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BICA 2012 - Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive

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BICA 2012

Annual International Conference on Biologically Inspired Cognitive
Architectures (BICA), Third Annual Meeting of the BICA Society
Palermo, Italy, October 31st  - November 3rd

Sponsored by:
BICA Society
University of Palermo


The challenge of creating a real-life computational equivalent of the
human mind, known as the BICA Challenge, calls for our joint efforts
to develop biologically-inspired intelligent agents that can be
accepted and trusted by the human society in various roles, on an
equal footing with human agents. The main objective of BICA 2012 is to
take a significant step forward towards the BICA Challenge.

The topics of BICA 2012 will include (but will not be limited to):
-   models capable of inducing the sense of presence in artifacts;
-   the “critical mass” of a human-level learner;
-   emotional competence and social intelligence in artifacts;
-   machine consciousness and BICA;
-   models of perception, cognition and action;
-   robust and scalable learning mechanisms;
-   realistic neural networks for BICA;
-   human-like episodic and semantic memory;
-   metacognition in BICA;
-   self-regulated, bootstrapped and meta-learning;
-   language acquisition and symbol grounding;
-   non-von-Neumann computational systems for BICA;
-   a roadmap to the BICA Challenge.

A two-day conference including keynote talks, paper presentations,
panel discussions and exhibits.

Confirmed keynote talks:
Karlheinz Meier (University of Heidelberg, Germany)
Hiroshi Ishiguro (Osaka University, Japan)
Giorgio Ascoli (George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA)
Igor Aleksander (Imperial College, London, UK)
Giulio Sandini (IIT and University of Genoa, Italy)
Kristinn R. Thórisson (IIIM and Reykjavik University, Iceland)
Ricardo Sanz (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain)
Pentti Haikonen (University of Illinois at Springfield, USA)
Christian Lebiere (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA)
Michele Migliore (CNR, Palermo, Italy)
Soo-Young Lee (KAIST, Republic of Korea)
Alexei Samsonovich (George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA)
Raul Arrabales (Univerdidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain)
Ignazio Licata (ISEM, Palermo, Italy)

Submission categories are:
- short abstracts;
- extended abstracts;
- position papers up to two pages;
- research papers up to six pages.
Submissions longer than six pages are welcome; a fee of 50 USD per
extra page will be charged to authors.

Paper and abstract submission:
Please submit your paper using the EasyChair Conference System:

The conference proceedings will be published in a volume of the
Advances in Intelligent and Soft Computing Book Series by Springer
(indexed by ISI, Scopus, DBLP, among others). See Instructions for

Extended versions of selected papers will be published after the
conference in a special issue of the journal BICA (Biologically
Inspired Cognitive Architectures, published by Elsevier) and in a
special issue of the International Journal of Machine Consciousness
(published by World Scientific).

Critical dates:
April 1st : submission site opened;
June 1st : submission deadline;
June 30th : notification of acceptance;
July 15th : camera ready papers due (Springer template mandatory);
October 31st : pre-conference workshops and reception;
November 1st  - 2nd : BICA 2012 conference;
November 3rd : Excursion.
NOTE: Please submit paper abstract as soon as possible!

Special Event
Sayonara drama performed by humanoid robot Geminoid F by Hiroshi
Ishiguro at Teatro Massimo, Palermo.

Visit and tasting to Planeta Winery.

Grand Hotel Piazza Borsa, Palermo, Italy:

Palermo International Airport:

Trapani International Airport:

Catania International Airport:

Registration fees
Regular early: 620 USD (before July 15th)
Regular late: 680 USD (after July 15).
Student early: 320 USD (before July 15th)
Student late: 380 USD (after July 15)
Guest: 150 USD
Regular and student registration fee includes: one year complimentary
BICA Society membership, BICA bag and T-shirt, conference proceedings,
welcome party, 2 lunches, coffee-breaks, social dinner, special event
and excursion.
Guest registration fee includes: welcome party, special event, social
dinner, excursion.
Our registration policy is that at least one author of accepted paper
shall pay for a regular registration per paper. If the author has more
than one paper, the student registration will be acceptable for
another paper.
All payments are required before the final camera-ready submission deadline.
Payments must be made through the BICA Society website:

General Chair: Antonio Chella (University of Palermo, Italy)
Program Chairs:
Kamilla Jóhannsdóttir (Reykjavik University, Iceland), Roberto Pirrone
(University of Palermo, Italy)
Local Organization Chair: Rosario Sorbello (University of Palermo, Italy)

Organizing Committee:
Igor Aleksander (Imperial College, London, UK)
Ronald Arkin (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA)
Raul Arrabales (Universidad Carlos III, Madrid, Spain)
Stan Franklin (The University of Memphis, USA)
Ashok K Goel (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA)
Pentti Haikonen (University of Illinois at Springfield, USA)
Owen Holland (University of Sussex, Brighton, UK)
Christian Lebiere (Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA)
Alexandr Letichevsky (Glushkov Institute of Cybernetics, Ukraine)
Riccardo Manzotti (IULM University, Milan, Italy)
Michele Migliore (National Research Council, Palermo, Italy)
David Noelle (University of California, Merced, USA)
Alexei Samsonovich (George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, USA)
Ricardo Sanz (Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain)
Brandon Rohrer (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
Junichi Takeno (Meiji University, Japan)
Rodrigo Ventura (Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisbon, Portugal)
Mary-Anne Williams (University of Technology, Sydney, Australia)

Wednesday October 31st
13:00 – 15:00: Registration
15:00 – 18:00: Pre-conference Workshop
18:30 – 22:00: Welcome Party

Thursday November 1st
8:00 – 9:00: Registration
9:00 – 11:00: Morning session I
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Morning session II
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:30 Afternoon session I
16:30 – 17:00 Coffee break
17:00 – 18:30 Afternoon session II
18:30 – 19:30 Open discussion

Friday November 2st
8:00 – 9:00: Registration
9:00 – 11:00: Morning session I
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Morning session II
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:30 BICA Society Meeting
17:00 – 19:30 Special Event
20:00 – 23:00 Social Dinner

Saturday November 3rd
8:00 – 18:00 Excursion

Information about BICA 2012 can be found at
We are looking forward to seeing you in Palermo! Vi aspettiamo!