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***DEADLINE FOR PAPERS: 1st Feb 2012***

The 4th AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy:
Computing, Philosophy and the Question of Bio-Machine Hybrids
July 2nd to 6th, 2012
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
As part of the AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 in honour of Alan
Organised by

   - Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of
   Behaviour (AISB) <>
   - International Association for Computing and Philosophy


*Symposium Overview*

Turing’s famous question ‘can machines think?’ raises parallel questions
about what it means to say of us humans that we think. More broadly, what
does it mean to say that we are thinking beings? In this way we can see
that Turing’s question about the potential of machines raises substantial
questions about the nature of human identity. ‘If’, we might ask,
‘intelligent human behaviour could be successfully imitated, then what is
there about our flesh and blood embodiment that need be regarded as
exclusively essential to either intelligence or human identity?’. This and
related questions come to the fore when we consider the way in which our
involvement with and use of machines and technologies, as well as their
involvement in us, is increasing and evolving. This is true of few more
than those technologies that have a more intimate and developing role in
our lives, such as implants and prosthetics (e.g. neuroprosthetics).

The Symposium will cover key areas relating to developments in implants and
prosthetics, including:

   - How new developments in artificial intelligence (AI) / computational
   intelligence (CI) look set to develop implant technology (e.g. swarm
   intelligence for the control of smaller and smaller components)
   - Developments of implants and prosthetics for use in human,  primate
   and non-primate animals
   - The nature of human identity and how implants may impact on it
   (involving both conceptual and ethical questions)
   - The identification of, and debate surrounding, distinctions drawn
   between improvement or repair (e.g. for medical reasons), and enhancement
   or “upgrading” (e.g. to improve performance) using implants/prosthetics
   - What role other emerging, and converging, technologies may have on the
   development of implants (e.g. nanotechnology or biotechnology)

But the story of identity does not end with human implants and
neuroprosthetics. In the last decade, huge strides have been made in
‘animat’ devices. These are robotic machines with both active biological
and artificial (e.g. electronic, mechanical or robotic) components.
Recently one of the organisers of this symposium, Slawomir Nasuto, in
partnership with colleagues Victor Becerra, Kevin Warwick and Ben Whalley,
developed an autonomous robot (an animat) controlled by cultures of living
neural cells, which in turn were directly coupled to the robot's actuators
and sensory inputs. This work raises the question of whether such ‘animat’
devices (devices, for example, with all the flexibility and insight of
intelligent natural systems) are constrained by the limits (e.g. those of
Turing Machines) identified in classical a priori arguments regarding
standard ‘computational systems’.
Both neuroprosthetic augmentation and animats may be considered as
biotechnological hybrid systems. Although seemingly starting from very
different sentient positions, the potential convergence in the relative
amount and importance of biological and technological components in such
systems raises the question of whether such convergence would be
accompanied by a corresponding convergence of their respective teleological
capacities; and what indeed the limits noted above could be.

*Suggested topics* (in relation to computing and philosophy as pertaining
to bio-machine hybrids include, but are not limited to):

   - Cognitive science;
   - Artificial intelligence; the Turing test; machine
   understanding; Searle’s Chinese Room argument;
   - Foundations of computing;
   - Simulation of behaviour and agency;
   - Ambient intelligence;
   - Artificial life; computational biology;
   - Implant technology;
   - Biosemiotics;
   - Constructivism;
   - Second order cybernetics;
   - Enactivism and sensorimotor theories of perception;
   - Converging technologies (e.g. ICT, Nanotechnology, etc.);
   - Information / computer / nanotechnology ethics;
   - Cognitive / epigenetic robotics.

