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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Symposium on Computational Scientific Discovery, AISB-50, April 1-4 2014, Goldsmiths, London, UK

We are pleased to announce a symposium on Computational Scientific Discovery on Tuesday 1 April 
2014, at Goldsmiths, London. This symposium forms part of the Society for the Study of Artificial 
Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB-50) Convention, April 1 to 4 2014:

 Submission deadline: Friday January 3 2014.


 Science is fundamentally about explaining phenomena in the world. It involves an interplay 
between theories (hypotheses describing mechanisms or rules governing processes) and data 
(observations and measurements). There have been important advances in computational power, 
software, logic and statistical analysis techniques, together with, in many instances, an 
increase in the availability of data. These developments are enabling computers and computational 
devices to play an increasing role in the process of science. Specific developments have included: 
the use of evolutionary computation techniques to develop scientific theories and models, 
automation of the collection and analysis of data in the lab, new techniques in interpreting and 
analysing data, and developments in the availability of data with application to advancing science.

This symposium welcomes papers on any aspect of these developments. A keynote talk will be given 
by Professor Ross King, Manchester Institute of Biotechnology. (See, for example, The automation 
of science, Science, 324(5923), 85-89, 2009.)



 Submissions are invited from a range of disciplines, facilitating cross-fertilisation of ideas 
and techniques. Examples of suitable topics are:

- Computational methods for automating the generation and refinement of scientific theories and models
- Computational simulation of, and assistance with, aspects of scientific discovery such as 
induction, insight, creativity and theory formation
- Computational methods for automating the collection and analysis of data in the laboratory
- Computational methods for obtaining data in the field and in cyberspace
- Computational methods for extracting information from data, including pattern recognition, with 
application to scientific discovery
- Methods for generalising the representation of data to facilitate the development of scientific models
- Computational methods in inverse problems in science
- Implications of computational scientific discovery for questions concerning explanation and 
inference in science

We invite contributions from the physical sciences, biosciences, behavioural sciences, medical 
sciences, social sciences, mathematics, and philosophy of science. We welcome papers covering all 
relevant techniques and approaches.


 Submissions should be full papers of up to 8 pages. Templates can be found at

Please send your paper by email to: , no later than 
23.59 GMT on Friday 3 January 2014.


     January 3 2014: Deadline for submission of papers
     February 3 2014: Notification of acceptance
     February 24 2014: Camera-ready copies of final versions of papers must be submitted by this date.
     April 1 2014: Symposium date


 If your paper is accepted, at least one author must register and attend the symposium.

 Accepted papers will appear in the convention proceedings. There will be separate proceedings for 
each symposium. Proceedings have previously been made available electronically at, with each delegate receiving a 
memory stick containing the proceedings of all the symposia. In previous years there have been 
awards for the best student paper, and limited student bursaries. These details will be circulated 
when they become available. Further details will also appear on the convention website at


 Professor Mark Addis (Committee Chair)
 Professor of Philosophy
 Birmingham City University and LSE

 Professor Fernand Gobet
 Professor of Psychology
 University of Liverpool and LSE

 Dr Peter Lane
 Senior Lecturer in Computer Science
 University of Hertfordshire

 Dr Peter Sozou
 Research Associate in Psychology
 University of Liverpool and LSE


 Professor Mark Addis, Birmingham City University and LSE
 Dr. Ian Bradford, University of Hertfordshire
 Professor Fernand Gobet, University of Liverpool and LSE
 Professor Ross King, University of Manchester
 Dr Peter Lane, University of Hertfordshire
 Professor Chrystopher Nehaniv, University of Hertfordshire
 Dr Peter Sozou, University of Liverpool and LSE


 If you have any questions, please send them to: