Announcement – Symposium: AI and consciousness


Corresponding authors: Antonio Chella (, Riccardo Manzotti (
Further information:

The symposium will take place in Washington, DC from November 8–11, 2007. It is sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. In recent years there has been a growing interest in the field of consciousness from biological, psychological, philosophical and computational points of view. At the same time, several Artificial Intelligence researchers have designed and implemented systems that take into account the suggestions from the study of consciousness. On the one hand, there is the hope of being able to design better AI programs; on the other hand, the actual implementations of working systems could be helpful for understanding consciousness.

The main goal of the symposium is to bring together researchers from AI, cognitive science, philosophy and psychology to reason about the question: can we build better AI and robotics systems by facing the problem of consciousness? The symposium will provide extensive discussions and group interactions in which to present the current state of research and to discuss the experimental results and the theoretical foundations of the field of consciousness and their relationships with artificial intelligence. The symposium will schedule key invited speakers and selected talks from authors.

Authors are encouraged to submit their work in long papers and in position papers. Submission deadline is May 1st. A limited amount of support is available for students.

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