Workshop (PROTCOG)


July 25th, half day, Mars

Organizers: Andrew Adamatzky, Yukio Gunji, Jordi Valverdu
Chair: Yukio Gunji


Protocognition is acquaintance of information, recognition of stimulatory spaces, building up knowledge, and developing wisdom, sensing, decision mapping, learning, reasoning, believing, being erroneous, showing feeling and emotional states by chemical and physical substrates and living creatures without a nervous system. The presentations at the workshop will address protocognitive abilities of single molecules and their ensembles, chemical reactions and media, fluids, patterns and nonlinearities, droplets, polymers, single cell organisms, including bacteria, protists and moulds, and their colonies, fungi, plants, algae. The speakers will show us how apparently non-intelligent or even non-living substrates behave as if they sensibly and purposefully acquire information about their surroundings, analyse the information concurrently and make decisions based on the analysis.

Session 1 (10:30-12:00)
10:30 Introduction (Yukio Gunji, Jordi VallverdĂș, Andrew Adamatzky) (10 mins)
10:40 Martin Hanczyc (Univ of Trento, Italy) (30 mins): Chemical Protocognition
11:10 Matthew Egbert (Univ of Auckland, New Zealand) (30 mins): Protocognition not protocomputation
11:40 Alex Stokes (Univ of Southampton, UK) (20 mins): Information processing and decision mapping in a growing biological organism
12:00 Lunch break (90 mins)

Session 2 (13:30-15:00)
13:30 Taichi Haruna (Tokyo Woman’s Christian University, Japan) (30 mins): Ordinal preferential attachment: Strictly local mechanism to produce scale-free networks
14:00 Igor Balaz (University of Novi Sad, Serbia) (30 mins): Embodied protocognition in evolutionary agents.
14:30 Yukio Gunji (University of Waseda, Japan) (30 mins): Chinese room understands Chinese: Orthomodularity leading to conjunction fallacy
15:00 End and coffee break

Further dissemination:
Extended versions of the talks will be published in the Int J Unconventional Computing

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