The Mexican International Conference on Arti?cial Intelligence (MICAI), a yearly international conference organized by the Mexican Society for Arti?cial Intelligence (SMIA), is a major international AI forum and the main event in the academic life of the country's growing AI community. The proceedings of the previous MICAI events were published by Springer in its Lecture Notes in Arti?cial Intelligence (LNAI) series, vol. 1793,2313,2972,3787,4293,4827,and 5317. Since its foundation the conference has been growing in popularity and improving quality. This volume contains the papers presented at the oral sessions of the 8th Mexican International Conference on Arti?cial Intelligence, MICAI 2009, held November 9-13, 2009, in Guanajuato, México. The conference received for ev- uation 215 submissions by 646 authors from 21 countries. This volume contains revised versionsof 63 articles, which after thorough and careful revision were- lected by the international Program Committee. Thus the acceptance rate was 29.3% This book is structured into 18 sections, 17 of which correspond to a c- ference track and are representative of the main current areas of interest for the AI community; the remaining section comprises invited papers. The conference featured excellent keynote lectures by leading AI experts: Patricia Melin, Instituto Tecnológico de Tijuana, México Dieter Hutter, DFKI GmbH, Germany Josef Kittler, Surrey University, UK Ramón López de Mantaras, IIIA-CSIC, Spain José Luis Marroquín, CIMAT, México In addition to the oral technical sessions and keynote lectures, the conf- ence program included tutorials, workshops, and a poster session, which were published in separate proceedings volumes.