Call for Papers


PT-AI 2021 - 4th Conference on “Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence”

27-28 September, 2021

Chalmers University of TechnologyGothenburg (Lindholmen Conference Centre), Sweden

- The conference will be a hybrid event, i.e. on-site and online. Participation fully online will be possible.

- There will be no conference fee.



Virginia Dignum (Umeå, S)

Michael Levin (Tufts, USA)

David Papineau (KCL, UK)

Shannon Vallor (Edinburgh, UK)



Vincent C. Müller, Technical University of Eindhoven (& University of Leeds & Alan Turing Institute)

Ivica Crnkovic & Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic, Chalmers & University of Gothenburg



We request anonymous short papers of 800-1000 words (plus references) in plain text or PDF, plus a short abstract of up to 120 words. Papers should not be already published. Accepted papers will be presented at the conference and published in the proceedings - if publication is desired. We foresee two kinds of slots:

Standard papers that will be published in the "Springer Synthese Library" volume [subject to acceptance]. Presentation 30 minutes, including discussion. [We incorporated the 'young researchers' track into the main track.]
All submissions will be reviewed double-blind by 2-3 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 "paper" (800-1000 words) in PDF or plain text. Accordingly, please do not use the check-box "Abstract Only". (The abbreviation "Corr. Auth." stands for "corresponding author".)



Submission of abstracts: 31. July 2021

Decisions announced: 31. August 2017

Conference: 28-29 September 2021

Submission for publication: 15. November 2021 - Online to the same EasyChair installation:

Internal reviewing done: 30 November 2021

Final revised publication text: 10. December 2021

Submission editor to publisher: December 2021



Publication in the proceedings is optional, not obligatory. After the conference, the presented papers will be submitted in full length on EasyChair, reviewed among the authors, and revised.


- Papers max. 7500 words (ca. 12 pages in our format), including everything

Full papers will be re-submitted on EasyChair and peer reviewed a 2nd time. Submission to Springer is taken care of by the editor - see below!

We will use the  "Springer SocPsych" Author-Date reference style (sample), which is basically "APA 6th". (Program files: EndNoteZoteroBibTeX.)

Detailed technical guidelines and templates (Word/LaTeX) for our ‘chapters’ are on We will not make an index. The usage of Springer's (antique) templates is not mandatory. Alternatively, a) for Word, use the template or a blank document and with the default settings and styles (e.g., for heading styles, lists, footnotes, etc.) - but do use styles rather than formatting by hand. For authors working with 'Word': please avoid inserting equations as graphic files. Use the Math function of Word 2003 or 2007, MathType or Microsoft Equation Editor to create your equations. b) For LaTeX Aaron Sloman has kindly provided additional detailed instructions

Publication will be in Springer SAPERE series

Published papers from previous conferences have been downloaded over 350,000 times from the publishers sites alone:

2011: 'Minds and Machines' & SAPERE series

2013: Synthese series

2017: SAPERE series



The conference will deal with fundamental issues of present and future artificial intelligence (but not with technical issues of AI):

Basic Concepts of AI

  • Complexity 

  • Computation 

  • Consciousness 

  • Creativity 

  • Free will 

  • Information

  • Intelligence 

  • Intentionality & meaning & representation 

  • Life 

  • Superintelligence & singularity 

Ethics of AI

  • Human dignity and AI 

  • Impact on society 

  • Machine ethics 

  • Bias & fairness

  • Responsibility & rights for machines 

  • Risk to humanity & AI safety

  • Privacy, manipulation

Approaches & Methods of AI

  • 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 

Challenges of AI

  • Action selection & rational choice 

  • Brain emulation and uploading 

  • Symbol grounding 

  • Common sense

  • Frame problem 

  • Gödelian arguments 

  • Turing test 



The event is sponsored by Chalmers University of Technology