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IACAP 2011: First International Meeting

4-6 Jul 2011
Aarhus, Denmark

IACAP 2011 First International Meeting
     July 4-6, 2011
     Aarhus University, Denmark

Important dates
Feb 15, 2011: Abstract submission deadline
March 15, 2011: Notification of acceptance
April 15, 2011: Early registration deadline

NB: up to six bursaries of $500.00 each will be awarded to the authors of 
the best PhD student or post-doc papers, in support of travel and related 
costs for attending IACAP'11.

Organizing Chair: Charles Ess (Department of Information- and Media 
Studies, Aarhus University) <imvce@hum.au.dk>


Presidential address: Tony Beavers, "Is Ethics Computable, or What Other 
than Can Does Ought Imply?"

Covey Lifetime Achievement Award: Terrill (Terry) Ward Bynum, Professor of 
Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University; Director of the 
Research Center on Computing & Society

Additional keynote to be announced.

Program Committee / Comit scientifique
* Tony Beavers (University of Evansville, USA: President, IACAP)
* Philip Brey, Department of Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Science, University of Twente, Netherlands
* Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Mlardalen University, Sweden
* Luciano Floridi, University of Hertfordshire and University of Oxford, UK
* Jean-Gabriel Ganascia (Paris VI, Director of Laboratoire d'informatique de Paris)
* Ruth Hagengruber, University of Paderborn, Germany
* Soraj Hongladarom (Philosophy, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand)
* Teresa Numerico (Computer Science, University of Rome)
* Carson Reynolds (Information Science and Technology, University of Tokyo)
* Jean Sallantin, Directeur des Recherche au Laboratoire d'Informatique, de Robotique et de Microlectronique de Montpellier (LIRMM) (LIRMM), France
* Johnny Sraker (Philosophy, Twente, Netherlands)
* Mariarosaria Taddeo (Philosophy, Hertfordshire, UK)
* Jordi Vallverd, Universitat Autnoma de Barcelona, Philosophy Department, Spain
* Jan van Leeuwen, Universiteit Utrecht, Center for Algorithmic Systems, Center for Philosophy of Computer Science and Lorentz Fellow (Lorentz Center for the Science), The Netherlands
* Jutta Weber (Philosophy, Braunschweig / Vienna)

Committee: best PhD /post-doc paper awards (including bursaries)
Chair: Johnny Sraker (Twente: <j.h.soraker@utwente.nl>)

Conference Theme, "The Computational Turn: Past, Presents, Futures?" In 
the West, philosophical attention to computation and computational devices 
is at least as old as Leibniz. But since the early 1940s, electronic 
computers have evolved from a few machines filling several rooms to widely 
diffused - indeed, ubiquitous - devices, ranging from networked desktops, 
laptops, smartphones and "the internet of things." Along the way, initial 
philosophical attention - in particular, to the ethical and social 
implications of these devices (so Norbert Wiener, 1950) - became 
sufficiently broad and influential as to justify the phrase "the 
computational turn" by the 1980s. In part, the computational turn referred 
to the multiple ways in which the increasing availability and usability of 
computers allowed philosophers to explore a range of traditional 
philosophical interests - e.g., in logic, artificial intelligence, 
philosophical mathematics, ethics, political philosophy, epistemology, 
ontology, to name a few - in new ways, often shedding significant new 
light on traditional issues and arguments.  Simultaneously, computer 
scientists, mathematicians, and others whose work focused on computation 
and computational devices often found their work to evoke (if not force) 
reflection and debate precisely on the philosophical assumptions and 
potential implications of their research.  These two large streams of 
development - especially as calling for necessary interdisciplinary 
dialogues that crossed what were otherwise often hard disciplinary 
boundaries - inspired what became the first of the Computing and 
Philosophy (CAP) conferences in 1986 (devoted to Computer-Assisted 
Instruction in philosophy). Since 1986, CAP conferences have grown in 
scope and range, to include a bewildering array of intersections between 
computation and philosophy as explored across a global range of cultures 
and traditions. In keeping with what has now become a significant 
tradition, IACAP'11 will accept presentations across this array and range. 
At the same time, in order to recognize and celebrate the 25th anniversary 
of the CAP conferences, we specifically encourage submissions that include 
attention to the past, present(s), and possible future(s) of their foci as 
expressions of this computational turn.

SUBMISSIONS - due February 15, 2011

Authors should submit an electronic version of an extended abstract (total 
word count approximately 1000 words) to the chair of the track most 
closely affiliated with the proposed paper topic(s): see list of tracks 
and chair(s) below.  The file should also contain a 350 word abstract that 
will be used for the conference web site/booklet.

NB: if you are a PhD- or post-doc student who would like for your paper to 
be considered in the competition for the travel bursaries, be sure to 
indicate this in your submission.


The conference is interdisciplinary: we invite papers from philosophy, 
computer science, robotics, engineering sciences, social sciences and 
related disciplines. Papers can address one (or more) of a range of topics 
at the conceptual crossroads between philosophy and computation, 
including: biocomputing, AI, logic, cognition, ontology, knowledge 
systems, simulations, robotics, affective computing, epistemology, 
information ethics (including robot ethics), history, and cultural 
perspectives on these. IACAP'11 will promote scholarly dialogues on all 
aspects of this computational & informational turn of society and the use 
of computers and robots in the service of philosophy.


NB: for complete track descriptions, see: 

I. Philosophy of Computer Science
Chair: Raymond Turner (School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex: <turnr@essex.ac.uk>)
Chair: Rainhard Bengez (Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Engineering Department and Carl von Linde-Akademie, TU Mnchen: <bengez@cvl-a.tum.de>)

II. Philosophy of Information and Cognition
Chair: Orlin Vakarelov (University of Arizona: <okv@u.arizona.edu>)

III. Robotics, AI, and Cognitive Systems
Chair: Matthias Scheutz (Tufts University: <mscheutz@cs.tufts.edu>)
Chair: Mark Bishop (University of London: <m.bishop@gold.ac.uk>)

IV. Technosecurity: from Everyday Surveillance to Digital Warfare
Chair: Jutta Weber (Technische Universitt Braunschweig: <jutta.weber@tu-bs.de>)
Chair: Doris Allhutter (Institut fr Technikfolgen-Abschtzung, sterreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften: <doris.allhutter@oeaw.ac.at>)

V. Information Ethics / Robot Ethics
Chair: John Sullins (Sonoma State University, CA: <john.sullins@sonoma.edu>)
Chair: Mark Coeckelbergh (Twente, the Netherlands: <m.j.k.coeckelbergh@utwente.nl>)

VI. Multidisciplinary Perspectives
Chair: Jan van Leeuwen (Universiteit Utrecht: <jan@cs.uu.nl>)

VII. Social Computing
Chair: Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic (Mlardalen University, Sweden: <gordana.dodig-crnkovic@mdh.se>)
Chair: Judith Simon (Institut Jean Nicod (ENS), Paris: <judith.simon@ens.fr>)

VIII. IT, Culture and Globalization
Chair: Soraj Hongladarom (Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok: <s.hongladarom@gmail.com>)
Chair: Philip Brey (Twente: <P.A.E.Brey@utwente.nl>)

IX.  Surveillance, sousveillance ...
Chair: Jean-Gabriel Ganascia (University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris: <Jean-Gabriel@Ganascia.name>)
Chair: Anders Albrechtslund (Aarhus: <alb@hum.au.dk>)

X: SIG Track -Machines and Mentality
Chair: Marcello Guarini (University of Windsor, Canada: <mguarini@uwindsor.ca>)
Chair: Paul Bello (RPI: <paul.bello@alum.rpi.edu>)