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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: AISB Workshop: 'Distributed Thinking' , 30th-31st Jan 2013, Goldsmiths, London, UK

On the 30th-31st of January 2013, as part of the AISB workshop series (see description below), the
Distributed Thinking Symposium V (DTS V) will be held at Goldsmiths, University of London. The
theme of the workshop is 'The Time-scales of Language Dynamics in Systemic Thinking'.

Workshop abstract

'The time-scales of language dynamics in systemic thinking' is the fifth Distributed Thinking
Symposium. Like its predecessors it brings together researchers from artificial intelligence,
psychology, and the language sciences to discuss themes of general interest. While its general
aim is to be an interdisciplinary forum, it focusing on the how people integrate the various
time-scales of language and thinking also has discipline specific implications.

Recent developments in psychology and the language sciences show that language goes beyond the
raw linguistic content identified with sentences or discourse (see e.g., Sperber & Wilson, 1995;
Love, 2004). This departs from the traditional code-like view of language that traces understanding
to decoding determinate forms. Rather, language is viewed as a dynamic process that, while centred
on human interaction also exploits historically derived resources (Cowley, 2011). Interaction and
problem solving are thus understood, not in relation to normative models, but as sense-saturated,
regulatory human activity (Valle-Tourangeau, Euden, & Hearn, 2011; Steffensen, in press). This
results in systemic thinking and action whose dynamics play out in (at least) evolutionary,
cultural and developmental time-scales. Cognition and language are thus local or situated and
yet dependent on non-local processes or grammatical, cultural, and historical resources that,
while not present, are essential for communication and thinking (Thibault, 2011). To conceptualize
and operationalize systemic cognition in psychology, the language sciences, and artificial
intelligence, there is a need to develop a clear view of how time-scales, dynamics, and
local/non-local influences impact on human interactive communication.

Consequently, the workshop explores interdisciplinary research pertaining to time, language
dynamics and systemic thinking as influential factors in cognition, languaging, and human-computer

Important dates for the workshop

Registration: 15th of January 2013

Workshop: 30th-31st of January 2013

The AISB Workshop Series

The AISB is sponsoring a series of workshops which are being held across the United Kingdom,
covering a wide range of themes pertinent to the aims of the society. The first workshop, which
was held on 26th September 2012 at Goldsmith's College London, explored the theme of Sensory Motor
Theory. The events are abstract-only and free for AISB members. Current non-members are welcome to
attend for the cost of AISB membership, which applies to both speakers and attendees.

If you are interested in more information on the series please contact the workshop organisers at


There are only a very limited number of places available at the workshop and places will be given
on a first come, first serve basis. Attendees should register for the workshop by emailing with their full name, affiliation, position, email address and AISB membership
number (if applicable).

Please note, that attendance for the workshop requires an AISB membership For students, the first year's membership is free.

Sponsored by

The Society for Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB)

Supported by
Kingston Distributed Cognition Group