Candidates

The current candidates for the AISC Board of Directors (2020-2022) are the following:

CANDIDATES’ BIOGRAPHIES, AIMS AND VISIONS

Cristina Amoretti
University of Genoa

webpage: filosofia.dafist.unige.it/amoretti

I’m currently an assistant professor (RTDb) at the University of Genoa, with the habilitation (ASN) to associate professor in Logic and Philosophy of science. At present, I’m a member of the Steering Committee of the Italian Association for Cognitive Sciences and the Italian Society for Logic and Philosophy of Science, as well as the Vice-Director of the Research Center PhilHeaD, Philosophy of Health and Disease; I’m also a member of the teaching board of the Northwestern Italian Philosophy Consortium. My main areas of specialization are philosophy of science, especially philosophy of medicine and psychiatry, and philosophy of mind and cognitive sciences.

Aims and vision as a candidate member of AISC Board of Directors:

If I am elected as a member of the Steering Committee of the Italian Association for Cognitive Sciences, the main objectives that I would like to accomplish include:

  • Continue improving the internationalization of AISC and its conferences. Even if in the last few years AISC has acquired an increasingly international dimension, it’s still important to keep on increasing its visibility abroad, the number of international keynote speakers invited at AISC conferences, and the circulation of CFPs on international mailing lists;
  • Strengthen the link between AISC and other scientific societies, both in Italy and abroad. AISC could gain visibility and importance from organizing joint events with other scientific societies or specific symposia at other societies’ conferences;
  • Encourage the participation of young scholars to AISC initiatives. As young scholars may find it difficult to participate in all AISC initiatives, it is important to help them do so, for example by setting up scholarships to attend AISC conferences;
  • Promote gender equality and good practices. As many other scientific societies have already done, it is important to explicitly promote gender equality, for example by endorsing the British Philosophical Association Good Practice Scheme.
  • Strengthen the role of AISC at the academic and institutional levels. Even if AISC does not correspond to any specific disciplinary scientific area (as defined by the ministry of education), it would still be important that AISC keeps on defending the role of cognitive sciences in academia.

Giulia Andrighetto
Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC), National Research Council (CNR)

webpage: www.istc.cnr.it/en/people/giulia-andrighetto

Giulia Andrighetto received her PhD in Philosophy from Sapienza University of Rome, in 2007. She is a researcher at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC), CNR, and co-director of the Laboratory of Agent-Based Social Simulation (LABSS) (https://labss.istc.cnr.it/). She is interested in explaining the dynamics of social norms, how to promote their obedience and what strategies to foster social change. She combines laboratory and simulation experiments to test theoretical predictions and build empirically-grounded models of social norms. She is the author of more than 80 publications in international journals and peer-reviewed conference proceedings (Social Forces, Social Psychology Quarterly, Synthese, Complexity, JASSS, among others). She is currently the PI of the 5 years Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation grant Norm Change (2017-2022), aimed to investigate how harmful social norms can be changed (https://kaw.wallenberg.org/en/research/essence-norms-sicily-home-mafia).

Aims and vision as a candidate member of AISC Board of Directors:

Bringing together AISC and the Computational Social Sciences communities.
In recent years, Computational Social Sciences (CSS) have received a growing interest. This is an emerging and interdisciplinary research area where behavioural scientists, cognitive scientists, computer scientists, mathematicians and physicists cooperate side-by-side to come up with innovative and theory-grounded models of social phenomena and collective dynamics. At present, cooperation and intersections between the community of CSS and AISC are limited. If elected as a member of the AISC Board of Directors, my aim is to foster integration between the two communities through the organization of workshops, thematic sessions, summer/winter schools devoted to research at the border between cognitive, social and computational sciences.


Francesco Bianchini
University of Bologna, Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies

webpage: www.unibo.it/sitoweb/francesco.bianchini5/en

I am a philosopher of science and my research topics are in the philosophy of artificial intelligence and cognitive science. Over the last few years I have dealt with analogy and analogical reasoning, model-based reasoning and cognitive modeling, and epistemological issues of artificial intelligence, such as the different approaches to artificial intelligence, the problem of rationality and decision theory, and the connection between artificial intelligence and other recent disciplines (for example, synthetic biology) related to the general issue of complex systems.

