CFR: Workshop “Investigating consciousness in animals and artificial systems: A comparative perspective” (ICA 2023) – 01.-02.06.2023 – Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

CFR: Workshop “Investigating consciousness in animals and artificial
systems: A comparative perspective” (ICA 2023)

Organized by Albert Newen and Wanja Wiese

01.-02. June 2023, Bochum, Germany

For further and current information, click here


Tentative Schedule:


Albert Newen and Wanja Wiese (RUB, Institute of Philosophy II)


Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Mercatorraum GA04/187 or online via

Thursday, 1st of June 2023

09:30-10:40 Michael Tye: “Can a robot feel pain?”

10:40-11:25 Robert Matthews: “Knowing what it’s like to be an alien
form of life”

11:25-11:45 Coffee

11:45-12:30 Albert Newen: „The interaction of theory-heavy and
theory-light approaches to animal consciousness: The alarm theory of
consciousness and cognitive profiles of animal consciousness”

12:30-14:00 Lunch

14:00-15:10 Eva Jablonka: “The evolution of animal consciousness: The
learning route”

15:10-15:55 Leonard Dung: “Are tests of animal consciousness
applicable to artificial systems?“

15:55-16:25 Coffee

16:25-17:10 Angelica Kaufmann: “Individual sentience profiles and
why comparative neuroscience research needs them”

17:10-18:20 Cameron Buckner: tba

19:00 Dinner

Friday, 2nd of June 2023

09:15-10:25 Henry Shevlin: “Mentalising beings: Human
anthropomorphism and non-human consciousness”

10:25-11:10 Wanja Wiese: “Understanding weak and strong artificial

11:10-11:30 Coffee

11:30-12:40 David Gamez: “Seeing is deceiving: Why consciousness
cannot be inferred from behaviour in animals and artificial systems”

12:40-14:15 Lunch

14:15-15.00 Katharina Dornenzweig: “Sentience in AI and biology: A
comparative study of recurrent processing as a way forward”

14:00-15:45 Simon Brown: “Animal points of view in spatiotemporal
structures of experience”

15:45-16:05 Coffee

16:05-17:15 Elisabeth Hildt: “Artificial consciousness: Conceptual
analysis and ethical implications”


Please send an email to <> by May 20th, 2023.

Best wishes,

Nicolas Lindner

Dr. Nicolas Lindner

Science Manager

Center for Mind and Cognition

Gebäude GA3/153

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Universitätsstr. 150
D-44801 Bochum

Tel.: +49 234 32-28153

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