PT-AI Conference, Thessaloniki, 3 & 4 October 2011

Publications are out!

The papers in our special volume of Minds and Machines (May 2012: 22/2) and the Springer volume have been published (Sept. 2012, © 2013, 415pp). Congratulations to all the authors who made it through the two review stages! Tables of content for both volumes on V.C. Müller's pages.

Aims and Scope

The theory and philosophy of artificial intelligence has come to a crucial point where the agenda for the forthcoming years is in the air - this conference will try to set that agenda and to gather many of the key players.

Artificial Intelligence is perhaps unique among engineering subjects in that it has raised very basic questions about the nature of computing, perception, reasoning, learning, language, action, interaction, consciousness, humankind, life etc. etc. - and at the same time it has contributed substantially to answering these questions (in fact, it is sometimes seen as a form of empirical research). There is thus a substantial tradition of work, both on AI by philosophers and of theory within AI itself.

The classical theoretical debates have centered around the issues whether AI is possible at all (often put as “Can machines think?") or whether it can solve certain problems (“Can a machine do x?”). In the meantime, technical AI systems have progressed massively and are now present in many aspects of our environment. Despite this development, there is a sense that classical AI is inherently limited, and must be replaced by (or supplanted with) other methods, especially neural networks, embodied cognitive science, statistical methods, universal algorithms, emergence, behavioral robotics, interactive systems, dynamical systems, living and evolution, insights from biology & neuroscience, hybrid neuro-computational systems, etc. etc. We are now at a stage, where we can take a fresh look at the many theoretical and philosophical problems of AI, including social and ethical issues - and at the same time shed light on philosophical problems from AI. This must be a joint effort with people from various backgrounds, but it must centrally involve AI researchers.


Vincent C. Müller, Anatolia College/ACT & University of Oxford

Invited Keynote Speakers

Hubert Dreyfus, University of California at Berkeley
James H. Moor, Dartmouth College
Rolf Pfeifer, Zurich University

Invited speakers: 

Mark H. Bickard, Lehigh University
Nick Bostrom, University of Oxford
Brian Cantwell Smith, University of Toronto
Ron Chrisley, University of Sussex
Antoni Gomila, University of the Baleares
J. Kevin O’Regan, CNRS, Paris
Matthias Scheutz, Tufts University, Boston
Oron Shagrir, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Aaron Sloman, University of Birmingham
Tom Ziemke, University of Skovde


Invited papers will be published in a double issue of the journal Minds and Machines. An edited book with papers from the conference will be with Springer Verlag in the SAPERE series.  Both publications will be out early 2012. (For details, see the publication page.) 

The conference intends to set the foundations for an international association "PT-AI" that will further work in the field, organize events, etc.

We welcome experts in the field from philosophy and from AI as well as new and upcoming scholars who will shape the field in the decades to come.

Programme Committee

Darren Abramson, Dalhousie University
Varol Akman, Bilkent University
Colin Allen, Indiana University
Anthony Beavers, University of Evansville
Mark H. Bickard, Lehigh University
Mark Bishop, Goldsmiths, University of London
Fabio Bonsignorio, University Carlos III of Madrid
Nick Bostrom, University of Oxford
Ron Chrisley, University of Sussex
Jack Copeland, University of Canterbury
Eric Dietrich, SUNY Binghamton
Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic, Mälardalen University
Hamid R. Ekbia, Indiana University
James Fetzer, University of Minnesota
Stefano Franchi, Texas A&M University
Stan Franklin, University of Memphis
Antoni Gomila, University of the Baleares
David Kirsh, University of California at San Diego
Klaus Mainzer, Technical University Munich
Jim Moor, Dartmouth College
J. Kevin O’Regan, CNRS, Paris
Costas Pagondiotis, University of Patras
Viola Schiaffonati, Politecnico di Milano
Colin Schmidt, Le Mans University-ParisTech
Susan Schneider, University of Pennsylvania
Oron Shagrir, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Aaron Sloman, University of Birmingham
Brian Cantwell Smith, University of Toronto
Steve Torrance, University of Sussex
Jordi Vallverdú, Autonomous University of Barcelona

--- This conference is dedicated to the memory of John Haugeland who remains an inspiration to us all ---


We are grateful for sponsoring from:

 EUCog network

Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, University of Oxford:

PT-AI is academically sponsored by:


Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI):

International Association of Philosophy and Computing (IA-CAP):

Asscociation for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group 'Artificial Intelligence' (ACM-SIGART):


European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence (ECCAI):