October 5 – 8, 2021
Grasmere, Lake District, England – UK
Advanced Online & Onsite Course & Symposium on Artificial Intelligence & Neuroscience

ACAIN 2021 – A Unique Experience:
AI & Neuroscience with the World’s Leaders in the fascinating atmosphere of the Lake District

Marriage of Mind and Machine 
Bringing together artificial intelligence and neuroscience promises to yield benefits for both fields” 
Nature, Vol. 571, 2019.

The ACAIN 2021 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 first Advanced Course and Symposium on Artificial Intelligence  & Neuroscience (ACAIN) is a full-immersion five-day residential (or online) Course and Symposium at the Wordsworth Hotel & SPA (Grasmere, Cumbria,  Lake District – England) 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, (October 7-8), will be preceded by lectures of leading scientists, the ACAIN Course, (October 5-6).

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 2021, which is aimed both  at AI experts with interests in Neuroscience and at neuroscientists with an interest in AI.  ACAIN 2021 accepts rigorous research that promotes and fosters multidisciplinary interactions between artificial intelligence and neuroscience.

Nestled within the most idyllic landscapes of England, on the outskirts of Lake District, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Wordsworth Hotel & SPAGrasmere, Lake DistrictEngland will host the world’s leading scientists and industry experts to discuss scientific challenges amongst 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.

The Wordsworth Hotel & SPA – Grasmere provides the perfect learning atmosphere that is both relaxing, and intellectually stimulating, with a stunning backdrop of the Lake District landscapes. World-class beers (but also wine, there is an interesting selection of award-winning international wines) and traditional foods will make the Advanced Course on Artificial Intelligence and Neuroscience the experience of a lifetime!


  • 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 Wednesday June 30, 2021 (Anywhere on Earth)
    • Notification of Decision for Papers (Symposium): by Friday July 30, 2021


    • Early Registration (Symposium & Course): by Tuesday August 31, 2021
    • Late Registration (Symposium & Course): from Wednesday September 1, 2021


    • Oral/Poster Presentation Submission (Course): by Friday August 20, 2021
    • Notification of Decision for Oral/Poster Presentation (Course): by Thursday August 26, 2021

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    Daffodils, or ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’

    I wandered lonely as a cloud
    That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
    When all at once I saw a crowd,
    A host of golden daffodils;
    Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
    Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

    Continuous as the stars that shine
    and twinkle on the Milky Way,
    They stretched in never-ending line
    along the margin of a bay:
    Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
    tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

    The waves beside them danced; but they
    Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
    A poet could not be but gay,
    in such a jocund company:
    I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
    what wealth the show to me had brought:

    For oft, when on my couch I lie
    In vacant or in pensive mood,
    They flash upon that inward eye
    Which is the bliss of solitude;
    And then my heart with pleasure fills,
    And dances with the daffodils.

    William Wordsworth (1770-1850)  Lake District Poet.