IEEE Symposium on Artificial Life (IEEE ALIFE)

December 6-9, 2019, Xiamen, China.

IEEE ALIFE 2019 brings together researchers working on the emerging areas of Artificial Life and Complex Adaptive Systems, aiming to understand and synthesize life-like systems and applying bio-inspired synthetic methods to other science/engineering disciplines, including Biology, Robotics, Social Sciences, among others.

Artificial Life is the study of the simulation and synthesis of living systems. In particular, this science of generalized living and life-like systems provides engineering with billions of years of design expertise to learn from and exploit through the example of the evolution of organic life on earth. Increased understanding of the massively successful design diversity, complexity, and adaptability of life is rapidly making inroads into all areas of engineering and the Sciences of the Artificial. Numerous applications of ideas from nature and their generalizations from life-as-we-know-it to life-as-it-could-be continually find their way into engineering and science.

Best Paper/Best Student Paper Awards will be sponsored by Wolfram Research, Inc.

Important dates

Paper Submissions: July 10, 2019  
Notification to Authors: Sep. 1, 2019
Final Submission: Oct. 1, 2019
Early Registration: Oct. 1, 2019

Publications

Accepted papers after peer-review will be published in the IEEE SSCI conference proceedings. Submissions will be made via the main IEEE SSCI website.

Topics

We invite submissions of high-quality contributions on a wide variety of topics relevant to the wide research areas of Artificial Life. Some sample topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following aspects of Artificial Life:

  • Systems Biology, Astrobiology, Origins of Replicators and Life 
  • Major Evolutionary Transitions 
  • Applications in Nanotechnology, Compilable Matter, or Medicine 
  • Genetic Regulatory Systems 
  • Self-reproduction, Self-Repair, and Morphogenesis 
  • Human-Robot Interaction 
  • Robotics & Embodiment: Minimal, Adaptive, Ontogenetic and/or Social Robotics
  • Constructive Dynamical Systems and Complexity 
  • Evolvability, Heritability, and Multicellularity 
  • Information-Theoretic Methods 
  • Sensor and Actuator Evolution and Adaptation 
  • Wet and Dry Artificial Life (e.g. artificial cells; non-carbon based life) 
  • Non-Traditional Computational Media 
  • Emergence and Complexity 
  • Multiscale Robustness and Plasticity 
  • Phenotypic Plasticity & Adaptability in Scalable, Robust Growing Systems 
  • Predictive Methods for Complex Adaptive Systems and Life-like Systems 
  • Automata Networks and Cellular Automata 
  • Ethics and Philosophy of Artificial Life 
  • Co-evolution and Symbiogenesis 
  • Simulation and Visualization Tools for Artificial Life 
  • Replicator and Interaction Dynamics 
  • Network Theory in Biology and Artificial Life 
  • Synchronization and Biological Clocks 
  • Methods and Applications of Evolutionary Developmental Systems (e.g. developmental genetic-regulatory networks (DGRNs), multicellularity) 
  • Games and Generalized Biology 
  • Self-organization, Swarms and Multicellular Systems 
  • Emergence of Signaling and Communication 

Organizing Committee

Hiroki Sayama – Binghamton University, USA (chair) – sayama@binghamton.edu
Chrystopher Nehaniv – University of Waterloo, Canada
Joseph Lizier – The University of Sydney, Australia
Stefano Nichele – Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Terry Bossomaier – Charles Sturt University, Australia

For more information, visit http://ssci2019.org/alife.html

Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference

This year’s Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) conference will be hosted by the University of Wollongong on July 7-11, 2019.

The conference is designed to give professional philosophers and philosophy postgraduate students the opportunity to present and discuss papers in all areas of philosophy. Each year it attracts around 300 philosophers worldwide.