Aims and vision as a candidate member of AISC Board of Directors:

Over the last three years I have been a member of AISC Board of Directors and AISC Treasurer. I think AISC is one of the few examples of actual interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary association of cognitive science in the international scene. Given this particular feature of AISC, my aim, in case of election, is to continue the promotion of the role of AISC as an Italian Association not just for Italian scholars and researchers. The openness of AISC to international scholars, especially in conferences, is very valuable for this field, also in order to overtake the formal narrowness of Italian specific disciplines and in line with the perspectives of European research. I wish to devote my efforts to strengthen this vision of AISC in the future activities and with new forms of involvement, especially for young scholars.


Vincenzo Crupi
University of Turin

webpage: www.vincenzocrupi.com

Vincenzo Crupi is Associate Professor of Philosophy of Science and Director of the Center for Logic, Language, and Cognition at the University of Turin. He’s been doing research in several places in Italy and abroad, including London, Venice, Marseille, and Munich. He has major interests in reasoning through an interdisciplinary approach, combining the philosophical analysis of the principles of rational inference with the empirical investigation of human judgment and decision making.

Aims and vision as a candidate member of AISC Board of Directors:

My research experience suggests that combining different research tools to the study of human cognition (formal, conceptual, experimental) is both challenging and rewarding. This tendency has always been of course a key element of contemporary cognitive science, but it requires sustained effort to be developed and updated appropriately along with the changing profile of many important subdisciplines. The sharp rise of neuroscience is a plain example which requires a fresh look at the field of cognitive science from a variety of perspectives, including key issues of methodology and philosophy of science. The growth of behavioral economics is another instance, with a potential for societal applications that cognitive scientists should be ready to exploit, assess, and extend. As a member of the AISC Board, I plan to contribute to the continuation and articulation of the pluralistic and integrated outlook that has fostered progress and constructive debate in cognitive science over the decades, with specific consideration for how the cognitive science community in Italy can build on its strengths, improve on its weaknesses, and reinforce its role in the international scenario.


Filippo Domaneschi
University of Genoa

webpage: www.filippodomaneschi.com

I’m Assistant Professor in Language Sciences at the University of Genoa (Italy), where I’m Director of the Laboratory of Language and Cognition. I study how human mind processes verbal language. In order to do so, I combine linguistic theory with experimental methods. My two main research areas are experimental pragmatics and experimental philosophy. I’ve published about thirty papers in international peer-reviewed journals and three books: Presupposition and Cognitive Processes (2016, Palgrave MacMillan), Introduzione alla pragmatica (2014, Carocci) and, with Carlo Penco, Come non detto (2016, Laterza). I’ve been awarded different research grants for a total of 500.000 Euros. I’m co-founder of XPRAG.it – An Italian Network for Experimental Pragmatics, with V. Bambini.

Aims and vision as a candidate member of AISC Board of Directors:

In the last years, I’ve been Administrator of the AISC – Italian Society of Cognitive Science. I propose my candidacy again for the next three years with three main purposes:

  • Internationalization: doing the best for increasing the number of foreign participants and of foreign keynote speakers in the AISC Conferences. Spreading the name of AISC outside Italy.
  • Subscription procedures: rethinking the registration procedure to the Society for the AISC members. Developing a digital tool for collecting personal data and registration fees. Currently, all the data are manually coded.
  • Mid-term Conferences: Discussing the opportunity of suspending the Mid-term AISC Conferences and using the same resources available for organizing workshops, seminars and summer schools for graduate and undergraduate students.

Francesco Ferretti
Roma Tre University

webpage: sites.google.com/site/francescoferrettirm3

I am Full Professor in Philosophy of Language at the Department of Philosophy, Communication and Performing Arts (Roma Tre University), for which I am currently Deputy Director. Since 2014, I am program coordinator for bachelor’s and master’s degree in Communication Sciences and I established the master’s degree program in Cognitive Sciences of Communication and Action. I am the director of the CosmicLab (https://sites.google.com/site/cosmiclabromatre/), which is devoted to the investigation of the cognitive and neural underpinnings of communication and social interaction. My research interests concern the cognitive and evolutionary foundations of language, with a specific focus on the narrative dimension. On these topics, I have published several peer-reviewed papers in International journals.

