MODELLING ADAPTIVE AND COGNITIVE SYSTEMS (ADAPCOG 2008)

Workshop collocated at  the Joint Conference:
    SBIA'2008 (the 19th Brazilian Symposium on Artificial Intelligence);
    SBRN'2008 (the 10th Brazilian Symposium on Neural Networks); and
    JRI'2008 (the Intelligent Robotic Journey)

Chairs:
Angelo Loula (UEFS/UNICAMP)
Joao Queiroz (UFBA/UEFS)

It will take place in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, during 26-30 October 2008, and will feature invited talks and tutorials by world-leading researchers.

Keyspeaker: Maria Eunice Quilici Gonzalez (Post-graduate program in Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Mind – University of Sao Paulo State, UNESP)

What kind of theoretical and empirical constraints must we consider to model and simulate these processes in artificial agents and systems? What are the mechanisms underlining the emergence of cognitive and adaptive processes? What is the relation between adaptive behaviors and cognitive processes, and dynamical interactions with the environment? How can language and communication emerge in a community of artificial agents? How can symbols be grounded in artificial systems? How can processes and representations be meaningful to artificial agents? These are some of the questions that building and simulating computational models can help answer.

Artificial Life, Animats, Synthetic Ethology, Evolutionary Robotics and Computational Semiotics are some of the interdisciplinary areas of research involved in the synthetic design of artificial cognitive systems and creatures. These areas have been designing artificial environments that work as experimental labs, where it is possible to test the predictions derived from theoretical models, and provide us with opportunities to specify theories with computational formalisms. Moreover, it provides a new generation of more flexible and robust artificial systems able to interact with an unpredictable dynamical world, thus ever more 'intelligent' technological artifacts.

One recent major issue concerning the synthetic experiments is how could representation processes be meaningful to the artificial agents. An early regard about it was the statement of the symbol grounding
problem. It was suggested that situatedness and embodiment were a first step towards the development of grounded processes, but most of these approaches rely on low-level cognitive processes, bringing up
the question of how could higher-level be comprised.

This workshop has a twofold goal. A first one is to propagate the research field, and its accomplishments involving the modeling and synthesis of artificial cognitive systems inspired by biological and natural systems and based on theoretical principles and studies, describing thus a greatly interdisciplinary research field. The growing research effort towards the attainment of different cognitive processes by autonomous agents has been constantly presenting new scientific and technological advances to the artificial intelligence area. The second goal of the workshop is to gather the research community in this field, bringing together researchers which are currently scattered in different scientific events or even do not find an adequate event to exhibit the results obtained. This workshop will be a unique opportunity to provide an appropriate forum for this community.


Due to its inherited multi-disciplinarity, this workshop will have a diverse audience composed of different communities. This audienceinvolves researchers from areas such as:
-       Artificial Intelligence
-       Computer Science
-       Artificial Life
-       Cognitive Robotics
-       Computational Neuroscience
-       Computational Linguistics
-       Cognitive Science
-       Philosophy of Science
-       Philosophy of Biology
-       Philosophy of Cognitive Science

Location: information about the city of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil.

Organized by

 UFBA
UEFS 

Sponsored by 

CAPES

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