Call for symposia

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CALL FOR SYMPOSIA PROPOSALS: deadline extended to 30 September 2019
Please upload your completed proposal to Easychair:

AISB convention 2020 (AISB-2020): Communication and conversation

6 – 9 April 2020, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, UK

The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (the AISB) annual convention will be held at St Mary’s University, Twickenham in London, UK from 6 – 9 April 2020. This year the theme broadly covers topics in language, communication and conversation, though symposia on other topics are also welcome. 

The convention will follow the same overall structure as previous conventions, namely a set of co-located parallel symposia, as well as invited and plenary lectures and sessions. We are currently seeking proposals for these symposia. Typical symposia last for one or two days, and can include any type of event of academic benefit: talks, posters, panels, discussions, demonstrations, outreach sessions, etc. Proposals to run symposia are welcomed across all areas of Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour, broadly understood. This includes interdisciplinary topics rooted in the social sciences, arts, and humanities.

Possible themes are listed below (not an exhaustive list):

  • Knowledge Representation
  • Discourse and dialogue
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Computational Intelligence
  • Computational theory of mind
  • Philosophical Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
  • Consciousness and Machine Consciousness
  • Human and Machine Creativity
  • Simulation of Human and Animal Behaviour
  • Neural Networks and Machine Learning
  • Computational Neuroscience
  • Robotics and Robot Ethics
  • Epigenetic and developmental robotics
  • Autonomous Agents and Agent Based Computing
  • Enactivism
  • Embodied Cognition
  • Ecological Cognition
  • Embedded [Social] Cognition
  • Extended Cognition
  • Affective Intelligence and Behaviour
  • Embodied Audio-Visual Interaction
  • Style in text; textual forensics
  • Robotics, Perception and Art
  • Live Algorithms
  • Cultural, social and media theory and computing
  • Sensorimotor Theory
  • Cybernetics and Human knowing
  • Sensory Substitution
  • Distributed Thinking
  • Robot language and communication

Proposing a Symposium

Each symposium is organised by its own organising committee. The committee proposes the symposium, defines the area(s) and structure for it, issues calls for abstracts/papers etc., manages the process of selecting submitted papers for inclusion, and compiles an electronic file for inclusion in the convention proceedings. Organisers are welcome and encouraged to invite keynote speakers to their symposia, but they are also encouraged to seek external funding in order to pay keynote speakers’ registration fees and other costs. Symposium organisers and speakers will also be expected to pay registration fees. 

  • Proposers are welcome to submit, or be involved with more than one proposal
  • Proposers need not already be members of the AISB (though you will be expected to join the AISB if your symposium proposal is accepted)
  • The deadline for symposium proposals: 30 September 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: 10 October 2019

Submissions should consist of the following

  • A title
  • A 300-1000 word description of the scope of the symposium, and its relevance to the convention along with the nature of the academic events (talks, posters, panels, demonstrations, etc.)
  • Whether the symposium is intended as a sequel to a symposium at a previous AISB conference
  • An indication of whether submissions will be by abstract, extended abstract or full paper
  • Your preferences about the intended length of the symposium as a number of days (preferably one or two days, but anything from half a day to three days), together with a brief justification
  • A description (up to 500 words) of any experience you have in organisation of academic research meetings (please note that it is not a requirement that you have such experience)
  • Names and affiliations of any invited speakers that you may have in mind for the symposium
  • Your names and full contact details, together with, if possible, names and workplaces of the members of a preliminary, partial programme committee
  • Please upload your completed proposal to Easychair:

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