Agenda (Draft) for IWRC ’98

The final agenda for the workshop differed slightly from this draft of early April 1998

Thursday 23rd April

8.30

Arrival

9.00

Greg Mulhauser

BT

Introduction & welcome, who is here & why; narrow description of workshop aims.

9.15

Peter Cochrane

BT

Why is BT interested? Broad description of aims/wider corporate perspective.

9.30

Chris Winter

BT

BT’s current research directions.

9.45

Jordan Pollack

Brandeis

How should we be thinking about the design and application of large-scale cognitive systems?

10.45

Coffee

11.00

Phil Husbands

Sussex

Bottom-up A-Life and large scale systems.

12.00

Lunch

13.00

Michael O’Shea

Sussex

What lessons can we first pick up from invertebrate neural systems?

14.00

Moshe Sipper

EPFL

Evolvable hardware & cellular automata.

15.00

Coffee

15.15

Steve Grossberg

Boston

Overview of computational neuroscience work, with detailed look at perception.

16.30

Workshop session

17.30

Finish

Friday 24th April

8.30

Dario Floreano

EPFL

Mobile robots work to date, plus indications of what we would need to move mobile robotics in the desired directions.

9.30

Inman Harvey

Sussex

Evolutionary robotics, and notes on prospects and limits of current artificial evolution techniques for adaptive systems.

10.30

Coffee

10.45

Dave Keating

Reading

Distributed robotics: splitting intelligence across several machines

11.45

Rod Webb

BT

Application of other available silicon neural nets, such as URAN chip.

12.30

Lunch

13.30

Steve Grossberg

Boston

Computational neuroscience work, with detailed look at cognitive & motivational contexts.

14.45

Coffee

15.00

Gert Cauwenberghs

Johns Hopkins

Overview of work on neuromorphic analogue silicon, emphasising both on-board learning and combination learning and externally imposed chip configurations.

16.00

Michael Lockwood

Oxford

Critical reflections on material so far; kick off subsequent workshop session.

16.30

Workshop session

17.30

Finish

Evening

Reception

BT

Evening reception hosted by Professor Peter Cochrane, director of BT’s Applied Research and Technology.

Saturday 25th April

8.30

Alan Steventon

BT

BT comments.

8.45

Aaron Sloman

Birmingham

Conceptual problems with efforts to build self aware machines; design strategies.

9.45

Steve Grossberg

Boston

Computational neuroscience work, with detailed look at motor control.

11.00

Coffee

11.15

Greg Mulhauser

BT

Awareness, consciousness, and cognitive robotics.

12.00

Lunch

13.00

Workshop session

14.15

Coffee

14.30

Dan Dennett

Tufts

Design strategies and minimal requirements; comments on why any particular strategies from workshop sessions might be preferred.

15.30

Workshop session

16.45

Wrapping up

BT

Closing matters.

17.00

Finish

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