cognitive science

CFP: SITUATED MINDS AND FLEXIBLE COGNITION EuroCogSci 2019

Call for Papers, Posters and Contributed Symposia

The conference EuroCogSci 2019 aims at providing a platform for discussing the most recent developments in Cognitive Science. It will feature contributed papers, symposia, and posters covering all subfields of cognitive science, bringing together a large number of experts from Europe and overseas.

Venue: Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Start: Monday, September 2nd, 2019
End: Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

Keynote Speakers
Lawrence Barsalou (University of Glasgow), Julia Fischer (Universität Göttingen), Patrick Haggard (UCL, London), Asifa Majid (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics), Brian McLaughlin (Rutgers University), Natalie Sebanz (CEU, Hungary), John Spencer (University of East Anglia)

Invited Symposium I: Situated Robotics and its Applications Minoru Asada (Osaka University) and Etienne Burdet (Imperial College London)

Invited Symposium II: Evolutionary Robotics Dario Floreano (EPFL) and Partica A. Vargas (Heriot-Watt University)

Invited Symposium III: Theory of Mind and Its Developments Ágnes M. Kovács (CEU), Beate Priewasser (Salzburg), and Albert Newen (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

Local organizing team
Albert Newen (main organizer), Sabrina Coninx, Onur Güntürkün, Dorothea Kolossa, Beate Krickel, Jonas Rose, Tobias Schlicht, Gregor Schöner, Alfredo Vernazzani, Markus Werning, Pascale Willemsen
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[EUCog News] 11 PhD / 12 Postdoc positions, Science of Intelligence research, Berlin

Science of Intelligence Berlin – Cluster of Excellence

11 PhD/ 12 Postdoc positions; with principal investigators at six participating institutions.

Cross interdisciplinary research in artificial intelligence, machine learning, control, robotics, computer vision, behavioral psychology, cognitive science, psychology, educational science, neuroscience, and philosophy.

Starting dates:  Summer/Fall 2019

Duration of postion: 3 years

Salary level: TV-L 13, 100% for all positions

What are the principles of intelligence, shared by all forms of intelligence, no matter whether artificial or biological, whether robot, computer program, human, or animal? And how can we apply these principles to create intelligent technology? Answering these questions – in an ethically responsible way – is the central scientific objective of the new Cluster of Excellence Science of Intelligence: www.scioi.de

Researchers from a large number of analytic and synthetic disciplines – artificial intelligence, machine learning, control, robotics, computer vision, behavioral biology, cognitive science, psychology, educational science, neuroscience, and philosophy – join forces to create a multi-disciplinary research program across universities and research institutes in Berlin. Our approach is driven by the insight that any method, concept, and theory must demonstrate its merits by contributing to the intelligent behavior of a synthetic artifact, such as a robot or a computer program. These artifacts represent the shared “language” across disciplines, enabling the validation, combination, transfer, and extension of research results. Thus we expect to attain cohesion among disciplines, which currently produce their own theories and empirical findings about aspects of intelligence.

Interdisciplinary research projects have been defined which combine analytic and synthetic research and which address key aspects of individual, social, and collective intelligence. In addition the Science of Intelligence graduate program promotes the cross-disciplinary education of young scientists on a Master, PhD, and postdoctoral level. All PhD students associated with the cluster are expected to join the Science of Intelligence doctoral program: www.scioi.de/education/doctoral-program (more…)

CFP: Andy Clark and Critics Conference

Andy Clark and Critics

May 31, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Bayes Centre, University of Edinburgh

47 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT, UK

Andy Clark is a leading philosopher and cognitive scientist. The fruits of his work have been diverse and lasting. They have had an extraordinary impact throughout philosophy, psychology, neuroscience, and robotics. The extended mind hypothesis, the power of parallel distributed processing, the role of language in opening up novel paths for thinking, the flexible interface between biological minds and artificial technologies, the significance of representation in explanations of intelligent behaviour, the promise of the predictive processing framework to unify the cognitive sciences: these are just some of the ideas explored in Clark’s work that have been picked up by many researchers, and that have been contributing to intense debate across the sciences of mind and brain.

