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 PAPERS: Symposium Consciousness without inner models A Sensorimotor account of what IS going in on our heads, AISB 50, 2 April 2014, London, UK

We invite abstracts for talks at a one-day symposium, taking place 2 April 2014 as part of the 
AISB 50th Anniversary conference (Goldsmiths, University of London, 1-4 April 2014).
Submission deadline: 3 January 2014.
There has been much criticism over the years of the idea that conscious experience depends on 
inner representational models of the environment. Enactive accounts (e.g. Thompson 2007) and the 
sensorimotor account more particularly (ORegan & No 2001; ORegan 2011) have prominently 
criticized the reliance on inner models and they have offered an alternative way of thinking about 
experience. The idea of sensorimotor approaches is that experience involves the perceivers 
attunement to the way in which sensory stimulation depends on action. But how then should we 
conceive of what happens in the agents head to allow for this attunement? In this symposium we 
focus on two questions. First, how does an enactive sensorimotor theory offer guidance for the 
interpretation of neurophysiological findings? Second, how are its predictions about neural 
processes different from the predictions of representationalist accounts?

The first question, concerning the philosophical interpretation of neurophysiological findings, 
may be addressed by focusing on key processes such as corollary discharge or efference copy and 
notions like expectation error and forward models in relation to the sensorimotor account or 
enactive accounts more generally. Here the main question is how to get the brain into view from an 
enactive/sensorimotor perspective. Where classical approaches speak of neural computation of 
properties of the environment, or the build-up of representations in the brain, what specific 
analysis can a sensorimotor account offer in its place? Addressing this question is urgently 
needed, for there seem to be no accepted alternatives to representational interpretations of 
the inner processes. Also robotic models of perceptual processes are often interpreted as 
mimicking the allegedly representational nature of neural processes. A sensorimotor account 
could help to avoid this bias towards interpretations based on the notion of inner models.
The second question, concerning the predictions following from an enactive/sensorimotor account, 
requires contrasting the neural processes that are postulated in representational theories, with 
the processes required by the enactive/sensorimotor account. Which processes postulated by 
representational accounts are rejected by the sensorimotor account or enactive accounts more 
generally? For example, why and when can neural binding or filling in be rejected? And are 
there processes that are specifically required by sensorimotor theory, which are not required by 
representational theories? In the part of the symposium addressing these questions we aim to 
clarify which constraints on inner processes are proposed by the sensorimotor account. If the 
sensorimotor account is right, these constraints will of course apply to neural processes as 
well as to robotic models of perception.

Abstracts of 700-1000 words, prepared for blind reviewing, can be submitted to Jan Degenaar at: Please include Sensorimotor Symposium in the subject line. Talks will 
be 30 minutes including discussion. The submission deadline is 3 January 2014. Notifications of 
acceptance will be sent before the end of February.
Symposium organizers: 

Jan Degenaar 

J. Kevin ORegan 

(Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, Universit Paris Descartes, Paris, France)
Symposium website:
AISB website: