PAICS: Philosophy of AI and Cognitive Science

Members

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Faculty and Teaching

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Tom Beament (associate tutor/lecturer)

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Maggie Boden (research professor of cognitive science)

Office: Chichester 3 3r347b
Webpage
Research: Computational accounts of mind – especially creativity, purpose, freedom, personality, and psychopathology. History of cognitive science. Her next book, CREATIVITY AND ART: THREE ROADS TO SURPRISE is due out in 2010 from Oxford University Press.

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Ron Chrisley (reader in philosophy, director of COGS)

Office: Pevensey III 4c14
Webpage
Research: Artificial mentality, especially artificial intelligence, artificial emotion and artificial consciousness (“machine consciousness”). Non-conceptual representation and experience (e.g., animal and infant cognition). Philosophy of computation. Philosophy of mind.

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Steve Torrance (professor, visiting senior research fellow)

Office: Chichester 3 3r347a
Webpage
Research: Enactive approaches to mind; artificial consciousness; artificial ethics; ethical implications of scientific and computational investigations of consciousness; the thought of Spinoza.

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Blay Whitby (lecturer in computer science and AI)

Office: Chichester III 3R345
Webpage
Research: The social and ethical implications of computing and AI form the core of my research interests. I’m keen to encourage people in computing and AI to take a more professional and responsible attitude to their work and/or research. An important part of this involves developing applications for new technologies such as multimedia and virtual reality which are socially beneficial. I’m also interested in both the technical and philosophical questions raised by applications of AI in the area of morality.

Research Students

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Simon Bowes (PAICS lab manager)

Office: Pevensey III 4C15
Research: cognitive kinds, mental causation, irreductionism and emergentism. The problem of free will.

 

Bob Chad

Research: Interoception, alienation and the self: how does the subjective, phenomenal experience of interoception cause psychological alienation in the human individual? What selective pressures in the evolutionary process could have led to this apparently problematic adaptation? How and to what extent do evolved cognitive processes overcome this sense of alienation? Is the self one such evolved cognitive process? How and to what extent do aspects of human behaviour also help to overcome the sense of alienation? How do the sense of self, cognitive processes and behaviour, that are required collectively to overcome the sense of alienation, vary across cultures and periods?

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Layda Gongora (visiting research fellow)

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Paul Loader (E-I seminar organizer)

Office: Pevensey III 4C15
Webpage
Research: Marxian themes in cognitive science. Wittgensteinian critiques of cognitive science. The extended mind. Philosophy of parapsychology.

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Alexander Zographakis

Office: Pevensey III 4C15
Research: My research interests lie at the intersection of Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Mind, and Art. I am currently working on perception, particularly on enactive theories (James Gibson, Alva Noe) and their implications on aesthetic theories (analytic and continental).

Postdoctoral Researchers

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Mike Beaton (visiting research fellow)

School of Informatics, University of Sussex
Office: Pevensey III 4C15
Webpage
Research: Philosophy of consciousness, conceptual and non-conceptual content, first and third person access to mental events, plus experimental work in visual psychophysics.

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Rob Clowes

The Philosophy of Language Institute, Lisbon
Webpage
Research: The nature of subjectivity, the role of language in cognition and the self. I am also working on the continuities and discontinuities between what is now called “embodied cognitive science” and other / more traditional approaches to mind, especially how these frameworks understand the the social embedding of the human mind. I am working intensely at the moment on artificial consciousness. Broadly I work on how much cognitive science can tell us about what it is to be human. Recently I have become especially interested in philosophical psychiatry and how this may deepen our understanding of subjectivity.

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Tom Froese (research fellow)

Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science
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Research: My general interests are related to various issues concerning the phenomena of life and mind. I think the main challenge for future research in this area is to harmonize our biological understanding of the organism as an autonomous system, as well as our phenomenological insights into the subjectivty of our lived body, into one coherent framework of knowing and living.

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Joel Parthemore

Centre for Cognitive Semiotics, Lund, Sweden
Webpage
Research: I am interested in conceptual knowledge both as structured representation and as non-representational ability (competence) — I believe that both perspectives are necessary; as well as the limitations of conceptual knowledge, the relationship of concepts to representations, signs, and language, and the relationship of conceptual to non-conceptual mental content. My particular areas of interest are Peter Gärdenfors’ conceptual spaces theory of concepts and enactive theories of concepts that stress the continuity of the agent with the agent’s environment.

Visitors and Affiliates

If you wish to be a PAICS affiliate (especially if you are a PAICS alumnus/alumna not listed here), please email Ron.

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Igor Aleksander

Webpage
Research: Machine consciousness.

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Marzieh Asgari-Targhi

Webpage
Research: Causal reasoning in Artificial Intelligence, the practical applications of philosophical theories of causality in education, medicine and social sciences. Cognitive development of causal reasoning in infants and young children.

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Chris Davia

Webpage
Research: Catalysis; consciousness as a process that is self-similar across scale.

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Hanne De Jaegher

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Research: Rhythm as the basis of embodied intersubjectivity.

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Duncan Kuhns

Research: Organism and mind extended in space and time.

Roberto Martino (DPhil student)

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Marek McGann

Mary Immaculate College
Webpage
Research: Conceptions (particularly enactive and dynamic conceptions) of purpose and goal-directedness; enactive approaches to meaning and consciousness.

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Tony Morse

University of Plymouth
Webpage
Research: Cognitive modelling; developmental robotics; statistical learning; and cortical microcircuits.

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Pasha Parpia (visiting research fellow)

Office: Chichester 3 3r347b
Webpage
Research: My research mainly informs the philosophy of mind. I derive my results significantly from the study of neuronal plasticity. The realms that inform my study are neurophysiology, anatomy, fetal, infant and child development, sensory deprivation studies, computer modeling of brain function and theories of attention and memory. I also retain an interest in anthropology and biological time.

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Stan Rosenthal

Website
Research:The use of scaffolding, augmentation, and artefactually extended embodiment in visual art. How the visual artist engages and develops creativity, and learns the sensorimotor skills, language and para-language necessary for the process of art. How the ageing artist might utilize, minimize or overcome the effects of disabilities and pathologies.

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Aaron Sloman

Webpage
Research: Philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, philosophical implications of Artificial Intelligence, architectures for human minds and other minds, the architecture of a visual system, analysis of attention, motivation, emotions and related affective states; the uses of computers in education, the design of friendly programming environments and languages, design of a powerful toolkit to support exploration of agent architectures.

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Mog Stapleton

Webpage
Research: My main research interests are embodied cognition, enactivism, the neuroscience of emotion and mood, the phenomenology of emotion and mood, and Developmental Systems Theory. My PhD dissertation centres around trying to understand the relation between emotion and cognition, and exploring what will give us a satisfactory scientific and philosophical explanation of these. I intend to submit sometime in the academic year 2010/2011.

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