In occasion of the launch of the book “Andy Clark and his Critics” (OUP), a free one-day conference will be held at the University of Edinburgh on May the 31st 2019. The aim of the conference is to take an interdisciplinary, critical and forward-looking approach to Andy Clark’s work, bringing together researchers working in various fields of philosophy of mind and cognitive science. Keynote talks will be given by Professors Barbara Webb (University of Edinburgh, Biorobotics), Jesse Prinz (CUNY, Philosophy), and Andy Clark (University of Edinburgh/Sussex, Philosophy). Three additional slots will be available for contributed papers.

Contributions from any area of philosophy or cognitive science related to Clark’s are welcome. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to:

    • The extended mind
    • 4E cognition
    • “Natural born cyborgs”, mind and technology
    • Language and “magic words”
    • Neurocomputational approaches to the mind
    • Relationships between these topics across Clark’s work

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TRENDS IN INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES 4th Avant Conference 2019

Fragmentation of Cognition: troubles of interdisciplinary explanations

25 – 27 X 2019

Porto, Portugal

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This conference is devoted to current interdisciplinary research on cognition and science, as well as to reflection on interdisciplinarity itself. This year, we would like to focus on the very issue of interdisciplinarity, which is usually tacitly accepted as valuable, and explanatory problems in interdisciplinary research, with some emphasis on cognitive sciences. There is a lack of such systematic analyzes and reflexes. We suggest taking on such problems (but without being limited to them) as:

  • (1) What kind of interdisciplinarity, methodological or institutional, is at stake for a given problem domain?
  • (2) What are explanatory difficulties in interdisciplinary research?
  • (3) Is integration (theoretical, problematic, methodological, or institutional) desirable in such research?
  • (4) Should interdisciplinary approach be pluralistic?
  • (5) Could–and if so, to what extent–participants in non-scientific fields (such as artists, industry, commercial entities) be involved in such research?
  • (6) What kind of interdisciplinary character does have research on cognition?
  • (7) Are cognitive science problems typical for all interdisciplinary studies?

Relevant areas: interdisciplinarity; multidisciplinarity; transdisciplinarity; philosophy of science; social studies of science; cognitive science; neuroscience; psychology; sociology; linguistics; anthropology; cognitive ecology; ethics; feminism in science; research on art; theories of explanation; research practice; human-technology interaction; models

Invited speakers: Mieke Boon (University of Twente), Sabina Leonelli (University of Exeter, Uskali Mäki (Universuty of Helsinki), and Paul Thagard (University of Waterloo)

Important dates: January 25 – Registration and Abstract Submission start; May 31 – Deadline for abstracts submission; June 22 – Notification of acceptance; September 30 – Registration fee (more…)

CALL FOR PAPERS – Adaptive Behavior Special issue on “Post-cognitivist approaches to perceptual learning”

The classical cognitivist theory in cognitive science depicts perception as the result of information processing of sense data, which is transformed into a representation of the original information to be useful for the human mind. In the same vein, perceptual learning has been understood as an enrichment of sensations by representational mechanisms. In this view, the improvement in performance must be understood as the effect of a sophistication of computational algorithms entailing a better interpretation of sensory stimuli.

At the end of the 20th century, criticism against the cognitivist framework and its ideas of perception, cognition, and representation started to arise. Some of these arguments crystallized in alternative theories of cognition that offers an innovative way to understand perception and, consequently, perceptual learning.

The aim of this special issue is to document the theories and research that highlight a “4E cognition” approach to perceptual learning. The issue is focused on contributions from the current panorama of post-cognitivism with an emphasis on theories from the ecological, enactive and sensorimotor accounts.

