Workshop at ALIFE 2018 • Tokyo, Japan • 23 – 27 July 2018

Date: July 25th 2018

Location: Venus & Mars Rooms, The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan), 2-3-6 Aomi, Koutou-ku, Tokyo, 135-0064, Japan

Chair on site: Yukio Gunji  (Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan)

Organizers: Andrew Adamatzky (UWE, Bristol, UK), Yukio Gunji (Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan), Jordi Vallverdú (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Catalonia)


10:30 Introduction (Yukio Gunji, Jordi Vallverdú, Andrew Adamatzky) (10 mins)

10:40 Martin Hanczyc (Univ of Trento, Italy)  (30 mins): Chemical Protocognition

11:10 Matthew Egbert (Univ of Auckland, New Zealand) (30 mins): Protocognition not protocomputation

11:40  Alex Stokes (Univ of Southampton, UK) (20 mins): Protocognitive abilities of a growing biological system

11:00 Lunch break (90 mins)

13:30 Taichi Haruna (Tokyo Woman's Christian University, Japan) (30 mins): Ordinal preferential attachment: Strictly local mechanism to produce scale-free networks

14:00 Igor Balaz (University of Novi Sad, Serbia) (30  mins): Embodied protocognition in evolutionary agents.

14:30 Yukio Gunji  (University of Waseda, Japan) (30 mins): Chinese room understands Chinese: Orthomodularity leading to conjunction fallacy

15:00 End and coffee break  

About the workshop

Protocognition is acquaintance of information, recognition of stimulatory spaces, building up knowledge,  and developing wisdom, sensing, decision mapping, learning, reasoning, believing, being erroneous, showing feeling and emotional states by chemical and physical substrates and living creatures without a nervous system. The presentations at the workshop will address protocognitive abilities of single molecules and their ensembles, chemical reactions and media, fluids, patterns and nonlinearities, droplets, polymers, single cell organisms, including bacteria, protists and moulds, and their colonies, fungi, plants, algae. The speakers will show us how apparently non-intelligent or even non-living substrates behave as if they sensibly and purposefully acquire information about their surroundings, analyse the information concurrently and make decisions based on the analysis.IJUC

Further dissemination

Extended versions of the talks will be published in the Int J Unconventional Computing

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