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DISSELF II - Self-Perception in Human and Artificial Agents

From: 2019-10-23 To:2019-10-23

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  • Thematic Line

    Modern & Contemporary Philosophy
  • Research Group

    Mind, Language & Action
  • 23rd October 2019 | Anfiteatro Nobre
    Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the University of Porto

    The capacity to integrate self-related information across multiple sensory channels is fundamental to building cohesive representations of our self, body and world. Self-perception scaffolds both our subjective experience of being present, in the here and now, and our successful navigation in a complex physical and social environment. 

    Recent years have seen a substantial increase in research aiming at implementing complex forms of mental states such as self-consciousness in artificial agents such as robots and machines. The aim of our interdisciplinary workshop is to bring together philosophers, psychologists, computer scientists and neuroscientists in order to address the following (non-exhaustive) list of questions:

    • What are the mechanisms underlying self-perception in humans?
    • What is an artificial agent?
    • How do I experience and recognize my ‘self’ inside a body that interacts constantly and dynamically with the physical and social environment?
    • Can we “transfer” this knowledge into artificial bodies in order to build autonomous and self-conscious robots and machines?
    • What does alterations of self-perception teach us about our typical sense of self and more generally about conscious experiences?
    • What are the similarities and dissimilarities of self-perception in human and artificial agents? 


    Our one-day workshop will be followed by the 4th AVANT Conference — Trends in Interdisciplinary studies: The Fragmentation of Cognition allowing thereby wider and fruitful exchanges between the speakers and the participants of the conference and the workshop. 



    • Makila AUVRAY — Institut des Système Intelligents et Robotique, Paris.
    • Anna CIAUNICA — MLAG-Institute of Philosophy, University of Porto.
    • Alex KEARNEY — University of Alberta.
    • Bigna LENGGENHAGER — Department of Psychology, University of Zurich.
    • David HARRIS SMITH — McMaster University, Canada.
    • Lydia SILVA - Colégio Luso-Internacional do Porto



    For any queries please contact Dr. Anna Ciaunica and Diana Couto at disself2019@gmail.com


    Call For Posters
    We have a few slots available for high-quality poster presentations. If interested in presenting your work, please send an abstract of max 300 words by 15th of August with the subject header “DISSELF II POSTER” to  disself2019@gmail.com.
    Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 30th of August. 



    • Anna Ciaunica (MLAG-IF, University of Porto)
    • Sofia Miguens (MLAG-IF, University of Porto)
    • Diana Couto (LOGOS/University of Barcelona & MLAG-IF/University of Porto)

    Secretariat/Management: Isabel Marques (Univ. of Porto – IF)

    Organization and Funding:
    Research Group Mind Language and Action Group (MLAG)
    Instituto de Filosofia da Universidade do Porto - FIL/00502
    Projeto BIAL: Estranged from Oneself, Estranged from the Others: Investigating the Effect of Depersonalisation on Self-Other Mirroring
    Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT)
    U.Porto e Banco Santander - Programa Santander Universidades

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