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CfP: IACAP:The Computational Turn: Past, Presents, Futures?, July 4-6 2011, Denmark


- International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP) - First International Conference of IACAP: celebrating 25 years of Computing and Philosophy (CAP) conferences - Conference Theme: The Computational Turn: Past, Presents, Futures? Aarhus

Important dates
Feb 15, 2011: Abstract submission deadline
March 15, 2011: Notification of acceptance
April 15, 2011: Early registration deadline

NB: up to six bursaries of 0.00 each will be awarded to the authors of the best PhD student or post-doc papers, in support of travel and related costs for attending IACAP11.

Organizing Chair 
Charles Ess  (Department of Information- and Media Studies, Aarhus University)

Presidential address: Tony Beavers, Is Ethics Computable, or What Other than Can Does Ought Imply?
Covey Lifetime Achievement Award: Terrill (Terry) Ward Bynum, Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University; Director of the Research Center on Computing & Society
Additional keynote to be announced.

Program Committee / Comit scientifique
 Tony Beavers (University of Evansville, USA: President, IACAP)
 Philip Brey, Department of Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Science, University of Twente, Netherlands 
 Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Mlardalen University, Sweden 
 Luciano Floridi, University of Hertfordshire and University of Oxford, UK 
 Jean-Gabriel Ganascia (Paris VI, Director of Laboratoire dinformatique de Paris) 
 Ruth Hagengruber, University of Paderborn, Germany 
 Soraj Hongladarom (Philosophy, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand)
 Teresa Numerico (Computer Science, University of Rome)
 Carson Reynolds (Information Science and Technology, University of Tokyo)
 Jean Sallantin, Directeur des Recherche au Laboratoire d'Informatique, de Robotique et de Microlectronique de Montpellier (LIRMM) (LIRMM), France 
 Johnny Sraker (Philosophy, Twente, Netherlands)
 Mariarosaria Taddeo (Philosophy, Hertfordshire, UK) 
 Jordi Vallverd, Universitat Autnoma de Barcelona, Philosophy Department, Spain 
 Jan van Leeuwen, Universiteit Utrecht, Center for Algorithmic Systems, Center for Philosophy of Computer Science and Lorentz Fellow (Lorentz Center for the Science), The Netherlands 
 Jutta Weber (Philosophy, Braunschweig / Vienna)

Committee: best PhD /post-doc paper awards (including bursaries)
Chair: Johnny Sraker (Twente: )

Conference Theme, The Computational Turn: Past, Presents, Futures?
In the West, philosophical attention to computation and computational devices is at least as old as Leibniz. But since the early 1940s, electronic computers have evolved from a few machines filling several rooms to widely diffused  indeed, ubiquitous  devices, ranging from networked desktops, laptops, smartphones and the internet of things. Along the way, initial philosophical attention  in particular, to the ethical and social implications of these devices (so Norbert Wiener, 1950)  became sufficiently broad and influential as to justify the phrase the computational turn by the 1980s. In part, the computational turn referred to the multiple ways in which the increasing availability and usability of computers allowed philosophers to explore a range of traditional philosophical interests  e.g., in logic, artificial intelligence, philosophical mathematics, ethics, political philosophy, epistemology, ontology, to name a few  in new ways, often shedding significant new light on traditional issues and arguments.  Simultaneously, computer scientists, mathematicians, and others whose work focused on computation and computational devices often found their work to evoke (if not force) reflection and debate precisely on the philosophical assumptions and potential implications of their research.  These two large streams of development - especially as calling for necessary interdisciplinary dialogues that crossed what were otherwise often hard disciplinary boundaries  inspired what became the first of the Computing and Philosophy (CAP) conferences in 1986 (devoted to Computer-Assisted Instruction in philosophy).
Since 1986, CAP conferences have grown in scope and range, to include a bewildering array of intersections between computation and philosophy as explored across a global range of cultures and traditions. In keeping with what has now become a significant tradition, IACAP11 will accept presentations across this array and range. At the same time, in order to recognize and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the CAP conferences, we specifically encourage submissions that include attention to the past, present(s), and possible future(s) of their foci as expressions of this computational turn.

SUBMISSIONS  due February 15, 2011
Authors should submit an electronic version of an extended abstract (total word count approximately 1000 words) to the chair of the track most closely affiliated with the proposed paper topic(s): see list of tracks and chair(s) below.  The file should also contain a 350 word abstract that will be used for the conference web site/booklet. 
NB: if you are a PhD- or post-doc student who would like for your paper to be considered in the competition for the travel bursaries, be sure to indicate this in your submission. 

The conference is interdisciplinary: we invite papers from philosophy, computer science, robotics, engineering sciences, social sciences and related disciplines. Papers can address one (or more) of a range of topics at the conceptual crossroads between philosophy and computation, including: biocomputing, AI, logic, cognition, ontology, knowledge systems, simulations, robotics, affective computing, epistemology, information ethics (including robot ethics), history, and cultural perspectives on these. IACAP11 will promote scholarly dialogues on all aspects of this computational & informational turn of society and the use of computers and robots in the service of philosophy. 

NB: for complete track descriptions, see: 

I. Philosophy of Computer Science 
Chair: Raymond Turner (School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex: )
Chair: Rainhard Bengez (Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Engineering Department and Carl von Linde-Akademie, TU Mnchen: )

II. Philosophy of Information and Cognition 
Chair: Orlin Vakarelov (University of Arizona: )

III. Robotics, AI, and Cognitive Systems 
Chair: Matthias Scheutz (Tufts University: )
Chair: Mark Bishop (University of London: )

IV. Technosecurity: from Everyday Surveillance to Digital Warfare
Chair: Jutta Weber (Technische Universitt Braunschweig: ) 
Chair: Doris Allhutter (Institut fr Technikfolgen-Abschtzung, sterreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften: )

V. Information Ethics / Robot Ethics
Chair: John Sullins (Sonoma State University, CA: )
Chair: Mark Coeckelbergh (Twente, the Netherlands: )

VI. Multidisciplinary Perspectives
Chair: Jan van Leeuwen (Universiteit Utrecht: )

VII. Social Computing
Chair: Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic (Mlardalen University, Sweden: )
Chair: Judith Simon (Institut Jean Nicod (ENS), Paris: )

VIII. IT, Culture and Globalization
Chair: Soraj Hongladarom (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok: )
Chair: Philip Brey (Twente: )

IX.  Surveillance, sousveillance 
Chair: Jean-Gabriel Ganascia (University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris: )
Chair: Anders Albrechtslund (Aarhus: )

X: SIG Track Machines and Mentality
Chair: Marcello Guarini (University of Windsor, Canada: )
Chair: Paul Bello (RPI: )