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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: Synthetic Modeling of Life and Cognition: Open Questions, 12-14th September 2013, University of Bergamo, ITALY

SMLC 2013

 Luisa Damiano (University of Bergamo)

 Vincent C. Mller (Anatolia College/ACT & University of Oxford)


In recent decades researchers in various scientific domains have been working intensely on 
proceduresMNdirected to exploring life and cognition in a synthetic way, i.e. through modeling 
in artificial systems (made by humans). Research on biological and cognitive processes is thus 
been increasingly based on implementations in software (simulations), hardware (robots) and 
wetware (chemical systems) used as scientific models of the processes in question. This 
scientific development is often seen as the emergence of a new general methodology, a synthetic 
methodology, slated to become a dominant force in science. This synthetic methodology poses a 
challenge for both science itself and the philosophy of science: to define the possibilities, the 
limits, and the ways of the synthetic modeling of life and cognition, and its relevance for 
biological, behavioral, cognitive, and social sciences.

Some of the questions will be: In what sense and under which conditions can artificial systems 
be considered models of natural living and cognitive processes? What are  the prospects for 
advancing biological, behavioral, cognitive and social sciences through these methods? How can 
we ensure a successful transmission of knowledge from the sciences of the artificial to the 
sciences of the natural? What are the impacts of synthetic methodology on our classical way 
of conceiving and practicing science? What are the impacts on our scientific, social and 
environmental ecologies?

 Keynote speakers

 Minoru Asada, Osaka University, Japan
         Can "Synthetic Methodology" cause a paradigm shift?

 Angelo Cangelosi, University of Plymouth, UK
         Embodied Language Learning: From Sensorimotor Intelligence to Symbols

 Luciano Fadiga, University of Ferrara and Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
         Robots for Brains

 Stuart Kauffman, The Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle, USA
         Answering Descartes: Beyond Turing

 Pier Luigi Luisi, University of Rome Three, Italy
         Contingency in molecular evolution

 Giorgio Metta, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
         Developing Intelligence in Humanoid Robots

 Giulio Sandini, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy
         Brain for Robots

 Ricard Sol, Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
         Synthetic life: cells, machines and the boundaries of evolution


 Registration is online through the University of Bergamo.

 In order to 
register, please, complete and submit the online form, which can be 
found here:

 Deadline: August 31st.

 Detailed information on how to 
register are on the online form.

 If you need further information, 
please, contact (cc:

 Registration fees:

 Standard: 150 Euros

 Students: 75 Euros

fees are for full-time undergraduate and graduate (Master's, Doctorate) 
students enrolled in accredited educational institutions. To belong to 
this category, you must be actively pursuing an undergraduate or 
graduate academic degree, with or without scholarship. (Postdocs and 
staff scientists/researchers are not students).