Call for Papers

PT-AI 2013 - “Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence”
Oxford, St. Antony's College


Jean-Christophe Baillie (Aldebaran Robotics, Paris)
Theodore Berger (University of Southern California, L.A.)
Selmer Bringsjord (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY)
Daniel C. Dennett (Tufts University, Boston)
Luciano Floridi (University of Hertfordshire & Oxford)
Stuart J Russell (UC Berkeley)
Murray Shanahan (Imperial College, London)
Michael Wheeler (University of Stirling, Scotland)


We request anonymous abstracts of 600-1000 words (plus references) in plain text or PDF, plus a short abstract of up to 120 words. Accepted papers will be presented at the conference and published in the proceedings. (We plan to provide a copy of the proceedings to the corresponding author.) We foresee slots of at least 30 minutes per talk, including discussion.

All submissions will be reviewed double-blind by at least two members of the programme committee.

Submission online at EasyChair:

Technical note: The EasyChair system will ask you for an "abstract" and a "paper". For us, "abstract" refers to the short abstract (up to 120 words) in plain text, while "paper" refers to the long abstract (600-1000 words), which can be submitted as a PDF or plain text. Accordingly, please do not use the check-box "Abstract Only". (The abbreviation "Corr. Auth." stands for "corresponding author".)


Deadline for submission of abstracts: 21.06.2013

Decisions announced: 12.7.2013

Conference: 21-22.09.13

Deadline for submission of full papers: 30.11.13


Participants from all disciplines that are relevant for fundamental issues of present and future AI, especially cognitive science, computer science, neuroscience and philosophy. A broad framework is set by questions like: What are the necessary conditions for artificial intelligence (if any); what are sufficient ones? What do these questions relate to the conditions for intelligence in humans and other natural agents? What are the ethical and societal problems that artificial intelligence raises, or will raise? Some of the key issues will be:

  • AI and cognitive science
  • consciousness
  • dynamical systems
  • embedded, situated, distributed cognition, extended mind
  • embodiment, enaction, morphology
  • ethics of AI and robotics
  • brain emulation and simulation
  • goals, emotions, values, free will
  • hybrid systems, cyborgs
  • information
  • intelligence and intelligence testing
  • intentionality
  • interactive systems
  • learning and evolution
  • multi-agent systems
  • notions and forms of computing for AI
  • perception
  • probabilistic systems
  • reasoning
  • social impact of present and future AI
  • super-intelligence
  • ...


Details on the publication for 2013 are not yet finalized. (Submission and presentation at the conference do not entail an obligation of the author(s) to publish in the conference proceedings.)

The papers from the 2011 event were published in a special volume of 'Minds and Machines' (22/2, with papers by Bostrom, Dreyfus, Gomila, O'Regan, Shagrir) and in an edited volume of the SAPERE series with Springer.


Online registration will open early June. Participation fee will be £110, reduced £55. Accommodation at St. Antony's is available.