Accomodation and Venue

Accomodation and Venue

Venue

The 14th conference of the Italian Association for Cognitive Sciences will take place at the University of Bologna, from 14/12/17 to 16/12/17. The main venue of the congress will be the department of Philosophy and Communication Studies, centrally located in Bologna at 23, Via Azzo Gardino. Every room of the building is accessible by wheelchair. A planimetry of the building can be found here.

Accomodation

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HOTEL SAN FELICE ***

2 Via Riva Di Reno, Bologna.
Phone: +39 051 557457 Fax: +39 051 558258
E-mail: info@hotelsanfelice.it
www.hotelsanfelice.it
Single Room € 52,00 (breakfast included).
Double or Twin Room € 75,00 (two single beds or one double bed) (breakfast included).
Double Room for one guest € 65,00 (breakfast included).
In order to obtain the discounted price, guests should mention the AISC conference during reservation.
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ZANHOTEL EUROPA ****

11 Via Cesare Boldrini, Bologna.
Phone: +39 051 4211348
E-mail: info@zanhotel.it
www.zanhotel.it/hotel-europa-bologna
Single Room € 80,00
Double Room for one guest € 90,00
Double Room € 100 €
Breakfast included. City Tax: € 3,00 Private Room, € 2,00 Double Room, per person per day.
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ZANHOTEL TRE VECCHI ****

47 Via Indipendenza, Bologna.
Phone: +39 051 4210448 +39 051 231991 Fax: +39 051 224143
E-mail: info@zanhotel.it
www.zanhotel.it
Single Room € 80,00
Double Room for one guest € 90,00
Double Room € 100,00
Breakfast included. City Tax: € 3,00 Single Room, € 2,00  Double Room per person per day.
In order to obtain the discounted price, guests should mention the AISC conference during reservation.
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HOTEL RE ENZO ***

26 Via Santa Croce, Bologna.
Phone: +39 051 523322
E-mail: events@hotelreenzo.it
www.hotelreenzo.it
Double Room Classic for one guest € 65,00
Double Room Classic € 75,00
Double Room Deluxe for one guest € 70,00
Double Room  Deluxe € 85,00
Double Room Super Deluxe for one guest € 80,00
Double Room Super Deluxe € 90,00
In order to book please contact events@hotelreenzo.it and mention the AISC conference during reservation.
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I PORTICI HOTEL ****

69 Via dell’Indipendenza, Bologna.
Phone: +39 051 4218581 Fax: +39 051 4218536
Email: reservation@iporticihotel.com
www.iporticihotel.com
Double Room Classic for one guest € 120.00
Double Room € 160.00
Buffet Breakfast will be served in Eden Theatre built in the 1800’s.
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NUOVO HOTEL DEL PORTO ***

6 via del Porto, Bologna
Phone: +39 051 247926 Fax: +39 051 247386
Email: info@nuovohoteldelporto.com
www.nuovohoteldelporto.com
10% discount for AISC participants.
In order to obtain the discounted price, guests should book online at www.nuovohoteldelporto.com using the promotional code “AISC”.
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ASTORIA HOTEL ***

14 Via Fratelli Rosselli, Bologna.
Phone: +39 051 521410
E-mail: info@astoria.bo.it
www.astoria.bo.it
Single Room € 60,00 (breakfast included).
Double Room € 80,00 (breakfast included).
Astoria Suite Apartments: one person € 70,00; two people € 90,00; three people € 120,00; four people € 145,00.
Astoria Apartments: one guest € 55,00; two guests € 70,00; three people € 90,00; four people € 110,00.
Wi-Fi included, city tax not included.
In order to book please contact info@astoria.bo.it and mention the AISC conference during reservation.
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HOTEL ATLANTIC ***

46 via Galliera, Bologna.
Phone: +39 051 248488
E-mail: info@hotelatlanticbologna.it
www.hotelatlanticbologna.it
Single Room € 54,00.
Double Room for one guest € 76,00.
Double Room € 82,00.
Breakfast included. In order to book please contact the hotel by phone or email and mention the AISC conference during reservation.
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PENSIONE MARCONI *

22 Via Guglielmo Marconi, Bologna.
Phone: +39 051 262832
E-mail: info@pensionemarconi.it
www.pensionemarconi.it
Single Room € 45,00.
Double Room for one guest € 55,00.
Double Room € 65,00.
Room for three people € 90,00.
Room for four people € 100,00.
In order to book please contact the hotel by phone or email and mention the AISC conference during reservation. Breakfast is not included.
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HOTEL ACCADEMIA ***

