[robotics-worldwide] Call for Papers on Implications for a Theory of Mind on Intelligent (ToM) for Adaptive, Intelligent Systems

Berg-Cross, Gary Ctr SAF/XCPAB Gary.Berg-Cross at pentagon.af.mil
Thu May 14 12:53:31 PDT 2009

As part of the 9th ninth iteration of the Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems workshop  (PerMIS'09) is seeking to organize a session that more directly addresses how a "Theory of Mind" (ToM), which predicts external behavior of others by attributing internal states, such as knowledge, beliefs, and intentions may affect performance and adaptability of intelligent systems.  This follows the 2008 PerMIS session dealing with Biologically Inspired Models of Intelligent Systems which discussed bio-Inspiration and cognitive development approaches to intelligence as an emergent phenomenon based on dynamic interaction between a physical body, the properties of its environment, its cognitive and motivational biases and its personal history. A ToM seems particularly relevant to the eventual goal of highly competent systems able to achieve goals in a relatively autonomous way, but the bulk of its research to date has been a mix of  child development studies along with evidence from brain function (e.g. viewing specific brain regions as a component of ToM) or clinical studies or autism, schizophrenia, Asperger and Williams syndrome.

Proposals addressing the theme overall themes of PerMIS to address performance issues are strongly encouraged. This year a major focus is "Does performance measurement accelerate the pace of advancement for intelligent systems?" However, as NIST's Jim Abbus has expressed at recent workshops  there are scientific and practical goals to consider.  One concerns the larger goal of a "Scientific Theory of Mind" - to "extend the frontiers of human knowledge to include a scientific understanding  of the processes in the human brain that give rise to the phenomenon of mind. The other considers computational theory of mind as an emerging phenomena with the practical possibility that such intelligent machines could "help produce wealth
i.e., goods and services that people want and need."

We therefore welcome proposals dealing with both research and applied interests including  innovative theoretical, methodological, or practical questions on topics like a ToM. Contributions to the discussion are most welcome from the diverse disciplines that study intelligent systems including computer science, AI, simulation & modeling, cognitive science and psychology, behavioral and social science, neuroscience (neurophysiology, brain modeling), and the biomedical sciences as well as philosophy.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

 *   Developmental issues to better understand the consistent path of ToM
    *   For example, the interactions and mix of higher-order,  executive functions (e.g. self-regulatory cognitive processes, working memory and control of attention along with resistance to interference) and lower cognitive abilities needed for a ToM to develop,

o   The relation of joint attention, communication, imitation, declarative point or episodic memory to a ToM,

o   Modular vs. explanatory theory formulations of a ToM.

*         Robotic tests of a ToM

o   The use of developmental robots to test how a ToM might be learned through their interactions with a surrounding environment.

*         ToM and levels of autonomy,

*         Cognitive architectures to support a ToM,

*         The role of social involvement , language and understanding including:

o   Human-robot and robot-robot interaction,

o   Collaboration & coordination

*         The importance of embodiment in a ToM,

*         The role of a ToM in developmental progression of social skills & more complex cognitive abilities,

*         Taxonomies &  conceptions and beliefs about people, about human behavior, about social interactions, rules, and roles supporting a ToM

*         Observational methods (e.g. false belief task) to test a ToM including work with Primates

Please forward paper proposals of not more than 500 words in .doc format, and with the email subject line PerMIS ToM Proposal, to Gary Berg-Cross at gbergcross at gmail.com by Wed June 10th, 2009. All applicants will be notified of a decision by early July.


Workshop Location

NIST Campus, Gaithersburg MD, 20899,  September 21-23, 2009

First Call for Papers

Call Deadline: 10-June-2009

For information on this year's schedule see http://www.isd.mel.nist.gov/PerMIS_2009/index.htm

* Information on the Overall Workshop *

In addition to the main theme ( "Does performance measurement accelerate the pace of advancement for intelligent systems?"), as in previous years, the workshop will focus on applications of performance measures to practical problems in commercial, industrial, homeland security, and military applications.

PerMIS workshops generally concern "methodologies of evaluating performance of intelligent systems and has used a working definition of functional intelligence as "the ability to act appropriately in an uncertain environment."  Within this we've  tried to encourage discussion of topics like developmental robots as "useful tools for studying theory of mind " and have something on this a topic at the workshop each year

With its NIST and DARPA connections PerMIS has proved to be an excellent forum for discussions and partnerships, dissemination of ideas, and future collaborations in an informal setting. Attendees usually include researchers, graduate students, practitioners from industry, academia, and government agencies.

Additional information

Proposal for invited sessions June 17, 2009

Notification of acceptance July 24, 2009
Final papers due August 21, 2009

Gary Berg-Cross, Ph.D.
PerMIS Program Committee

gbergcross at gmail.com      http://ontolog.cim3.net/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?GaryBergCross
SOCoP Executive Secretary
Principal, EM&I Semantic Technology
Potomac, MD

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