3rd European Conference on the Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics  
18 - 19 November 2021, Lisboa, Portugal

ACI is taking a hybrid approach towards conferences this year. We are planning to run our series of conferences as physical events with the option for participants to join virtually. If when it draws close to the time  of the event we are unable to meet in person due to COVID-19 restrictions the conference will move fully into the virtual format. We urge you to continue to submit your abstracts and papers in line with the published dates (extensions will be granted on request). For more details and regular updates please click here or contact

Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal

Welcome to ECIAIR 2021

The motivation to launch the European Conference on the Impact of AI and Robotics (ECIAIR 2021) came about as a result of the maturing of artificial intelligence and robotics, particularly of the cognitive computing kind, which is producing an unprecedented revolution in the role of work and professionals in society. So this Conference aims to focus not so much on the technology itself, but rather its consequence on knowledge work and society. We are looking for research with a broad set of approaches from the future of the professions; through knowledge networks enabled by cognitive computing and other technologies; education issues; collaborative robots; ever-more autonomous machines and their relationship with humans; whether we will need to demand ethical or at least acceptable social behaviours on the part of machines; considerations on assigning personhood to machines; to name a few topics. We would like to see the ECIAIR develop into a key forum where natural scientists, social scientists and philosophers come together to envision the future of society in the context of advanced AI and Robotics, so as to keep progress in balance with the meaning of life and the destiny of humankind - the stakes are much to high to do otherwise. So we also welcome contributions from philosophers reflecting on the ethical dimension of AI and the balance between science and conscience.   

ECIAIR 2021 is being held at the Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Portugal, on the 18 - 19 November 2021

 Conference Chair

Dr Florinda Matos

Programme Chair

Prof Isabel Salavisa
Carlos Serrão

Personal Message from the Conference Chairs

The crisis of COVID-19 has transformed our society and our perception of digital transformation.  In this context, it is not only easier to understand the importance of technology, but also to recognise the fragility of our economies and especially of our lives.  Awareness of the globalisation of problems, inequalities, and fragility of our society, especially in the health and economic dimensions, has shifted the focus to the resilience, dialogue, and mutual care capacities of societies.  In this respect, we believe that the next ECIAIR conference will take place in an environment of economic recovery and hope for a better society. We therefore present the theme of the event "Using technology to help build the future in a more equal and secure society".

This will be the starting theme for which we invite researchers, students, entrepreneurs, and all those who believe they can contribute to broaden their knowledge on the subject, to participate in the next ECIAIR, which will take place in Lisbon, Portugal.

The organizers of the ECIAIR 2021

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline28 April 2021
Notification of abstract acceptance07 May 2021
Full paper due for review17 June 2021
Notification of paper acceptance (with any requested changes)26 August 2021
Earlybird registration closes09 September 2021
Final paper due (with any changes)23 September 2021
Final Author registration date14 October 2021

Conference Publications

Papers accepted for the ECIAIR after the double-blind peer review process, will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration and payment. The conference proceedings will have an ISSN and assigned an ISBN on publication. Additionally, papers that have been presented at the conference will also be considered for further development and possible publication in the journals listed below. Note that journal editors are provided with the conference proceedings and will make selections if they feel work is appropriate and of sufficient quality for the journal. If invited to publish in a journal authors will be expected to develop the work by 40-50%, including a change of title and abstract. Individual journal procedures will need to be followed and there is no guarantee of publication.

Authors are welcome to submit a developed version of the ECIAIR conference paper to the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Issues. The journal guidelines for submission will need to be followed, but authors should mention that their work has been presented at ECIAIR 2019

Conference Accreditations

Proceedings of the European Conference on the Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics will be submitted for accreditation on publication for:

      • indexing in the ISI Web of Science Conference Proceedings Citation Index
      • listing in EBSCO database of Conference Proceedings
      • listing in the ProQuest database
      • listing on Google Scholar and Google Books
      • listing on Curran Assoc Inc
      • listing on Publishers Licensing Services