6 Via delle Belle Arti, Bologna.
Phone: +39 051 232318 Fax: +39 051 263590
E-mail: info@hotelaccademia.com
www.hotelaccademia.com
Single Room € 64,00.
Single Room Superior € 69,00.
Double Room Classic for one guest€ 76,00.
Double Room Classic € 89,00.
Double Room Superior for one guest € 90,00.
Double Room Superior € 102,00.
Three Beds Room € 117,00.
Three Beds Room Superior € 127,00.
Four Beds Room € 144,00.
Junior Suite € 130,00.
Every room includes breakfast. In order to obtain the discounted price, please mention the AISC conference during your reservation (by phone or e-mail).
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HOTEL INTERNAZIONALE ****

60, Via Indipendenza, Bologna.
Phone: +39 051 245544 Fax: +39 051 249544
E-mail: internazionale@monrifhotels.it
www.hotelinternazionalebologna.com
Double Room for one guest classic € 94,00 (+€ 3,00 city tax).
Double Room classic € 114,00 (+€ 4,00 city tax).
Double Room for one guest Superior € 104,00 (+€ 3,00 City Tax).
Double Room Superior € 124,00 (+€ 4,00 City Tax).
Every room includes continental breakfast.
In order to obtain the discounted price, please mention the AISC conference during your reservation.
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FORESTERIA SAN GIOVANNI IN MONTE

8 Via De’chiari, Bologna.
Phone: +39 051 276711 Fax: +39 051 276777
E-mail: info.sangiovanninmonte@camplusliving.it or sgm.foresteria@unibo.it
Single Room: € 45,00.
Double Room: € 60,00.
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HOTEL UNIVERSITY ***

Via Mentana 7, Bologna.
Phone: +39 051 229713 Fax: +39 051 229713
Email: info@hotel-university.com
www.hoteluniversitybologna.it
Double or Twin Room: € 76,00 breakfast included.
Double Room for one guest: € 60,00 breakfast included.
In order to obtain the discounted price, please mention the AISC conference during your reservation.
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Committees

Committees

Scientific Committee

 

Francesco Bianchini (University of Bologna) Chair of the scientific committee

Elisabetta Lalumera (University of Milano-Bicocca) Co-Chair of the scientific committee

Gabriella Airenti (University of Turin)

Cristina Amoretti (University of Genoa)

Anna Borghi (Sapienza University of Rome; ISTC-CNR, Rome)

Marianna Bolognesi (University of Amsterdam)

Claudia Casadio (University of Chieti-Pescara)

Raffaella Campaner (University of Bologna)

Gustavo Cevolani (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca)

Matteo Cerri (University of Bologna)

Marco Cruciani (University of Trento)

Vincenzo Crupi (University of Turin)

Luisa Damiano (University of Messina)

Filippo Domaneschi (University of Genoa)

Marcello Frixione (University of Genoa)

Francesco Gagliardi (Italian Association of Cognitive Sciences, Rome)

Mattia Gallotti (School of Advanced Study, University of London)

Paolo Leonardi (University of Bologna)

Antonio Lieto (University of Turin)

Luisa Lugli (University of Bologna)

Sebastiano Moruzzi (University of Bologna)

Roberto Nicoletti (University of Bologna)

Fabio Paglieri (ISTC-CNR, Rome)

Claudio Paolucci (University of Bologna)

Pietro Perconti (University of Messina)

Marco Elio Tabacchi (University of Palermo)

Guglielmo Tamburrini (University of Naples Federico II)

 

 

Organizing Committee

Claudia Mazzuca (chair of the organizing committee)

Marta Caravà

Francesco Ellia

Alessandro Kassapidis

Federico Roccanova

Federica Rossi

Caterina Villani

Invited Talks

Invited talks

Lawrence W. Barsalou

Situating Emotion

Discrete theories of emotion typically assume that dedicated neural circuits/modules originated in evolution to produce basic emotions in a relatively ballistic and rigid manner (e.g., fear, anger, disgust, sadness, happiness).  Three neuroimaging experiments challenge this view.  In Experiment 1, different assemblies of neural resources represented the same emotion in different situations (e.g., fear under threat of physical harm vs. social evaluation).  In Experiment 2, different groups of participants learned to experience fear and anger either in physical harm or social evaluation situations, and later, when asked to anticipate these emotions, assembled different neural resources.  In Experiment 3, different populations (cancer survivors, experienced meditators, controls) assembled different neural resources in response to the same emotional situations.  Consistent with constructivist theories of emotion, these results suggest that experiencing an emotion “soft assembles” relevant neural systems throughout the brain to produce emotion in the current situation.  To the extent that the same areas are utilized across multiple instances of a common emotional situation, an entrenched pattern develops that functions as an emotion attractor on future occasions.  These patterns can be viewed as situated conceptualizations that control emotion via their grounding in the brain’s systems for perception, action, and internal states.

