Groningen Spring School on Cognitive Modeling 2018

Third Groningen Spring School on Cognitive Modeling
– ACT-R, Nengo, PRIMs, & Accumulator Models –

Date: April 9-13, 2018
Location: Groningen, the Netherlands
Fee: € 250 (late fee after January 31 will be € 300)
More information and registration: www.cognitive-modeling.com/springschool

We are happy to announce the third Groningen Spring School on Cognitive Modeling (April 9-13, 2018). As in previous years, it will cover four different modeling paradigms: ACT-R, Nengo, PRIMs, and Accumulator models. It thereby offers a unique opportunity to learn the relative strengths and weaknesses of these approaches. See the attached flyer for more information about the paradigms.

Each day will consist of four theory lectures, one on each modeling paradigm. Each paradigm also includes hands-on assignments. Although students are free to choose the number of lectures they attend, we recommend students to sign up for lectures on two of the paradigms, and complete the tutorial units for one of the paradigms. At the end of each day there will be a plenary research talk, to show how these different approaches to modeling are applied. The Spring School will be concluded with a keynote lecture and a conference dinner.

This year we also offer the opportunity for project students to attend. The idea is that you have attended the spring school in an earlier year and now come back in the week of the spring school to work on your own modeling project under our supervision.

Admission is limited, so register soon!

Please feel free to forward this email and the attached flyer to others who might be interested!

We are looking forward to seeing some of you in Groningen!

Niels Taatgen
Jelmer Borst
Marieke van Vugt
Terry Stewart
& Katja Mehlhorn


Spring School »Integrierte Technikentwicklung«

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Internationales Zentrum für Ethik in den Wissenschaften (IZEW)

Spring School »Integrierte Technikentwicklung«
Möglichkeiten und Herausforderungen des Einbezugs ethischer, sozialer, rechtlicher und wirtschaftlicher Aspekte in die Technikentwicklung

Eine Veranstaltung des BMBF-Projekts INTEGRAM
09.-13. April 2018
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Internationales Zentrum für Ethik in den Wissenschaften

Call for Participation
Neue Techniken wie Pflegeroboter, digital basierte Mobilitätssysteme oder Smart-Home-Anwendungen werfen zahlreiche ethische, rechtliche, wirtschaftliche und soziale Fragen auf. Gerade im Forschungsfeld Mensch-Technik-Interaktion wird daher immer häufiger der Einbezug dieser Aspekte schon in der Phase der Technikentwicklung gefordert.
Projekte, die auch nicht-technische Aspekte neuer Techniken in den Blick nehmen, werden unter dem Stichwort „ELSI“ (ethical, legal and social impacts) bereits seit den 1990er Jahren gefördert. In jüngster Zeit werden jedoch Forderungen laut, über die in diesem Kontext praktizierte begleitende Betrachtung hinaus ethische, soziale, rechtliche und auch wirtschaftliche Aspekte in die Technikentwicklungsprojekte selbst zu integrieren. Dieser neue Forschungs- und Entwicklungsmodus wird vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF) als „integrierte Forschung“ bezeichnet.
Wie diese integrierte Forschung in Technikentwicklungsprojekten praktisch umgesetzt werden kann und welche Effekte sie tatsächlich bewirkt, ist allerdings häufig nicht klar. Die Spring School stellt sich deswegen folgenden Fragen: Wie können Technikentwickler*innen fundiert und mit realistischem Aufwand ethische, soziale, rechtliche und wirtschaftliche Aspekte in ihre Projektarbeit integrieren? Wie können Ethiker*innen, Sozial-, Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaftler*innen ihre Expertise sinnvoll in ein Technikentwicklungsprojekt einbringen? Welche methodischen, methodologischen und strukturellen Herausforderungen sind dabei zu bedenken? Wie können bei der Antragstellung gute Rahmenbedingungen für eine gelingende Integration geschaffen werden? Welchen Nutzen und welche Implikationen hat eine solche integrierte Technikentwicklung?
Im Rahmen der einwöchigen Spring School werden die Teilnehmer*innen aus Ingenieurwissenschaften, Ethik, Sozial-, Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften Ansätze zur methodischen Umsetzung integrierter Forschung kennenlernen, praktisch erproben, kritisch reflektieren und in Bezug zu eigenen Erfahrungen setzen.

