The Jagiellonian-Rutgers Conference in Cognitive Science
Grzegorz J. Nalepa
During the Jagiellonian-Rutgers Conference in Cognitive Science we shall focus on the current state of research on cognition and action, looking more deeply into the links between the two. Main topics include, but are not restricted to, varieties of cognition and action, perception and coordination, planning and execution, impact of emotions on performance, decision making, language and performance, cognitive dimensions of moral actions, models for spatial navigation and motor control, and cognitive integration.
Aiming to provide a forum where to discuss new concepts and innovative approaches in all branches of cognitive science research, we encourage submissions of both basic and applied work.
For submission and registration guidelines as well as other information about the conference, please visit cognitivescience.eu.
Looking forward to seeing you in Kraków in June 2014,
Sebastian T. Kolodziejczyk & the Organising Committee
The EIDYN Centre for Epistemology, Mind and Normativity recently launched one more pilot project on the topic of Group Knowledge.
How do groups store, share, and generate knowledge? Moreover, can groups be intelligent agents in themselves, under which conditions, and what effects may this have on the previous set of questions? Interdisciplinary research on such philosophically motivated considerations can lead to a number of key economic, social and cultural benefits.
Group Knowledge is an EIDYN pilot project that builds on the strengths of the University of Edinburgh in the humanities and social sciences, epistemology and philosophy of mind and cognitive science. The aspiration is to bring together experts from such diverse fields as philosophy, computer science, economics, group dynamics, and public policy (amongst others) under a major research programme whose aim will be to study, design and explore the potential theoretical and technological impact of group knowledge and its underlying processes.
To read more click here.
Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Selwyn College
Vacancy reference: JN02015
Salary: £37,756 to £47,787 pa
Applications are invited for a permanent University Lectureship in the Philosophy of Psychology and Cognitive Science, to start on 1 September 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter. This post is part of the Trinity Scheme for Joint Lectureships and will be held in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) in conjunction with a Fellowship at Selwyn College.
Responsibilities will include contributing to all aspects of undergraduate and graduate teaching, supervising and examining, leading research in the philosophy of psychology or cognitive science, and various administrative duties for the Department and the College.
Applicants must hold a PhD (or equivalent) and have an outstanding record of excellence in teaching, research and publication in this area. The Department offers an exceptionally stimulating and supportive interdisciplinary research environment and the opportunity to develop undergraduate and graduate teaching in the post-holder’s areas of expertise.
- Closing date: 5pm on Friday 7 March 2014
- Longlisting: by approx 17 March 2014
- Shortlisting: by approx 25 March 2014
- Job talks and informal meetings: all day on 23 April 2014
- Interviews: morning of 24 April 2014 (videoconferencing will be available if required)
More information is here: http://www.hps.cam.ac.uk/jobs/jn02015.html
Wednesday 26 March 2014
The 9th Mind Network workshop will take place in the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford.
The speakers are:
Richard Holton (Cambridge): Actions and Thick Intentional Verbs
Craig French (Cambridge): Vision and Knowledge
Ellen Fridland (KCL): They’ve lost control: Reflections on Skill
A full programme for the meeting, and information on how to register, is here: http://cl.ly/TODi
The local organisers are:
The Deductive and Mathematical Cognition Philosophy Conference will be held at the University of Bristol on 7th and 8th April 2014. The conference aims to investigate the implications of recent empirical developments in the study of deductive and mathematical cognition for established questions in the philosophy of mathematics and logic. We hope to provide an environment for interdisciplinary discourse between philosophers and those working within the relevant empirical disciplines. The conference will spend one day focussing on each field, the first day (April 7th) on Mathematical Cognition and Philosophy of Mathematics and the second (April 8th) on Deductive Cognition and Philosophy of Logic.
Caterina Dutilh Novaes (Groningen)
Helen De Cruz (Oxford)
Bart van Kerkhove (Brussels)
The call for papers is open to any from a diverse range of fields, including but not limited to philosophy, logic, mathematics, psychology, cognitive science, history and anthropology. At least two spaces are reserved for early career academics and graduate student submissions.