AAP 2019 welcomes papers in all areas of philosophy. In addition to regular streams on topics such as Epistemology, Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, and Political Philosophy (among numerous others), we are organising the following Special Streams on more specific topics:

  • Assessing Practical Ethics
  • Bayesian Cognitive Science – Open Challenges and Future Directions
  • Combatting Gender Inequalities in Philosophy
  • Gender Balancing the Philosophy Curriculum
  • Minimal Cognition
  • Model-Based Explanation Across the Sciences
  • Multicultural Philosophy
  • Shared Intentionality and Social Minds

For more information, visit https://aap.org.au/conference2019

Technical report on the Enactive Torch

Here is a technical report on a pilot study using the Enactive Torch sensory substitution interface, which involved several different kinds of analyses.

The Enactive Torch: Interactive embodied learning with a sensory substitution interface

Ximena González Grandón, Leonardo Zapata-Fonseca, Hector Gómez-Escobar, Guillermo Ortíz-Garin, Javier Flores, Ariel Sáenz-Burrola, and Tom Froese

Traditionally, the pedagogical design for teaching and learning practices has been characterized as a process during which an active expert supports passive learner for the accomplishment of a specific goal or task. Nowadays, however, the accessibility of information technologies and the understanding of the learner’s active role have caused that interactive, embodied and contextual learning perspectives have begun to gain room. Here, we contribute with a technical report of a pilot study based on the Enactive Torch, a tool for the scientific study of perception, which aimed to investigate the crucial role of embodied process in the generation of perceptual experience for sensory substitution. In using this technological scaffolding, a group of students, from various academic disciplines, have coordinated and conducted three projects using different methods, each of them analyzing quantitative and qualitative data recorded from the participants’ first- and third-person perspective. By means of this practical engagement, the students gained awareness of the transformative potential of technology and developed insights into the challenges of performing interdisciplinary research with their peers, in regard to embodied perception and cognition. The study, therefore, serves as a proof-of-concept for the Enactive Torch, as a technological scaffolding, that can facilitate the kind of interactive learning that students need to gain a deeper understanding of the complexity of human embodied cognition and its relationship with technology.

Escuela de Verano en Ciencias Cognitivas

¿Te has preguntado qué es la mente? ¿Qué nos hace conscientes? y ¿Cuáles son las bases de nuestras decisiones? ¿Sabes si la Inteligencia Artificial puede replicar nuestras capacidades mentales? ¡Entonces ésta Escuela de Verano es para ti! Se llevará a cabo del 3 al 7 de junio en Ciudad Universitaria, UNAM.

El objetivo de la primera escuela de verano en ciencia cognitiva es difundir y promover el estudio interdisciplinar en ciencia cognitiva en la comunidad universitaria. Para ello durante una semana contaremos con diversas actividades dirigidas tanto a estudiantes, como a profesores e investigadores.

  • En primer lugar contaremos con la presencia de ponentes magistrales de reconocido prestigio internacional quienes nos presentarán de primera mano su investigación y su visión de las ciencias cognitivas.
  • Además se organizarán diversas mesas redondas integradas por investigadores locales con distinta formación pero unidos por su pasión por el entendimiento de la mente y la cognición. Ellas y ellos compartirán y debatirán con todos los asistentes sus puntos de acuerdo y desacuerdo con respecto a cuestiones fundamentales dentro de las ciencias cognitivas, con el objetivo de tender puentes entre las distintas disciplinas.
  • Finalmente, pero no por ello de forma menos importante, se impartirán diversos cursos y talleres introductorios en campos fundamentales como la psicología, la filosofía, o la robótica y la computación. Estos cursos, abiertos a todas nuestras académicas y académicos, están dirigidos a los estudiantes de diversa formación y nivel, que formarán el futuro de la investigación en este prometedor campo que son las ciencias cognitivas.

¡Apúntate y participa en esta experiencia única!

New article: On the spatiotemporal extensiveness of sense-making

Many thanks to Laura for this fruitful collaboration! I am excited about the new direction we are proposing: the spatiotemporally extensive mind!

