Calls for Conference Papers
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 email@example.com. 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.
The Jagiellonian-Rutgers Conference in Cognitive Science
(…and more TBC)
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
PS. Please circulate widely
1st – 4th April 2014, Goldsmiths, London, UK
A one-day symposium (exact date TBC) taking place as part of the 2014 convention of the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour (the AISB).
Deadline for submissions: 7th January 2014
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 been applied more liberally, sometimes to accounts that ignore or downplay autopoiesis but share the original theory’s emphasis on environmentally-situated bodily coupling in place of internal representation. 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 or approaches in embodied cognitive science. In the process, it aims to find out whether the term ‘enactivism’ denotes no more than a motley, or alternatively, whether there is some minimal framework that might unify enactivist accounts while usefully distinguishing them from neighbouring approaches.
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 proliferation 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 prepared for blind review and submitted via: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=voe14
Submission Deadline: 7th January 2014
Outcomes will be notified by 7th February 2014
Invited speakers: TBA (See http://varietiesofenactivism.wordpress.com/ for announcements)
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.
An interdisciplinary network and conference for postgraduate and early-career researchers in cognitive science
29 November – 1 December 2013, University of Sheffield
Deadline for submission: 20 September 2013
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, 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. iCog will achieve its aims primarily by organising interdisciplinary conferences and other events.
The inaugural conference of the iCog network will take place at the University of Sheffield on 29 November – 1 December 2013.
Guest speakers will be:
Margaret A Boden (Cognitive Science, Sussex) (keynote; provisional title: “Cognitive Science and Interdisciplinarity”)
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) (provisional title: “Mind mechanisms”)
We invite the submission of extended abstracts for 30-minute presentations or posters.
Submissions are invited from postgraduate and early-career researchers in anthropology, computational intelligence, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, and related disciplines. Presentations should concern how the constituent disciplines can profitably work together and/or case studies of research questions and topics that have benefited or would benefit from interdisciplinary work.
Submissions should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘Submission’ and include two Word (.doc, .docx) or PDF documents:
1. A cover page containing your name, institutional and departmental affiliation(s), status (postgraduate, postdoctoral, or early-career researcher), and the title of your paper. Please also indicate for which category (presentation or poster or both) you would like your submission to be considered.
2. A separate file containing the title of your paper and an extended abstract (500-1,000 words), suitable for blind review.
Submissions must be received by midnight on Friday, 20 September 2013.
For more information on iCog, visit www.i-cog.com, or contact email@example.com with any queries. Registration for the conference will open in October.
iCog organising committee
Ed Donnellan, Ryan Doran, Lily FitzGibbon, Max Gattie, Helen Mort, Philipp Rau
We are grateful for the support of the Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive Studies and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield.
I think… therefore iCog.
CALL FOR PAPERS: MINDGRAD’13
Warwick Graduate Conference in the Philosophy of Mind
7th-8th December 2013
University of Warwick (UK)
John Campbell (University of California-Berkeley)
Katalin Farkas (Central European University)
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 1st September 2013
Papers are invited from graduate students working in any area within the philosophy of mind broadly construed, i.e. including related topics in metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of psychology and cognitive science. Submissions should be suitable for presentation in 30 to 40 minutes (typically 3,000 to 4,500 words). Papers will be reviewed by members of the University of Warwick Department of Philosophy and those accepted will receive a response from a faculty member.
Papers (including a brief abstract) must be prepared for blind review. The reviewing process will be managed through the EasyChair Conference System, and papers may be uploaded as PDF files through the following link:
We offer to cover travel expenses for graduate speakers. Funding for accommodation for graduate speakers is yet to be decided. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
MindGrad 2013 is supported by:
- The Mind Association
- Mind and Language
- The Aristotelian Society
- Warwick Philosophy Department
Call for Posters
Collective Agency and Cooperation in Natural and Artificial Systems – International Conference at the University of Stuttgart
Organizer: Prof. Dr. Catrin Misselhorn
Date: July 22-24, 2013
Location: Internationale Begnungsstätte Eulenhof, Robert-Leicht-Str. 161, 70569 Stuttgart
Deadline: June 1
The Institute of Philosophy and the SimTech Cluster of Excellence at the University of Stuttgart invite doctoral and early career researchers to submit posters for presentation at the Collective Agency and Cooperation in Natural and Artificial Systems conference to be held at the University of Stuttgart between 22nd and 24th July 2013.
