[robotics-worldwide] [journals] CFP - Robotics, AI and Synthetic Biology - What can Synthetic Biology offer to Artificial Intelligence (and vice versa)? (BioSystems special issue)

Luisa Damiano luisa.damiano at unibg.it
Sat Dec 27 08:59:33 PST 2014

Call For Paper - Deadline: 30.01.2015

*Main disciplines involved: Robotics, AI and Synthetic Biology*
BioSystems (Elsevier) Special issue on: What can Synthetic Biology offer to
Artificial Intelligence (and vice versa)?


Guest Editors: L. Damiano1, Y. Kuruma2, and P. Stano3

1 CERCO (Research Centre on Complex Systems), ESARG (Epistemology of the
Sciences of the Artificial Research Group), University of Bergamo, Italy
2 Earth and Life Science Institute, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo,
3 Science Department, University Roma 3, Italy


The emergence of the “embodied approach” in the cognitive sciences and AI
increasingly focuses the investigations in these fields on the role(s)
played by the body’s self-production and bodily interactions in cognition.
This re-integration of the biological body in the scientific study of
cognition, directed towards overcoming the Cartesian dichotomy
characterizing classical cognitive science and AI, is progressing while
significant advancements in the biological sciences are taking place.

One of the most notable is the development of Synthetic Biology (SB), a
research area dedicated to the synthesis and assembly of biological parts,
systems and/or processes to modify extant biological cells, or, in the most
ambitious cases, to build synthetic cells. The constitution of this new
field offers to the scientific community a new way of exploring the role
played by the body in cognitive process: extending AI research within the
domain of experimental biology, i.e., assigning to SB the task of building
and experimentally studying minimal synthetic models of cognitive systems
and processes.

The Special Issue “*What Synthetic Biology can offer to Artificial
Intelligence and viceversa*” is directed towards the creation of an highly
interdisciplinary community able of critically discuss, fruitfully
correlate and programmatically improve the emergent research programs
involving cooperation between SB and AI in the exploration of cognitive
processes. The main idea is that of promoting the interaction between
experimental research and theoretical and/or epistemological reflection,
and the emergence of a strongly interdisciplinary front line in SB, AI,
philosophy of science and related fields that cooperatively tackle issues
as the following:

   - Can SB constructively explore the embodied cognition and intelligence
   through the constitution of biological systems and phenomena? If yes, how?
   In which conditions and in what ways could this exploration positively
   contribute to AI research? That is: What can SB offer to AI?
   - Can SB support the structuring process of an effective Embodied
   Approach to the cognitive sciences and AI? Why and how?
   - How concrete collaborations between computer science, robotics and SB
   can develop studies on natural forms of intelligence?
   - Can SB contribute to the development of new forms of cognition
   alternative to the ones we know?
   - Can AI (and what kind of AI) be involved in SB approaches? And how?
   - In addition to the mathematical approach of systems biology, what kind
   of technical tools, abstractions, visions and methods – those that are
   typical of AI – can be useful to SB?

 Call for Papers

We ask for both position papers proposing specific methodologies and/or
approaches, and papers describing empirical and/or theoretical original
research. In particular, we will be looking for papers focusing on:

   - current/possible research programs and/or approaches involving SB in
   AI’s research and vice versa;
   - the discussion of the role that SB can play in AI’s research, based on
   theoretical arguments and/or empirical studies;
   - the investigation of one or more aspects of the (possible/ actual)
   cooperative relationship(s) between SB and AI.

 Papers should be long between 4000 and 6000 words (references excluded).

*Submitting instructions:*  Authors can submit their papers any time
until *30th
January 2015*. Online submission can be found at:
http://ees.elsevier.com/bio/default.asp. When asked to choose article type,
please select ‘SI: SB and AI. All submissions should meet Biosystems author
guidelines (http://ees.elsevier.com/bio/default.asp).

Please contact Dr. Luisa Damiano at luisa.damiano at gmail.com , Dr. Yutetsu
Kuruma at kuruma at elsi.jp and Dr. Pasquale Stano at stano at uniroma3.it for
further questions.
 Important dates

*Paper submission deadline: 30th January 2015 *
Final acceptance: 30 June 2015

(Publication: 10 weeks after the final acceptance)
***Please, note that these dates could be modified during the review


Luisa Damiano, PhD
Associate Researcher, CERCO
Professor (temporary appointment), Department of Human and Social Sciences
University of Bergamo
Piazzale S. Agostino 2
Room 10
24129 Bergamo

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