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Subject: [ E-CFP ] Call-for-Abstract for the Workshop "What can Synthetic Biology offer to Artificial Intelligence? Perspectives in the Bio
From: <mpavone_(on)_dmi.unict.it>
Date received: 21 Jul 2013
Deadline: 15 Aug 2013
Start date: 06 Sep 2013

Workshop announcement

"What can Synthetic Biology offer to Artificial Intelligence?
Perspectives in the Bio-Chem-ICT and other scenarios" a satellite
workshop of the 12th European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL
2013, http://www.dmi.unict.it/ecal2013/)

Taormina, September 6th 2013 (2.30 pm - 6.30 pm)

Organized by Luisa Damiano (University of Bergamo) Pasquale Stano
(University of Roma 3) Yutetsu Kuruma (University of Tokyo)

Call for papers is open! Deadline: August 15, 2013


Traditionally Artificial Intelligence (AI) research, broadly
conceived as the study of intelligence through the construction
of artificial models of natural cognitive systems, has been
developed in the context of computer science and robotics. Today
the scientific and technical advancements of biological sciences,
leading to the emergence of Synthetic Biology (SB) conceived as
the chemical synthesis of biological parts/systems/processes,
allow the scientific community to extend AI research within the
field of experimental biology. The workshop aims at offering an
interdisciplinary forum in which nascent programs involving
cooperation between SB and AI in the exploration of biological
and cognitive processes can be discussed in their groundings,
their procedures, their possibilities and their limits, as well
as enriched through scientific exchange of ideas. The main focus
will be on current and possible applications in AI research of
the emerging bio-chemical based Information and Communication
Technologies (ICT), founded on the convergence of biological,
chemical, physical approaches, often in combination with
progresses in miniaturization like micro-fluidic devices and
Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS). But the workshop is
interested also in introducing and discussing other actual and
possible approaches and research programs which involve SB in AI
research. Most of the participants will have a SB, AI, and/or
bio-chem-ICT background, or come from scientific disciplines
dealing with theoretical, epistemological and/or experimental
issues related to the synthetic study of life and cognition. Our
goal is to stimulate the interaction between applied research and
theoretical/epistemological reflections, and to promote a front
line in SB and AI that focuses on (some of) these questions, and
related ones:

1) Can intelligence be studied through the construction and
   exploration of synthetic biological systems and processes? In
   which conditions? More specifically: What SB, and in
   particular its bio-chem-ICT tools and issues, can offer to AI?

2) Which are the groundings, procedures, possibilities, limits,
   expected results, and impacts of current and possible research
   programs involving SB in AI research? How AI will advance by
   encompassing SB and bio-chem-ICT approaches?

3) Can we nowadays plan concrete collaborations between computer
   science, robotics and SB in the scientific study natural forms
   of intelligence? How?

4) Are the emerging directions of research in AI (such as
   embodied AI, enactive AI, soft robotics, y) good candiddate to
   cooperate with SB in the exploration of natural forms of
   cognition? Can SB contribute to the development of artificial
   forms of cognition (artificial cognitive systems which do not
   model natural cognitive systems)?

The workshop intends to bring together researchers interested in
investigating one or more of these aspects of the
(possible/actual) relationships between SB and AI. The aim is
developing an interdisciplinary dialogue able to promote the
reflected involvement of SB in AI, and to create a
interdisciplinary community concretely developing research
programs based on the cooperation of SB and AI.

Organized by Luisa Damiano (University of Bergamo)

Pasquale Stano (University of Roma Tre)

Yutetsu Kuruma (University of Tokyo) kuruma_(at)_k.u-tokyo.ac.jp

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