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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

CALL FOR PAPERS: Computational Creativity, Intelligence and Autonomy

Journal Special Issue Proposed publication date: summer 2012 Guest editors: J. Mark Bishop and Yasemin J. Erden

The interplay between AI, creativity and autonomy is currently an exciting area of research in 
artificial intelligence and cognitive science. This is evidenced, for example, by the many 
stimulating papers submitted to and subsequently presented at the recent 2011 AISB Computing 
and Philosophy workshop. For further details on this event, please see the link at the end of 
this Call. 

Fundamental to the notion of what it is to be human, and alongside ideas about intelligence and
autonomy, are questions about what it is to be creative. Issues of computational creativity 
therefore lie at the heart of the intersection of A.I., Cognitive Science, Philosophy, and the Arts.

An autonomous system is typically considered to be a self-determining system, as distinguished from
a system whose behaviour is explicitly externally engineered. The concept of autonomy (and autonomous
systems) is therefore central to understanding both intelligent and cognitive systems. In the area 
of robotics, for instance, issues of embodiment and autonomy are core to the practise of A.I. and, 
in the development of enactivism and emergence, conceptually central to a modern understanding of 
cognition (an area recently explored by Evan Thompson is his 2007 monograph, Mind in Life). 
Indeed, some commentators such as Maturana and Varela - in their seminal work on autopoiesis and 
cognition - go so far as to suggest autonomy a necessary hurdle over which any living machine 
with a claim to genuine teleology must leap. 

To investigate the interplay between these three areas the Cognitive Computation journal plans to 
publish a special issue on Computational Intelligence, Creativity and Autonomy. We invite all 
those working in these (typically interdisciplinary) areas to participate in the project by 
contributing a paper for consideration to the special issue. In this call we particularly encourage
submissions that address one or more of the following themes: the philosophy of autonomous 
computational systems; human and machine creativity; the engineering of intelligent, autonomous 
and creative systems; Belief-Desire-Intention models for developing autonomous systems. 

In preparing your paper for submission, please consult the journal's stylistic requirements, which 
includes details about word limit and format. This can be found in the section Instructions for 

Keywords: Creativity: human, computational; autonomy, agency, autopoiesis; cognitive computing: 
A.I. and natural systems; belief, desire, intention.

1st Nov 2011:        Deadline for submission of papers.
1st Feb 2012:         Notification to authors.
1st April 2012:     Submission of revised papers.
1st May 2012:        Final notification to the authors.
1st June 2012:    Submission of camera-ready papers.

Computing and Philosophy Workshop at the AISB 11 Convention:

Please contact either myself or Prof. Mark Bishop for further information.