Dr. Tom Froese

The battle over the spatial extensiveness of mind has pretty much been won in recent debates in cognitive science. Here we argue that the next step is to defend the temporal extensiveness of mind!

On the spatiotemporal extensiveness of sense-making: Ultrafast cognition and the historicity of normativity

Laura Mojica and Tom Froese

The enactive approach conceives of cognition as acts of sense-making. A requirement of
sense-making is adaptivity, i.e., the agent’s capacity to actively monitor and regulate its own trajectories with respect to its viability constraints. However, there are examples of sense-making, known as ultrafast cognition, that occur faster than the time physiologically required for the organism to centrally monitor and regulate movements, for example via long-range neural feedback mechanisms. These examples open a clarificatory challenge for the enactive approach with respect to how to operationalize monitoring and regulation, and with respect to the temporal scale of sense-making, which has…

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5º Coloquio Internacional de Ciencias Cognitivas

El Centro de Investigación de Ciencias Cognitivas (CINCCO) invita al 5º Coloquio Internacional de Ciencias Cognitivas, que tiene por objetivos:

  • Ser un encuentro académico entre diversos actores, disciplinas e instituciones involucradas en las CC, tanto del país como del ámbito internacional;
  • Fomentar el diálogo transdisciplinar e intercambio conceptual desde las diferentes perspectivas involucradas (teórica, experimental, fenomenológica, aplicada, etc.);
  • Actualizar el conocimiento y difundir los avances de investigación en torno a la Cognición, con una derrama en distintos sectores de la sociedad;
  • Consolidar progresivamente este campo de conocimiento en la región, el país y Latinoamérica.

Visita el sitio web del evento para conocer el programa y registrar tu asistencia.

¡Te esperamos!

Call for Abstracts – Pretend Play and E-Cognition

When: 19-20 September 2019
Where:University of Antwerp, Belgium

About:

This conference seeks to explore if and how E-Cognition theories, which aim to understand cognition through the interplay between the brain processes, bodily capacities and environmental contexts, can improve our understanding of pretend, imaginative and creative practices.

E-Cognition refers to a young field of interdisciplinary research on embodied, embedded, enactive, extensive and ecological cognition, as well as ecological psychology, sensorimotor theory and dynamical systems theory.

Pretend play practices include playing with objects ‘as if’ they were another, role playing, make-believe play, having imaginary friends, making-up new games, creating rules in games, confabulating, storytelling, making fictional scripts, and acting.

The conference will address newest developments in philosophical theories of E-Cognition in the field of pretense and imagination, as well as latest empirical studies on pretend and creative forms of play from psychological research.

Confirmed keynotes:

Thalia Goldstein – George Mason University, USA
Arkadiusz Gut & Monika Chylinska – Catholic University Lublin, Poland
Vasuvedi Reddy – University of Portsmouth, UK
Agnes Szokolszky – University of Szeged, Hungary
Martin Weichold – Regensburg University, Germany

Participation:

Abstracts are invited on, but not limited to, the following themes / questions:

  • Which cognitive skills are needed in order to pretend play? Does pretense, imagination or creativity require representing, and if so, what form of representing?
  • What is needed in order to develop imaginative skills and creativity? How does the material and social environment affect such development?
  • What is the role of affordances, theory of mind, scripts, metaphors, affectivity or social cognition in pretend play practices?
  • What is the scope of the E-Cognition theories on our understanding of pretense, imagination and creativity?
  • Can E-Cognition explain pretend play? Can E-Cognition guide new empirical research on pretend play?

Submission details:

We invite submissions for a 20-minute presentation, followed by 10-minute discussion.

Abstracts must be approximately 500 words in length, not including references, submitted in MS-Word or PDF format.

Abstracts must be submitted to the e-mail listed below, on or before 31-May-2019.