We are pleased to be able to offer four bursaries (up to 200 € for travel plus accommodation and conference dinner) to doctoral and early career researchers who have submitted their doctoral thesis within the last two years.
To apply please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to Prof. Dr. Catrin Misselhorn (email@example.com) by June 1st.
For more information please visit the conference website:
Registration and contact: Prof. Dr. Catrin Misselhorn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Call for Registration/Poster submission:
Methods in studying social cognition
April 3-5, 2013, Schloss Mickeln, Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf, Germany
The aim of this meeting is to bring together empirical scientists and philosophers to explore novel experimental methods of studying social cognition. In particular, the workshop hopes to gather researchers dedicated to developing empirical methods that go beyond the traditional Theory of Mind paradigms based on Theory Theory and/or Simulation Theory. Instead of these paradigms, which have largely focused on reflective and observational processes in social cognition, we want to focus on those paradigms that involve social interactions and allow for the study of the cognitive and affective processes underlying the interaction dynamics.
Please note: The capacity of the workshop is limited to 35 participants. Priority will therefore be given to those who are actively involved in relevant research and who will present a poster. Details on poster submission can be found below.
- Alan Fiske (Department of Anthropology, UCLA)
- Berna Guroglu (Brain & Development Lab, Leiden University)
- Ivana Konvalinka (Center for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience, Aarhus)
- Josef Parnas (Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen)
- Erik Rietveld (Department of Philosophy, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam).
- Jan Slaby (Department of Philosophy, Free University Berlin)
- Bert Timmermans (Social Cognition Section, School of Psychology, University of Aberdeen)
If you would like to present a poster at the workshop please submit a short abstract of no more then 500 words to Wouter van den Bos (email@example.com) by February 21st. If you would like to attend the workshop without presenting a poster please send an e mail to the above address, indicating how your research is relevant to the topic of the workshop. Successful applicants will be sent an invitation to attend by February 28th.
We regret that we cannot subsidize travel or accommodation for poster presenters. However, there will be no conference fee and you will be invited to the dinner on Thursday.
For up to date information please visit our website: http://social-interaction.eu/
The 6th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy: The Scandal of Computation – What is Computation?
What is computation? Society builds and uses millions of computers each year so at first sight the answer seems trivial. A computer is merely a general purpose, typically electronic device, that can be programmed to carry out a finite set of arithmetic or logical operations. These days they announce their ubiquity to the world in phones, desktop devices, washing machines, even lawn mowers.
Historically, however, the etymology of the word (from the OED) informs us that the notion of computation was identified with the action of humans who make calculations, often with the aid of calculating machines. In the 1940s this definition was refined with that of an “effective method” (a procedure that reduces the solution of problems to a series of rote steps which is bound to give the correct answer in finite time for all possible inputs), to yield the notion of the algorithm an effective method for calculating the values of a function and the notion of the effective calculability of functions with an effective method (algorithmic solution). In this way, the notion of computation came to be identified with the actions [steps] carried out by [automated] computers to produce definite outputs [in finite time]. This notion frames computation in terms of an agent, which raises the questions of what computation is per se – merely the dynamics of information flow? And in this scenario, how can computational data be meaningful? How can meaningful data acquire truth-values?
For a long time our ideas about computations (or about the underlying computational models) were more or less rigid, fixed, established in the middle of the twentieth century. In the centre there was the model of a classical Turing machine, with its scenario of a finite computation defining a fixed mapping from the inputs to the outputs. The computations of Turing machines served as a means for defining the complexity of computations, the notion of the universality of computations, and the notion of computability (historically, the lastly mentioned three notions should have been listed in a reversed order). Nevertheless, with the advent of modern computing technologies, networking, and advances in physics and biology, has emerged the ideas that computation is a far broader, far more common, and more complex phenomenon than that modelled by Turing machines. It has been increasingly more difficult to see newly emerging models of computations through the optics of Turing machine computations. Examples include biologically inspired models—such as neural nets, DNA computing, self-assembled structures, molecular computers, cognitive computing, brain computing, swarm computing, etc., or physically inspired models, such as quantum computing, relativistic computers, hyper-computers, and, last but not least, “technologically enabled” models, with the prominent example of the Internet, but also various (also mobile) networks.
In this symposium we hope to address these and other key issues related to the “scandal of computation”.
TOPICS OF INTEREST (including, but not limited to)
1. CORE PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES: Questions of ontology and epistemology
i. WHAT IS COMPUTATION?
