- 4-8 August 2008
- Summer School on Non-Linear Dynamics and Robots: From Neurons to Cognition
- Madrid, Spain
- 6-8 August 2008
- ECSIS Symposium on Learning and Adaptive Behavior in Robotic Systems (LAB-RS 2008)
- Edinburgh, Scotland
- This symposium will bring together researchers from academia and industry to report on new concepts, laboratory demonstrations, and fielded robotic systems that exhibit learning and adaptive behaviours. The goal of the symposium is to roadmap future directions for development of robotic systems with capabilities comparable to those of biological systems.
- 19-21 August 2008
- Performance Metrics for Intelligence Systems Workshop (PerMIS' 08)
- Washington, D.C, US
- PerMIS'08 will be the eighth in the series that started in 2000, targeted at defining measures and methodologies of evaluating performance of intelligent systems. PerMIS'08 aims at identifying and quantifying contributions of functional intelligence towards achieving success. In addition to the main theme, as in previous years, the workshop will focus on applications of performance measures to practical problems in commercial, industrial, homeland security, and military applications.
- 30 August - 01 September 2008
- Workshop on enactive approaches to social cognition
- Hastings, England (organised by the University of Sussex/Ezequiel Di Paolo, ezequiel (at) sussex.ac.uk)
- There is a growing consensus in the cognitive sciences that cognition is best understood as an embodied-embedded dynamical process which spans a systemic whole consisting of an agent's brain, body and world. Much of recent research in embodied-embedded cognitive science has focused on sensorimotor embodiment. We believe that it is time to apply these important insights to the domain of interpersonal interaction, which itself involves a distinct form of sensorimotor coupling.
To facilitate this, the workshop will bring together a small group of researchers (max 24) from different backgrounds who are currently working towards improving our understanding of social cognition by adopting an enactive perspective. Participants will be invited to the thematic development of the event through a series of online pre-workshop discussions. The workshop will include 3 invited speakers and a series of activities and focused discussions.
- 3–6 September 2008
- 18th International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks
- Prague, Czech Republic
- ICANN – International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks is an annual conference organized since 1998 by the ENNS - European Neural Network Society in co-operation with the International Neural Network Society and the Japanese Neural Network Society, and is a premier event in all topics related to neural networks.
- 6 September 2008
- Workshop on Adaptive Mechanisms of the Perception-Action Cycle
- Prague, Czech Republic
- The goal of the workshop is to provide an international, interdisciplinary forum on the topic of adaptive mechanisms of the perception-action cycle, with the purpose to advance our understanding of the state-of-the-art on bottom-up and top-down approaches to artificial cognitive systems development. Presentations and papers on perception, attention, memory, learning, decision making, reasoning, conflict resolution, motivation and action are welcome. The manner in which attention is involved (initially to consciously guide the visual and motor processing and then to let it run on automatic until error signals bring attention focus back to the source of the problem and attempt its resolution) will also be considered a highly relevant topic for the workshop. The perception-action cycle is an important aspect by which to enter a larger domain associated with the construction of autonomous machines. The latter require the perception-action cycle as a basis for development of an embodied system able to learn (by trial and error or observational learning) how to be increasingly effective in the given environment of the machine.
- 8–9 September 2008
- Workshop on Dynamic Field Theory and Applications
- Braga, Portugal
- This workshop aims to provide a comprehensive overview on recent advances in Dynamic Field Theory and its application in Robotics and Cognitive Science. The main goal is to promote the exchange of ideas between researchers from different disciplines who are using (or want to use) Dynamic Fields as a theoretical framework for solving problems in Cognitive Science, Neuroscience and Robotics. The workshop brings together experts who have made important contributions on a theoretical and conceptual level or in the application domain.
- 10 October 2008
- Workshop on Modelling Cognitive Behaviour
- Bristol, UK
- This workshop aims at deepening our understanding of how cognitive behaviour is generated in various types of systems, and whether it is possible to model it in a mathematical fashion. By this we mean any behaviour that involves making informed choices, pursuing goals, adapting to the environment and perhaps learning from experience. At various levels of sophistication, this can be found in natural and artificial systems, ranging from single cells to plants, from animals to insect colonies, and of course including software agents and robots.
- 7–9 November 2008
- AAAI 2008 Fall Symposium on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures
- Washington, USA
- This symposium will focus on the challenge of creating a computational equivalent of the human mind limited to a selected domain of expertise. This fundamental scientific problem calls for the design and experimental study of biologically inspired cognitive architectures (BICA). Despite a substantial number of recent conferences and workshops focused on computational theories of biological information processing, this topic of research remains underrepresented.
The primary objective of this symposium is to showcase recent modelling and rapid prototyping experience aimed at building architectures of cognitive agents that have been inspired by the human brain and, in a definite sense, operate like the human mind. At the same time, theoretical discussion of the underlying mechanisms will be equally encouraged.
- 5–6 December 2008
- Culture and Cognition: An Enactive View
- Bristol, UK
- Within the enactive approach, a set of concepts and a novel vocabulary are being collectively refined that allow new ways of understanding complex systems that arise, are maintained, and die within complex environments, and how meaning arises for agents within them. A central issue of interest that brings these disciplines together is the notion of ‘value’ and how this can be viewed as the dynamic structural relationships between identity and context.
This workshop is intended to start the dialogue. Attendance will be limited to 25 people and we are looking to balance the interest from different disciplines and find people who will have a strong interest in continuing the research conversation after the meeting.
- 9-11 December 2008
- SGAI International Conference on Artificial Intelligence
- Cambridge, UK
- The Conference is aimed at those who wish to update themselves with news and views of recent developments, understand how other groups are applying the technology and exchange ideas with leading international experts in the field. The scope of the conference includes the whole range of AI technologies and application areas. Its principal aims are to review recent technical advances in AI technologies and to show how this leading edge technology has been applied to solve business problems. To meet these objectives, AI-2008 has parallel technical and application streams of refereed and invited papers on both technology and applications. The programme also includes tutorials to provide greater depth in selected topics.