For the first day we welcome submissions that focus on the implications of recent findings in the study of mathematical cognition for traditional issues in the philosophy of mathematics. Suggested topics include but are by no means limited to:
- Presentations of experimental work that is of interest to philosophers of mathematics.
- Do recent findings about the nature of mathematical cognition support certain positions in the ontology of mathematics?
- Do these findings support Structuralism?
- Do these findings support Fictionalism?
- To what extent are mathematical entities mind-independent?
- What can recent findings in the study of mathematical cognition tell us about the nature of mathematical knowledge?
- Is mathematical knowledge a priori / a posteriori?
- How do we acquire arithmetical knowledge?
- o How do we acquire geometrical knowledge?
- What role does the historical development of mathematical notation play in determining the nature of mathematical knowledge?
For the second day of the conference, we are looking for papers on a wide range of topics introducing empirical sources of information and insight to philosophical questions concerning logic. Such questions may be metaphysical, epistemological or methodological.Topics include but are by no means limited to:
- Presentations of empirical work into the nature of deductive processes.
- Implications of empirical work for issues in the epistemology of logic
- Is logic innate?
- Can we acquire knowledge of logical principles through introspection?
- Implications of empirical work for the foundations of logic
- What is the subject of logic?
- Are we deductively rational? If not what are the implications for the prescriptive role of logic as a guide to correct reasoning?
- Should we construct and assess our logics using data from the study of deductive reasoning processes?
Papers should be submitted via Easychair by 15th February 2014 in the following format.
1) A cover letter including the author’s name, university affiliation, contact information, title of paper, topic area, word count, and an abstract of no more than 250 words.
2) A paper prepared for blind review. Submissions should not exceed 4,000 words and should be suitable for a 40-minute presentation.
The registration for delegates that are not presenting a paper is £20, with a reduced fee of £10 for students.
The conference is supported by The British Society for the Philosophy of Science
iCog is a new network for postgraduate and early-career researchers working in the different disciplines of cognitive science: anthropology, computational intelligence, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy and psychology. The iCog network aims to equip junior researchers with the knowledge base, skills and professional networks to ensure that progress in cognitive science continues to be made through interdisciplinary work. These aims will be achieved through conferences, training workshops and through its own international database of researchers, iCogS.
Visit i-cog.com for more details.
The iCog network has just launched iCogS to help postgraduates and early-career researchers working in the different disciplines of cognitive science get in touch with each other, exchange knowledge, and initiate collaborations. Researchers can create a profile detailing their research interests, current research and whether they are interested in collaborating with other researchers, which disciplines they are interested in collaborating with, the topic or question they wish to investigate collaboratively, and the methodologies they wish to employ (if known). Even for those not currently seeking collaborators, having an iCogS profile is a good way to advertise your research to other researchers in the cognitive science community.
Visit i-cog.com/icogs to create your profile and search the iCogS database for other researchers.
The iCog network acknowledges the generous support of the Mind Association, Aristotelian Society, Analysis Trust, Guarantors of Brain, Language and Cognition (Cambridge University Press), and the Departments of Philosophy and Psychology, Faculty of Science, and the Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive Studies at the University of Sheffield.
4th April 2014, Goldsmiths, London, UK
Submissions are invited for a one day symposium taking place as part of the 2014 convention of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (the AISB).
Submission deadline: 7th January 2014
Xabier Barandiaran (University of the Basque Country)
Daniel Hutto (University of Wollongong / University of Hertfordshire)
J. Kevin O’Regan and Jan Degenaar (Université Paris Descartes)
Michael Wheeler (University of Stirling)
In its best established guise, enactivism is an approach to cognition that challenges mainstream cognitive science by rejecting internal representation and ascribing a central role, instead, to the biological autonomy of cognitive agents and their ability to “make sense” of the world. The approach originates with Varela, Thompson and Rosch’s (1991) book The Embodied Mind and has roots in earlier work on autopoiesis and phenomenology. From these origins, the canonical position has been developed and enriched in different ways by Varela, Di Paolo, Thompson and others. All assign an important role to the notion of autopoiesis.