Does computation (the unfolding process of a computational system) define a natural kind? If so how to differentiate the computational from the non-computational?
ii. COMPUTATION AS AN OBSERVER RELATIVE PHENOMENON
Digital ontology’ (Zuse), “the nature of the physical universe is ultimately discrete”; cf. Kant’s distinction – from the antinomies of pure reason – of “simple parts” and no simple parts; the discrete and the analogue.
Is the evolution of the universe computable as the output of an algorithm? I.e. is the temporal evolution of a state of the universe a digital informational process akin to what goes on in the circuitry of a computer?
2. SOME COMPUTATIONAL-PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES: Computation in machines and computation in nature; Turing versus non-Turing computation
Investigating the difference between formal models of physical and biological systems and physical/biological reality-in-itself and the implication(s) for theory of mind / cognition.
- The study of ‘computation’ using natural processes / entities (i.e. machines not exclusively based on [man-made] silicon-based architectures).
- What is the underlying nature of such natural [physical/biological] computational processes? I.e. are the laws of natural processes computational at their very core OR merely contingently computational because the mathematical language we use to express them is biased towards being computational?
Investigating the philosophical implications of non-Turing computability for the philosophy of science/physics and the philosophy of mind.
- Questions regarding the ultimate nature of causality and its relationship to computational (both TM and non-TM) models and implications for philosophy of physics/science and the philosophy of mind.
- Bio-hybrid [Animat] ‘computational’ systems (aka A-Machines); the phenomenology of A-Machines; the putative TM/non-TM computational capacity of A-Machines.
Submissions must be full papers and should be sent via EasyChair: https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aisb13cp
Text editor templates from a previous convention can be found at: http://www.aisb.org.uk/convention/aisb08/download.html
We request that submitted papers are limited to eight pages. Each paper will receive at least two reviews. Selected papers will be published in the general proceedings of the AISB Convention, with the proviso that at least ONE author attends the symposium in order to present the paper and participate in general symposium activities.
i. Full paper submission deadline: 14 January 2013
ii. Notification of acceptance/rejection decisions: 11 February 2013
iii. Final versions of accepted papers (Camera ready copy): 4 March 2013
iv. Convention: 2-5 April 2013 [symposium dates tbc]
Please note that there will be separate proceedings for each symposium, produced before the convention. Each delegate will receive a memory stick containing the proceedings of all the symposia. In previous years there have been awards for the best student paper, and limited student bursaries. These details will be circulated as and when they become available. Authors of a selection of the best papers will be invited to submit an extended version of the work to a journal special issue.
Symposium Chair: Prof. Mark Bishop, Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK.
tel: +44 (0) 207 078 5048
web page: <http://www.gold.ac.uk/computing/staff/m-bishop/>
Symposium Executive-Officer and OC member: Dr. Yasemin J. Erden, CBET, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, UK.
tel: +44 (0) 208 224 4250
web page: <http://www.smuc.ac.uk/tph/staff/yasemin-j-erden.htm>
Symposium OC member: Prof. Slawomir J Nasuto, School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading, Reading, UK.
tel: +44 (0) 118 378 6701
web page: <http://www.reading.ac.uk/sse/about/staff/s-j-nasuto.aspx>
Symposium OC member: Prof. Jiri Wiedermann, Institute of Computer Science, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Pod Vodarenskou vezi 2, 182 07 Praha 8, Czech Republic.
tel: +420 266 053 520
web page: <www.cs.cas.cas/~wieder>
Symposium OC member: Dr. Stephen Rainey, Researcher Facultés Universitaires Notre Dames de la Paix, Faculté d’Informatique, Rue de Grandgagnage 21, Namur, Belgium
tel: +32 471 88 26 02
web page: <http://fundp.academia.edu/StephenRainey>
Dr Ron Chrisley (University of Sussex, UK)
Prof. S. Barry Cooper (University of Leeds, UK)
Prof. José Félix Costa (IST Technical University of Lisbon, PT)
Prof. George F. R. Ellis (University of Cape Town, SA)
Dr Peter beim Graben (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, DE)
Prof. Yuri Gurevich (Microsoft Research, USA)
Dr Phyllis Illari (University College London, UK)
Dr Robert W. Kentridge (Durham University, UK)
Prof. Jan van Leeuwen (Universiteit Utrecht, NL)
Prof. Matthias Scheutz (Tufts University, USA)
Prof. Oron Shagrir (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, IL)
Prof. Hava T. Siegelmann (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)
Dr Mariarosaria Taddeo (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Mario Villalobos (The University of Edinburgh, UK)
Event: AISB Workshop on Sensorimotor Theories of Perception
Date: September 26 2012
City: London, UK
Location: Ben Pimlott Building, Goldsmiths, University of London, New Cross, London, UK
This workshop aims to provide an insight into the contemporary state of sensorimotor theories and their place in modern cognitive science. Particular focus will be given to J.K. O’Regan and Noë’s 2001 paper “A sensorimotor account of vision and visual consciousness”, including how both authors’ work has since developed and diverged.
