3rd Computer Science Symposium at UEM

The UEM Computer Science Symposium is a seven years old event hold at the Villaviciosa de Odon campus of the European University of Madrid. The aim of this symposium is to get computer science students and technology companies together.

This symposium is organized by the UEM Free Software and Linux user group (GLUEM) and by the UEM itself. This year, the symposium is sponsored by companies like Fon, Stratebi, Hakin9, Linux+, and website collaborators like TodoBI and Conscious-Robots.com.

Consious-Robot.com will be part of the event, offering a presentation about Cognitive Robotics and Machine Consciousness as part of the Symposium.


Language Mind and Consciousness

AI Forums: Language Mind and Consciousness. This AI Forum is dedicated to the problem of language, mind, and consciousness.


The manipulation of natural human language by a computer, a major research track inside artificial intelligence, at first seemed like a highly tractable problem, but slowly revealed itself to be prohibitively difficult.

The research of language acquisition is today central to the science of AI. How do people acquire language? And how could computers? Is there such a thing as a “universal grammar”? And why is it that machines just don’t understand? The science and philosophy of language are the heart of AI.

Link: http://www.ai-forum.org/forum.asp?forum_id=3 

Consciousness and AI. AAAI Symposium. 2007

Consciousness and Artificial Intelligence:
Theoretical foundations and current approaches

AAAI Symposium, Washington DC, 8-11 November 2007

Symposium objectives (*)

The symposium will provide a lively and focused venue to present the current state of research and to discuss both the experimental result, the theoretical foundations of this emerging field and their relationship with traditional Artificial Intelligence. The symposium will consist of two days and a half. It will be divided in three parts: 1) theoretical issues (first day), and 2) models and implementations (second day), and 3) open discussion (last half day). During each day there will be space both for invited speakers and for papers selected by means of the call of papers of the symposium. Each invited speaker will have a time slot of 45 minutes, while the selected papers will use 20 minutes each.

The first day will focus on the theoretical issues underlying machine consciousness: surveys of recent research in the philosophy, psychology and neuroscience of consciousness and how it can inform AI, potential for AI to inform consciousness research, how the machine consciousness approach is more than just a re-packaging of work already being done in AI, etc. (Aleksander, 2000; Chrisley, 2003; Manzotti, 2005; Manzotti, 2006; Chella and Manzotti, 2007).

This part will involve an three invited speakers and 2-3 talks from the call for papers of the symposium.

The second day will move to discussion of the four highlighted aspects of machine consciousness with reference to specific implemented systems. This part will involve 1-2 talks for each of the four aspects.

Finally, during the half day there will be one or two invited speaker that will focus on the general perspectives of artificial consciousness and AI. The remaining time will be used for an open discussion among the participants about what is shared and what is not. The discussion will be chaired by the organizers and it will cover the relationships with traditional AI, the future objectives and the future trends of the field.

* Consciousness and Artificial Intelligence – AAAI Symposium – 2007 – Webpage.

International Workshop on Artificial Consciousness 2005

International Workshop on Artificial Consciousness

23-24 November 2005 – Agrigento – Sicily

Organizing commitee:
Antonio Chella
Riccardo Manzotti

The workshop is an interdisciplinary event focused on the topic of artificial consciousness: from neuroscience to artificial intelligence, from bioengineering to robotics.
Current robotic implementations showed impressive mechanical achievement (i.e. ASIMO by Honda or QRIO by SONY) and yet these robotic devices are incapable of equally outstanding perceptual and cognitive performances.
A new generation of robots aimed at interacting with humans in an unconstrained environment shall need a better awareness of their surroundings and of the relevant events, objects, and agents. In short, the new generation of robots shall need some form of “artificial consciousness”.
The problem of consciousness is twofold: the nature of phenomenal consciousness (the hard problem) and the active role of consciousness in controlling and planning the behaviour of an agent. We do not know yet if it is possible to solve the two aspects separately; however the field of artificial consciousness is focusing mainly on the second one.
The workshop provides an overview on the current state of the art of research in the field of artificial consciousness.


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Mind and Machines

Journal for Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy and Cognitive Science

Editor: J.H. Moor

ISSN: 0924-6495 (print version)
ISSN: 1572-8641 (electronic version)
Journal no. 11023
Springer Netherlands

Minds and Machines affords an international forum for the discussion and debate of important and controversial issues concerning significant developments within its areas of editorial focus. Well-reasoned contributions from diverse theoretical perspectives are welcome and every effort will be made to ensure their prompt publication. Among the features that make this journal distinctive within the field are these:
Strong stands on controversial issues are especially encouraged Important articles exceeding normal journal length may appear Special issues devoted to specific topics are a regular feature Critical responses to previously published pieces are invited Review essays discussing current problem situations will appear.
This journal fosters a tradition of criticism within the AI and philosophical communities on problems and issues of common concern. Its scope explicitly encompasses philosophical aspects of computer science. All submissions will be subject to review.

Editorial Focus:

Machines and Mentality – Knowledge and Its Representation – Epistemic Aspects of Computer Programming – Connectionist Conceptions – Artificial Intelligence and Epistemology – Computer Methodology – Computational Approaches to Philosophical Issues – Philosophy of Computer Science – Simulation and Modelling – Ethical Aspects of Artificial Intelligence.

Abstracted/Indexed in:
ACM Computing Reviews, African Urban & Regional Science Index, Compendex, Computer Abstracts International Database, Computer Literature Index, Engineering Index Monthly, Inspec, ISI Alerting Services, Knowlegde Engineering Review, Neuroscience Citation Index, Psyc-INFO, Psychological Abstracts, Science Citation Index Expanded, SCOPUS, The Philosopher’s Index

Consciousness and Cognition

Consciousness and Cognition: An International Journal provides a forum for a natural-science approach to the issues of consciousness, voluntary control, and self. The journal features empirical research (in the form of regular articles and short reports) and theoretical articles. Book reviews, integrative theoretical and critical literature reviews, and tutorial reviews are also published. The journal aims to be both scientifically rigorous and open to novel contributions.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

• Implicit memory
• Selective and directed attention
• Priming, subliminal or otherwise
• Neuroelectric correlates of awareness and decision-making
• Assessment of awareness; protocol analysis
• The properties of automaticity in perception and action
• Relations between awareness and attention
• Models of the thalamocortical complex
• Blindsight
• The neuropathology of consciousness and voluntary control
• Pathology of self and self-awareness
• The development of the self-concept in children

 Visit Elsevier Consciousness and Cognition description page.

Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness

ASSC promotes research within cognitive science, neuroscience, philosophy, and other relevant disciplines in the sciences and humanities, directed toward understanding the nature, function, and underlying mechanisms of consciousness.