Cognitive Computing

Submission deadline: 16 December 2016
Publication: July/August 2017

Cognitive computing refers to smart systems that learn at scale, reason with purpose, and interact with humans and other smart systems naturally. Rather than being explicitly programmed, such systems learn and reason from their interactions with us and from their experiences with their environment. They are made possible by advances in several scientific fields over the past half-century, and are different in important ways from the information systems that preceded them. We already interact with services enabled by cognitive computing, such as Apple Siri, IBM Watson, Microsoft Cortana, Google Go, and Amazon Echo.

This special issue of IT Professional seeks to provide readers with an overview of the current issues and practices related to cognitive computing as well as a look into the future as IT professionals and technologies become indispensable as key enablers of product and service development and the creation of new markets. We seek articles from industry, business, academia, and government. Articles should be novel, have a practical orientation, and be written in a style accessible to practitioners. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • The relationship between AI, machine intelligence, and cognitive computing
  • Cognitive computing applications for the enterprise
  • Embedded AI and cognitive systems
  • Cognitive systems and intelligent virtual assistants
  • Machine intelligence and the Internet of Things
  • Machine learning algorithms and approaches
  • The role of big data and traditional analytics
  • Autonomous systems and processes
  • The impact on human computer interfaces
  • Knowledge processes: capture, access, and reuse with cognitive systems
  • The cognitive computing problem space
  • Neuroscience foundations of information processing
  • The role of knowledge engineering
  • Humans working with machines and the impact on the workforce
  • Ontologies and semantic structures 
  • Commerce applications for cognitive agent technologies
  • Sensors and networks
  • Cloud-centric cognitive computing
  • Cognitive computing implications for service innovation


Feature articles should be no longer than 4,200 words with no more than 20 references (with tables and figures counting as 300 words). Illustrations are welcome. For author guidelines, including sample articles, please see:

Submit your article at


For more information, please contact the Guest Editors: