Welcome to MRC

We are happy to announce that, in 2021, we will be organising two more workshops with a special focus on Human-Centric and Contextual Systems in the long running series on Modelling and Reasoning in Context (MRC).

The aim is to run the workshops and the conferences on site. The evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic will be carefully monitored and those who cannot travel due to COVID-19 will be allowed to present and participate remotely.


The first workshop is planned to take place on on day between August, 21, and August, 26 (exact date to be decided) at at IJCAI 2021, the 30th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence. IJCAI conferences are the premier international scientific gatherings of AI researchers and practitioners. The event is planned to take place August 21st to 26th, 2021, in Montreal, Canada.

Note: Submission is still open for all paper types. Please submit your paper through EasyChair.


The second workshop is planned to take place on August 31 at INTERACT 2021. It will be the 18th International Conference promoted by the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) and it's Technical Committee 13 on Human–Computer Interaction. INTERACT is biannual and is IFIP’s premier HCI Research venue. The conference is planned to take place August 30th to September 3rd, 2021, in Bari, a city on the Adriatic coast of Southern Italy.

Note: Submission is still open for all paper types. Please submit your paper through EasyChair.


Both workshops will be full day events, please check the respective workshop websites (MRC 2021 @INTERACT and MRC-HCCS 2021 @IJCAI) for the exact dates.


MRC welcomes different kinds of papers, short position papers, research proposals, case studies, results from qualitative or quantitative experiments, theoretical contributions, surveys; early contributions from young researchers and student submissions as much as blue sky papers from senior members of the community.

Please check our submission instructions for details on submitting to MRC 2021 @INTERACT. For MRC-HCCS 2021 @IJCAI, please refer to this submission instructions. You find the relevant dates in the sidebar (or if you are reading it on a small screen or using a screen reader, below this text).

Background to MRC

MRC is an interdisciplinary and highly interactive workshop with a focus on applications within computer science. However, MRC has always had a strong interdisciplinary appeal and does draw from fields such as linguistics, semiotics, philosophy, mathematics, cognitive science, social sciences and psychology as well as various sub-fields within computer science.

MRC has traditionally been held on major AI-conferences such as ECAI, IJCAI and AAAI or conferences focusing on context from different perspectives such as the International and Interdisciplinary Conference on Modeling and Using Context (CONTEXT). These workshops have been successful in raising awareness about the importance of context as a major issue for future intelligent systems, especially for the use of mobile devices and current research on autononomous computing. At the same time, advances in methodologies for modelling and retrieving context have been made and MRC continues to provide a venue for the discussion and furthering of research into issues surrounding context.

With the renewed interest in Artificial Intelligence in general and Machine Learning in particular, we think it is crucial to assure a human-centric perspective, and a closer collaboration between the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Human-Computer Interaction is a necessity. With context being a central concept both in HCI and in AI, we think that the workshop is ideally suited to help further such a human-centric perspective.

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Previous MRC Workshops

MRC 2020 took place in August 2020 at ECAI 2020, the 24th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence. Originally planned to be held in Santiago de Compostela, in the northwest corner of Spain, the conference and all its associated events became fully digital due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

ECAI is Europe’s premier AI Research venue. Please check out the list of accepted papers and workshop agenda. The papers are published online by CEUR Workshop Proceedings (CEUR-WS.org, ISSN 1613-0073) as Volume 2787.

MRC 2018 took place at FAIM, the Federated AI meeting in Stockholm. Within FAIM, several leading conferences in Artificial Intelligence were held together in July 2018, including IJCAI-ECAI (The combined International Joined Conference on Artificial Intelligence and European Conference on Artificial Intelligence), AAMAS 2018 (Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems), ICCBR 2018 (International Conference on Case-Based Reasoning), ICML 2018 – (International Conference on Machine Learning), and SoCS 2018 (Annual Symposium on Combinatorial Search).

Please check out the list of accepted papers and workshop agenda. The papers are published online by CEUR Workshop Proceedings (CEUR-WS.org, ISSN 1613-0073) as Volume 2134.

MRC 2017 took place at IJCAI 2017, the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Melbourne, Australia. It was a full day workshop. For more information, please check the MRC 2017 schedule and paper download page.

MRC 2016 took place at The 22nd European Conference on Artificial Intelligence (ECAI 2016) in The Hague, The Netherlands. It was jointly held with two other Workshops, the 2nd AI-IoT (Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things) and 1st MMDA (Multimodal Data Analytics). The proceedings for all three workshops and the overall schedule can be found on our combined workshop website.

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