Its happening: research threads in multiple fields scattered across the mind-sciences seem to be converging towards a point where the classical treatment of representation within the encodingist framework is felt as an impasse. A rethinking of the methods, concepts, arguments, facts, etc. is needed and, so it seems, is being found in the interactivist approach. From research in human cognition, motivation, and development, through consciousness, sociality, and language, to artificial intelligence, post-behaviorist cognitive robotics, and interface design, we are witnessing the appearance of projects where the assumptions of interactivism are embraced. More often then not, this is in an implicit manner, so that at a superficial level those projects (the problems they deal with, the methods they use
) seem to be incommensurable. However, underneath, one can feel their interactivist gist. The time is right (and ripe) we felt, to articulate this irrational (in Feyerabendian sense) pressure for change at a programmatic level, and this is what we want to accomplish with the present workshop. The workshop will be preceded by a Summer School in Interactivism featuring several tutorials which are meant to provide the needed theoretical background, based mainly on Mark Bickhard and his collaborators work. The intention is for this Institute to become a traditional annual meeting where those sharing the core ideas of interactivism will meet and discuss their work, try to reconstruct its historical roots, put forward current research in different fields that fits the interactivist framework, and define research topics for prospective graduate students. People working in philosophy of mind, linguistics, social sciences, artificial intelligence, cognitive robotics, and other fields related to the sciences of mind are invited to send their statement of interest for participation to the organizers (see details below).
Foundations of Interactivism
Cognition and Representation
Representation emergent in action systems
Dissolution of problems of skepticism, error, Chinese room, etc.
Rationality and negative knowledge
Social processes and realities
Interactivism: From Metaphysics to Rational Agents
Social and Ethical Beings
Interactivism in AI
A short description: This tutorial will give an overview of the treatment and construal of representation within AI and intelligent robotics in the last 50 years. Not an extremly difficult task as it might seem. Beginning with the classical AI projects (LT, GSP, The Whirling Dervish, SHRDLU, Shakey, etc.) we'll reveal the hidden assumptions regarding the nature of intelligence and intelligent behavior, and their implications for the projects discussed. We will comment on how a given construal of representation has favored particular views about perception, learning, and language. The stress will be put on the last 10 years in these fields. The beginning of this period was a time when it began to be acknowledged that classical approaches and the alternatives that followed (connectionism, behavior based architectures) hadn't met the expectations. This was also a period of radical re-examination of the roots of these disciplines. We will review some of the projects within this period (works of Drescher, Mataric, Tani, Hofstadter, etc.). Inspired by Piaget's genetic epistemology, Gibson's theory of perception, by the new findings in animal learning, it can be said that these projects introduced a new interactivist spirit into the field. Concluding the tutorial, we will discuss these new architectures for intelligence within Bickhard's interactivist framework, and will give short term predictions for the development of AI and cognitive robotics.
Monday, 23 July 01
Tuesday, 24 July 01
Wednesday, 25 July 01
Thursday, 26 July 01
Friday, 27 July 01
Abstracts of Papers
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- Participation will be limited to 30 people and by invitation only;
- People wishing to participate should submit a short curriculum vitae and a statement of interest to Interactivist Summer Institute. Please include e-mail address and/or fax number, if available. Applications should be received by March 15, 2001. Notification of acceptance will be provided by April 15, 2001.
- The meeting will take place in the conference room -------------;
- A small number of scholarships for partial financial support will be provided by the organizers for graduate students or postdocs.
If you are interested in the issues mentioned above and wish to share your thoughts and research results with like-minded people, please submit an extended abstract or full paper via email with attached files (in ASCII, rtf, or Word) to:
Abstracts and papers should be sent taking into account the following format:
- Major theme of the paper, related to the major themes given above.
- Paper title.
- Extended abstract of 500 to 1500 words and/or paper drafts of 2000 to 5000 words, in English.
- Author or co-authors with names, addresses, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address.
All abstracts will be refereed by an independent panel of experts. The
judgments of the referees will determine the list of papers to be presented at the conference.
Applications: March 15
Submission of papers: March 15
Notification date: April 15
Receipt of registration fee: May 1
On campus housing reservation (see below): June 30
Off campus housing reservation (see below): June 22
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