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FLAIRS 2012 Special Track:Cognition & AI 2012 : Cognition and AI: Comparing Human Capability and Experience with Today’s Computer Models


When May 23, 2012 - May 25, 2012
Where Marco Island, Florida, USA
Submission Deadline Nov 21, 2011
Notification Due Jan 20, 2012

Call For Papers

Cognition and AI Special Track
Cognitive psychology and artificial intelligence have provided valuable insights into the scope and limitations of understanding human thought and behavior. Advances in computer technology and tools are becoming more of a fixture in everyday life, and increasingly affecting how we think about artificial intelligence and cognition. The C&AI track is motivated by these two fronts of research: 1) We extend cognitive studies to include the social psychology of people’s everyday life with technology, comparing human cognition and experience with today’s computer models, and 2) On this basis we seek appropriate applications using computer technology, and seek to improve computer models of cognition and AI programs. This approach might yield many new ideas for creating technology and tools that amplify the ability of people to think and work together (e.g., new approaches for building robots in real-world domains), as well as new psychological and social theories. As such, this track will cover a wide range of issues relating empirical studies of people, cognitive modeling, and technology applications, considering in particular the role of ethnographic studies of what people actually do and experience. We welcome submissions in any area where cognition and computer technology are mutually explored, and especially encourage work in how people interact with computer tools that mediate communication and collaboration.

What is the GOAL of the track?
The goal of this special track is to spotlight theoretical, experimental, and empirical research that explains, integrates, and models human cognition with an interdisciplinary approach to using computer models, with a particular emphasis on comparing human capability and experience with today’s computer models.

Who might be interested?
This special track is an open forum for interdisciplinary research that spans the domains of cognitive and social psychology, computer science, philosophy, language and the learning sciences. If you use computational modeling techniques and/or ethnography to better understand how people and computer systems interact, then this is the track for you.

What kind of studies will be of interest?
Given the scope of the C&AI special track, the following should be considered a list of possible areas of interest; however, all studies as they relate to cognition and AI are welcome.

1. Distributed Cognition
2. Situated Cognition
3. Embodied Cognition
4. Emotions
5. Learning
6. Perception
7. Problem solving
8. Language and communication
9. Planning
10. Learning, communications, and collaboration
11. Ethnography in everyday settings, focusing on communication and collaboration
12. Human Computer Interaction
13. Ambient Intelligence
14. Descriptive models
15. Intelligent agents
16. Models of agency
17. Autonomous systems
18. Robotics

Conference Proceedings

Papers will be refereed and all accepted papers will appear in the conference proceedings, which will be published by AAAI Press.

Organizing Committee

Nik Nailah Binti Abdullah, Advanced Analysis and Modeling Cluster, Mimos Berhad, Malaysia (

Bill Clancey, Intelligent Systems Division, NASA Ames Research Center & Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition, USA ( )

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