Call for Papers: Special Issue on Commonsense Knowledge and Reasoning: Representation, Acquisition and Applications

Machine Intelligence Research (ISSN 2731-538X) seeks original manuscripts for a special issue on "Commonsense Knowledge and Reasoning: Representation, Acquisition and Applications".


Commonsense knowledge is an important resource for humans to understand the meanings or semantics of the data. The ability to learn and own commonsense knowledge is one of the major gaps between humans and machines. Although recent research progress about deep learning, like Transformer, Pre-trained models, etc., has made amazing breakthroughs in many fields, including computer version, natural language learning, etc., letting the statistical models have the rich commonsense knowledge and possess the reasoning ability is still difficult and under-resolved. So far researchers continue to focus on building large-scale knowledge bases, like WordNet, Freebase, ConceptNet, BabelNet, etc., which describe multiple knowledge types, such as concepts, entities, relations, events, and frames. However, they only build a few parts of commonsense knowledge types and cover limited scenarios, although some of them have collected billions of instances. Considering these issues, the AI community has made recent efforts on building commonsense knowledge bases. The focused and difficult problems include how to define and represent commonsense knowledge, how to acquire and learn commonsense knowledge, how to perform reasoning based on commonsense knowledge, how to apply commonsense knowledge for downstream applications, and so on.


This special issue seeks original and novel contributions towards advancing the theory, methods, and applications for commonsense knowledge and reasoning. The special issue will provide a timely collection of recent advances to benefit the researchers and practitioners working in the broad research field of natural language processing, database, semantic web, and machine intelligence.


Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

 The representation of commonsense knowledge

 Construction of commonsense knowledge bases

 Complex concepts (such as negated concepts) in commonsense knowledge bases

 Pre-training models and commonsense knowledge bases

 Knowledge integration and linking

 Reasoning over commonsense knowledge

 Commonsense knowledge for  natural language inference

 Commonsense knowledge related applications including question answering, conversation, information retrieval, machine translations, etc.



Once your manuscript is finished, please submit it online: During the submission “Step 6 Details & Comments: Special Issue and Special Section”, please choose “Special Issue on Commonsense Knowledge and Reasoning: Representation, Acquisition and Applications”.


Submission Deadline: 30 October 2022


Guest Editors
Prof. Kang Liu, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (

Prof. Yangqiu Song, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong ( 

Prof. Jeff Z. Pan, The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom (


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