An overarching aim will be to describe how sensorimotor accounts relate to enactive accounts: whether they are synonymous, compatible, or even mutually exclusive.
We invite comparisons of the strengths and critiques of sensorimotor accounts as compared to more established, and more radical theories. We seek to clarify the scope of sensorimotor theories, the subjects over which they provide the greatest explanations
Example Topics of Interest
- How an enactive approach compares to a sensorimotor approach.
- The “hard” problems solved or introduced by assuming a sensorimotor stance.
- How various Sensorimotor theories compare with each other and competing theories.
- Whether a sensorimotor approach commits one to a certain philosophy of mind.
- The most influential existing projects that assume a sensorimotor stance.
- How sensory substitution experiments and sensorimotor theory may inform each others’ development.
- How sensorimotor accounts may inform developments in artificial intelligence and cognitive science.
- How to explain sensorimotor “mastery”, and the relation between “understanding”, “skill” and “knowledge”.
- The role or need for perceptual “content” and internal representations.
- The relation between perception and action; between “knowing how to act” and “knowing what would happen if you did act”.
Any other topics related to sensorimotor theory will also be welcomed.
We intend to provide an early avenue for informal exposition of views on the historical and contemporary context of sensorimotor theories. We invite scholars and students to submit a 250-500 word abstract for oral presentation and subsequent round table discussion.
Registration is free to members of the AISB [aisb.org.uk] and otherwise equal to the cost of membership which will be processed as a membership application unless explicitly requested. AISB Membership costs are available at http://www.aisb.org.uk/about/join
Goldsmiths, University of London is located in the heart of London, under five minutes’ walk from New Cross and New Cross Gate train stations. These stations are both served by National Rail trains and the London Overground Network. Trains run from Charing Cross, Waterloo East, Cannon Street and London Bridge. Journey time is roughly 10-15 minutes.
Further travel information and directions can be found at:
Deadline for submissions is 12th September, 2012 (two weeks prior to the event). Email abstracts to Andrew Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org, they will be contemplated but not submitted to formal peer review. Accepted speakers will be notified by 19th September, 2012 (one week prior to the event).
in association with the 6th Mind Network Meeting
12-13 October 2012
University of Edinburgh
The CoMiC is an opportunity for current graduate students working in Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science to present their work to an interdisciplinary audience, to meet other fellow students and to participate in the 6th Mind Network Meeting.
The graduate presentations will take place on Friday 12th October, and the 6th Mind Network meeting will take place on Saturday 13th. Speakers and participants are encouraged to attend both events.
We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker for the CoMiC will be:
- Tim Bayne (University of Oxford)
The confirmed speakers for the Mind Network Meeting will be:
- Frederique de Vignemont (Institute Jean-Nicod – Paris)
- Liz Irvine (University of Tübingen – Germany)
- Ian Philips (UCL)
We invite graduate students to submit papers in Philosophy of Mind and Cognition. All submissions will be subjected to a blind refereeing procedure.
The papers should not exceed 3,000 words (including footnotes but excluding reference bibliography).
Please put “Conference Paper Submission” as the subject of your email,
Please include in a separate document a cover sheet containing your name, departmental affiliation, email address, contact telephone number, the title of your paper and 3-7 key words.
Papers (.doc or .pdf formats) should be sent by email to: R.V.J.Stoeckle-Schobel@sms.ed.ac.uk
Deadline for Submission: 13th of August 2012
Notification of Acceptance: beginning of September 2012
For all enquiries, please email: F.M.Rossi@sms.ed.ac.uk
Francesca Micol Rossi (event coordinator), Mario Villalobos, Andrea Polonioli, Robert O’Shaughnessy, David Statham, Ashleigh Louise Watson, Koosha Eghbal Ketabchi, Richard Stöckle-Schobel