This workshop organized by Gino Yu and Ben Goertzel will be co-colocated with Toward a Science of Consciousness conference (to be held 12th~-14th JUNE 2009). This workshop will explore issues at the intersection of consciousness studies with cognitive robotics and artificial general intelligence.

Among the many important questions lying in this intersection, are the following:

  • What do contemporary theories of consciousness say about the possibility and nature of consciousness that may be possible in intelligent robots and software programs?
  • Assuming machine consciousness is achievable, what are likely to be the similarities and differences between machine consciousness and human consciousness.
  • What can one say about the relationship between degree of consciousness and degree of intelligence, across the scope of potential intelligent systems including humans, robots and software programs.
  • How important is embodiment for the development of machine consciousness? How should “embodiment” be defined in this context?
  • What are some contemporary robotics or AGI (artificial general intelligence) architectures that have the potential to lead so significant degrees of machine consciousness? Why do they seem to have this potential?
  • Is consciousness (or advanced forms of consciousness) something that must emerge within a robotics or AGI system via the system’s interaction with its environment, rather than being explicitly programmed in? If so, what are the conditions for its emergence?
  • What implications do the social, collective aspects of consciousness have for the possibility and nature of machine consciousness?


Intl. Workshop on Machine Consciousness 2009 Homepage.

Cognitive Computation

Editor-in-Chief: Amir Hussain, PhD
ISSN: 1866-9956 (print version)
Journal no. 12559
Springer New York

Cognitive Computation is an international, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal that publishes cutting-edge articles describing original basic and applied work involving biologically-inspired computational accounts of all aspects of natural and artificial cognitive systems. It provides a new platform for the dissemination of research, current practices and future trends in the emerging discipline of cognitive computation that bridges the gap between life sciences, social sciences, engineering, physical and mathematical sciences, and humanities.

Its main purpose is to establish a forum for bringing different scientific communities together to discuss key issues and challenges in the emerging area of cognitive computation and to promote an interdisciplinary understanding of the diverse topics, including those related to perception, action, attention, learning and memory, decision making, language processing, communication, reasoning, problem solving, and consciousness aspects of cognition.

Cognitive Computation considers original contributions using theoretical, computational, experimental and integrative studies in cognitive systems, including (but not limited to): artificial intelligence, neural networks, cognitive neuromorphic engineering and other hardware implementations, cognitive robotics, autonomous cognitive systems, neuroscience nanotechnology, self-organizing, swarm and immune systems, complex systems and control theory, and computational cognitive neuroscience, as well as submissions focusing on the development of latest research into practical applications.

Editorial Board

Editor in Chief:
Amir Hussain, Ph.D. (University of Stirling, Scotland) –

Honorary Editor:
Igor Aleksander (Imperial College, London, UK)

Advisory Board:
John Taylor, Chair (Kings College, London, UK)
Shun-ichi Amari (RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan)
Rodney Douglas (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Pentti Haikonen (Nokia Research Centre, Finland)
Ryuta Kawashima MD (Tohoku University, Japan)
James L. McClelland (Stanford University, USA)
Bernard Widrow (Stanford University, USA)

Editorial Board:
Shun-ichi Amari, Chair (RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan)
Mark Bishop (University of London, UK)
Mohamed Chetouani (University of Pierre Marie-Curie, France)
Vassilis Cutsuridis (University of Stirling, Scotland)
Anna Esposito (University of Naples, Italy)
Marcos Faundez-Zanuy (Escola University-Politecnic Mataro, Spain)
Simone Fiori (Marche Polytechnic University (UPDM, Italy)
Claudius Gros (J.W.Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany)
Kevin Gurney (University of Sheffield, UK)
Hani Hagras (University of Essex, UK)
Stephen Hanson (Rutgers University, USA)
Giacomo Indiveri (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
Marwan Jabri (Dilithium Networks, USA)
William Marslen-Wilson (Cambridge University, UK)
Takashi Omori (Tamagawa University, Japan)
Jose C. Principe (University of Florida, USA)
Jurgen Schmidhuber (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
Anil Seth (University of Sussex, UK)
Shihab Shamma (University of Maryland, USA)
Ron Sun (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)
Azzam Taktak (The Royal Liverpool University Hospital, UK)
Isabel Trancoso (INESC-ID Lisboa, Portugal)
Geoff Underwood (University of Nottingham, UK)
Sethu Vijayakumar (University of Edinburgh, Scotland)
Kevin Warwick (University of Reading, UK)
Stefan Wermter (University of Sunderland, UK)
Tom Ziemke (University of Skovde, Sweden)

International Journal of Machine Consciousness

International Journal of Machine Consciousness (IJMC)

World Scientific
Editor-in-Chief Antonio Chella

The journal examines the theoretical foundations of conscious machines and analyzes current approaches to machine consciousness. It offers unity and visibility to a wide spread of research, which is now scattered throughout many diverse and often unrelated journals. The journal also allows a publication focus where scholars could present, compare and evaluate their work on machine consciousness both from the theoretical and technical side. Since the topic of machine consciousness is still highly controversial, each issue will endorse a blend of papers covering provocative theories as well as testable models. Machine consciousness is pursued for:

  • Implementing and designing machines resembling human beings (cognitive robotics)
  • Understanding the nature of consciousness (cognitive science)
  • Implementing and designing more efficient control systems

 Machine consciousness is a field placed at the crossing between technical disciplines (AI, Robotics, Computer Science and Engineering), theoretical ones (Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Mind, Linguistics, Logic), and empirical ones (Psychology and Neuroscience). However, machine consciousness focuses mostly on attempts to use robots and informational machines as vehicles that advance various ways of understanding consciousness and examine the possible role of consciousness in the further development of such robots and other informational machines.

Cognitive Robotics and Machine Consciousness

VIII Madrid Science Week

Monday 17th November 2008.
From 10:15 to 11:15. University Carlos III of Madrid. Auditorio Leganés.


Abstract: Robots are becoming a commodity and their domestic use will spread in the short term. The demanding human robot interaction and robotics applications to domestic tasks require the implementation of higher cognitive capabilities.
Language: Spanish.

Place  Leganés (Madrid. Spain)
Venue  Salón de Grados del Auditorio de la UC3M, campus de Leganés, Avenida de la Universidad, 30, Capacity 120, Metro Metrosur Línea 12, Estación: Leganés Central, bus 432, 482, 483, 485, 486, 491, 492, 496, 497, Train Línea C5, Estación: Leganés
Area  Computer Science and Technology
Target audience  Individuals: General; Groups: General
Speaker  Raúl Arrabales Moreno, Investigador del Departamento de Informática de la UC3M
Information: Fco. Javier Alonso, E-mail:, Booking: Free entrance
Escuela Politécnica Superior




Toward a Science of Consciousness 2009

Toward a Science of Consciousness 2009
Announcement and Call for Papers

Investigating Inner Experience
Brain, Mind, Technology

Hong Kong, China, June 11-14, 2009

Long a meeting place for Eastern and Western ideas and the media capital of Asia, Hong Kong, China hosts the 15th in a series of Toward a Science of Consciousness conferences held yearly since 1994. The conferences are known for broad, interdisciplinary and multi-faceted approaches to the age-old question of how the brain produces consciousness awareness

Subjective inner experience has long been approached through introspection, mysticism, and meditative contemplation, and revealed through art, mythology and ritual. In the past half century, science has found computation among neurons to explain brain functions, and promoted the possibility of conscious machines. Now, various media technologies attempt to communicate, simulate and re-create inner experience. In a spirit of synergy, the conference is organized along three entwined themes.

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