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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence, 3-4 Oct 2011, GREECE


PT-AI 2011 Anatolia College/ACT, Thessaloniki, GREECE

The theory and philosophy of artificial intelligence has come to a crucial point where the agenda 
for the forthcoming years is in the air - this conference will try to set that agenda and to gather
many of the key players.

Invited Keynote Speakers:
Hubert Dreyfus (Berkeley)
James H. Moor (Dartmouth)
Rolf Pfeifer (Zurich)
Michael Wheeler (Stirling) TBC



We call for abstracts of papers on any aspect of the philosophy and theory of artificial 
intelligence. Publication of accepted papers in book form is currently under negotiation with 
several leading publishers. Abstracts and a list of speakers will be published online.

Deadline: 08.08.2011 (author notification: 31.08.2011)

Format: 500-1000 words (including references, anonymous). Pure text or pdf.

Submission: Online at http://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ptai2011

Registration: Online at http://www.pt-ai.org/. Costs: 80 full, 40 for students (including 
conference dinner). Further information about travel etc. on our site.



Artificial Intelligence is perhaps unique among engineering subjects in that it has raised very 
basic questions about the nature of computing, perception, reasoning, learning, language, action, 
interaction, consciousness, humankind, life etc. etc. - and at the same time it has contributed 
substantially to answering these questions (in fact, it is sometimes seen as a form of empirical 
research). There is thus a substantial tradition of work, both on AI by philosophers and of theory
within AI itself.

The classical theoretical debates have centered around the issues whether AI is possible at all 
(often put as ?Can machines think??) and whether it can solve certain problems (?Can a machine do
 x??). In the meantime, technical AI systems have progressed massively and are now present in many
 aspects of our environment. Despite this development, there is a sense that classical AI is 
inherently limited, and must be replaced by (or supplanted with) other methods from cognitive 
science or other disciplines, especially neural networks, embodied cognitive science, statistical 
methods, universal algorithms, emergence, behavioral robotics, interactive systems, dynamical 
systems, living and evolution, insights from biology & neuroscience, hybrid neuro-computational 
systems, social science, ethics, etc. etc. We are now at a stage where we can take a fresh look 
at the many theoretical and philosophical problems of AI - and at the same time tackle 
philosophical problems from AI. This must be a joint effort with people from various backgrounds, 
but it must centrally involve AI researchers.

Proposals for special theme workshops under the umbrella of the conference are welcome.

The conference intends to set the foundations for an international association "PT-AI" that will 
further work in the field, organize events, etc.

We welcome experts in the field from philosophy and from AI as well as new and upcoming scholars 
who will shape the field in the decades to come.

We gratefully acknowledge support from the EUCognition network EUCogII: 
http://www.eucognition.org PT-AI 2011 is academically sponsored by the International Association 
of Philosophy and Computing, http://www.ia-cap.org

Thank you for your time,

Vincent C. Mller
Chair, PT-AI 2011