Representation of Reality: Humans, Animals and Machines

Organising Committee
  1. Raffaela Giovagnoli
  2. Veronica Arriola-Rios
Programme Comittee
  • Jeremy Wyatt (University of Birmingham)
  • Zoe Demery (University of Birmingham)
  • Veronica Arriola-Rios (Universidad Autonoma de Mexico)
  • Gianfranco Basti (Pontifical Lateran University, Rome)
  • Gordana Dodig-Crncovic (Mälardalen University, Sweden)
  • Hector Zenil (Paris 1 Sorbonne-Pantheon/ENS Ulm/CNRS)
  • Raffaela Giovagnoli (Pontifical Lateran University, Rome)
Date: Tuesday 1st April Website: Description:
Our symposium could be considered as the continuation of a part of the symposium "Computing Nature" organized by Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic and Raffaela Giovagnoli in the AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012. We would like to offer an occasion to discuss the problem of "representation" in humans, other animals and machines. It is closely related to the question what capacities can be plausibly computed and what are the most promising approaches that try to solve the problem. TOPICS OF INTEREST We aim to discuss the following interesting topics related to the problem of representation:
  1. The point of view of connectionism and dynamical systems (Scheutz, Clark, Juarrero, Kaneko and Tsuda, O'Brien, Horgan, Trenholme) namely the different proposals about the possibility to rule out representation.
  2. A plausible strategy to analyze the problem of representation from a philosophical perspective implies the comparison between human and machine capacities and skills. Searle presented an interesting theory of representation based on the mind’s capacities to represent objects and to the linguistic capacities to extend the representation to social entities. Putnam, on the contrary, criticizes the role of images in representational activity. The Kantian notion of representation is inherited by authors such as McDowell and Campbell. Differently, we can intend the notion of representation in inferentialist terms as introduced by Brandom. For machine representation current results in AI and cognitive robotics are of interest.
  3. Evolutionary aspects of the development of increasingly complex capacities in (embodied, embedded) living organisms to process information in the interaction with the environment and as a consequence develop new morphological structures - morphogenesis, meta-morphogenesis.
SUBMISSION AND PUBLICATION DETAIS Submissions must be full papers and should be sent via Easychair: Text editor templates can be found at: We request that 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 on order to present the paper and participate in general symposium activities. IMPORTANT DATES
  • Full paper submission deadline: 3 January 2014
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection: 3 February 2014
  • Final versions of accepted papers (Camera ready copy): 24 February 2014
  • Convention: 1-4 April 2014 [Symposium 1 April]
  • Gianfranco Basti (Pontifical Lateran University, Rome)
  • Gordana Dodig-Crncovic (Mälardalen University, Sweden)
  • Hector Zenil (Paris 1 Sorbonne-Pantheon/ENS Ulm/CNRS)
  • Vincent Müller (Anatolia College/ACT, University of Oxford)