Welcome to MRC 2020

MRC 2020 took place on Saturday, 29.08.2020. 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.

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.


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 will be held in Montreal-themed virtual reality, 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


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. The evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic will be carefully monitored and those who cannot or do not want to travel due to COVID-19 will be able to present and participate remotely.

MRC 2020 @ECAI

Context has been and remains a central topic in Artificial Intelligence in general. In terms of recent concerns within AI, context is crucial for understanding causation, for personalization and ethical AI and for the development of contextual AI. As well as these broader concerns, research on context is vital for developments within specific areas of AI:

Machine Learning and Knowledge Representation: In most cases, context can not be modelled a-priori but contextual information has to be inferred from data. In addition, contextual features might change over time, necessitating machine learning approaches for dynamic adaptation of context models and methods for reasoning with uncertainty.

Human-Centred AI: In Human-Computer Interaction, context is crucial for human-centred approaches to systems development. Because of the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary nature of MRC, the workshop series is ideally suited to build bridges between these two closely related sub-fields of computer science and to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and methods for human-centred approaches.

Ethical and Responsible AI: Context is core to ethical and responsible approaches to AI, as reasoning about contextual parameters is inherent in human interpretation of ethical questions. Furthermore, explicit models of context can help mitigate the effects of algorithmic and data bias. The strong connection between context and ethical and responsible AI makes MRC 2020 an ideal venue for discussing research in these areas.

Responsible Personalization: Context is central to enabling a more collaborative partnership between humans and machines. But personalization brings risks to privacy and current methods embed and hide algorithmic bias and data biases. Making context explicit helps mitigating those effects.

Explainable AI: With a renewed interest in explainable systems, context is also increasingly important to identify user needs and system capabilities in providing explanations of system behaviour at runtime.

Autonomous Agents and Robotics: The concept of context is itself contextual and always pertains to the acting agent. Additionally, context is an important issue in autonomous systems, in particular if they are to be integrated in socio-technical environments with human actors.

Context is inherently an interdisciplinary topic that, besides AI and HCI, has clear relations to linguistics and semiotics, cognitive science and psychology, mathematics and philosophy as well as other areas such as sociology and anthropology. Given the recent interest in AI beyond the field, MRC can act as a bridge between these different communities and serve as a means for integrating models and findings from these different areas.


MRC be a full day workshop on the 29th of August.

The ECAI conference website has more information about the location and the registration process as well as other workshops. Participants of MRC will have to register for ECAI (workshop-only registrations are available). In particular, at least one author of any paper accepted for presentation must register for the MRC workshop at ECAI for the paper to be included in the proceedings.


Please check our call for papers and submission instructions for details on submitting to MRC 2020.

Background to MRC

MRC is an interdisciplinary workshop with a focus on applications within computer science. Because of this focus the workshop primarily attracts participants from within the computer science community and specifically within artificial intelligence. 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. This is also reflected in the list of program committee members past and present.

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.

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Previous MRC Workshops

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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