Edoardo Datteri

The epistemic value of hybrid bionic systems for the discovery of neural and cognitive mechanisms

Hybrid bionic systems (HBSs), connecting computer and robotic devices with nervous systems, enable partial restoration of sensory and motor faculties in people suffering from amputation or various kinds of disability. They have also been claimed to constitute new and promising tools for neuroscientific and cognitive research. What kind of epistemic roles can HBSs play, and under what auxiliary methodological assumptions can they be sensibly used for the discovery of brain and cognitive mechanisms? These questions will be explored by identifying and exemplifying a taxonomy of bionics-based methodologies, differing from one another in the experimental procedure, in the nature of the research question addressed, and in the epistemic requirements needed to bring HBS behaviours to bear on the neuroscientific or cognitive hypothesis in question. The proposed methodological framework may be useful to set up HBS-supported investigations on neural and cognitive mechanisms, and to pursue finer-grained epistemological analyses of the roles of HBSs in neuroscience and cognitive science.

Barbara Mazzolai

Soft robots inspired by animals and plants: towards new abilities for unstructured environments

 Robots today are expected to operate in a variety of scenarios, being able to cope with uncertain situations and to react quickly to changes in the environment. In this scenario a strong relationship between Nature and technology plays a major role, with the winning approach of evaluating natural systems to abstract principles for new designs. Bioinspired soft robotics is a worldwide known paradigm to develop new solutions for science and technology, giving way to a series of innovative robotic solutions assisting and supporting today’s society. A bioinspired approach needs a deep understanding of the selected biological models in order to extract the key features relevant for designing robotic systems able to imitate the biological counterpart in some specific functions. Such biological principles traditionally originate from animal models for robots that can walk, swim, crawl, or fly. Recently, engineers, material and computer scientists have also increased their interest in plants, as a new model for developing robots and ICT solutions. Among living organisms, plants represent valuable biological models to illustrate physical principles or develop mechanical devices. Plants are based on a completely different paradigm with respect to the animal kingdom. They are networked, decentralized, modular, reiterated, redundant, and resilient systems. They can be considered as a great example of multi-functional distributed living beings able to exploit in toto the intrinsic properties of their own structures and the interaction with the environment.

In this talk I will compare ideas, biological features, and technological translations from these two Kingdoms to areas of interest in robotics: movement, sensing and control.

Hugo Mercier

Evidence for the interactionist theory of reasoning

The interactionist theory of reasoning suggests that the main function of human reasoning is to exchange arguments and justifications in a social setting. Support for this theory has come so far from reviewing work in several domains of psychology. Here I will present novel experimental evidence supporting the theory’s predictions: 1) argumentative competence is universal and early developing; 2) the improvement of performance in group discussion stems from sound argumentative competence; 3) there is an asymmetry in the way people evaluate their own and other people’s arguments.

Walter Quattrociocchi

Collective narratives on social media

Do echo chambers actually exist on social media? By focusing on how both Italian and US Facebook users relate to two distinct narratives (involving conspiracy theories and science), we offer quantitative evidence that they do. The explanation involves users’ tendency to promote their favored narratives and hence to form polarized groups. Confirmation bias helps to account for users’ decisions about whether to spread content, thus creating informational cascades within identifiable communities. At the same time, aggregation of favored information within those communities reinforces selective exposure and group polarization. We provide empirical evidence that because they focus on their preferred narratives, users tend to assimilate only confirming claims and to ignore apparent refutations.

Yulia Sandamirskaya

Neural Dynamics of Cognition

In this talk, I will give an overview of Dynamic Neural Fields theory, which bridges the dynamics of large neuronal populations with cognitive processes and behaviour, such as memory formation, decision making, learning, or language grounding. I will show how cognitive architectures can be developed in this neural-dynamic framework and can be instantiated in an embodied setting, i.e. to control a robotic agent. Furthermore, I will present our first steps towards using neuromorphic technology to leverage neural fields to a “programming language” for neuromorphic cognitive robots.

