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BICA 2012 : Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architecture


Conference Series : Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures
When Oct 31, 2012 - Nov 3, 2012
Where Palermo
Submission Deadline Jun 15, 2012
Notification Due Jun 30, 2012
Final Version Due Jul 15, 2012
Categories    artificial intelligence   cognitive science

Call For Papers


Due to many requests, the deadline for paper submission
has been postponed to June 15 2012.

Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICA), Third Annual Meeting of the BICA Society
Palermo, Italy, October 31st - November 3rd

The challenge of creating a real-life computational equivalent of the human mind, known as the BICA Challenge, calls for our joint efforts to develop biologically-inspired intelligent agents that can be accepted and trusted by the human society in various roles, on an equal footing with human agents. The main objective of BICA 2012 is to take a significant step forward towards the BICA Challenge.

The topics of BICA 2012 will include (but will not be limited to):
- models capable of inducing the sense of presence in artifacts;
- the “critical mass” of a human-level learner;
- emotional competence and social intelligence in artifacts;
- machine consciousness and BICA;
- models of perception, cognition and action;
- robust and scalable learning mechanisms;
- realistic neural networks for BICA;
- human-like episodic and semantic memory;
- metacognition in BICA;
- self-regulated, bootstrapped and meta-learning;
- language acquisition and symbol grounding;
- non-von-Neumann computational systems for BICA;
- a roadmap to the BICA Challenge.

A two-day conference including keynote talks, paper presentations, panel discussions and exhibits.

General Chair: Antonio Chella (University of Palermo, Italy)
Program Chairs:
Kamilla Jóhannsdóttir (Reykjavik University, Iceland), Roberto Pirrone (University of Palermo, Italy)
Local Organization Chair: Rosario Sorbello (University of Palermo, Italy)

Confirmed keynote talks:
Karlheinz Meier (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University, Japan)
Giorgio Ascoli (George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA)
Igor Aleksander (Imperial College, London, UK)
Giulio Sandini (IIT and University of Genoa, Italy)
Kristinn R. Thórisson (IIIM and Reykjavik University, Iceland)
Ricardo Sanz (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain)
Pentti Haikonen (University of Illinois at Springfield, USA)
Christian Lebiere (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA)
Michele Migliore (CNR, Palermo, Italy)
Soo-Young Lee (KAIST, Republic of Korea)
Alexei Samsonovich (George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA)
Raul Arrabales (Univerdidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain)
Ignazio Licata (ISEM, Palermo, Italy)

Submission categories are:
- short abstracts;
- extended abstracts;
- position papers up to two pages;
- research papers up to six pages.
Submissions longer than six pages are welcome; a fee per extra page will be charged to authors.

Paper and abstract submission:
Please submit your paper using the EasyChair Conference System:

The conference proceedings will be published in a volume of the Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing Book Series by Springer (indexed by ISI, Scopus, DBLP, among others). See Instructions for Authors:

Extended versions of selected papers will be published after the conference in a special issue of the journal BICA (Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures, published by Elsevier) and in a special issue of the International Journal of Machine Consciousness (published by World Scientific).

April 1st : submission site opened;
June 15th : EXTENDED submission deadline;
July 15th : EXTENDED notification of acceptance;
July 30th : EXTENDED camera ready papers due (Springer template mandatory);
October 31st : pre-conference workshops and reception;
November 1st - 2nd : BICA 2012 conference;
November 3rd : Excursion.
NOTE: Please submit paper abstract as soon as possible!

Information about BICA 2012 can be found at
We are looking forward to seeing you in Palermo! Vi aspettiamo!

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