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21st ENSO Seminar: TONY CHEMERO. Radical Embodiment and Real Cognition

The 21st ENSO Seminar will be presented by Tony Chemero!

Next week, Thursday 8th March @ 3pm UTC, Tony will present on Radical Embodiment and Real Cognition. The details of the talk, including the time in your own timezone, can be found on the ENSO webpage.

Abstract

A persistent criticism of radical embodied cognitive science is that it will be impossible to explain “real cognition” without invoking mental representations. This talk will provide an account of explicit, real-time thinking of the kind we engage in when we imagine counter-factual situations, remember the past, and plan for the future. We will first present a very general non-representational account of explicit thinking, based on pragmatist philosophy of science. Then we will present a more detailed instantiation of this general account drawing on nonlinear dynamics and ecological psychology. This talk is based on a paper co-authored with Gui Sanches de Oliveira and Vicente Raja.

 

 

CALL FOR PAPERS – Adaptive Behavior Special issue: “Spotlight on 4E Cognition research in Colombia”

The last couple of decades in cognitive science have seen an increasing interest in the philosophical and scientific study of embodied, embedded, extended, and enactive cognition – so-called “4E cognition.” By now theories of 4E cognition have matured and a lot of evidence has been collected, which consequently has reshaped our understanding of the relationship between an agent’s brain, body, and its material and sociocultural world. Despite their differences in emphasis, the various strands of 4E cognition research are united in proposing that an agent’s cognitive activity is bodily mediated, especially by the context-sensitive deployment of sensorimotor capacities.

While these interdisciplinary approaches have largely been developed in Europe, the United States, and Australia, other regions have also been influenced by this growing movement and have started to advance their own original contributions. The aim of this special issue is, therefore, to put a spotlight on 4E cognition research from one such region, Colombia. It intends to do so in two respects: first, to explore the current state and breadth of the field in Colombia; second, to critically examine questions and problems elicited by this Colombian research, focusing on open challenges, with the aim to articulate more precise arguments for and against key claims advanced by 4E cognition research.

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Postgraduate course by Dr. Froese this semester

This semester Dr. Froese will teach the following course, which introduces the foundations of many of this group’s lines of research:

Agentes autónomos, sistemas sociales, y la nueva ciencia cognitiva

When: Mondays and Wednesdays, 13:00 – 14:30 (First class: 29/01/2018)
Where: Anexo del IIMAS, Circuito Escolar, Ciudad Universitaria, DF

This course will introduce ongoing debates in cognitive science about our changing understanding of the mind. Instead of being thought of as a digital computer inside the brain, mind is now widely considered to be an embodied, embedded and extended activity in the world. These ideas will be illustrated based on case studies of research in agent-based models and human-computer interfaces, with special emphasis on demonstrating how social interactions and technologies shape our mind. Students are not expected to program models nor to design interfaces, but to understand the implications of the new cognitive science and to apply them to their own research interests. The course will be taught mainly in English to better prepare students for the special terms used by leading researchers in cognitive science.

Click here for the course website.

CALL FOR PAPERS: RECONCEIVING COGNITION. Antwerp, June 27-29

The cognitive sciences, including its neural branches, continue to flourish. But what exactly is cognition? Recent developments in Embodied, Embedded and Enactive approaches to cognition, or E-cognition, have drawn attention to the numerous ways in which embodied situated interaction might be more intimately related to cognition than previously acknowledged. E-cognition is often taken to raise concerns about the tenability of a conception of cognition according to which in-the-head representational and/or computational mechanisms breathe cognitive life into organismic activities that would otherwise be mere bodily motion. But do E-factors call for a replacement or merely a reform of standard conceptions of cognition? And what exactly should be the new concept of cognition? Relatedly, the arrival of E-cognition leads to such questions as whether or not we need to reconsider the relation between cognition (including perception) and behavior, what explanations of cognition consist of, and what role the brain should play in such explanations.

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