Carlo Umiltà

The critical question is “how (in the brain)?” rather than “where (in the brain)?”

Neuroimages are important because they were instrumental in showing that mental processes depend on cerebral processes. However, neuroimages were seriously misleading in conveying the impression that they were able to unveil the working brain. This is simply wrong. Neuroimages reveal how the blood flows in certain brain areas. They do not reveal how neural activity is distributed in the brain. Bridging the gap between cerebral blood flow and neural activity is not a straightforward operation, and, as such, it is open to a number of stumbles. In addition, results obtained with neuroimages must be viewed with much caution because they were often rendered void by gross statistical mistakes in the way data were analyzed.

A further weakness in neuroimages studies is that they rest on the assumption that mental processes are “localized” in the brain, meaning that they depend on the neural activity that takes place in restricted areas of the brain (so-called centers). In contrast, it appears that mental processes are “distributed” in the brain. That is, they are likely to depend on the activity of complex neural networks.

Even assuming that the difficulties I have just outlined are met, there remains what, in my view, is the main problem with neuroimaging as an instrument for exploring mental processes. Traditional neuroimaging studies are aimed at answering the question of “where in the brain” a given process occurs. This question is not very interesting for exploring how the mind works. We must move on to the much more interesting question of “how in the brain” a given process is implemented. Traditional neuroimaging studies cannot tackle this crucial issue.

 

Programme

Programme

To be announced…

Call for papers

Call for papers

AISC 2017 – Call for papers

We invite submissions for paper presentations and symposia.

 

Papers: Paper presentations will be allowed 30 minutes including discussion. Abstracts may be written in English or Italian, and they should not exceed 500 words including references. Authors should submit through EasyChair at the following link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aisc2017bologna

The Conference Committee reserves the right to offer poster presentations instead of full paper presentations for some of the abstracts, in light of the reviews’ results.

We are planning to publish a selection of the papers accepted and presented in an edited volume or in a special issue of a journal.

 

Symposia: Symposium proposals should be submitted via Easychair and should be no longer than 1500 words (including references). Every proposal should include: title, names, affiliations and contact details of the organizers and speakers, and a short explanation of the symposium aim.

 

Important dates

 

Submission deadline (EXTENDED): September 17, 2017

Accept/reject date notification: October 15, 2017

Conference dates: December 14-16, 2017

For information please write to aisc.bologna@gmail.com

Practical Information

Practical Information

Travel Information

By train

Bologna Central Station (Piazza Medaglie d’Oro) is served by the national train company (Trenitalia) and by private companies, like Italo (http://www.italotreno.it), which offer high-speed rail services from the most important Italian cities to Bologna. The station is also served by high frequency regional trains (http://www.trenitalia.com/). Bologna Central Station is very close to the University (via Azzo Gardino 23), which you can reach by foot in about 10 minutes.
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By bus

Bologna Coaches station, served by national and European companies, is located in Piazza XX settembre 6. You can get to the University by foot in about 15 minutes.
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By plane

Guglielmo Marconi Airport (Via Triumvirato 84) is connected to the city center (it takes about 30 minutes) by the regional bus service (TPER: http://www.tper.it/), which offers high frequency buses (BLQ line) for 6 Euros. The Airport is also served by two taxi companies: Co.ta.bo (+39 051 372727), and Radiotaxi (+39 051 4590).
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By car

The metropolitan area of Bologna is the crossroad of the major italian motorways: “Autostrada del Sole” (A1) Milan-Naples; “A13” to Ferrara, Padua, Venice and Trieste and “A14” towards the Adriatic coast (Rimini, Ravenna, Ancona, Bari).
Northern Route from Bologna Arcoveggio Exit to Via Azzo Gardino 23, via Autostrada A13 Bologna-Padova:
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Southern Route from Asse Attrezzato Sud-Ovest to Via Azzo Gardino 23, via Autostrada A1 Milano-Napoli:
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Southern Route from Tangenziale nord/E45 to Via Azzo Gardino 23, via Autostrada A14 Bologna-Taranto:
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AISC 2017 – Bologna

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AISC 2017 – Bologna

December 14-16, 2017

14th Annual Conference of the Italian Association for Cognitive Sciences (AISC)

 

The Science of Cognition

Brain, Body, Language, and Technologies

 

The AISC Conference 2017 (Bologna, December 14-16) is aimed to highlight how cognition is not strictly constrained within brain boundaries, but rather influenced by bodily processes, like perception and action, language production and comprehension. Cognitive science is the scientific field interested in studying cognition from this perspective as well as many others. Cognitive science is also central to robotics and artificial intelligence, as well as to neuroscience, and its identity is continuously being redefined to face new challenges. Given this wide range of interests, the science of cognition has always been a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary field, and now it is increasingly the case. This raises several issues and challenges, from a theoretical, epistemological, practical and applied point of view.