Formate und Programm der Spring School
Termin: Montag, 9. April 2018 bis Freitag, 13. April 2018
Workshops zu Konzepten und Methoden integrierter Forschung
Keynotes von Ana Viseu (Universidade Europeia Lisboa, School of Technology, Arts and Communication) und Prof. Dr. Katharina Zweig (TU Kaiserslautern, Fachbereich Informatik, angefragt)
Podiumsdiskussion mit Expert*innen aus der Forschungsförderung und Forschungspolitik
Möglichkeit zur Vernetzung mit Nachwuchswissenschaftler*innen aus anderen Disziplinen.

Teilnahme und Anmeldung
Die Spring School richtet sich an Nachwuchswissenschaftler*innen (Doktorand*innen, Postdocs, fortgeschrittene Master-Studierende) aus den Ingenieurwissenschaften, der Ethik, den Sozial-, Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften. Vorausgesetzt werden erste Erfahrungen in (interdisziplinären) Technikentwicklungsprojekten und/oder der theoriegeleiteten Auseinandersetzung mit interdisziplinärer Forschung und Technikentwicklung. Ein Bezug zu Fragen der Mensch-Technik-Interaktion ist erwünscht, wird aber nicht vorausgesetzt.
Die Teilnahme ist kostenlos. Die Kosten für die Anreise und Übernachtung werden übernommen. Bewerbungen sollten einen tabellarischen Lebenslauf und ein kurzes Motivationsschreiben (max. 300 Wörter) enthalten, in dem Sie auf folgende Fragen eingehen können: Welche Erfahrungen haben Sie mit interdisziplinärer Zusammenarbeit? Was interessiert Sie besonders an integrierter Technikentwicklung? Welche Impulse erhoffen Sie sich von der Spring School für Ihre eigene Arbeit? Bewerbungen sind bis zum 31.01.2018 zu richten an: integrierte-technikentwicklung@izew.uni-tuebingen.de

Veranstalter
Die Spring School wird veranstaltet vom Verbundforschungsprojekt „INTEGRAM – Analyse der integrierten Forschung am Beispiel der Mensch-Technik-Interaktion“, das von 2016 bis 2019 vom Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung gefördert wird. Verbundpartner sind das Internationale Zentrum für Ethik in den Wissenschaften (IZEW) an der Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, das Fraunhofer-Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung (ISI) Karlsruhe sowie das Forschungszentrum Technikrecht e.V. (FZT) der Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Weitere Informationen: http://www.uni-tuebingen.de/de/76108

Rückfragen richten Sie bitte an Sophia Booz: sophia.booz@uni-tuebingen.de


Rudolf-Carnap-Lectures 2018

Rudolf-Carnap-Lectures (RCL) 2018:

deliverd by Prof. Thomas Metzinger

7.-9. March 2018, Bochum, Germany

http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/philosophy/carnaplectures/Rudolf-Carnap_Lectures/Home.html

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From March 7-9, 2018, the next RCL will be presented by Prof. Thomas Metzinger (Mainz), as always in the context of a Graduate workshop including presentations by PhD students and early postdocs (PhD completed in 2014 or later). Presentations should address topics related to the main topic of the lecture series.

CALL for papers:
Therefore, we invite PhD students and early postdocs to submit abstracts (max. 1000 words), making thesis and argument transparent, by submitting on Easy Chair (link to be found on the homepage). Papers will be selected based on a blind review process. The presenting students who will be selected based on a blind peer-review process will receive a financial support: within Germany 100 Euro, Rest of Europe (200 Euro), Rest of the World (300 Euro).
Submission deadline is extended to February 1st 2018.