Aims and vision as a candidate member of AISC Board of Directors:

I declare my candidacy for the Board of Directors of the Italian Association of Cognitive Sciences. I would be eager to serve AISC and its advocacy of cognitive sciences and in helping to spread the teaching and research instruments of this field of study. In this regard, in the last years my commitment has been to create a research network to encourage knowledge sharing about topics and outcomes from cognitive sciences. To this purpose, I established a master’s degree program in Cognitive Sciences of Communication and Action at Roma Tre University, which aims at spreading the validity of an empirical-based approach to the investigation of cognition. The establishment of the CosmicLab goes in a similar direction, with Professors and young researchers engaged in theoretical and experimental studies on critical topics of the cognitive sciences. AISC takes the same view on the importance of promoting discussions and research activities about the several interests of the cognitive sciences; for this reason, I enthusiastically participated in its conferences and, by now, I have also organized two AISC conferences at Roma Tre (2014 and 2019). I am also engaged in the organization of CODISCO activities (Coordinamento dei Dottorati Italiani in Scienze Cognitive), aimed at promoting the debate between researchers on current issues related to the interdisciplinary enterprise of cognitive sciences. I would be glad to assume an important role in the association to continue to expand the knowledge of this line of investigation and to forge alliances with Italian and International organizations that serve the interests of the cognitive sciences. This would be beneficial for the young generation of researchers who are interested in the topic and may help to find potential funding opportunities and open to new educational and professional opportunities.


Francesco Gagliardi

webpage: www.researchgate.net/profile/Francesco_Gagliardi2

I have a multidisciplinary education in Physics (M.S. 2002), Computer science (Ph.D. 2008) and Philosophy (Ph.D. 2013); my mentors have been Giuseppe Trautteur and Roberto Cordeschi. I have always been interested in cognitive sciences, their technological applications and related philosophical aspects. My research interests are mainly concept theories, both from a cognitive-computational and a philosophical point of view, synthetic method and methodological aspects of cognitive sciences. More recently, I have focused on clinical reasoning and on philosophy of science from a socio-cognitive point of view. I am author of more than 70 publications and edited two books, on concept theories and on philosophy of medicine.

Aims and vision as a candidate member of AISC Board of Directors:

I have been a member of the AISC (Associazione Italiana di Scienze Cognitive) for more than 15 years and have always been present in the activities of the AISC, participating in the scientific life of the association, organizing tutorials and helping to create links with other scientific communities and associations. Moreover, I served on the AISC steering committee in the three-year period 2011-2013 and in the last three-year period 2017-2019. Two years ago, I started an academic series dedicated to the cognitive sciences “La Mente e i Sistemi Cognitivi”, with the aim of giving further growth and visibility to specific multidisciplinary studies belonging to cognitive sciences.
I am applying as a member of the next steering committee to further contribute to the growth of our association, to enhance its history and to intensify relations with other scientific communities, to increase its visibility and its role in the cognitive sciences panorama and to further develop its dissemination and educational role.


Antonio Lieto
University of Turin, Department of Informatics and ICAR-CNR

website: www.di.unito.it/~lieto

Antonio Lieto is a Researcher/Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the University of Turin and a Research Associate at the ICAR-CNR Institute in Palermo. His research is at the intersection between Artificial Intelligence and Computational Cognitive Science (with a focus on: Knowledge Representation and Automated Reasoning, Semantic/Language Technologies, Cognitive Architectures, Persuasive Technologies). He is currently Vice-President of the Italian Association of Cognitive Sciences (AISC, 2017-2019), Deputy Editor-in-Chief of JETAI (Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence, Taylor & Francis), Associate Editor of Cognitive Systems Research (Elsevier) and member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive Robotics. He has held Visiting Research Position at Carnegie Mellon University, Lund University and at the University of Haifa. Full details about his cv are available at http://www.di.unito.it/~lieto/

 

Aims and vision as a candidate member of AISC Board of Directors:

In my view, the computational/simulative approach represents nowadays a crucial line of analysis and investigation in the field of Cognitive Science. In the past 3 years, as Vice-President of AISC (Italian Association of Cognitive Science) I have carried out a number of activities (the details can be found here: http://www.antoniolieto.net/aisc_lieto.html) aimed at improving the internationalization of the AISC events, the introduction of lab activities in computer science disciplines for cognitive science curricula and the connection with other scientific associations (in particular: AI*IA, the Italian Association for Artificial Intelligence, and the CINI LAB on Intelligent Systems, see the white paper co-authored with Fabio Paglieri on the role that Cognitive Science can still play in the field of AI: http://www.di.unito.it/~lieto/Ital_IA__AISC_final.pdf). My proposal for the next 3 years is to reinforce and extend the collaborations with such associations at both the national and international level (with joint panels, tutorials or events like – for example – the series of international workshop AIC on “Artificial Intelligence and Cognition” that I launched in 2013: see http://www.aicworkshopseries.org/).  In particular, at the international level, my goal is to instantiate stronger collaborations with other national societies (like – for example –  the GK, German Society for Cognitive Science: http://www.gk-ev.de/?lang=en or the AISB, https://aisb.org.uk/, UK) that historically have put a great attention on the epistemological role of the simulative/computational aspect in cognitive science. 

