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Call for Papers – ACM Collective Intelligence Conference 2021 (CI-2021)   

Conference themes

The conference is organized into five focal areas ranging from nano, micro, meta to global macro perspectives.

1. Biology, Neuroscience, and Algorithms 

Program chair: Deborah M. Gordon, Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, Stanford University 

2. Psychology, Social Behavior, and Information Systems 

Program chair: Jan vom BrockeHilti Chair of Business Process Management, Head of Department, Institute of Information Systems, University of Liechtenstein University of Liechtenstein

3. Control, Communication, and Cybernetics 

Program chair: Kevin Crowston, Distinguished Professor of Information Science, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University 

4. Strategy, Management, and Collaboration 
Program chair: Arvind Malhotra, H. Allen Andrew Professor of Entrepreneurial Education, Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Kenan-Flagler Business School, UNC at Chapel Hill 

5. Ecosystems, Global Economy, and Society 

Program chair: Caroline de la Porte, Professor of Public Policy and Governance, Department of International Economics, Government and Business, Copenhagen Business School

Topics of interest include but are not limited to: 

•  Adaptive dynamic systems  •  Artificial intelligence  •  Biological systems  •  Citizen engagement  •  Collective decision-making   •  Collaborative problem-solving   •  Computational models  •  Communication and information technologies  •  Computer science •  Creativity  • Crowdfunding   •  Crowdsourcing  • ​ Data science  •  Emergence of intelligence  • ​ Evolutionary intelligence  •  Ethics and values  •  Extended cognition  •  Group memory  •  Human computation  •  Incentive mechanisms  •  Innovation  •  Knowledge creation  •  Multi-agent technology  •  Open source intelligence  •  Organizational design  •  ​Participatory decision-making  •  Prediction markets  •  Robotics  •  Social computing  •  Societal norms  •  Strategy formation  •  Super forecasting  •  Swarming and synchronicity  •  Team structures  •  Wisdom of crowds  •  Voting design

Main deadlines

Abstract submission before

March 15, 2021

Notification of acceptance by


Late April 2021




We accept four-page abstracts presenting:

  • Original research efforts and papers

  • New tools, technologies, and experiments

Submissions are limited to 3 pages of text and 1 page with references. It is encouraged to include a graphical abstract with the submission.  


CI-2021 does not publish proceedings (not in the ACM Digital Library). However, we plan to post a “book of abstracts” on the CI-2021 website available to all registered participants.

Submission format

All submissions should use the following templates:

Submission should be converted to PDF before submitting. 

(NB: the conference is now closed for submissions)

Research papers

To encourage a diversity of relevant topics from various fields of study, submissions can refer to work that is published recently, under review, or in preparation. It may refer to a public paper that describes the work in more detail. All submissions will be assessed based on the enclosed abstract, which should provide a self-contained description of the work.

New tools and technologies

CI-2021 accepts contributions that demonstrate applications of innovative tools and technologies in illustrative experiments.


Demos from prior conferences can be resubmitted using the standard template above following the general format.


Feedback and review process


Authors will not receive detailed feedback from the review process but only an accept/reject decision.

The main criteria for acceptance are:  

  1. a good fit with the subjects for CI-2021, and

  2. interesting perspective finding with a promise to present supportive evidence and arguments.

All accepted abstracts will be made available to conference participants on-line and are not intended as archival publications that preclude submission of the reported work to an academic journal. However, we cannot rule out that certain journals may have policies that preclude the distribution of extended abstracts. The accepted abstracts will be made available as submitted and should be camera-ready.

If an abstract is accepted for presentation at least one author must commit to attend the conference.

Submission format
Feedback and review process
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