General Information

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PT-AI 2017

3rd Conference on "Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence"

04.-05. November, 2017

Leeds, UK

(Previous conferences: Thessaloniki 2011, Oxford 2013)

Conference Volume:

Müller, Vincent C. (ed.), (2018), Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence 2017 (SAPERE 44; Berlin: Springer)

[66k downloads from Springer in 3Y]


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


University of Leeds, Weetwood Hall conference centre (Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 5PS, UK). Weetwood Hall offers 4* on-site accommodation at reasonable prices.

Westwood Hall, main building

Invited Speakers

José Hernández-Orallo (University of Valencia/LCFI Cambridge)

David C. Hogg (University of Leeds)

Thomas Metzinger (University of Mainz)

Peter Millican (University of Oxford)

Susan Schneider (University of Connecticut/Princeton IAS)

Mark Sprevak (University of Edinburgh)

Yi Zeng (Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing)


Artificial intelligence is set to change the world - as well as the way we see ourselves and the world. The conference will deal with fundamental issues of present and future artificial intelligence, such as:

Basic Concepts

  • Complexity 
  • Computation 
  • Consciousness 
  • Creativity 
  • Free will 
  • Information
  • Intelligence 
  • Intentionality & meaning & representation 
  • Life 
  • Superintelligence & singularity 


  • Human dignity and AI 
  • Impact on society 
  • Machine ethics 
  • Responsibility & rights for machines 
  • Risk to humanity & AI safety 

Approaches & Methods

  • Big data analytics 
  • Cognitive architecture 
  • Cooperation & interaction 
  • Cybernetics 
  • Dynamical systems 
  • Embodiment 
  • Enactive cognition
  • Embedded & extended mind 
  • Expert systems 
  • Machine learning & neural networks 
  • Neuroscience & AI 
  • Non-symbolic AI 
  • Robotics 


  • Action selection & rational choice 
  • Brain emulation and uploading 
  • Chinese room & symbol grounding 
  • Common sense
  • Cyborgs & extended mind 
  • Frame problem 
  • Gödelian arguments 
  • Turing test 


Accepted papers and posters will be published in a volume of proceedings in 2018 (in Springer's SAPERE series).

The papers from the 2011 and 2013 events have been published in 'Minds and Machines', an edited volume of the SAPERE series (Springer) and an edited volume of the 'Synthese' series (Springer). They have been apparently been downloaded over 115.000 times from the publisher's site alone (

The 2017 conference also serves as preparation for the Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence (ed. V. C. Müller), forthcoming OUP 2019.


Inter-Disciplinary Ethics Applied Centre, University of Leeds