In recent years, the ‘enactivism’ label has, more liberally, been applied to accounts that ignore or downplay autopoiesis but share the original theory’s emphasis, in place of internal representation, on environmentally-situated bodily coupling. One such theory is the enactive or sensorimotor account of perception, given perhaps its canonical statement by O’Regan and Noë (2001), and building on important work by Hurley (1998). More recent still is the ‘radical enactivism’ of Hutto and Myin (2013), which has just been given its first book-length statement.
About the symposium
“Varieties of enactivism: A conceptual geography” will chart this conceptual terrain. The symposium aims to clarify the key conceptual boundaries that hold both between different kinds of enactivism, and between enactivism and neighbouring accounts in embodied cognitive science. In the process, it aims to find out whether ‘enactivism’, as the term is used, denotes no more than a motley, or whether, alternatively, there is some minimal framework that might unify enactivist accounts while usefully distinguishing them from neighbouring approaches.
Up-to-date information is available from the symposium web page here at http://varietiesofenactivism.wordpress.com/
We are looking for high quality submissions that closely reflect the stated aim of the symposium. The intended outcome is to publish the conference proceedings as a special issue, which will serve as a unique and valuable resource for anyone seeking greater clarity given the recent upspringing of diverse accounts bearing the enactivist name.
Talks will be 30 minutes long, but to facilitate eventual publication, submissions should take the form of papers of 6,000 – 8,000 words.
Papers should be formatted using the Word or LaTeX templates available at: http://www.aisb.org.uk/convention/aisb08/download.html
They should be submitted for review via EasyChair at the following URL: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=voe14
DEADLINE: 7th January 2014
We aim to notify you of the outcome by 7th February 2014
Please direct any questions about the symposium or your submission to the organising committee:
David Silverman (University of Stirling)
Mario Villalobos (University of Edinburgh)
Dave Ward (University of Edinburgh)
Email addresses appear on the symposium web page.
The organisers gratefully acknowledge the support of the Mind Association in making this symposium possible
AISB-50, a convention commemorating both 50 years since the founding of the society for the study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (the AISB) and sixty years since the death of Alan Turing, founding father of both Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence, will be held at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK from the 1st to the 4th April 2014.
Deadline: 7th February 2014.
Dates: 24th-25th April 2014.
Location: Granada (Spain).
Invited speakers: David Ward (University of Edinburgh). One more invited speaker will be confirmed soon.
The Research Workshop on Philosophy of Biology and Cognitive Science (PBCS) aims at promoting interaction among philosophers, cognitive scientists and biologists on issues of common interest. In its fourth edition, the organizers would like to encourage young researchers to participate in this fresh and distinctive forum through this call for papers.
This call is addressed to graduate, master, and Ph.D. students working on the areas of Philosophy of Biology and of Cognitive Science. Doctors who finished their thesis during the last three years will also be considered.
Submissions: Applicants must send a detailed summary of the talk (about 2000 words) in doc or PDF. Summaries are expected to indicate the title of the talk and also highlight the relevance of the topic for the event and a sketch of the main arguments. They can be written in English or Spanish. Applicants must send two copies of the summary: one will contain the name(s) of the author(s), affiliation(s) and email contact. The second one will not include names, affiliations, email contact or any kind of information that could reveal the authorship of the document. Submissions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants will receive an answer by 7th March 2014.
Talks: Each talk will last no more than 30-40 minutes followed by a 10-15 minutes discussion.
Scientific committee: Paco Calvo (UM), Antonio Diéguez (UMA), Xavier de Donato (USC),Toni Gomila (UIB) Alfredo Marcos (UVA), Fernando Martínez Manrique (UGR), Álvaro Moreno (UPV), Matteo Mossío (CNRS), Manuel de Pinedo (UGR), Agustín Vicente (UPV), Neftalí Villanueva (UIB) & Hong Yu Wong (Universität Tübingen).