Registration:
Please send an email to Nike Zohm (nike dot zohm at rub dot de) by February 20th 2018.

Organization:
Albert Newen & Tobias Schlicht


Workshop “Self, Memory, and the Unconscious Mind”, Ruhr University Bochum

Dear all,

we would like to invite you to the following workshop:

*Interdisciplinary Workshop “Self, Memory, and the Unconscious Mind: New
Perspectives in Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience” at Ruhr
University Bochum*
**

**February 22-23, 2018 at Ruhr-University Bochum (RUB), Venue: Building
GA, room: 04/187

The program and further information can be found here:
http://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/philosophy/smum/

*Scientific organization: *
Nikolai Axmacher, Gerd Waldhauser (Neuropsychology, RUB)
Albert Newen, Beate Krickel (Philosophy, RUB)

It is commonly agreed that the Self is constituted by memories. Less
agreement exists about which memories constitute which aspects of the
Self and which role conscious and unconscious mental processes play for
the storage, retrieval and processing of memories in the construction of
the Self. How is the Self built through memory and how does the Self
influence what we remember? Why are some memory processes and contents
conscious and others unconscious? What is the relationship between
conscious and unconscious aspects of the Self?

The workshop brings together renowned psychologists, neuropsychologists
and philosophers working on memory, the Self and the unconscious mind to
establish an interdisciplinary perspective on the relation between these
three phenomena.
*
Keynote speakers:*
Arnaud D’Argembeau (L’Université de Liège)
Nikolai Axmacher (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Iskra Fileva (University of Colorado Boulder)
Lluis Fuentemilla (University of Barcelona)
Beate Krickel (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Bence Nanay (University of Antwerp)
Albert Newen (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Mark Rowlands (University of Miami)
Mark Solms (University of Cape Town)
Gerd Waldhauser (Ruhr-Universität Bochum)

*/Call for Posters/*
In addition to the invited talks we invite contributions for a poster
session. The poster session is supposed to provide PhD-students and
PostDocs with the opportunity to present and discuss their research on
the Self, memory, or the unconscious mind with an audience of
international experts on the intersection of these three topics.
Submissions that combine at least two of the topics will be
preferred.Submissions for a poster presentation should consist either of
an abstract with no more than 600 words or a poster. The poster
submissions should be in PDF-format and should be properly anonymized in
order to allow for blind review.*
**Please send your submission to **hilfskraefte-newen@rub.de*
*until 18.12.2017.*


*/Call for registration/*
Participation in the workshop is free, but it you want to participate
please register by sending an email to: hilfskraefte-newen@rub.de

Best Regards,
Nikolai Axmacher & Gerd Waldhauser (Neuropsychology, RUB)
Albert Newen & Beate Krickel (Philosophy, RUB)


Workshop: The Experimental Philosophy of Morality and Causation

Workshop Announcement:

“The Experimental Philosophy of Morality and Causation – Perspectives from
Philosophy, Psychology, and Law”

The Ruhr University Bochum and the Experimental Philosophy Group Germany are
happy to announce a one-day workshop on Experimental Philosophy which will
take place on Tuesday, 13 June 2017 at Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany.

Over the last two decades, philosophers have taken an increasing interest in
experimental approaches to philosophical questions. Experimental
philosophers use tools from a variety of empirical sciences, such as
psychology, sociology, linguistics, and neurosciences to engage with
questions as diverse as:
•          How do people make moral judgments?
•          What factors influence people’s moral intuitions?
•          How robust are moral intuitions?
•          What is justice?
•          How to people conceive of causal relations in the world?
•          What role do causal judgments play for the attribution of moral responsibility?
•          Are philosophers the right people to actually give answers to all these questions?

