Raúl Arrabales Moreno

Cognitive Neuroscience – Artificial Intelligence – Machine Consciousness

BICA 2012

BICA 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


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.

A two-day conference with two tracks, including keynote lectures, paper presentations, panel discussions and exhibits.

Submission categories are:
– short abstracts;
– extended abstracts;
– position papers up to two pages;
– research papers up to six pages.

The conference proceedings will be published in a volume of the Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing Book Series by Springer (indexed by ISI, Scopus, DBLP, among others). See Instructions for Authors: http://www.springer.com/series/4240

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in the journal BICA (Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, published by Elsevier) and in the International Journal of Machine Consciousness (published by World Scientific).

Critical dates:
April 1st : submission site opens (Springer template mandatory);
June 1st : submission deadline;
June 30th : notification of acceptance;
July 15th : camera ready papers due;
October 31st : pre-conference workshops and reception;
November 1st  – 2nd : BICA 2012 conference;
November 3rd : excursion in the surroundings of Palermo.

Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, Palermo, Italy

Confirmed invited talks:
Karlheinz Meier (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
Giorgio Ascoli (George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA)
Igor Aleksander (Imperial College, London, UK)
Alexei Samsonovich (George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA)
Michele Migliore (National Research Council, Palermo, Italy)
Kristinn R. Thórisson (Reykjavik University, Iceland)
Pentti Haikonen (University of Illinois at Springfield, USA)

General Chair: Antonio Chella (University of Palermo, Italy)
Program Chairs: Kamilla Jóhannsdóttir (Reykjavik University, Iceland), Roberto Pirrone (University of Palermo, Italy)
Local Organization Chair: Rosario Sorbello (University of Palermo, Italy)

Organizing Committee:
Igor Aleksander (Imperial College, London, UK)
Ronald Arkin (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA)
Raul Arrabales (Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain)
Stan Franklin (The University of Memphis, USA)
Ashok K Goel (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA)
Pentti Haikonen (University of Illinois at Springfield, USA)
Owen Holland (University of Sussex, Brighton, UK)
Christian Lebiere (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA)
Alexandr Letichevsky (Glushkov Institute of Cybernetics, Ukraine)
Riccardo Manzotti (IULM University, Milan, Italy)
Michele Migliore (National Research Council, Palermo, Italy)
David Noelle (University of California, Merced, USA)
Alexei Samsonovich (George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA)
Ricardo Sanz (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain)
Brandon Rohrer (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
Junichi Takeno (Meiji University, Japan)
Rodrigo Ventura (Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal)
Mary-Anne Williams (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)

Information about BICA 2012 can be found at http://bicasociety.org/2012/
We are looking forward to seeing you in Palermo! Vi aspettiamo!

Raúl Arrabales

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