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AISB event Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Representation and Reality: Humans, Animals and Machines, AISB-50, 1-4 Apr 2014, London (U.K.)

As part of the AISB-50
 Annual Convention 2014 to be held at Goldsmiths, University of London,
 on April 1th-4th 2014 [1]

 convention is organized by the Society for the Study of Artificial
 Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB)


 Our symposium could be considered as the continuation of a
 part of the symposium "Computing Nature" organized by Gordana Dodig -
 Crnkovic and Raffaela Giovagnoli in the AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012.
 We would like to offer an occasion to discuss the problem of
 "representation" in humans, other animals and machines. It is closely
 related to the question what capacities can be plausibly computed and
 what are the most promising approaches that try to solve the problem.


 We aim to discuss the following interesting
 topics related to the problem of representation:

 (1) The point of view
 of connectionism and dynamical systems (Scheutz, Clark, Juarrero, Kaneko
 and Tsuda, O'Brien, Horgan, Trenholme) namely the different proposals
 about the possibility to rule out representation.

   (2) A plausible
 strategy to analyze the problem of representation from a philosophical
 perspective implies the comparison between human and machine capacities
 and skills. Searle presented an interesting theory of representation
 based on the mind's capacities to represent objects and to the
 linguistic capacities to extend the representation to social entities.
 Putnam, on the contrary, criticizes the role of images in
 representational activity. The Kantian notion of representation is
 inherited by authors such as McDowell and Campbell. Differently, we can
 intend the notion of representation in inferentialist terms as
 introduced by Brandom. For machine representation current results in AI
 and cognitive robotics are of interest.

 (3) Evolutionary aspects of
 the development of increasingly complex capacities in (embodied,
 embedded) living organisms to process information in the interaction
 with the environment and as a consequence develop new morphological
 structures - morphogenesis, meta-morphogenesis.


 Submissions must be full papers and should be sent
 via Easychair:

 Text editor templates can be found at: [3]

 request that submitted papers are limited to eight pages. Each paper
 will receive at least two reviews. Selected papers will be published in
 the general proceedings of the AISB Convention, with the proviso that at
 least ONE author attends the symposium on order to present the paper and
 participate in general symposium activities.


 Full paper submission deadline: 3 Juanuary 2014
          * Notification of
 acceptance/rejection: 3 February 2014
          * Final versions of accepted
 papers (Camera ready copy): 24 February 2014
          * Convention: 1-4 April
 2014 [confirmation of symposium dates tbc]


 Gianfranco Basti (Pontifical Lateran University, Rome)

 Dodig-Crncovic (Mlardalen University, Sweden)

 Hector Zenil (Paris 1
 Sorbonne-Pantheon/ENS Ulm/CNRS)


 Jeremy Wyatt
 (University of Birmingham)

 Zoe Demery (University of Birmingham)

 Veronica Arriola-Rios (Universidad Autonoma de Mexico)

 Basti (Pontifical Lateran University, Rome)

 Gordana Dodig-Crncovic
 (Mlardalen University, Sweden)

 Hector Zenil (Paris 1
 Sorbonne-Pantheon/ENS Ulm/CNRS)

 Raffaela Giovagnoli (Pontifical
 Lateran University, Rome)


 Raffaela Giovagnoli
 (Pontifical Lateran University, Rome),

 Veronica Arriola-Rios (Universidad Autonoma de Mexico), [4]

 Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic (Mlardalen
 University, Sweden), [5]

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