Pursuing this direction could increase, in my opinion, also the process of internationalization of the AISC events (already grown in the last 3 years) and the overall level of interchange and connections between the Italian cognitive science community and the international one.


Alessio Plebe
University of Messina

webpage: unime.academia.edu/AlessioPlebe

Alessio Plebe earned a degree in Electronic Engineering in 1981 from the University of Rome, and obtained a PhD degree in Philosophy of Language at the University of Palermo in 2004. He is currently Associate Professor (SSD M-FIL02) at the Department of Cognitive Science of the University of Messina. His main research field is neural computation, its epistemology, and its explanatory power for several cognitive functions. In the field of vision process, he developed realistic neural models of complex pattern responses in visual area V2, and models of object recognition. In the field of language process, he developed several models of phenomena during early language acquisition, like shape bias, vocabulary sprut, and the difficulty to learn adjectives compared to nouns. He investigated with neural models the acquisition of color terms, and the related debate of language relativism. He developed the first neurocomputational model of moral behaviour.

Aims and vision as a candidate member of AISC Board of Directors:

Cognitive science has been the prevailing perspective of my research since decades, and I am still convinced of its validity and importance. Therefore, I am willing and available to contribute in promoting among the Italian community the perspective of cognitive science. Specifically, I believe that reinstating the strengths of a scientific approach to the study of the mind is both a timely and necessary endeavor. AISC is certainly the best instrument for this purpose.


Marco Viola
University of Turin, Department of Philosophy and Education

webpage: www.researchgate.net/profile/Marco_Viola

• Philosopher of science (cognitive neuroscience, emotion, social epistemology)
• Earned PhD @IUSS Pavia in September2017
• Has been research fellow (Moscow, 2018), assistant researcher (Turin, 2018-2019), research consultant (Siena, 2019)
• (Co-)authored 10+ papers in peer reviewed journals & 1 book
• Co-edited 3 journal special issues & 2 books
• (Co-)winner of AISC Best Paper 2016 & 2018 & of Sante de Sanctis Onlus prize 2018 for book
• Active member of AISC since 2014, co-organized 2019 MidTerm (Lucca)
• Co-organizer of NeuralMechanismsOnline webinar series
• IT officer @European Society for Philosophy and Psychology
• Editorial coordinator of the book series Le Scienze @Rosenberg&Sellier

Aims and vision as a candidate member of AISC Board of Directors:

  • Go international: Recently, the Association has increasingly attracted non-Italian scholars. The ‘default’ language switched from Italian to English. I aim to enforce and further promote this positive.
  • Inter-societal collaborations: We shall avoid overlapping our conferences with those of neighboring scientific societies. Quite on the contrary, we shall try to build robust collaboration with them. Every member should play a role by acting as a hub between AISC and some other scientific societies. I myself will be glad to mediate between AISC and the Italian Society for Neuroethics and Philosophy of Neuroscience (SINe) and with the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology (ESPP).
  • Editorial benefits: Did you know that AISC members have a 15% discount on Il Mulino’s books? Such agreements shall be preserved and better communicated; new agreements should be stipulated.
  • No discipline left behind! Not being a monodisciplinary society, AISC should keep playing a pivotal role for intra-scientific (i.e. cross-disciplinary) communication. E.g. the ‘core focus’ of our conferences (title, invited speakers, symposia) must keep rotating between disciplines&topics, aiming for inclusiveness.
  • Interdisciplinarity beyond the slogan: Interdisciplinarity is praised unanimously, but the payoffs for interdisciplinary careers are often lower than those of ‘monodisciplinary’ curricula. In Italy, part of this difficulty lies upon the inertia of an institutional context carved up in disciplines with rather strict boundaries. AISC should actively engage in public debate so to prevent the dismissal of interdisciplinary curricula in institutional venues.
  • Community-building and mentorship: Those who attend AISC conferences quickly learn that, beyond a scientific society, we are a community. We all must do our best to put new members at their ease and providing advice to younger scholars.