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SB-AI 2013 : What can Synthetic Biology offer to Artificial Intelligence? Satellite Workshop at ECAL 2013


When Sep 6, 2013 - Sep 6, 2013
Where ECAL, Taormina, Italy
Submission Deadline Jun 30, 2013
Notification Due Jul 31, 2013
Categories    synthetic biology   artificial intelligence   philosophy of science   soft embodied robotics

Call For Papers

What can Synthetic Biology offer to Artificial Intelligence?
Perspectives in the Bio-Chem-ICT and other scenarios

6 September 2013 - Taormina, Italy
Satellite Meeting at ECAL 2013 (2-6 September 2013)

Organized by
Luisa Damiano (University of Bergamo)
Pasquale Stano (University of Roma 3)
Yutetsu Kuruma (University of Tokyo)
Supported by: COBRA
Coordination of Biological and Chemical IT Research Activities

 Call for Abstracts

Traditionally Artificial Intelligence (AI) research, broadly conceived as the study of intelligence through the construction of artificial models of natural cognitive systems, has been developed in the context of computer science and robotics. Today the scientific and technical advancements of biological sciences, leading to the emergence of Synthetic Biology (SB) conceived as the chemical synthesis of biological parts/systems/processes, allow the scientific community to extend AI research within the field of experimental biology.
The workshop aims at offering an interdisciplinary forum in which nascent programs involving cooperation between SB and AI in the exploration of biological and cognitive processes can be discussed in their groundings, their procedures, their possibilities and their limits, as well as enriched through scientific exchange of ideas.
The main focus will be on current and possible applications in AI research of the emerging bio-chemical based Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), founded on the convergence of biological, chemical, physical approaches, often in combination with progresses in miniaturization like micro-fluidic devices and Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS). But the workshop is interested also in introducing and discussing other actual and possible approaches and research programs which involve SB in AI research.
Most of the participants will have a SB, AI, and/or bio-chem-ICT background, or come from scientific disciplines dealing with theoretical, epistemological and/or experimental issues related to the synthetic study of life and cognition. Our goal is to stimulate the interaction between applied research and theoretical / epistemological reflections, and to promote a front line in SB and AI that focuses on (some of) these questions:
 Can intelligence be studied through the construction and exploration of synthetic biological systems and processes? In which conditions? More specifically: What SB, and in particular its bio-chem-ICT tools and issues, can offer to AI?
Which are the groundings, procedures, possibilities, limits, expected results, and impacts of current and possible research programs involving SB in AI research? How AI will advance by encompassing SB and bio-chem-ICT approaches?
Can we nowadays plan concrete collaborations between computer science, robotics and SB in the scientific study natural forms of intelligence? How?
Are the emerging directions of research in AI (such as embodied AI, enactive AI, soft robotics, …) good candidate to cooperate with SB in the exploration of natural forms of cognition? Can SB contribute to the development of artificial forms of cognition (artificial cognitive systems which do not model natural cognitive systems)?
The workshop intends to bring together researchers interested in investigating one or more of these aspects of the (possible/actual) relationships between SB and AI. The aim is developing an interdisciplinary dialogue able to promote the reflected involvement of SB in AI, and to create an interdisciplinary community concretely developing research programs based on the cooperation of SB and AI, and all related domains and lines of research.
If you would like to participate, please submit an abstract as a single PDF file (min 1000, max 2000 words) by sending the file as e-mail attachment to
Reception of abstracts will be confirmed by an e-mail message.
Deadline for sending the Abstract: 30 June 2013
Extension of the deadline could be possible.
The best abstracts will be selected by the program committee, composed by the organizers and other additional members (currently under recruitment).
We will try to accept the maximal number of abstracts and organize the workshop in order to favor a wide participation, within the constraint, however, of the time slot originally programmed (half-day). Program details and other practical issues will be defined as soon as we shape the final list of speakers.
Authors will be notified for abstract acceptance before 30 July 2013.
Depending on the participation and reach of a critical mass, after the workshop we plan to collect selected papers to be submitted for a journal publication.
Early registration: June 15, 2013
Late registration: June 16 - September 6, 2013
On-Site registration: September 2-6, 2013
The Workshop Registration fees will be the same of ECAL 2011 
Workshops-only rates
Student, Early                            Euro 105
Student, Standard/Late            Euro 135
Academic, Early                        Euro 145
Academic, Standard/Late        Euro 195
Individual, Early                          Euro 225
Individual, Standard/Late          Euro 315
Student fees are reserved for full-time undergraduate and graduate (Master's, Doctorate) students enrolled in accredited educational institutions. To belong to this category, you must be actively pursuing an undergraduate or graduate academic degree, with or without scholarship. (Postdocs, staff scientists and research engineers are not students).
Academic fees are reserved for post-doctoral researchers, university faculty (academic staff), researchers (research scientists, staff scientists), research engineers or technicians (with or without doctoral degree) and any other personnel (administrative, support) employed by an accredited academic institution who are not currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate academic degree.
Individual fees apply to any other category of attendees: industry and business professionals, researchers, engineers and other employees of companies or non-academic organizations, unaffiliated individuals, etc.
Luisa Damiano (University of Bergamo)
Pasquale Stano (University of Roma Tre)
Yutetsu Kuruma (University of Tokyo)

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