BICA 2012

BICA 2012
http://bicasociety.org/2012/
Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICA), Third Annual Meeting of the BICA Society
Palermo, Italy, October 31st  – November 3rd

Sponsored by:
BICA Society
University of Palermo

CALL FOR PAPERS

The challenge of creating a real-life computational equivalent of the human mind, known as the BICA Challenge, calls for our joint efforts to develop biologically-inspired intelligent agents that can be accepted and trusted by the human society in various roles, on an equal footing with human agents. The main objective of BICA 2012 is to take a significant step forward towards the BICA Challenge.

The topics of BICA 2012 will include (but not be limited to):
– models capable of inducing the sense of presence in artifacts;
– the “critical mass” of a human-level learner;
– emotional competence and social intelligence in artifacts;
– machine consciousness and BICA;
– models of perception, cognition and action;
– robust and scalable learning mechanisms;
– realistic neural networks for BICA;
– human-like episodic and semantic memory;
– metacognition in BICA;
– self-regulated, bootstrapped and meta-learning;
– language acquisition and symbol grounding;
– non-von-Neumann computational systems for BICA;
– a roadmap to the BICA Challenge.

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Cognition and Consciousness. Retecog Summer School 2012

“Cognition and Consciousness” Retecog Summer School 2012

5-8 June 2012, Menorca, Spain.

http://summerschool.retecog.net/

Invited Lecturers: Kevin O’Regan, Anil Seth, Ap Dijsterkuis & Arne Öhman.

Introduction

The Retecog Network fosters interdisciplinary collaboration to promote the advancement of Cognitive Science in Spain. This summer school aims to offer an overview of research in Cognitive Science through the choice of an area of research which provides a clear demonstration of the potential benefits of multidisciplinary cross-fertilization. It is addressed to graduate students, or recent doctors, interested in gaining a broader view of their research topic, and benefit from interdisciplinary collaboration. Participants are expected to present their current projects, either as poster or oral presentation, and will be offered feedback and further support.

Participants

The Summer School is addressed primarily to graduate students and recent doctors related to the groups that constitute the Retecog network. They will have their travel and accommodation expenses covered. Number of places is 25. Non-members of the network can also apply; they will just have the accommodation covered.

Inscription

Contact toni dot gomila -at- uib dot cat before the end of April.
Tutorials

Tutorials will be offered by members of Retecog.Net. They will be introductory, 2-hour sessions, which will provide a quick access to a specific problem related to consciousness. Each student will be able to choose 6, among a those offered. At this moment, confirmed tutorials are:

Antoni Gomila: “Consciousness: why it matters”
Oscar Vilarroya: “Unity of consciousness”
Fernando Martínez-Manrique/Agustín Vicente: “Language and consciousness”
Ricardo Sanz: “Computational models of consciousness”
Raul Arrabales: “Machine consciousness”
Antoni Rodríguez-Fornells: “Unconscious control in the brain”
Miguel A. Salichs: “Perception and Consciousness”
Nacho Serrano: “Methodological problems in the study of consciousness”
Juan González: “Altered states of consciousness”
Xabier Barandiaran: “Subjecting consciousness: habits, habitat and sensorimotor subject”