Symposium Organisers
Prof. Mark Bishop, Department of Computing, Goldsmiths, University of
London, London, UK: email: [log in to unmask]
Dr Yasemin J. Erden, CBET, St Mary's University College, Twickenham, UK:
email:  <[log in to unmask]>[log in to unmask]
Dr Slawomir J Nasuto, School of Systems Engineering, University of Reading,
Reading, UK: email: [log in to unmask]
Dr Kevin Magill, Department of Philosophy, University of Wolverhampton,
Wolverhampton, UK: email: [log in to unmask]

Questions should be directed in the first instance to: [log in to unmask]
Submission and Publication Details
Submissions must be full papers.

Submitted contributions should be sent via EasyChair:

Text editor templates from a previous convention can be found

Submitted papers are limited to eight pages.

Each paper will receive at least two reviews.

Selected papers will be published in the general proceedings of the AISB
Convention, with the proviso that at least ONE author attends the symposium
in order to present the paper and participate in general symposium

Following the symposium, authors of a selection of the best papers will be
invited to submit an extended version of the work to a proposed special
issue (SI) of the *Philosophy and Technology *journal in 2013. Confirmation
of the SI of this journal, and further details about revised submissions
will be circulated in August 2012.

*Important Dates *

Full paper submission deadline: *1 February 2012*

Notification of acceptance/rejection decisions:* 1 March 2012*

Final versions of accepted papers (Camera ready copy): *30 March 2012*

Convention: *2-6 July 2012*

Symposium dates: *Thursday* *5 and **Friday** 6th July 2012*
Additional Information
*Joint AISB / IACAP Congress*

The Congress serves both as the year's AISB Convention and the year's IACAP
conference.  The Congress has been inspired by a desire to honour Alan
Turing, and by the broad and deep significance of Turing's work to AI, to
the philosophical ramifications of computing, and to philosophy and
computing more generally. The Congress is one of the events forming the Alan
Turing Year <>.

The intent of the Congress is to stimulate a particularly rich interchange
between AI and Philosophy on any areas of mutual interest, whether directly
addressing Turing's own research output or not. The Congress will consist
mainly of a number of collocated Symposia on specific research areas,
interspersed with Congress-wide refreshment breaks, social events and
invited Plenary Talks. All papers other than the invited Plenaries will be
given within Symposia.

*Conference proceedings*

Please note: there will be a separate proceedings for each symposium,
produced before the Congress, and available to conference delegates. Each
delegate at the Congress will receive, on arrival, a memory stick
containing the proceedings of all symposia.

*Awards and bursaries*

In previous years there have been awards for the best student paper, and
limited student bursaries. These details will be circulated as and when
they become available.

Programme Committee
Prof Igor Aleksander <> (Imperial
College London, UK)

Dr Paul Baxter <> (Plymouth
University, UK)

Dr Victor M. Becerra <> (University
of Reading, UK)

Prof Rosalyn W.
of Virginia, USA)

Prof Mark Bishop <> (Goldsmiths,
University of London, UK)

Dr Mark Coeckelbergh<>
of Twente, NL)

Dr Edoardo Datteri <>
of Milano-Bicocca, IT)

Dr Yasemin J. Erden <> (St
Mary's University College, UK)

Dr Tom Froese <> (The University of
Tokyo, JP)

Dr Phil Hutchinson<>
Metropolitan University, UK)

Dr Stanislao Lauria<>
University, UK)

Dr Rui Loureiro <> (Middlesex
University, UK)

Dr Peter J Lovatt<>
of Hertfordshire, UK)

Dr Kevin Magill <> (University
of Wolverhampton, UK)

Dr Richard J. Mitchell <> (University
of Reading, UK)

Dr Slawomir J Nasuto<>
of Reading, UK)

Prof Ian Sillitoe <> (The
University of Wolverhampton, UK)

Dr Porfírio Silva<>
for Systems and Robotics Lisbon, PT)

Dr Mark Sprevak <> (University
of Edinburgh, UK)

Prof Steve Torrance<>
of Sussex, UK)

Dr Yasemin J. Erden
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Centre for Bioethics & Emerging Technologies
St Mary's University College
Waldegrave Road
Twickenham, TW1 4SX
United Kingdom

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