

March 22-24, 2021 | An international virtual AI event. Original venue: Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, USA


Among relevant topics are:

  • Enterprise AI
  • Machine Learning
  • Knowledge Engineering and Management
  • Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
  • Hybrid AI
  • Explainable AI
  • Conversational AI
  • Deep Learning and Neural Networks
  • Rule-based Systems
  • Recommender Systems
  • Scene Interpretation Systems
  • Ontologies and Semantic Web
  • Data Science

Use cases, application scenarios, and requirements from the industry would be highly beneficial and most welcome. Since AAAI-MAKE is a dedicated symposium on the combination of machine learning and knowledge engineering, the contributions shall address both AI domains.


We solicit papers that can include recent or ongoing research, business cases, application scenarios, and surveys. Furthermore, proposals for industrial side-tutorial events, demonstrations, and (panel) discussions are very welcome too.

  • Position/full papers (5 to 12 pages) and short papers (2 to 4 pages) will be peer-reviewed by the program committee to ensure academic integrity.
  • Industrial side-tutorial event or demonstration proposals (1 to 2 pages) should have a focus on business or research related to the symposium topics excluding undesired extensive product advertising.
  • Discussion proposals (1 to 2 pages) should contain a description of the specific topic.

All submissions must reflect the formatting instructions provided in the Author Kit and be submitted through EasyChair. Accepted and camera-ready papers shall be published on the established open-access proceedings site CEUR-WS.

Special Call for 2020 Spring Symposium Authors

Challenging situations require creative solutions, authors of the canceled 2020 Spring Symposium have the opportunity to submit an updated/revised version of their papers for the 2021 Spring Symposium, which shall be part of the volume II proceedings published on Submission of updated/revised papers is due on November 30th, 2020.

The updated/revised papers dedicated to Volume II must have at least 30% novel contents. Try to avoid verbatim repetitions such as large blocks of the Volume I paper text copied and try to avoid self-plagiarism. Updated/revised papers are subject to a rigorous and in-depth editorial review.

The papers of Volume I, the AAAI 2020 Spring Symposium, are presented with the updated/revised papers of Volume II following the AAAI Spring Symposium 2021 on the following 1.5 days between March 24-25, 2021.


  • April 10, 2021: AAAI-MAKE 2021 Spring Symposium proceedings published on CEUR-WS.
  • March 9, 2021: Symposium program and schedule published.
  • January 21, 2021: Review process completed, and authors notified.
  • January 10, 2021: Due to the vast number of submissions, the review phase and notification will be delayed by a maximum of two weeks.
  • October 30, 2020: AAAI decided to convert the Spring Symposium format to virtual for 2021 due to the worldwide pandemic situation and Stanford regulations.
  • October 27, 2020: Submission deadline extended until 30th of November 2020.
  • September 20, 2020: EasyChair Smart CFP.
  • September 17, 2020: WikiCFP.
  • August 24, 2020: Call for Participation (CfP).
  • August 13, 2020: 2021 Symposium proposal accepted.
  • July 21, 2020: AAAI had to cancel the physical meeting of the 2020 Fall Symposium due to the current COVID-19 outbreak.
  • July 16, 2020: 2021 Symposium proposal submitted.
  • May 5, 2020: Volume I • AAAI-MAKE 2020 Spring Symposium proceedings published on CEUR-WS.
  • March 4, 2020: AAAI had to cancel the physical meeting of the 2020 Spring Symposium following the Stanford University policy related to the current COVID-19 outbreak.


AAAI-MAKE 2021 Spring Symposium proceedings published on CEUR-WS:

Organizing Committee

Hans-Georg Fill, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

Aurona Gerber, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Knut Hinkelmann (co-chair), FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland.

Doug Lenat, Cycorp, Inc., Austin, TX, USA.

Andreas Martin (co-chair), FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland.

Reinhard Stolle, Argo AI GmbH, München, Germany.

Frank van Harmelen, VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Symposium Co-Chairs

Andreas Martin (main contact | 📧) and Knut Hinkelmann (📧), FHNW University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, School of Business, Riggenbachstrasse 16, 4600 Olten, Switzerland.

Program Committee