In this workshop, we would like to address these issues. Just in the spirit
of experimental philosophy, we believe that the best progress is made by
joining forces from different disciplines. We therefore invited seven
speakers from philosophy, psychology, and law.

Keynote speaker:
Edouard Machery (University of Pittsburgh)

Invited speakers:
Neele Engelmann (University of Goettingen)
Joachim Horvath (University of Cologne)
Lara Kirfel (University College London)
Stefan Magen (Ruhr University Bochum)
Albert Newen (Ruhr University Bochum)
Karolina Prochownik (Jagiellonian University Krakow)
Alex Wiegmann (University of Goettingen)
Pascale Willemsen (Ruhr University Bochum)

When: Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 09:15 – 6:15 pm

Where: Ruhr University Bochum, Room: FNO 01/171

Organizers: Pascale Willemsen and Albert Newen

If you’d like to participate or have any questions, please send an email to:
experimental-philosophy@rub.de <mailto:experimental-philosophy@rub.de>

For further information, please check:
https://www.rub.de/philosophy/Exp_Phi_2017
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1665519737036171/?fref=ts
https://sites.google.com/site/xphigroupgermany/home
https://www.ruhr-uni-bochum.de/philosophy/staff/newen/index.html


Bridging the Gap between Human and Automated Reasoning

The 11th ICCL summer school “Bridging the Gap between Human and Automated Reasoning” is a platform for knowledge transfer within the rapidly increasing research communities in the field of “Computational Logic”, i.e. logic based Artificial Intelligence, and “Human Reasoning”, i.e. Cognitive Science. We will offer introductory courses covering the fundamentals of cognitive science, logic and reasoning, courses at advanced levels, as well as applied courses and workshops dedicated to specialized topics and the state of the art. Among others, the lecturers will be Ruth Byrne, Emmanuelle-Anna Dietz Saldanha, Ulrich Furbach, Sarah Gaggl, Steffen Hölldobler und Marco Ragni. Furthermore, there will be a social program, which includes a Dresden city tour, an excursion to Pirna and to the saxon switzerland, a visit to the green vault in the Dresden Royal Palace and a gala dinner.

The summer school is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and therefore, a limited number of grants for students and university employees will be available, which includes a waiver for the participation fee.

The deadline for applications is April 30, 2017.

Note that the 10. ICCL summer school has won the Dresden Congress Award in 2016.

You can find more information about the summer school here:
https://iccl.inf.tu-dresden.de/web/SummerSchool2017

and register here:
http://www.computational-logic.org/content/events/iccl-ss-2017/register/general.php


WFAI 2107: Call for Papers

First Workshop on Forgetting in Artificial Intelligence
http://www.cogsys.wiai.uni-bamberg.de/wfai2017

Held at KI 2017
September 25/26, 2017
Dortmund, Germany

Though forgetting is usually a nuisance in everyday life, it is an important
feature for human life. On the one hand, forgetting superfluous information
facilitates the task at hand. On the other hand, it is an integral part of
basic cognitive processes, like generalization, abstraction, and learning.
In this context, forgetting is the deliberate act to abolish unnecessary
knowledge possibly conserving knowledge on a higher level. Recently, the
term “machine unlearning” has been coined for the first beneficial use
described above. In this workshop the general topic of beneficial forgetting
shall be explored from different viewpoints.

The workshop aims to bring together researchers from AI, Machine Learning,
Cognitive Science, and other disciplines who are interested in understanding
how artificial systems can profit from forgetting and how beneficial
forgetting in humans can be influenced. Topics of interest include, but are
not limited to the following:
– Forgetting in knowledge management systems
– Agents with knowledge limitations
– Unlearning hypotheses in active or incremental learning
– Supporting humans to beneficially forget
– Cognitive models using or displaying beneficial forgetting processes

——- Paper Submission ——-

We invite papers, which have to be in English and formatted according to the
Springer LNCS style. Papers may report on new research that makes a
substantial contribution to the field, but also on research in progress.
Papers may have up to 8 pages (including references). Shorter papers are
also welcome.

