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AISB 2017

Language, cognition, and computation

The 10th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy

AISB Convention, University of Bath, UK, 19-21 April 2017

The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB)

OVERVIEW:

This symposium represents the 10th anniversary of the AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy. To celebrate this milestone we propose to cover key topics at the heart of this interdisciplinary work: language, cognition, and computation. In addition, the symposium welcomes papers that explore these concepts alongside broader issues in society.

Efforts in cognitive computing to find a way for machines to learn, think, and behave autonomously have produced exciting developments, but few successes. To explore why, this symposium encourages papers that explore concepts like action, identity, autonomy, intelligence, and normativity. We invite papers that engage with, and seek to bring together, a number of scholarly fields including philosophy, computing, AI, psychology, social theory, and linguistics.

Preliminary schedule: AISB Computing and Philosophy symposium schedule 2017

TOPICS OF INTEREST:

  • Language, cognition, computation
  • Philosophy and AI in society / culture
  • Cognition and socio-technical systems
  • Autonomy and autonomous learning
  • Cognition and intelligence
  • Action, identity, normativity

SUBMISSION AND PUBLICATION DETAILS:

Full papers are required, but extended abstracts are also welcome in the first instance with a view to completing a full paper at the next stage. Posters, demonstrations, creative works, or proposals for panels are also welcome.

Submitted papers are limited to a maximum of eight pages, following the convention template. There is a minimum of 2 pages for extended abstracts. Each paper will receive at least two reviews. Accepted papers will be published in the general proceedings of the AISB Convention, with the proviso that at least ONE author attends the symposium in order to present the paper and participate in general symposium activities. Papers are sought on topics related to the symposium content, although other submissions pertinent to the convention may also be considered.

Submissions by full paper or extended abstract, will be via EasyChair

Text editor templates can be found on the convention website.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • Extended abstract submission deadline: 12 December 2016
  • Paper submission deadline: 23 January 2017 (extended deadline)
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection decisions: 15 February 2017
  • Final versions of accepted papers (Camera ready copy): 6 March 2017
  • Publications copyright form from all authors: 13th March 2017
  • Convention: 19-21 April 2017 University of Bath; symposium date Weds 19 April

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

There will be separate proceedings for each symposium, produced before the Convention, and available to delegates. In previous years there have been awards for the best student paper, and limited student bursaries. These details will be circulated as and when they become available, but queries on this or other issues to do with the convention should be directed to the convention organisers. Authors of a selection of the best papers may be invited to submit an extended version of the work to a journal special issue.

SYMPOSIUM ORGANISING COMMITTEE (OC):

Dr Yasemin J Erden, Philosophy, St Mary’s University, Twickenham (co-chair)
Email: yj.erden [at] stmarys.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 208 240 4295

Dr Stephen Rainey, CCSR, De Montfort University, Leicester (co-chair)
Email: stephen.rainey [at] dmu.ac.uk

Dr Rodger Kibble, Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London, London
Email: r.kibble [at] gold.ac.uk

Prof. Mark Bishop, Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London, London
Email: m.bishop [at] gold.ac.uk

PROGRAMME COMMITTEE (PC):

Prof. John Barnden, University of Birmingham
Prof. Mark Bishop, Goldsmiths, University of London
Dr Peter beim Graben, Berlin Bernstein Center
Dr Ron Chrisley, University of Sussex
Prof. Mark Coeckelburgh, University of Vienna
Dr Yasemin J Erden, St Mary’s University
Dr Tom Froese, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Janet Gibbs, Goldsmiths, University of London
Dr Anna Jordanous, University of Kent
Dr Rodger Kibble, Goldsmiths, University of London
Dr Stephen Rainey, De Montfort University
Dr Mark Sprevak, University of Edinburgh

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Previous symposia

AISB 2016

The 9th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy: Artificial Sexuality

Monday 4 April, in Halifax Hall. Click here for map.

AISB Convention, University of Sheffield, UK, from 4-6th April 2016

The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB)

OVERVIEW:

Sexual activity is central to our very existence; it shapes how we think, how we act and how we live. It is deeply embedded in our society. With cognitive systems development being heavily influenced by human cognition, perception, and interaction, should sexual behaviour and sexuality be part of that influence? Previous research has examined what might happen to us if we form close relationships with machines and intelligent systems. We feel that this is only one aspect of what we term Artificial Sexuality, and suggest that there are multiple and equally important strands that have not yet been fully explored, including – but by no means limited to – modelling sex and cognition, embodiment, gender issues, reproduction, ethics, and law.

With cognitive computing trying to find a way for machines to learn and think, much of the research looks towards humans to understand our own cognitive processes. However, sexuality and sexual behaviour is largely ignored within the discipline despite its central role in human biological and social behaviour. Indeed the relation between sexuality, identity and intelligence is often presumed in evolutionary accounts of human development. Yet, given the hopes and aims of having a machine that is – for example – creative, could we also have a machine that could desire? And if so, what implications might lead from that in terms of sexuality, gender identity, and reproduction? For this symposium we will invite papers that engage with such topics, and seek to bring together a number of scholarly fields including computing, AI, philosophy, and psychology.

TOPICS OF INTEREST:

These include, but are not limited to: AI and sex/sexuality; gender and technology; robot companions; cognitive systems; human cognition, perception, interaction; machine relationships; modelling sex and cognition; embodiment; ethics; law; identity; machine reproduction.

SUBMISSION AND PUBLICATION DETAILS:

Submissions by full paper or extended abstract, via EasyChair

Text editor templates from a previous convention can be found here.

We request that submitted papers are limited to eight pages, with a minimum of 2 pages for extended abstracts. Each paper will receive at least two reviews. Accepted papers will be published in the general proceedings of the AISB Convention, with the proviso that at least ONE author attends the symposium in order to present the paper and participate in general symposium activities. Papers are sought on topics related to the symposium content, although other submissions (posters and panels, for instance) may also be considered.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  1. Full paper/extended abstract submission deadline: 8 February 2016 [extended]
  2. Notification of acceptance/rejection decisions: 28 February 2016
  3. Final versions of accepted papers (Camera ready copy): 7 March 2016
  4. Publications copyright form from all authors: 14 March 2016
  5. Convention: 4 – 6 April 2016 in The Edge, Sheffield; symposium date Monday 4 April, Halifax Hall. Click here for map.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

There will be separate proceedings for each symposium, produced before the Congress, and available to conference delegates. In previous years there have been awards for the best student paper, and limited student bursaries. These details will be circulated as and when they become available, but queries on this or other issues to do with the convention should be directed to the convention organisers. Authors of a selection of the best papers may be invited to submit an extended version of the work to a journal special issue.

SYMPOSIUM ORGANISING COMMITTEE (OC):

Dr Yasemin J Erden, Philosophy, St Mary’s University, Twickenham (chair)
email:                     yj.erden@stmarys.ac.uk
tel:                            +44 (0) 208 240 4295

Prof. Mark Bishop, Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London.
email:                     m.bishop@gold.ac.uk

Dr Kate Devlin, Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London.
email:                     k.devlin@gold.ac.uk

Dr Stephen Rainey, CCSR, De Montfort University, Leicester.
email:                     stephen.rainey@dmu.ac.uk

Dr Christine Campbell, Psychology, St Mary’s University, Twickenham.
email:                     christine.campbell@stmarys.ac.uk

Prof Richard Huxtable, Centre for Ethics in Medicine, University of Bristol.
email:                     r.huxtable@bristol.ac.uk

Monica Dionis: Independent Researcher

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