Organizing committee: Cristian Saborido (UNED) & Víctor M. Verdejo (USC)
Local organizing committee: Manuel Heras Escribano (UGR) & Manuel de Pinedo (UGR).
Supported by: Departamento de Filosofía I, Universidad de Granada & Research project “Dispositions, Holism and Agency” (MEC, FFI2010-19455)
Under the auspices of AIFBI (Asociación Iberoamericana de Filosofía de la Biología).
More information will be available soon at http://ivresearchworkshop.wordpress.com.
Costs and Benefits of Imperfect Cognitions, Birmingham (UK)
Organised by Ema Sullivan-Bissett and Lisa Bortolotti
Funded by an AHRC Fellowship
10:00-10:30 – Arrival and registration with tea and coffee served
10:30-11:30 – Ryan McKay (Royal Holloway) and Maarten Boudry (University of Ghent): “In Defence of False Beliefs?”
11:30-11:40 – Comfort break
11:40-12:40 – Lisa Bortolotti (University of Birmingham): “Epistemic Costs and Benefits of Delusional Beliefs”.
12:40-14:00 – Lunch
14:00-15:00 – Katerina Fotopoulou (University College London): “Inferring the Self: Neurological Exaggerations of Normally Imperfect Inferences about the Body”
15:00-16:00 – Martin Conway (City University London): “Memory, Reality, and Consciousness in the Remembering-Imaging System”
16:00-16:30 – Tea and coffee
16:30-17:30 – Ema Sullivan-Bissett (University of Birmingham): “The Epistemic Status of Confabulatory Explanations”
9:30-10:30 – Petter Johansson and Lars Hall (University of Lund): “Choice Blindness and the Flexibility of Attitude Formation: Why not Knowing why might be a Good Thing”
10:30-11:00 – Tea and coffee
11:00-12:00 – Jules Holroyd (University of Nottingham): “Implicit Bias, Awareness Conditions, and Epistemic Innocence”
12:00-13:00 – Miranda Fricker (University of Sheffield): “Fault and No-fault Epistemic Responsibility for Implicit Prejudice”
13:00-14:00 – Lunch
End of conference
If you are interested in attending this workshop, please contact Ema Sullivan-Bissett (e.l.sullivan-bissett AT bham.ac.uk) to inquire about availability, and post a cheque (made payable to the University of Birmingham) with your registration fee to Lisa Bortolotti (Philosophy Department, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT Birmingham) by 1st March 2014.
Due to the venue and the format, participation is strictly limited to 60 delegates including speakers.
Registration fee (including refreshments and lunches, not including conference dinner and accommodation):
- free for the Imperfect Cognitions network members
- £30 for external delegates
Bursaries may be available for graduate students.
Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus
Worcester Room, Hornton Grange, 53 Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2RS.
Call for Registration: iCog inaugural conference “Interdisciplinarity in Cognitive Science”, University of Sheffield, 29 November – 1 December.
REGISTRATION OPEN – “iCog: Interdisciplinarity in Cognitive Science.”
Registration for the iCog Inaurural Conference is now open and can be found here. Registration closes on the 22nd of November.
iCog is an interdisciplinary network for postgraduate and early-career researchers in cognitive science. The iCog inaugural conference is being held at the University of Sheffield from 29th November – 1st December 2013. More information about the conference and the iCog network can be found at i-cog.com.
The project of cognitive science is, in the broadest terms, to understand the workings of the mind. Researchers in its constituent disciplines – anthropology, psychology, philosophy, computational intelligence, neuroscience and linguistics – attempt to answer such questions as:
- What is the structure of the mind? Which parts of the mind are innate and which are learned?
- How do we come to perceive the world? What is consciousness, and how is it produced?
- What are emotions and other affective phenomena and how do they work?
