CFProposal AISB2018

  The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation for Behaviour (AISB) is soliciting proposals for symposia to be held at the AISB 2018 convention.The longest running convention on Artificial Intelligence, A...


Insurance AI Analy...

Insurance AI Analytics Summit, October 9-10, London Join us for Europe’s only AI event dedicated to insurance where 300 attendees will unite from analytics, pricing, marketing, claims and underwriting. You’ll find out how advan...


AISB 2018 Convention

  The longest running convention on Artificial Intelligence, AISB 2018 will be held at the University of Liverpool, chaired by Floriana Grasso and Louise Dennis. As in the past years, AISB 2018 will provide a unique forum for p...


AI Summit London

     The AI Summit London: The World’s Number One AI Event for Business  Date: 9-10 May 2017 Venue: Business Design Centre, London. The AI Summit is the world’s first and largest/number one conference exhibition dedicated to t...


AISB Wired Health

    AISB and WIRED events have partnered to bring together inspirational high-profile speakers. Join hundreds of healthcare, pharmaceutical and technology influencers and leaders at the 4th Annual WIRED Health event, taking pl...


Hugh Gene Loebner

  The AISB were sad to learn last week of the passing of philanthropist and inventor Hugh Gene Loebner PhD, who died peacefully in his home in New York at the age of 74.  Hugh was founder and sponsor of The Loebner Prize, an an...


AI Europe 2016

  Partnership between AISB and AI Europe 2016: Next December 5th and 6th in London, AI Europe will bring together the European AI eco-system by gathering new tools and future technologies appearing in professional fields for th...


AISB convention 2017

  In the run up to AISB2017 convention (, I've asked Joanna Bryson, from the organising team, to answer few questions about the convention and what comes with it. Mohammad Majid...


Harold Cohen

Harold Cohen, tireless computer art pioneer dies at 87   Harold Cohen at the Tate (1983) Aaron image in background   Harold Cohen died at 87 in his studio on 27th April 2016 in Encintias California, USA.The first time I hear...


Dancing with Pixies?...

At TEDx Tottenham, London Mark Bishop (the former chair of the Society) demonstrates that if the ongoing EU flagship science project - the 1.6 billion dollar "Human Brain Project” - ultimately succeeds in understanding all as...



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).