 

Topics of interests include, but are not limited to:

  • embodied and grounded cognition
  • 4E cognition
  • cognitive psychology
  • social cognition
  • cognitive robotics
  • cognitive architecture
  • cognitive modeling
  • artificial intelligence and cognition
  • cognitive neurosciences
  • language and cognition
  • language representation and comprehension
  • cognition and simulation
  • cognitive linguistics
  • philosophy of cognitive science
  • philosophy of neuroscience
  • history of cognitive science
  • philosophy of mind and cognition
  • cognitive ontology
  • epistemology and cognitive science

 

Confirmed invited speakers

 

Lawrence Barsalou (University of Glasgow)

Edoardo Datteri (University of Milano-Bicocca)

Barbara Mazzolai (Italian Institute of Technology – IIT, Pisa)

Hugo Mercier (CNRS – Institut des Sciences Cognitives Marc Jeannerod)

Walter Quattrociocchi (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)

Yulia Sandamirskaya (University of Zurich)

Carlo Umiltà (University of Padua)

 

We invite submissions for paper presentations and symposia.

 

Papers: Paper presentations will be allowed 30 minutes including discussion. Abstracts may be written in English or Italian, and they should not exceed 500 words including references. Authors should submit through EasyChair at the following link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=aisc2017bologna

The Conference Committee reserves the right to offer poster presentations instead of full paper presentations for some of the abstracts, in light of the reviews’ results.

We are planning to publish a selection of the papers accepted and presented in an edited volume or in a special issue of a journal.

 

Symposia: Symposium proposals should be submitted via Easychair and should be no longer than 1500 words (including references). Every proposal should include: title, names, affiliations and contact details of the organizers and speakers, and a short explanation of the symposium aim.

 

 

Important dates

 

Submission deadline (EXTENDED): September 17, 2017

Accept/reject date notification: October 15, 2017

Conference dates: December 14-16, 2017

For information please write to aisc.bologna@gmail.com

 

Registration

Conference registration information: http://www.aisc-net.org/home/iscriversi-ad-aisc/

Conference dinner is scheduled on Friday 15th December 2017. For details, please contact Francesco Ellia (francesco.ellia@unibo.it). Reservation is recommended.

Scientific Committee

 

Francesco Bianchini (University of Bologna) Chair of the scientific committee

Elisabetta Lalumera (University of Milano-Bicocca) Co-Chair of the scientific committee

Gabriella Airenti (University of Turin)

Cristina Amoretti (University of Genoa)

Anna Borghi (Sapienza University of Rome; ISTC-CNR, Rome)

Marianna Bolognesi (University of Amsterdam)

Claudia Casadio (University of Chieti-Pescara)

Raffaella Campaner (University of Bologna)

Gustavo Cevolani (IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca)

Matteo Cerri (University of Bologna)

Marco Cruciani (University of Trento)

Vincenzo Crupi (University of Turin)

Luisa Damiano (University of Messina)

Filippo Domaneschi (University of Genoa)

Marcello Frixione (University of Genoa)

Francesco Gagliardi (Italian Association of Cognitive Sciences, Rome)

Mattia Gallotti (School of Advanced Study, University of London)

Paolo Leonardi (University of Bologna)

Antonio Lieto (University of Turin)

Luisa Lugli (University of Bologna)

Sebastiano Moruzzi (University of Bologna)

Roberto Nicoletti (University of Bologna)

Fabio Paglieri (ISTC-CNR, Rome)

Claudio Paolucci (University of Bologna)

Pietro Perconti (University of Messina)

Marco Elio Tabacchi (University of Palermo)

Guglielmo Tamburrini (University of Naples Federico II)

 

 

Organizing Committee

Claudia Mazzuca (chair of the organizing committee)

Marta Caravà

Francesco Ellia

Alessandro Kassapidis

Federico Roccanova

Federica Rossi

Caterina Villani