- What is the adaptive function of various behaviours and psychological capacities?
- What aspects of cognition are uniquely human, and which do we share with other animals?
- How are we able to understand the minds of others?
- How are concepts formed? How do we acquire language? Does language structure thought, and if so, how?
- What capacities are involved in various kinds of decision-making and executive function?
- What is moral cognition and how does it work?
- How much variation is there in behaviours, beliefs and psychological capacities cross-culturally?
Despite a good deal of progress on these and other issues in recent decades, current disciplinary boundaries in the majority of British universities, funding agencies, and learned societies make it difficult for those working in one discipline of cognitive science to receive training in the methods of other disciplines, and meet with researchers working on similar issues in other discipline areas. This can be particularly discouraging for postgraduates and early-career researchers whose research does not fit neatly within disciplinary boundaries. Even where interdisciplinary work exists, balanced and reflective collaboration can be difficult to achieve. The iCog network aims to promote dialogue and collaboration between disciplines rather than one-sided conversations, and to raise the profile of cognitive science in the UK.
Speakers at the inaugural conference will talk about how the constituent disciplines can most profitably work together and/or present case studies of questions or topics that have benefited from interdisciplinary work.
Guest speakers at the Inaugural Conference will be:
Rita Astuti (Anthropology, LSE)
Andy Clark (Philosophy, Edinburgh)
Vyv Evans (Linguistics, Bangor)
Danielle Matthews (Psychology, Sheffield)
Edmund T Rolls (Oxford Centre for Computational Neuroscience, Warwick)
There will also be a range of oral and poster presentations from postgraduate and early-career researchers from a range of the constituent disciplines. There will be symposia on the themes of Consciousness & Rationality; Methodology in Cognitive Science; Imitation and the Evolution of the Mind: Cave Art & Cargo Cults; Concepts, Metaphors & Machine Learning; Emotion: Affect Regulation & Affect Bias; Social Cognition & Moral Psychology; Delusion, Hallucination & Cognitive Scaffolding.
We are also offering beginners’ training in the use of PsychoPy software to design and implement computer-based behavioural experiments as part of the conference programme. If you are interested in this workshop, please express this interest on the questionnaire on the online registration portal.
The registration fee is £25 (£15 student rate) for the three days and includes refreshments and lunches on Saturday and Sunday, and a wine reception on the Saturday evening (supported by the Cambridge Journal, Language and Cognition).
Dinner on the Friday and Saturday night is not included in the registration fee, but can be booked as optional add-ons when registering. Accommodation cannot be booked through iCog, but the network has secured a discounted rate from a local hotel and arranged a facebook page to facilitate “couch-sharing”. Further details are available on the online registration portal.
Subject to funding, a small number of bursaries may be available to postgraduate researchers to contribute towards the cost of registration and accommodation. To apply for one of these bursaries, delegates will be need to express their interest on the relevant section of the registration portal and submit evidence that institutional funding is not available. If available, these bursaries will be awarded on the basis of need and paid retrospectively.
Although the primary aim of iCog is to support junior cognitive scientists in the United Kingdom, the network welcomes delegates from further afield as well as senior academics working in the constituent disciplines of cognitive science.
The iCog network is currently developing an online database to facilitate interdisciplinary dialogue and collaboration. The database is due to go live on the iCog website at the inaugural conference. Delegates at the conference will be invited to become members of iCog by creating a profile in which they can list their disciplinary affiliation, research interests, expertise, and collaboration interests, among other things. Membership of iCog will be free of charge.
Finally, it is with great regret that we must report that Professor Margaret Boden is now unable to speak at the iCog Inaugural conference. We will be adjusting the programme in the coming week. We hope to get a provisional programme on the iCog website next week.
Follow us on Twitter, @iCogNetwork for iCog news and updates.
iCog acknowledges the generous support of the Departments of Philosophy and Psychology and Faculty of Science at the University of Sheffield, Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive Studies, The Aristotelian Society and Language and Cognition (Cambridge University Press).