Two day Multi-Disciplinary Symposium
UKCRC Grand Challenge 5:
3rd to 4th April 2006
GC5: Architecture of Brain and Mind:
Integrating high level cognitive processes
with brain mechanisms
in a working robot
NEWS 10 Dec 2006
Research Roadmap Project in euCognition Network
One of the important themes of this symposium was the need to identify long term requirements for satisfactory theories and working models, and to use those long term requirements to define a research roadmap. That is also the theme of an initiative that is part of the euCognition network (which funded this symposium). The roadmap initiative is described here. It will be discussed on the second day of the Second Six-Monthly Meeting of euCognition at Munich Airport Conference Centre, 11-12 Jan 2007.
Post Symposium Contributions
Some additions have been made since the symposium, including insertion of most of the presentations of invited speakers. Additional submitted contributions are below.
Report from Grand Challenges Conference available
A conference on the UKCRC Grand challenges was held in Glasgow in March 2006. There's a report on the conference here http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=nav.8105 and a specific report on GC5 here: http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=ConWebDoc.4717
List of speakers
Includes information about invited speakers and pointers to their presentations, also available in a single package, below.
Last updated 10 Dec 2006
File containing papers/presentations by Invited Speakers (incomplete)
Currently contains contributions by
Programme for the symposium
Abstracts of invited talks and posters (PDF)
Symposium aims and themes (PDF)
(Last updated 5 May 2006)
Papers by poster
Post symposium contributionsPapers and links contributed after the symposium are available here.
(Please send contributions, preferably in the form of URLs linking to online documents, to Aaron Sloman.)
10 Dec 2006: Tom Ziemke's presentation is now
1 Jul 2006:
How an animal or robot with 3-D manipulation skills
experiences the world (PDF)
New mathematical foundations for AI and Alife: Are the
necessary conditions for animal consciousness sufficient for the
design of intelligent machines?
Rodrick Wallace, The New York State Psychiatric Institute
(Updated 11 Jun 2006)
John Jackson, who was at the symposium, and made some contributions from
the floor has now started a moderated 'listserve' based discussion list
called 'Mindmechanisms', accessible here:
(Click on the month to read messages in the archive.)
Sensorimotor vs objective contingencies: A critique of sensorimotor
A draft, incomplete discussion of requirements for the 'fully
deliberative' subset of a human or human-lie architecture.
The Conference: AISB'06 Convention.The whole conference is spread over four days, April 3rd-6th 2006. at the University of Bristol, Bristol, England, on the general theme of Adaptation in Artificial and Biological Systems
This SymposiumThis symposium on the topic of UKCRC Grand Challenge 5: Architecture of Brain and Mind, will be held on 3rd and 4th April, as one of the symposia at the AISB'06 Convention.
This is a sequel to both the two day Tutorial on Representation and Learning in Robots and Animals held at IJCAI'05 in Edinburgh, July 2005, and two UK Research Grand Challenge Conferences, one held in Newcastle in March, 2004, and one one to be held in Glasgow, 22-24 March 2006.
An expanded version of the slide presentation on GC5 given at the 2004 conference is here (PDF).
Background information about this Grand Challenge can be found here.
The symposium is intended to promote the research objectives in GC5, to help to clarify the state of the art in the disciplines relevant to GC5, to identify some of the hardest problems, and to suggest promising lines of research and ways of assessing progress.
The main thrust of GC5 is to promote a combination of bottom-up, top-down and middle-out research into the nature of minds (human, animal and artificial) and the mechanisms in brains, and the ways in which brains can support the existence and functioning of minds. From this viewpoint minds are virtual machines running on brains, which are physical machines. The most important feature of minds is that, unlike most other machines which merely manipulate matter and energy, minds manipulate information -- which they acquire, store, analyse, transform, generate, communicate, interpret and use in many ways. The symposium will discuss problems and theories relating to how this is done, what the role of the body is in the process, what the major unsolved problems are and how we can identify promising short and medium term steps towards solving them.
