September 19 – 22, 2022
Certosa di Pontignano, Siena – Tuscany, Italy
Advanced Online & Onsite Course & Symposium on Artificial Intelligence & Neuroscience
Casale Marittimo village, vineyards and landscape in Maremma. Tuscany, Italy.

ACAIN 2022 – A Unique Experience:
AI & Neuroscience with the World’s Leaders in the fascinating atmosphere of Tuscany

The ACAIN 2022 symposium is an interdisciplinary event featuring leading scientists from AI and Neuroscience, providing a special opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research in the fields.

The 2nd Advanced Course and Symposium on Artificial Intelligence  & Neuroscience (ACAIN) is a full-immersion five-day residential (or online) Course and Symposium at the Certosa di Pontignano (Italy) on cutting-edge advances in Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience with lectures delivered by world-renowned experts. The Course provides a stimulating environment for academics, early career researchers, Post-Docs, PhD students and industry leaders. Participants will also have the chance to present their results with oral talks or posters, and to interact with their peers, in a friendly and constructive environment.

Two days of keynote talks and oral presentations, the ACAIN Symposium, (September 21-22), will be preceded by lectures of leading scientists, the ACAIN Course, (September 19-20).

Bringing together AI and neuroscience promises to yield benefits for both fields. The future impact and progress in both AI and Neuroscience will strongly depend on continuous synergy and efficient cooperation between the two research communities. These are the goals of the International Course and Symposium – ACAIN 2022, which is aimed both  at AI experts with interests in Neuroscience and at neuroscientists with an interest in AI.  ACAIN 2022 accepts rigorous research that promotes and fosters multidisciplinary interactions between artificial intelligence and neuroscience.

Nestled within the most idyllic landscapes of Tuscany, the Certosa di Pontignano (Italy) will host the world’s leading scientists and industry experts to discuss scientific challenges among a carefully selected number of participants in a unique setting.

For one intense week you will work alongside faculty that are undisputed leaders in their own field. The result is a profound experience that fosters professional and personal development.

In a proven, unique format you will be exposed to a high-impact learning experience, taking you outside the comfort zone of your own technical expertise, that will empower you with new analytical and strategic skills across areas of Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience.

Through an increased awareness of the challenges in Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience, you will gain a place within an elite global network of experts from both fields, and learn how their skills apply to your own discipline.

The Advanced Course is suited  for younger scholars, academics, early career researchers, Post-Docs, PhD students and industry leaders. Moreover, a significant proportion of seasoned investigators are regularly present among the attendees, often senior faculty at their own institutions. The balanced audience that we strive to maintain in each Advanced Course greatly contributes to the development of intense cross-disciplinary debates among faculty and participants that typically address the most advanced and emerging areas of each topic.

For one entire day, each faculty member will present lectures, and discuss with participants in a smaller, more focused setting. This longer interaction, with an exclusive course size, provides the best opportunity to explore the unique expertise of each distinguished faculty mentor, often through one-on-one mentoring. This is unparalleled and priceless.

The Event (Course and Symposium) will involve a total of 36-40 hours of lectures. Academically, this will be equivalent to 8 ECTS points for the PhD Students and the Master Students attending the Event.


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Asilomar AI Principles
  • Neuroscience
  • Brain-Behavior Interactions
  • Cognition & Artificial Intelligence
  • Cognitive Computing
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Robotics
  • Cognitive Science
  • Computational Cognitive Science
  • Computational Modeling  of the Nervous System
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Creativity & Artificial Intelligence
  • Deep Learning
  • Epistemic Planning
  • Ethics for Autonomous Systems

  • Explainable Artificial Intelligence
  • General Reinforcement Learning Algorithms
  • Generative Adversarial Networks
  • Human-Level Artificial Intelligence
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Machine Learning
  • Neural data Analysis Methods
  • Neuroinformatics
  • Neurotechnology
  • Probabilistic Generative Models
  • Probabilistic Programming
  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Robotics
  • Symbolic AI & Deep Learning
  • Systems Neuroscience
  • Theory of Deep Learning

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    • Paper Submission (Symposium): by Saturday April 23, 2022 (AoE)
    • Notification of Decision for Papers (Symposium): by Thursday June 23, 2022


    • Early Registration (Symposium & Course): by Wednesday March 23, 2022
    • Late Registration (Symposium & Course): from Thursday March 24, 2022


    • Oral/Poster Presentation Submission (Course): by (TBA)
    • Notification of Decision for Oral/Poster Presentation (Course): by (TBA)

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    Giuseppe Nicosia
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    Certosa di Pontignano

    Pontignano / Siena – Tuscany / Italy


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