Call: DISSELF II: Self-Perception in Human and Artificial Agents Workshop

DISSELF II: Self-Perception in Human and Artificial Agents
Faculty of Arts and Humanities – University of Porto
23 October 2019

Abstract submissions deadline: 15th of August 2019

Keynote Speakers:

  • Makila AUVRAY – Institut des Système Intelligents et Robotique, Paris.
  • Anna CIAUNICA – MLAG-Institute of Philosophy, University of Porto.
  • António MARQUES (TBC) – Politécnico do Porto, Escola Superior de Saúde.
  • Verónica ORVALHO – Department of Computer Science, University of Porto.
  • Manos TSAKIRIS – Royal Holloway, University of London.
  • David HARIS SMITH – McMaster University, Canada.

The capacity to integrate self-related information across multiple sensory channels is fundamental to building cohesive representations of our self, body and world. Self-perception scaffolds both our subjective experience of being present, in the here and now, and our successful navigation in a complex physical and social environment.

Recent years have seen a substantial increase in research aiming at implementing complex forms of mental states such as self-consciousness in artificial agents such as robots and machines. The aim of our interdisciplinary workshop is to bring together philosophers, psychologists, computer scientists and neuroscientists in order to address the following (non-exhaustive) list of questions:

  • What are the mechanisms underlying self-perception in humans?
  • What is an artificial agent?
  • How do I experience and recognize my ‘self’ inside a body that interacts constantly and dynamically with the physical and social environment?
  • Can we ‘transfer’ this knowledge into artificial bodies in order to build autonomous and self-conscious robots and machines?
  • What does alterations of self-perception teach us about our typical sense of self and more generally about conscious experiences?
  • What are the similarities and dissimilarities of self-perception in human and artificial agents?

Our one-day workshop will be followed by the 4th AVANT Conference – Trends in Interdisciplinary studies: The Fragmentation of Cognition allowing thereby wider and fruitful exchanges between the speakers and the participants of the conference and the workshop.


We have a few slots available for high-quality poster presentations. If interested in presenting your work, please send an abstract of max 300 words by 15th of August with the subject header “DISSELF II POSTER” to

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by 30th of August.


  • Workshop date: 23rd of October 2019
  • Abstract submissions: 15th of August 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: 30th of August 2019
  • Registration opens: 1st of September 2019 (please note that the registration is free but mandatory for non-speakers)

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Please contact Dr. Anna Ciaunica and Diana Couto at for any queries.


  • Ana Ciaunica (MLAG-IF, University of Porto)
  • Sofia Miguens (MLAG-IF, University of Porto)
  • Diana Couto (LOGOS-University of Barcelona &  MLAG-IF, University of Porto)


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