14:00 – 14:20
L. Damiano, P. Stano, Y. Kuruma
Univ. of Messina, Univ. of Salento, ELSI Tokyo
Welcome and Introduction to the SB-AI Theme
14:20 – 14:45
P. L. Luisi (Univ. Roma Tre and ETH Zurich)
Autopoiesis, Homeostasis, and Synthetic Biology
14:45 – 15:10
D. Nesbeth (University College London)
Challenges and opportunities in building bio-artificial intelligence (BI)
15:10 – 15:30
A. Roli (University of Bologna)
Attractor landscape as a bridge between
robotics and synthetic biology
15:30 – 15:50
15:50 – 16:15
A. Moreno (University of the Basque Country)
On Minimal Autonomous Agency: Natural and Artificial
16:15 – 16:35
F. Bianchini (Univ. of Bologna)
The problem of prediction in AI and SB
16:35 - 17:00
L. Bich (University of Bordeaux)
Interactive Models in Synthetic Biology: From Protocell Colonies to Synthbionts
17:00 – 17:30
What can Synthetic Biology offer
to Artificial Intelligence?
Monday 4th September, 14:00 – 17.30
Satellite Meeting of ECAL 2017
Luisa Damiano – Yutetsu Kuruma – Pasquale Stano
Univ. of Messina – ELSI Tokyo – Univ. of Salento
Sponsored by ELSI Tokyo
The emergence of the “embodied approach” in the cognitive sciences and AI increasingly focuses the investigations in these fields on the role(s) played by the body’s self-production and bodily interactions in cognition. This re-integration of the biological body in the scientific study of cognition, directed towards overcoming the Cartesian dichotomy characterizing classical cognitive science and AI, is progressing while significant advancements in the biological sciences are taking place.
One of the most notable is the development of Synthetic Biology (SB), a research area dedicated to the synthesis and assembly of biological parts, systems and/or processes to modify extant biological cells, or, in the most ambitious cases, to build synthetic cells. The constitution of this new field offers to the scientific community a new way of exploring the role played by the body in cognitive process: extending AI research within the domain of experimental biology, i.e., assigning to SB the task of building and experimentally studying minimal synthetic models of cognitive systems and processes.
The workshop “What can Synthetic Biology offer to Artificial Intelligence? SB-AI 2017” follows the first three editions, hold in Taormina, IT (ECAL 2013), New York, US (ALIFE 2014), and York, UK (ECAL 2015).
SB-AI 2017 is directed towards the creation of an highly interdisciplinary community able of critically discuss, fruitfully correlate and programmatically improve the emergent research programs involving cooperation between SB and AI in the exploration of cognitive processes. The main idea is that of promoting the interaction between experimental research and theoretical and/or epistemological reflection, and the emergence of a strongly interdisciplinary front line in SB, AI, philosophy of science and related fields that cooperatively tackle issues as the following:
This fourth edition of the SB-AI workshop intends to bring together contributions related to these questions, and investigating one or more aspects of the (possible/actual) relationships between SB and AI. The workshop will be divided in two parts: a first part dedicated to the presentation of these contributions, and the second one dedicated to a structured discussion, aiming at constituting a productive dialogue among the different specialists involved, in order to allow them to cooperate in the critical improvement of the projects and the ideas presented during the talks.
We are accepting abstracts for presentation at the workshop. Submissions will be peer reviewed by members of the Program Committee. Please submit via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) a short abstract (around 800 words, minimum 600 words, maximum 1000 words) as pdf file.
Please visit the ECAL 17 conference registration web page
· Paper submission: July 31st 2017
· Registration: please visit the ECAL 2017 website
· Workshop Date: Monday 4th September, 14:00 – 17:30