Call: International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Information

Call for Abstracts

International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Information
University of Porto (Portugal)
December 5-7, 2017

Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2017

Dear all,

Proposals are welcome for the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Information, which will be held at the Faculty of Arts, University of Porto (Portugal) on December 5, 6 and 7, 2017. The official language is English.

Graduate students, junior researchers and senior scholars are welcome to submit their work.


  • Professor Luciano Floridi (University of Oxford)
  • Professor Estela Bicho (University of Minho)
  • Professor Eugénio Oliveira (University of Porto)
  • Professor Luis Moniz Pereira (University of Lisbon)


We invite submission for a 30 minute presentation (followed by 10 minute discussion).

The following tracks are available:

Track A: Human-Technology Interfaces

  • History and Philosophy of Brain-Computer Interfaces;
  • Conceptual issues (what is and what is not a BCI);
  • Neural prostheses, neurochips and neural interfaces;
  • Brain-Machine interfaces and its applications;
  • Invasive, Partially Invasive and Non-invasive BCIs;
  • Electronic neural networks and brain-to-brain interfaces;
  • Future directions and challenges;

Track B: Philosophy and Ethics of Information

  • Conceptual nature and basic principles of information;
  • Unified theory of information and logical theories of information;
  • The symbol-grounding problem and the gettier problem;
  • the 4th Revolution: the impacts of ICTs and the infosphere;
  • The Design of Internet Architecture and Human Rights;
  • The Ethics of Big Data and Cloud Computing: the Right to be forgotten;
  • Theoretical Foundations of Computer Ethics;

Track C: Artificial Intelligence

  • History and Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence;
  • Artificial General Intelligence and Friendly AI;
  • Artificial neural network models;
  • Computational Theories of Mind versus Biological Theories of Mind;
  • Weak AI, Strong AI and Skepticism;
  • Logic versus Anti-Logic approaches to AI;
  • Embodied, Enactive, Extended and Embedded approaches to AI;
  • Machine Learning and Quantum Computation;
  • Robots replacing humans (Moley robotics, Everwin Precision Technology, Da Vinci (surgery), Humanoid robots, Robot sex, Nursing, Health Care, Law, etc.);

Track D: General Ethical Considerations

  • The Consequences of BCI technology, the side-effects and alteration of personhood;
  • Blurring of the division between human and machine;
  • Therapeutic applications and their possible exceedance (human enhancement), mind-reading and privacy, mind-control, use of technology by governmental authorities;
  • Animal welfare and experimentation;
  • Risks of an uncontrolled AI development (the Control Problem, Robots of War, Virtual Reality Torture, etc);
  • Existential Risks (Hawking, Musk, Bostrom, Gates);

Track E: Transhumanism

  • Whole Brain Emulation (mind-uploading) and life extension technology (digital immortality);
  • Moore’s Law, computer power and technological singularity;
  • Brain simulation and reverse-engineering;
  • The problem of Personal Identity (Ship of Theseus) and survival;
  • The enhanced carnality of Post-Biological Life and Neurobotics;
  • Superintelligences, Virtual Reality and Natural Cyborgs;

Track F: Ethics and Law of Artificial Agents

  • Artificial Agency and Moral Status of robots;
  • Ethical and Moral Considerations in Non-Human Agents;
  • Programming Machine Ethics;
  • Robots, AI Revolution and Unemployment;
  • Political, legal and ethical consequences of non-human agents;

Track G: Open Track (other topics)

  • The Imaginary of Artificial Intelligence in the Arts (film, series, literature, etc);
  • Dystopian narratives, privacy and freedom of speech;
  • Robotic Art;
  • Other topics related with Artificial Intelligence and Information.

An extended abstract of approximately 250-500 words should be prepared for blind review and include a cover page with full name, institution, contact information and short bio. Files should be submitted in doc(x) word.

Please indicate in the subject of the message the following structure:
“First Name Last Name – Track – Title of Abstract”

We intend to produce a collected volume based upon contributions to the conference.

Proposals must be sent to

Further queries can be directed to the same address.

Deadline for submissions: September 30, 2017.
Deadline for notification of acceptance:  October 25, 2017.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE: Diana Neiva (UP), João Alberto Pinto (UP), Sofia Miguens (UP) and Steven S. Gouveia (UM).

ORGANIZATION: Episteme & Logos Association

SUPPORT:  Mind, Language and Action Group – IF


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