Notification of acceptance: 21-June-2019

E-mail contact and abstract submission: zuzannaaleksandra.rucinska@uantwerpen.be

Website: TBA

The workshop is sponsored by the University of Antwerp, and the Research Foundation Flanders

4E Cognition Group in the ASSC’s 23 annual meeting

We are glad to announce that the work of group member Ana Lucía Valencia and coordinator Tom Froese has been selected as a poster for the 23rd annual meeting of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC), which will be held in London Ontario, Canada on June 25th-28th, 2019.

The ASSC is an academic society that promotes rigorous research and coordinates annual conferences directed toward understanding the nature, function, and underlying mechanisms of consciousness. The ASSC includes members working in the fields of cognitive science, medicine, neuroscience, philosophy, and other relevant disciplines in the sciences and humanities.

(For further information about the ASSC, visit: https://theassc.org/)

Poster abstract:

Could the neural basis of consciousness be interactively extended? From intrabrain to interbrain large-scale synchrony

Ana Lucia Valencia and Tom Froese

The realization of a cognitive act involves the integration of widely distributed regions of the brain. This large-scale neural integration can be explained in terms of transient patterns of functional connectivity, mediated by phase synchrony across low and high frequency bands. Authors such as Cleeremans, Engel, and Varela have proposed that this mechanism of neural synchrony could form the neural basis of the unity of consciousness, i.e. of the integrated flow of first-person experience. Intriguingly, a growing number of EEG hyperscanning studies reveal that comparable patterns of neural synchrony also appear across brains during social interaction. Initial research demonstrated interbrain phase coherence in predominantly lower frequency bands, such as alpha-mu/phi complex, whereas the faster gamma band, which has been associated with cognitive integration and conscious awareness, was largely absent. Nevertheless, more recent studies have found evidence of interbrain gamma synchrony, and, moreover, found it to be associated with subjective reports of social connectedness. We interpret these findings in the context of theories of consciousness that allow its basis to be interactively extended, and as particularly consistent with dynamical, enactive approaches to cognitive science. Although proponents of the extended mind hypothesis like Clark had raised doubts about the possibility of extended consciousness, because it requires operations on such a fast temporal scale that these can only be achieved by neural activity inside a brain, we argue that current evidence has removed this potential limitation. We hypothesize that experience can be integrated by functional networks extended across two brains during social interaction, precisely by the same neural mechanisms that integrate it within a single brain, thereby giving rise to a genuine second-person perspective or we-intentionality. If this is on the right track, it casts doubt on the traditional assumption that all aspects of consciousness are necessarily private and first-person singular.

Fourteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction

Sydney, Australia

9 – 12 February, 2020

WELCOME TO TEI 2020

TEI 2020 is the 14th annual conference dedicated to presenting the latest results in tangible, embedded, and embodied interaction. It will be held 9-12 February 2020 in Sydney, Australia.

The ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI) addresses issues of human-computer interaction, novel tools and technologies, interactive art, and user experience. The work presented at TEI has a strong focus on how computing can bridge atoms and bits into cohesive interactive systems. The intimate size of this single-track conference provides a unique forum for exchanging ideas and presenting innovative work through talks, interactive exhibits, demos, hands-on studios, posters, art installations, and performances.

Future Bodies, Future Technologies

Our theme for 2020 is Future Bodies, Future Technologies. The theme invites us to speculate on a vision of how technologies could interact and interweave with our future bodies. We consider technologies in the broadest sense: from ancient Greek definitions of skill, craft, and techniques to capabilities provided by practical application of computational, electronic and physical materials. The notion of bodies is an expanded one, encompassing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual dimensions, and how we are socially situated in a complex and contested set of realities and world views. Future Bodies, Future Technologies looks at the intermingling and reconfiguration of old and new, traditional and unorthodox, human and non-human towards new forms and possibilities. When designing the future of tangible, embedded and embodied interaction, we are also designing our bodies of the future.

See you in Sydney, Australia

We are finalising the conference venues close to the heart of the city.

For further information, visit the Conference’s website: https://tei.acm.org/2020/