Appel: 2011 International Computing and Philosophy Conference, July 3-5

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Wed Feb 9 16:30:29 UTC 2011

Date: Mon, 07 Feb 2011 06:59:44 +0100
From: Jean-Gabriel Ganascia <Jean-Gabriel at>
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International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP)

/First International Conference of IACAP/:
/celebrating 25 years of Computing and Philosophy (CAP) conferences/

Conference Theme: “The Computational Turn: Past, Presents, Futures?”

Aarhus University – July 3-5, 2011

Important dates

Feb 15, 2011: Abstract submission deadline

March 15, 2011: Notification of acceptance

April 15, 2011: Early registration deadline

Organizing Chair

Charles Ess (Department of Information and Media Studies, Aarhus

Program Committee / Comité scientifique

· Tony Beavers (University of Evansville, USA: President, IACAP)

· Philip Brey, Department of Philosophy of Technology and Engineering
  Science, University of Twente, Netherlands

· Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic, School of Innovation, Design and
  Engineering, Mälardalen University, Sweden

· Luciano Floridi, University of Hertfordshire and University of
  Oxford, UK

· Jean-Gabriel Ganascia (Paris VI, Director of Laboratoire
  d'informatique de Paris)

· Ruth Hagengruber, University of Paderborn, Germany

· Soraj Hongladarom (Philosophy, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok,

· Teresa Numerico (Computer Science, University of Rome)

· Carson Reynolds (Information Science and Technology, University of

· Jean Sallantin, Directeur des Recherche au Laboratoire
  d'Informatique, de Robotique et de Microélectronique de Montpellier
  (LIRMM) (LIRMM), France

· Johnny Søraker (Philosophy, Twente, Netherlands)

· Mariarosaria Taddeo (Philosophy, Hertfordshire, UK)

· Jordi Vallverdú, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Philosophy
  Department, Spain

· Jan van Leeuwn , Universiteit Utrecht, Center for Algorithmic
  Systems, Center for Philosophy of Computer Science and Lorentz
  Fellow (Lorentz Center for the Science), The Netherlands

· Jutta Weber (Philosophy, Braunschweig / Vienna)

Committee: best PhD /post-doc paper awards (including bursaries)

Chair: Johnny Søraker (Twente)


/Presidential Address/: Tony Beavers, “Is Ethics Computable, or What
Other than /Can/ Does /Ought/ Imply?”

/Covey Lifetime Achievement Award/: Terrill (Terry) Ward Bynum,
Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University;
Director of the Research Center on Computing & Society

Additional keynote to be announced.

Conference Theme, “The Computational Turn: Past, Presents, Futures?”

In the West, philosophical attention to computation and computational
devices is at least as old as Leibniz. But since the early 1940s,
electronic computers have evolved from a few machines filling several
rooms to widely diffused – indeed, ubiquitous – devices, ranging from
networked desktops, laptops, smartphones and “the internet of things.”
Along the way, initial philosophical attention – in particular, to the
ethical and social implications of these devices (so Norbert Wiener,
1950) – became sufficiently broad and influential as to justify the
phrase “the computational turn” by the 1980s. In part, the
computational turn referred to the multiple ways in which the
increasing availability and usability of computers allowed
philosophers to explore a range of traditional philosophical interests
– e.g., in logic, artificial intelligence, philosophical mathematics,
ethics, political philosophy, epistemology, ontology, to name a few –
in new ways, often shedding significant new light on traditional
issues and arguments.  Simultaneously, computer scientists,
mathematicians, and others whose work focused on computation and
computational devices often found their work to evoke (if not force)
reflection and debate precisely on the philosophical assumptions and
potential implications of their research.These two large streams of
development - especially as calling for necessary interdisciplinary
dialogues that crossed what were otherwise often hard disciplinary
boundaries – inspired what became the first of the Computing and
Philosophy (CAP) conferences in 1986 (devoted to Computer-Assisted
Instruction in philosophy).

Since 1986, CAP conferences have grown in scope and range, to include
a bewildering array of intersections between computation and
philosophy as explored across a global range of cultures and
traditions. In keeping with what has now become a significant
tradition, IACAP'11 will accept presentations across this array and
range. At the same time, in order to recognize and celebrate the 25^th
anniversary of the CAP conferences, we specifically encourage
submissions that include attention to the past, present(s), and
possible future(s) of their foci as expressions of this computational


Authors should submit an electronic version of an extended abstract
(total word count approximately 1000 words). The file should also
contain a 350 word abstract that will be used for the conference web
site/booklet. Each abstract should indicate a first choice for the
track to which it is submitted, as well as a second choice for track.
Submission details will follow in a separate post. Tracks are listed


The conference is interdisciplinary: we invite papers from philosophy,
computer science, robotics, engineering sciences, social sciences and
related disciplines. Papers can address one (or more) of a range of
topics at the conceptual crossroads between philosophy and
computation, including: biocomputing, AI, logic, cognition, ontology,
knowledge systems, simulations, robotics, affective computing,
epistemology, information ethics (including robot ethics), history,
and cultural perspectives on these. IACAP'11 will promote scholarly
dialogues on all aspects of this computational & informational turn of
society and the use of computers and robots in the service of


We call for papers that cover topics pertaining to computing and
philosophy from the following list (but not restricted to that list):

· Information and Knowledge Processing (Distributed Processing,
  Emergent Properties, Formal Ontology, Network Structures, etc.)

· Philosophy of Computer Science

· Robotics, AI, and Ambient Intelligence

· Human-Machine Interaction and Explanation Capabilities

· Philosophy of Information Technology

· Neurocomputing and the Problem of Consciousness

· Computational Linguistics

· Computer-based Learning and Teaching Strategies and Resources

· The Impact of Distance Learning on the Teaching of Philosophy and

· IT, Cultural Diversity and Technoscience Studies

· Information and Computing Ethics, including Robot Ethics

· Biocomputing, Artificial Life, Systems Biology

· Electronic Art

· Complexity and Emergence

· Imaging and Knowledge

· New Models of Logic Software

· Models & Simulations Epistemology

· Synthetic emotions

· Computer & Gender Studies


I. Philosophy of Computer Science

Chair: Raymond Turner (School of Computer Science and Electronic
Engineering, University of Essex)

II. Philosophy of Information and Cognition

Chair: Orlin Vakarelov (University of Arizona)

III. Robotics, AI, and Cognitive Systems

Chair: [invitation out]

IV. Technosecurity: from Everyday Surveillance to Digital Warfare

Chair: Jutta Weber (Technische Universität Braunschweig)

Chair: [invitation out]

V. Information Ethics / Robot Ethics

Chair: John Sullins (Sonoma State University, CA)

Chair: Mark Coeckelbergh (Twente, the Netherlands)

VI. Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Chair: Jan van Leeuwn

VII. Computation, (Scandinavian) design, and aesthetics.

Chair: [invitation out]

VIII. Social Computing

Chair: Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic (Mälardalen University, Sweden)

Chair: Judith Simon (Institut Jean Nicod (ENS), Paris)

IX. Computational Philosophy

Chairs: [invitations out]

X. IT, Culture and Globalization

Chair: Soraj Hongladarom (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok)

Chair: Philip Brey (Twente)

XI: SIG Track – Minds and Machines

Chair: Marcello Guarini (University of Windsor, Canada)

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