Symposium Description

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The challenge of creating a real-life computational equivalent of the human mind requires that we better understand at a computational level how natural intelligent systems develop their cognitive and learning functions.

In recent years, biologically inspired cognitive architectures (BICA) have emerged as a powerful new approach toward gaining this kind of understanding (here “biologically inspired” is understood broadly as “brain-mind inspired”). Still, despite impressive successes and growing interest in BICA, wide gaps separate different approaches from each other and from solutions found in biology, preventing us from solving the challenge.

The narrow focus on the challenge brings together four schools of thought:

(1) computational neuroscience, that tries to understand how the brain works in terms of connectionist models;

(2) cognitive modeling, pursuing higher-level computational description of human cognition;

(3) human-level artificial intelligence, aiming at generally intelligent artifacts that can replace humans at work;

(4) human-like learners: artificial minds that can be understood by humans intuitively, that can learn like humans, from humans and for human needs.

The comparative table created by panelists of the BICA 2009 forum clearly demonstrates that a joined discussion of the four schools is possible and can be highly productive and synergistic ( The intended spotlight in 2010 is on (4).


Important Dates

June 18, 2010 CLOSED Short abstract submission
June 22, 2010 CLOSED Acceptance notification based on the short abstract (paper submission is optional)
June 25, 2010 CLOSED Early registration with camera-ready submission
July 24, 2010 CLOSED Six-pages paper submission
August 18, 2010 Paper acceptance notification
August 27, 2010 Short abstract submission deadline
August 31, 2010 Final camera-ready paper/abstract submission and registration due
November 12-14, 2010 BICA 2010 Conference in Holiday Inn, Arlington, Virginia
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