Submission will be by email in electronic form as pdf only. Submissions
should be sent until June 18 to michael.siebers (at) uni-bamberg.de

All papers will be subject to blind peer review based on the standard
criteria of relevance, significance of results, originality of ideas,
soundness, and quality of the presentation. All accepted papers will be
published in online proceedings, and will be presented at the conference.
At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the KI
conference and present the contribution.

——– Important Dates ——–

Paper Submissions Due: June 11, 2017
Acceptance Notification: July 24, 2017
Camera-ready Version Due: August 20, 2017
Workshop: September 25 or 26, 2017

——– Main Organizers ——–

Michael Siebers, Cognitive Systems Group, University of Bamberg
Christian Jilek, Smart Data & Knowledge Services Department, DFKI GmbH

——- Program Committee ——-

Christoph Beierle, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany
Francesco Gallo, EURIX Group, Italy
Mark A. Greenwood, University of Sheffield, UK
José Hernandez-Orallo, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
Nattiya Kanhabua, Aalborg University, Denmark
Gabriele Kern-Isberner, TU Dortmund, Germany
Fernando Martinez, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
Heiko Maus, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Germany
Vasileios Mezaris, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas, Greece
Marco Ragni, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg, Germany
Nele Rußwinkel, TU Berlin, Germany
Sven Schwarz, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Germany
Tobias Tempel, Universität Trier, Germany
Ingo J. Timm, Universität Trier, Germany
Maria Wolters, University of Edinburgh, UK


Groningen Spring School on Cognitive Modeling

Register by February 15 to avoid late fee!

Groningen Spring School on Cognitive Modeling
– ACT-R, Nengo, PRIMs, & Accumulator Models –

Date: April 3-7, 2017
Location: Groningen, the Netherlands
Fee: € 250 (late fee + €50 after February 15)
More information and registration: www.ai.rug.nl/springschool

We would like to invite you to the 2017 Groningen Spring School on Cognitive Modeling. As last year, the Spring School will cover four different modeling paradigms: ACT-R, Nengo, PRIMs, and Accumulator models. It thereby offers a unique opportunity to learn the relative strengths and weaknesses of these approaches. Each day will consist of four theory lectures, one on each paradigm. Each modeling paradigm also includes hands-on assignments. Although students are free to chose the number of lectures they attend, we recommend you to sign up for lectures on two of the modeling paradigms, and complete the tutorial units for one of the paradigms. At the end of each day there will be a plenary research talk, to show how these different approaches to modeling are applied.
The Spring School will be concluded with a keynote lecture and a conference dinner. We are excited to announce that Sander Bohte has accepted our invitation and will be the keynote speaker.

Admission is limited, so register soon!

ACT-R
Teachers: Jelmer Borst, Hedderik van Rijn, Katja Mehlhorn (University of Groningen)
Website: http://act-r.psy.cmu.edu.

ACT-R is a high-level cognitive theory and simulation system for developing cognitive models for tasks that vary from simple reaction time experiments to driving a car, learning algebra, and air traffic control. ACT-R can be used to develop process models of a task at a symbolic level. Participants will follow a compressed five-day version of the traditional summer school curriculum. We will also cover the connection between ACT-R and fMRI.

Nengo
Teacher: Terry Stewart (University of Waterloo)
Website: http://www.nengo.ca

Nengo is a toolkit for converting high-level cognitive theories into low-level spiking neuron implementations. In this way, aspects of model performance such as response accuracy and reaction times emerge as a consequence of neural parameters such as the neurotransmitter time constants. It has been used to model adaptive motor control, visual attention, serial list memory, reinforcement learning, Tower of Hanoi, and fluid intelligence. Participants will learn to construct these kinds of models, starting with generic tasks like representing values and positions, and ending with full production-like systems. There will also be special emphasis on extracting various forms of data out of a model, such that it can be compared to experimental data.

