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Call-for-Abstract for the Workshop "What can Synthetic Biology offer to Artificial Intelligence? Perspectives in the Bio-Chem-ICT and other scenarios"

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  • Mario Pavone
    Workshop announcement What can Synthetic Biology offer to Artificial Intelligence? Perspectives in the Bio-Chem-ICT and other scenarios a satellite workshop
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 21, 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, ý) 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)
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