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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: 3rd AISB Workshop:The Emergence Of Consciousness, 9 May 2013, St Mary's University College, London, UK

St Mary's University College (SMUC), Waldegrave Road, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, London TW1 4SX

***Deadline for registration is 30 April 2013***

Co-organised by 
The Centre for Bioethics and Emerging Technologies (CBET) at SMUC ( 
Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB)
As part of the AISB Members workshop series.  
Conference website:

Workshop Overview
Consciousness is sometimes thought to be a special attribute of humans, but what exactly do we 
mean by it? If we know what it is, how did it emerge (if indeed it did), and when and why? Is 
there a continuum between consciousness and non-consciousness? Should we distinguish between 
consciousness and self-consciousness in trying to answer these questions? What do fields such 
as philosophy, cognitive science, evolutionary psychology, palaeoanthropology, neuroscience and 
cognitive archaeology have to contribute to these questions? This one-day workshop brings 
together a multidisciplinary team to examine these issues, with opportunities for discussion.

Keynote Speakers
Prof. Murray Shanahan (Professor of Cognitive Robotics, Imperial College London) 'Consciousness in Animals and Machines?' 
Prof. Steve Torrance (Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Informatics, University of Sussex) The Drop-Out Question and the Emergence of Artificial Consciousness 
Dr. James Steele (Reader in Archaeology, University College London) Title TBC
Prof Geoffrey Hunt (Professor of Philosophy, St Mary's University College London) 'Cognitive archaeology: a preliminary critique' 

Registration is free to members of the AISB ( and otherwise equal 
to the cost of membership (paid and arranged in advance of the workshop by submitting a 
completed application form to the Executive Office). This will be processed as a membership 
application unless explicitly requested. Click here for details of AISB membership costs: 
Registration must be completed online: 
AISB Membership number is required to complete online registration. Tickets should be printed 
after registration and presented on the morning of the event. 

Waldegrave Drawing Room, St Marys University College, Waldegrave Road, Strawberry Hill, 
Twickenham, TW1 4SX, UK.
Directions to the St Mary's campus:
For further information, please contact Dr Yasemin J. Erden: 
Schedule and Event
Full schedule will be advertised w/c 22 April 2013.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. There will be a break for lunch (not provided) with a 
range of dining options on campus and locally. There are no funds available for travel or 

Workshop Organisers
Prof. Geoff Hunt, CBET Director and Professorial Research Fellow, St Mary's University College, 
Twickenham, UK.
+44 (0)20 8240 2311

Dr. Yasemin J. Erden, Lecturer, Philosophy/CBET, St Mary's University College, Twickenham, UK.
+44 (0)20 8240 4250

About the Workshops
The AISB has begun to host our series of workshops to be held across the country, covering a 
wide range of themes pertinent to the aims of the AISB. If you are interested in hosting one of 
these events, you will find below information on what you will need to do. More information 
about the series, including a list of previous events, can be found on the AISB website: