July 25th, half day
Organizers: Andrew Adamatzky, Yukio Gunji, Jordi Valverdu
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. We welcome presentations on 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. Papers are encouraged to show 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. Processes analogous to memorising, learning and classification by protocognitive agents are of great interest. We also would like to have presentations on protoaffects, where spatio-temporal behavioural patterns of substrates and creatures are interpreted in a frameworks of emotional space. Experimental laboratory, computer modelling, mathematical and philosophical papers are very welcome.