Linguistic and Cognitive Approaches

To Dialogue Agents


LaCATODA: Call For Papers


   AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 in honour of Alan Turing is organized by
Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB)
and International Association for Computing and Philosophy (IACAP)
The Congress serves both as the year's AISB Convention and the year's IACAP conference. The Congress has been inspired by a desire to honour Alan Turing, and by the broad and deep significance of Turing's work to AI, to the philosophical ramifications of computing, and to philosophy and computing more generally. The Congress is one of the events forming the Alan Turing Year
   The intent of the Congress is to stimulate a particularly rich interchange between AI and Philosophy on any areas of mutual interest, whether directly addressing Turing's own research output or not.
   The Congress will consist mainly of a number of collocated Symposia on specific research areas, interspersed with Congress-wide refreshment breaks, social events and invited Plenary Talks. All papers other than the invited Plenaries will be given within Symposia. For more details access:  or




Affective computing

Agent-based information retrieval

Artificial humor

Common sense knowledge and reasoning

Computational cognition

Daily life dialog systems

Emotional intelligence simulations

Ethical reasoning

Language acquisition

NLP text mining techniques

Preference models

Unlimited question answering

User modeling

Wisdom of Crowds approaches

World knowledge


Systems and approaches combining above topics

Any new approach or method which enables the creation of a Turing test-passing program is welcomed. Apart from scientific papers, we will encourage all submitters to show demonstrations of their ideas. If there are a large number of “work in progress” submissions, we will consider allowing poster presentations too.

The Congress

Five decades of failure to pass the Turing test by computers leads us to rethink previous approaches, lean towards new technologies and knowledge sources, and combine them with advances in philosophy, linguistics and cognitive science. We stress the fact that the age of information explosion gives us a whole new spectrum of possibilities for creating an intelligent machine. Many marvelous ideas of the dawn of Artificial Intelligence research faced problems of exceptions and the impossibility of manual input of all needed knowledge, but today we have vast amounts of data from sensors and text so that we can rethink classical AI methods and approaches. The increased use of WWW, RFID, Bluetooth, etc. could allow us to determine standard human behaviors, emotions or even moral reasoning according to the Wisdom of Crowds hypothesis. Collective input data could also help to retrieve knowledge about the physical world we live in. By combining Natural Language Processing methods with cognitive approaches and philosophy of mind, we can discover a new range of intelligent systems that understand us, our environment and our feelings. In this context, we see a role for NLP and cognitive approaches to play in developing a new generation of user-friendly, (also ethically) safe systems that, through interaction with the user and the world, can learn how to reason, behave or speak naturally. We are interested in original papers on systems and ideas for systems that use common sense knowledge and reasoning, affective computing, cognitive methods, learning from broad sets of data and acquiring knowledge, or language and user preferences.

The symposium intends to spark an interdisciplinary discussion on joining forces to return AI to its original, broader and deeper goals which are currently represented by AGI – Artificial General Intelligence.


8 April 2012

Decision: 30 April 2012

Camera-ready: 1 June 2012

Companion Events


2012/5/23  Registration info has been added.

AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 - Alan Turing 2012 organizers secured five invited plenary speakers so far, namely:

Provost Professor of Cognitive Science and of History & Philosophy of Science
Department of Philosophy and Philosophy of Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA
Computational philosophy and the examined text: a tale of two encyclopedias

Professor at the School of Mathematics, University of Leeds, UK
Chair of the Turing Centenary Advisory Committee
AI - Hobby or Science? Structure, Embodied Cognition, and the Turing Legacy

Professor of Philosophy and UNESCO Chair in Information and Computer Ethics at the University of Hertfordshire, and Fellow of St Cross College, Oxford
From AI to the Philosophy of Information: Doing Philosophy after Turing

Professor of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Michigan,
Constructing the Foundations of Commonsense Knowledge

Honorary Professor, School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, UK
Varieties of Meta-Morphogenesis in the Bootstrapping of Biological Minds

Honorary President of the Turing Centenary Advisory Committee, 12th Baronet of Foveran; Partner, Clifford Chance, London; son of John Turing, and nephew of Alan Turing (Dinner Speech)

Blay is formerly of and is associated with the Department of Informatics, University of Sussex, UK. He is the SGAI Keynote Speaker.
In loco humanae: how we missed and continue to ignore the ethical implications of AI

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