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Call for posters – Awareness in humans and machines

SMART (Speech & Language, Music, Art, Reasoning and Thought) is organizing the workshop in collaboration with the ACLC on the role of awareness in humans and machines. We invite submissions for poster presentations.

Deadline for submission is 10 May 2019
Notification of acceptance is 14 May 2019

In an earlier workshop, we aimed to establish that awareness is not a uniquely human characteristic, but is probably present in other animals as well, just as many other types of cognitive processes are. In the present workshop, we would like to explore how far the boundaries of awareness can be stretched, by considering what role awareness could play in human cognition, machine learning and human-machine interaction.

We welcome researchers working on the following topics for poster presentations:

•           The role of awareness in human cognition (i.e. visual perception, linguistic processing)

•           The neural underpinnings of awareness

•           Awareness and robotics

•           Computational modelling of awareness

•           General theoretical proposals of the availability of awareness to machines

We invite submissions for poster presentations (an abstract, including a title, your name and affiliation, approx. 250 words), which should be sent to

The workshop will take place on June 14th 2019 in Amsterdam in the. Deadline for submission is 10th of May. Notification of acceptance is 14 May.

Registration for this workshop is free of charge. However, for reasons of catering and capacity, we would like to ask you to register via this link.

The full program of our workshop is as follows, details can be found in this attachment:

13.00: Welcome
13.15: Axel Cleeremans (Université Libre de Bruxelles): Consciousness (unconsciously) designs itself
14.15: Coffee
14.30: Joost Broekens (Delft University of Technology): Emotions and Explanations in Artificial Intelligence
15.00: Chiara de Jong (University of Amsterdam): Children’s acceptance of social robots
15.30: Coffee
16.00: Eelke Spaak (Donders Institute): The contents of consciousness in predictive brains
16.30: Padraic Monaghan (University of Amsterdam): Awareness of structure during language acquisition: Testing distinctions between explicit and implicit knowledge
17.00: Drinks and Posters