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Johannes Schöning <[log in to unmask]>
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Call for Participation: 1st International Workshop on Spatial Cognition and
Artificial Intelligence (SC&AI)
to be held at Spatial Cognition 2018, Tübingen, Germany, on September 5th,

The 1st International Workshop on Spatial Cognition and AI (SC&AI) will be
the inaugural meeting of the Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence
Working Group aimed to be established as part of TC12,
the International Federation for Information Processing Technical
Committee on Artificial Intelligence (AI), and open to anybody interested
in the topic. This Working Group, and consequently the 1st International
Workshop on Spatial Cognition and AI, is born from the re-emerged need to
bring together members of the international scientific community who work
on both theoretical as well as applied overlapping research areas of the
two fields.

In recent years we observed a period of weakening of the ‘visible’ links
between the two fields. However, we believe that in today’s era of deep
learning and ‘black-box’ AI that appears in ‘spatial’ agents, such as
self-driving vehicles, service robots, and interactive location based
services (among others), the interdisciplinary nature of spatial cognition
and its strong connection with AI may need to become more evident than
ever. It takes a joint effort to make such cognitively inspired artificial
systems a success.

In this spirit, the 1st SC&AI Workshop 2018 aims at bringing together
researchers from different disciplines (e.g., AI & computer science,
cognitive psychology & neuroscience, GIScience, cognitive geography &
cartography, linguistics, philosophy of mind, architecture and design,
engineering, mathematics, and others) to work on cognitively
inspired spatial artificial systems.

Participation at the meeting is open to anybody interested, in principle.
Potential participants are asked to send a brief expression of interest to
the workshop organizers, outlining their background, specific interests in
linking spatial cognition and artificial intelligence, and ideas for
contributing during the meeting’s discussions.

Please keep these expressions of interest to not more than two pages of
text. Please send them to the workshop organizers via email.

Important dates:
15 June submission deadline for expressions of interest
30 June early registration deadline Spatial Cognition 2018

Outline of workshop activities:
The workshop is designed to be highly interactive and interdisciplinary.
We will start with a keynote by Prof. Christian Freksa from the Bremen
Spatial Cognition Center.
Activities will then partly be based on your expressions of interest and
partly be framed around some (spatial cognition & AI) challenges, and will
be highly interactive.

Maria Vasardani, University of Melbourne
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Kai-Florian Richter, Umeå University
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Assoc. Prof. Kai-Florian Richter [log in to unmask]
Department of Computing Science @openlandmarks
Umeå University

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