2nd AISB Symposium on Computing and Philosophy
9th April 2009
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland
The convergence of computing and philosophy has a lineage going back to Leibniz but it is not until
the work of Alan Turing and the appearance of electronic computers in the mid-20th century
that we arrive at a practical intersection between computing and philosophy.
Precursors to the theories and programs of interest to this AISB Symposium on Computing and
Philosophy include the Turing Test as outlined in Turing's seminal reflection on thinking machines;
the AI work of Herb Simon and Alan Newell with the Logic Theorist; Rosenblatt’s Perceptron -
a biologically inspired pattern matching device - and Grey Walter’s Turtle - an early
example of embodied Cybernetic Artificial Intelligence (A.I).
The purpose of this symposium is to advance the philosophical study of computing in general
by exploring the philosophical analysis of central concepts in computer science, the application
of computational principles to traditional philosophical problems and computational
modelling of philosophical assumptions and we welcome papers exploring any of these issues;
however in recent years there has been a growing interest in the convergence of themes from
Constructivism, Enactivism, Dynamic Systems Theory and Second Order Cybernetics
and symposium organisers are particularly interested in receiving contributions from these areas.
Areas of interest include, but are not limited to
- Constructivism; enactivism; second order cybernetics
- Dynamic systems theories of cognition
- Sensorimotor theories of perception
- Artificial life; computer modelling in biology; simulation of behaviour
- Machine understanding; Searle's Chinese room argument; the Turing test
- Embodied A.I.; robotics
- Virtual reality; computer-mediated communication
- Philosophy of information / technology
- Information and computer ethics
- Metaphysics (distributed processing, emergent properties, formal ontology, network structures, etc.)
Submission and Publication Details
Submitted contributions shall be sent by electronic mail to (firstname.lastname@example.org). All articles shall be sent
electronically as PDF files to this address. Text editor templates can be found at
. We request that submitted papers are limited to eight pages. Each paper will receive at least two reviews. Selected papers will be published in the
general proceedings of the AISB Convention, as long as at least one author comes to the symposium to
present the paper and participate in the discussions and symposium activities.
Submission deadline:: 19th December 2008.
Notification of acceptance:: TBC.
Camera ready copy due:: TBC,
Symposium: 9th April 2009.
All papers from the AISB convention will be published in the AISB proceedings. We will further investigate the possibility of publishing
the best papers in a journal special issue or book form.
A "Best Student Paper" award will be given to the best student written
paper submitted to the convention. The AISB will also fund three student
scholarships. See here for further details.
- Mark Bishop
- Dept. Computing, Goldsmiths, University of London, London, UK.
tel: +44 (0) 2070 785048
- Luciano Floridi
- Steve Torrance
- Department of Informatics, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
tel: +44 (0) 1273 873754
- Tillmann Vierkant
- Department of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK.
tel: +44 (0) 1316 513748
- Alison Adam (University of Salford, UK)
- Mark Bishop (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)
- Ron Chrisley (University of Sussex, UK)
- Amnon Eden (University of Essex, UK)
- Luciano Floridi (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
- Julian Kiverstein (University of Edinburgh, UK)
- Slawek Nasuto (University of Reading, UK)
- John Preston (University of Reading, UK)
- Murray Shanahan (Imperial College, UK)
- Susan Stuart (The University of Glasgow, UK)
- Steve Torrance (University of Sussex, UK)
- Tillman Vierkant (University of Edinburgh, UK)
- Michael Wheeler (University of Stirling, UK)