Attendance at the symposium should help researchers dissatisfied with narrowly focused research who wish to meet and talk to others interested in more visionary research on brain and mind concerned with integrating functionality of different kinds, and different levels of description. A list of themes for talks and discussion at the symposium is here.
The symposium should usefully complement the AISB'06 symposium on Integrative approaches to Machine Consciousness on 5th-6th April.
Symposium programmeThere will be talks on the aims of GC5, on progress in new GC5-related projects, including biologically inspired projects, and including both modelling of brain mechanisms and of higher mental functions, along with ideas for addressing important unsolved research problems.
The symposium will include general discussions involving all the speakers and the audience on each day.
Invited SpeakersIn alphabetical order, not order of presentation (see programme above).
(Click on speaker name for more details).
Jackie ChappellThe whole list, with speaker details and abstracts.How do animals gather useful information about their environment and act on it?Mike DenhamThe role of the neocortical laminar microcircuitry in perception, cognition, and consciousness (provisional)Steve FurberHigh-Performance Computing for Systems of Spiking NeuronsJeffrey L. KrichmarBrain-based devices for the study of nervous systems and the development of intelligent machines.Mark LeeDevelopmental Robotics: an emerging paradigm for intelligent agents.Peter RedgraveIs it just a question of priority? Inspiration from the vertebrate basal ganglia.Murray ShanahanCognition and Consciousness: Is There a Fundamental Link?Aaron SlomanRequirements for a robot with human child-like or crow-like visual and learning capabilities.Mark SteedmanPlans and the Structure of Mind and LanguageTom ZiemkeIntegrating Cognition, Emotion and Autonomy: Embodied Cognition in Organisms and Robots
There will also be poster presentations.
The web address for direct access to this site (for easy bookmarking)
For more information about the main AISB'06 Convention
(including location, maps, accommodation, invited plenary speakers, other symposia, registration)
Speakers, Titles, Abstracts for the GC5
Themes for the GC5 symposium
GC5 symposium schedule
poster-submissions and presentations.
The main web site for the Grand Challenge
GC5: Architecture of Mind and Brain
Registration web site. Charges go up after the 'early registration' date: 6th March 2006.
People who are neither presenting posters or speaking can register for this symposium at the conference registration site.
Direct link to list of plenary speakers, symposia and debate for main AISB'06 conference.
- FORMATTING AND OTHER INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS.
Conference Plenary Speakers
- Monday 3rd April, 1800: Professor Mark Bedau, European Centre for Living Technology, Protolife SRL
- Tuesday 4th April, 17:00 Professor Maggie Boden, Centre for Research in Cognitive Science, University of Sussex
- Wednesday 5th April, 17:00 Professor Nigel Franks, School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol
- Thursday 6th April 9:30 Professor Owen Holland, Department of Computer Science, University of Essex
Organising CommitteeThe symposium is organised by members of the Committee appointed by UKCRC as responsible for GC5, namely:
Chair:Murray Shanahan (Imperial College, London)Other Members:Mike Denham (Plymouth University)Poster Session Organiser: Nick Hawes (University of Birmingham)
Steve Furber (Manchester University)
Mark Lee (University of Wales, Aberystwyth)
Aaron Sloman (University of Birmingham)
Symposium Web SiteContributions by main speakers and by people attending the symposium will be available at the Symposium web site. People attending the symposium are invited to submit additional contributions after the event.
A decision will be taken at a later stage as to whether some other form of publication would also be suitable, e.g. a book.
THANKSWe gratefully acknowledge support of euCognition, The European Network for the Advancement of Artificial Cognitive Systems. The symposium is partly inspired by the EC CoSy Project, and organised by members of the Birmingham CoSy group.
It is worth joining SSAISB, the oldest AI society, begun in 1964, as the
cost is low, and members get a reduction on conference fees.
Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour
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