UP-DATED on July 2 for CASYS'07

8th International Conference CASYS’07
on Computing Anticipatory Systems, August 6-11, 2007,
HEC-ULg, Liège, Belgium, organized by the
ASBL CHAOSCASYS’07 PROGRAM Up-dated on JULY 10, 2007 

Each Conference Room is equipped with a COMPUTER (diskette, CD, DVD, USB memory stick), a PC BEAMER PROJECTOR, and an OVERHEAD PROJECTOR for transparencies.


REGISTRATION: Monday August 6, 8:00-10:00at HEC Management School - University of Liege, 14, rue Louvrex, LiègeThe registration desk will be open from Monday to Saturday.
RECEPTION AT THE CITY HALL: Monday August 6, 12:30-13:30Hôtel de Ville de Liège, Place du Marché, Liège
BANQUET: Thursday August 9, 20:00-23:00Restaurant: Le Duc d'Anjou, 127, Rue des Guillemins, Liège
Monday August 6, 10:00-12:00Opening Address of CASYS’07Marc Dubru, Director-General, HEC-ULgHEC Management School – University of Liege, Belgium  New Trends in Computing Anticipatory SystemsProfessor Daniel Dubois, President of CASYS’07HEC Management School – University of Liege, Belgium  The Communication of Meaning in Anticipatory SystemsProfessor Loet Leydesdorff, Vice-President of CASYS’07
Amsterdam School of Communications Research (ASCoR), The Netherlands
Monday August 6, 18:30-20:30Neural Approaches to Machine ConsciousnessIgor Aleksander, FREngProfessor Emeritus in Neural Systems Engineering
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Imperial College, London (UK)Abstract

'Machine Consciousness', which some years ago might have been suppressed as an inappropriate pursuit, has come out of the closet and is now a legitimate area of research concern.

I will briefly review the last few years of worldwide research in this area which divides into rule-based and neural approaches. 

I shall then show that neural approaches undertaken in my laboratory have permitted addressing phenomenological consciousness, that is, a form of depictive inner representation that has five specific axiomatic features: a sense of self-presence in an external world; a sense of imagination of past experience and fiction; a sense of attention; a capacity for planning; a sense of emotion-based volition that influences planning. It is shown that these five features have separate but integrated support in dynamic neural systems. 

Examples and demonstrations are given. 

The presentation ends with a consideration of some ethical issues.

Tuesday August 7, 18:00-20:00Quantum Mechanics, Pattern Recognition, and the Mammalian BrainDr George F. Chapline, Physicist N-division, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (USA)AbstractAlthough the usual Chapman-Kolmogorov way of representing Markov processes is time asymmetric, there is a way of describing Markov processes, due to Schrodinger, which is time symmetric. This observation provides a link between quantum mechanics and the layered Bayesian networks that are often used in automated pattern recognition systems. In particular, there is a striking formal similarity between quantum mechanics and a particular type of Bayesian network, the Helmholtz machine, which provides a plausible model for how the mammalian brain recognizes important environmental situations. One interesting aspect of this relationship is that the "wake-sleep" algorithm for training a Helmholtz machine is very similar to the problem of finding the potential for the multi-channel Schrodinger equation. As a practical application of this insight it may be possible to use inverse scattering techniques to study the relationship between human brain wave patterns, pattern recognition, and learning. The relationship between quantum mechanics, pattern recognition, and human cognition may also go a long way towards explaining the "unreasonable effectiveness" of mathematics in theoretical physics. We also comment on whether there is a relationship between quantum measurements and consciousness.
Wednesday August 8, 14:00-15:00The Logic of Nervous System DesignBrian D. Josephson Department of Physics, University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) 
BEST PAPER AWARD Ceremony: Saturday August 11, 11:00-12:00
Closing Cocktail




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