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AISB event Bulletin Item

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

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.

Hubert Dreyfus (Berkeley)
James H. Moor (Dartmouth)
Rolf Pfeifer (Zurich)

Mark H. Bickard, Lehigh University
Nick Bostrom, University of Oxford
Brian Cantwell Smith, University of Toronto Ron Chrisley, University of Sussex Antoni Gomila, 
University of the Baleares J. Kevin ORegan, CNRS, Paris Oron Shagrir, Hebrew University of 
Jerusalem Aaron Sloman, University of Birmingham

Proceedings of the conference will be published as a book with Springer, with selected papers to
be published in a special issue in a leading journal of the field. 

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 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 

Registration: Online at Costs: 80E full, 40E for students 
(including conference dinner). The event is open to all registered participants. 
Further information about travel etc. on our site.

Submission of full papers in December 2011.


Darren Abramson, Dalhousie University
Varol Akman, Bilkent University
Colin Allen, Indiana University
Anthony Beavers, University of Evansville Mark H. Bickard, Lehigh University Mark Bishop, 
Goldsmiths, University of London Nick Bostrom, Oxford University Brian Cantwell Smith, 
University of Toronto Jack Copeland, University of Canterbury Fabio Bonsignorio, University 
Carlos III of Madrid Ron Chrisley, University of Sussex Eric Dietrich, SUNY Binghamton 
Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic, Mlardalen University Hamid R. Ekbia, Indiana University James Fetzer, 
University of Minnesota Stefano Franchi, Texas A&M University Stan Franklin, University of 
Memphis Antoni Gomila, University of the Baleares David Kirsh, University of California at 
San Diego Klaus Mainzer, Technical University Munich Jim Moor, Dartmouth College J. Kevin ORegan,
CNRS, Paris Costas Pagondiotis, University of Patras Susan Schneider, University of Pennsylvania 
Oron Shagrir, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Aaron Sloman, University of Birmingham Steve Torrance,
University of Sussex Jordi Vallverd, Autonomous University of Barcelona


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: PT-AI 2011 is academically sponsored by the International Association 
of Philosophy and Computing (IACAP), and the European Coordinating Committee
for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI), Sponsorship by AAAI and ACM is pending.

Thank you for your time,

Vincent C. Mller
Chair, PT-AI 2011