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Dear colleagues,

I would appreciate if you could circulate this first Call for Participation
for the AISB 2005 convention, which comprises several symposia relevant to
social simulation studies.

best regards, Kerstin Dautenhahn

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First Call for Participation

SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE AND INTERACTION IN ANIMALS, ROBOTS AND AGENTS (AISB 2005)

***Early registration deadline: 31 January 2005***

AISB 2005 is the annual convention of SSAISB, the largest Artificial
Intelligence Society in the United Kingdom. The convention consists of a
collection of individual symposia, in addition to five invited plenary talks.

12-15 April, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

The theme for the 2005 annual convention of SSAISB is
SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE AND INTERACTION IN ANIMALS, ROBOTS AND AGENTS. The
convention will be organized by the Adaptive Systems Research Group in the
School of Computer Science at University of Hertfordshire.

The convention theme reflects the current trend towards increasingly
interdisciplinary approaches that are pushing the boundaries of traditional
science and are necessary in order to answer deep questions regarding the
social nature of intelligence in humans and other animals, as well as to
address the challenge of synthesizing computational agents or robotic
artifacts that show aspects of biological social intelligence. The
convention will facilitate the synthesis of new ideas, encourage new
insights as well as novel applications, mediate new collaborations, and
provide a context for lively and stimulating discussions in this exciting,
interdisciplinary, and growing research area.
Ten symposia (ranging from one-day to three-days) will run at the
convention, organized by UK, European as well as international experts in
the field of Social Intelligence and Interaction.

--Second International Symposium on the Emergence and Evolution of
Linguistic Communication (EELC'05)
--Agents that Want and Like: Motivational and Emotional Roots of Cognition
and Action
--Third International Symposium on Imitation in Animals and Artifacts
--Robotics, Mechatronics and Animatronics in the Creative and Entertainment
Industries and Arts
--Robot Companions: Hard Problems and Open Challenges in Robot-Human
Interaction
--Conversational Informatics for Supporting Social Intelligence and
Interaction - Situational and Environmental Information Enforcing
Involvement in Conversation
--Next Generation Approaches to Machine Consciousness: Imagination,
Development, Intersubjectivity, and Embodiment
--Normative Multi-Agent Systems
--Socially Inspired Computing Joint Symposium (consisting of three tracks:
Memetic Theory in Artificial Systems & Societies, Emerging Artificial
Societies, and Engineering with Social Metaphors)
--Virtual Social Agents Joint Symposium (consisting of three
tracks:  Social Presence Cues for Virtual Humanoids, Empathic Interaction
with Synthetic Characters, Mind-minding Agents)

In order to complement this programme, five plenary speakers known for
pioneering work relevant to the convention theme will present at the
convention:

--Nigel Gilbert (University of Surrey)
--Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University, Japan)
--Alison Jolly (Sussex University)
--Luc Steels (VUB and Sony)
--Jacqueline Nadel (National Centre of Scientific Research, Paris).

For details on the symposia, including accomodation and registration (early
registration deadline: 31 January 2005), please consult URL:
http://aisb2005.feis.herts.ac.uk/

For questions regarding the convention, please contact the Chair Prof.
Kerstin Dautenhahn (K.Dautenhahn AT herts.ac.uk)
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Dr. Kerstin Dautenhahn
Professor of Artificial Intelligence
Adaptive Systems Research Group
http://adapsys.feis.herts.ac.uk/
The University of Hertfordshire, School of Computer Science
College Lane, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL10 9AB, United Kingdom
URL: http://homepages.feis.herts.ac.uk/~comqkd
E-mail: [log in to unmask]
Fax: +44-1707-284-303 Tel: +44-1707-284-333