First Graduate Conference (Online) of the Italian Association for Cognitive Science

Natural &/or Artificial Minds

September, 13th (late afternoon) & 14th (morning)

Final programme available for download in PDF

Since its early days, cognitive science has been characterized by analogies between the human and other minds, be them (non-human) biological or artificial. The consideration of non-human minds has played, and still plays, its role in many ways. Non-human minds can be inspiring metaphors; they can work as theoretical or empirical models; they can be used to simulate the human mind; and even those who minimize their similarity with human minds are somehow exploiting one of their functions, albeit a negative one, as sources of potentially informative disanalogies.

In this workshop, we seek to hear the perspective of younger scholars from the disciplines of cognitive science (broadly construed), and to provide them with constructive feedback on their research. PhD students and early career researchers (up to 3 years from completion of their PhD) are welcome to present their work, which will be discussed with a senior discussant and with the audience.

Authors willing to apply shall send a long abstract (max 1000 words, anonymized PDF) to aiscworkshop2021@gmail.com by July 11th, 2021 (EXTENDED). The scientific committee will assess manuscripts based on their clarity, originality, methodological soundness and relevance to cognitive science.

Overlap with the target topic of the conference (natural/artificial minds) is encouraged, but not mandatory. Each submission selected will then be sent to a senior member of the Italian Cognitive Science Association with relevant expertise serving as a discussant.  Accepted authors will be invited (though not compelled) to send a full manuscript to the discussant at least 1 week before the conference to facilitate her/his work.

Invited Speakers
Maithilee Kunda (Vanderbilt University)
Colin Klein (Australian National University)

Organizing Committee
Marco Viola (University of Turin, co-chair)
Francesco Ellia (University of Bologna, co-chair)
Stefania Moretti (University of Genoa)
Carlo Debernardi (University of Milan)
Marco Marini (University of Rome La Sapienza)
Alessandro Ansani (Roma Tre University)

Scientific Committee
Cristina Amoretti (University of Genoa)
Giulia Andrighetto (ISTC-CNR Rome)
Vincenzo Crupi (University of Turin)
Francesco Bianchini (University of Bologna)
Filippo Domaneschi (University of Genoa)
Francesco Gagliardi (Italian Association of Cognitive Sciences)
Antonio Lieto (University of Turin)
Stefania Moretti (University of Genoa)
Alessio Plebe (University of Messina)
Stefania Pighin (University of Trento)
Marco Viola (University of Turin)
Francesco Ferretti (Roma Tre University)