University of Birmingham AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012 - Alan Turing 2012

2-6 July 2012



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This symposium forms part of the AISB/IACAP World Congress to be held at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, on 2-6 July 2012, in honour of Alan Turing, to mark the centenary of his birth. The Congress is jointly organised by the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour (AISB) and the International Association of Computing and Philosophy (IACAP) (See web links below.)

By collective phenomena we understand phenomena which arise as a result of the combined actions of many individual entities and which exhibit some form of unity or coherence that goes beyond the sum of the individual actions, e.g., the behaviour of flocks, crowds, etc, traffic phenomena, and many social activities. An important subclass of collective phenomena are spatial collectives, in which the collective behaviour takes the form of some form of spatial coherence.

This symposium will explore a range of issues arising from the effort to understand and model collective phenomena. Many of the issues can be approached either from a philosophical standpoint or from a computational one; we shall be particularly interested in the application of AI techniques (e.g., knowlege representation formalisms, algorithms for pattern recognition, machine learning methods) to the problems that they raise.

Topics to be covered in the symposium include

Papers are solicited on any of these or related topics.

In addition to standard paper presentations, it is proposed to hold a break-out session in which attendees at the Symposium will divide into groups to work on particular topics related to the Symposium theme; for this we would encourage both theoretical discussions and practical work using real data. Any offers of suitable data - typically spatio-temporal data recording the movements of groups of individuals - will be welcomed.

The symposium will also include a joint panel discussion with the symposium on Social Computing - Social Cognition - Social Networks and Multiagent Systems (

The proceedings will be produced before the Congress, and each delegate at the Congress will receive, on arrival, a memory stick containing the proceedings of all the symposia. Inclusion in the proceedings will not create a copyright obstacle to later use by the authors.

Submission requirements

Papers should be submitted in PDF format via EasyChair at, and should be not more than 8 pages long. Please use the style files provided for the AISB'11 convention, which are obtainable from Both LaTeX and OpenOffice/MSWord templates are available.

Important dates

Deadline for paper submission: 2nd March 2012
Acceptance/rejection decision: 2nd April 2012
Final version for proceedings: 4th May 2012
Dates of symposium: 3rd-5th July 2012


General Chairs: Antony Galton and Zena Wood (University of Exeter, UK)

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AISB/IACAP Word Congress 2012: (or via



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