13th Finnish Artificial Intelligence Conference (STeP 2008)

 13th Finnish Artificial Intelligence Conference and
Nokia Workshop on Machine Consciousness

STeP 2008 is the 13th Finnish Artificial Intelligence Conference and will be held in the Helsinki University of Technology and Nokia Research Center, Finland, on August 20-22. The first day consists of conference talks, and the second and third day are for the Nokia Workshop on Machine Consciousness.

The conference will be co-organized by the Finnish Artificial Intelligence Society and by the Helsinki University of Technology.

The planned program of the conference is as follows:


Wednesday, 20.8.2008
Conference sessions at Helsinki University of Technology
Detailed program to be announced. See Call for Papers (CFP)!
Thursday, 21.8. 2008
Nokia Workshop on Machine Consciousness 2008 at Nokia Research Center.
9:00 Welcome
9:15 Introductory speech by Prof. Igor Aleksander
10:00 Coffee break
Session 1. Consciousness Models
10:30 Antonio Chella: Robotanic: an externalist outlook of a robot architecture
11:00 Will Browne: Emotional cognitive steps towards consciousness
11:30 Ricardo Sanz: Systems, models and self-awareness: A SysML model of consciousness
12:00 Lunch
Session 2. Systems and Architectures
13:00 Ben Goertzel: Achieving advanced machine consciousness through integrative, virtually embodied artificial general intelligence
13:30 Yasuo Kinouchi: A logical model of consciousness on a neural network system with a simple abstract brain-like structure
14:00 Harri Valpola: The engine of thought – a bio-inspired mechanism for distributed selection of useful information
14:30 Uma Ramamurthy – TBA
15:00 Coffee break
15:30-17:00 Round Table Discussion
Friday, 22.8.2008
Nokia Workshop on Machine Consciousness 2008 at Nokia Research Center.
9:00 Introduction to day 2
Session 3.  Imagination and Phenomenology
9:05 Hugo Gravato Marques: Imagination in an anthropomimetic robot
9:35 David Gamez: A systematic approach to synthetic phenomenology
10:05 Coffee break
Session 4. Phenomenology and Qualia
10:30 Riccardo Manzotti: Physical foundations of phenomenal content in a conscious machine
11:00 Germund Hesslow: Qualia and how to make a machine have them (tentative title)
11:30 Pentti Haikonen: The role of qualia in machine consciousness;nothing or everything
12:00 Lunch
Session 5. Realization and Testing
13:00 Markku Åberg: Neuron microchips
13:30 Raúl Arrabales Moreno: ConsScale: A plausible test for machine consciousness ?
14:00 Emmanuel Lesser, Charles Jorgensen: A cognitive approach to silent speech recognition
14:30 Coffee break
15:00-17:00 Concluding Discussion

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