PRIMs
Teacher: Niels Taatgen (University of Groningen)
Website: http://www.ai.rug.nl/~niels/actransfer.html

How do people handle and prioritize multiple tasks? How can we learn something in the context of one task, and partially benefit from it in another task? The goal of PRIMs is to cross the artificial boundary that most cognitive architectures have imposed on themselves by studying single tasks. It has mechanisms to model transfer of cognitive skills, and the competition between multiple goals. In the tutorial we will look at how PRIMs can model phenomena of cognitive transfer and cognitive training, and how multiple goals compete for priority in models of distraction.

Accumulator Models
Teacher: Marieke van Vugt, Don van Ravenzwaaij (University of Groningen), & Martijn Mulder (University of Amsterdam)

Decisions can be described in terms of a process of evidence accumulation, modeled with a drift diffusion mechanism. The advantage of redescribing the behavioral data with an accumulator model is that those can be decomposed into more easily-interpretable cognitive mechanisms such as speed-accuracy trade-off or quality of attention. In this course, you will learn about the basic mechanisms of drift diffusion models and apply it to your own dataset (if you bring one). You will also see some applications of accumulator models in the context of neuroscience and individual differences.


Interdisciplinary College 2017

INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLEGE 2017: „Creativity and Intelligence in Brains and
Machines: From Individuals to Societies”

(March 10-17, 2017 @ Günne am Möhnesee, Germany)

== WEBSITE ==
http://www.interdisciplinary-college.de

== CHAIRS ==
Luc Steels (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain)
Dieter Jaeger (Emory University, Atlanta, USA)
Tarek R. Besold (University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany)

== THE INTERDISCIPLINARY COLLEGE ==
The Interdisciplinary College (IK) is an annual, intense one-week spring
school which offers a dense state-of-the-art course program in neurobiology,
neural computation, cognitive science/psychology, artificial intelligence,
machine learning, robotics and philosophy. It is aimed at students,
postgraduates and researchers from academia and industry. By combining
humanities, science and technology, the IK endeavors to intensify dialogue
between the various disciplines. Participants come mainly – but not
exclusively – from European countries, lecturers from all over the world.
Courses include up-to-date introductions to the main fields of the IK, as
well as an in-depth treatment of the focus topic, which is changing from
year to year. The IK is also a unique social event. In the long evenings,
participants enjoy a very special atmosphere: minds meet, music is played,
and friends are made in the welcoming conference site at Lake Möhne.

== FOCUS TOPIC 2017: CREATIVITY AND INTELLIGENCE ==
The focus topic of the IK 2017 directs the attention to creativity and
intelligence as prototypically human characteristics and capacities,
investigating their role and importance for the individual but also for
society as a whole.
Over the last years creativity has become the focus of numerous research
projects and entire disciplines, ranging from investigations into the neural
foundations of human creativity to Computational Creativity as attempted
“computerization” of creative processes (or parts thereof). Creativity is
usually conceptualized as sharing a close connection with intelligence, for
instance in that the latter often is taken as a precondition of creativity.
But creativity also is a necessarily social phenomenon: While creativity
often starts out on an individual basis, and creative acts are ultimately
implemented by individuals, society very often enables creativity to happen
either in making creative individuals collaborate, or in emergently giving
rise to a genuinely collective creative process.
Language serves as connecting thread between the topics creativity,
intelligence, the individual, and society. Creativity and intelligence often
manifest in language, and individuals and society rely on (different forms
of) language as indispensable medium of communication.
Correspondingly, the IK 2017 will consider the mentioned topics from
different theoretical as well as applied perspectives, offering courses
clustered into four interwoven blocks:
– Creativity
– Neuroscience – From Data to Theory and Back
– Language
– The Social

== COURSE & FACULTY OVERVIEW ==
http://www.interdisciplinary-college.de