[Comp-neuro] 2nd Call for Papers: Swarm Cognition Workshop

Dimitri Ognibene dimitri.ognibene at istc.cnr.it
Tue May 26 09:37:04 CEST 2009

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2nd Call for Papers: Swarm Cognition Workshop

The workshop is part of the 31st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science
Society (CogSci 2009 - http://cognitivesciencesociety.org/conference2009/)

Important Dates

Paper submission deadline: 1 June 2009
Notice of acceptance: 12 June 2009
Camera ready deadline: 3 July 2009
Workshop date: 29 July 2009


Swarm Cognition is the juxtaposition of two relatively unrelated concepts
that evoke, on the one hand, the power of collective behaviours displayed by
natural swarms, and on the other hand the complexity of cognitive processes
in the vertebrate brain. With this premise, the Swarm Cognition Workshop
aims at promoting synergies between diverse disciplines such as cognitive
neurosciences, psychology, ethology and swarm intelligence. Research work in
Swarm Cognition aims at identifying the operational principles of cognitive
behaviour by calling upon the underlying mechanisms of self-organising
systems, i.e., systems whose internal organisation changes without being
guided by an outside source.

For up to date information, see the workshop website:

Keynote Speakers

The workshop features 5 keynotes speakers:
+ Prof. Kevin Passino - Ohio State Univesity
+ Prof. Gustavo Deco - Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
+ Prof. Jean-Louis Deneubourg - Université Libre de Bruxelles
+ Prof. Gregor Schöner - Ruhr-Universität-Bochum
+ Dr. James Marshall - University of Bristol

Interactive Discussion Forum

The workshop website hosts a discussion forum open to the public, where
people are invited to collaborate to develop issues related to the
epistemological basis of Swarm Cognition and its relation to other
disciplines. The forum is intended as an open place for discussion related
to Swarm Cognition. It should result in a coherent set of issues to be
further developed during the workshop.
At the moment, three lines of discussion (or articles) are set up for
collaborative development:
+ Swarm Cognition and Neuroscience
+ Swarm Cognition and Ethology
+ Swarm Cognition and Artificial Life
Other topics of discussion may be proposed by the users, upon agreement with
the organising committee. Workshop participants and all interested people
can contribute to the discussion by logging in the workshop website and
contributing with their own perspective. With each article, a discussion
page is provided where to debate about controversial issues, or to further
motivate some claim. Detailed instructions are available at:


We expect and encourage submissions about either work in progress or final
results. Additionally, already published work recast into the Swarm
Cognition framework are also eligible for presentation at the workshop. In
this case, contributions should necessarily provide: (i) an introductory
section that explains how the presented research fits within the Swarm
Cognition approach, (ii) a summary of the most significant results obtained
and (iii) a conclusion section that outlooks future studies on Swarm
Full papers have no page limits, meaning that we accept submissions from
single to several pages. Nevertheless, all authors are encouraged to explain
how their work fits within the Swarm Cognition framework and contributes to
the progress on the important questions identified for the workshop.


All formatting guidelines (including word and latex style files) and
submission instructions are available on the workshop submission page:

Topics and goals

The originality of this workshop is marked by the following: (i) addressing
cutting edge Swarm Cognition research issues; (ii) involving a truly
interdisciplinary cooperation; (iii) hosting world leading keynote speakers
in the field. This workshop is envisioned as being a first meeting on Swarm
Cognition. As such, the issues which the workshop will raise are of interest
to a surprisingly diverse array of specialities. In no particular order, the
following come to mind:
+ Cognitive science
+ Neurosciences
+ Situated agents
+ Bounded rationality
+ Neuroeconomics
+ Evolutionary game theory
+ Cognitive ethology
+ Neural computation and distributed representations
+ Distributed computation
+ Population biology
+ Swarm intelligence
+ Reinforcement learning
+ Adaptive control
+ Cultural evolution
+ Cognitive sociology


The material presented at the workshop will be fully accessible through the
workshop web site. Authors of paper accepted for the “Swam Cognition”
workshop will be invited to submit in September/October 2009 an extended
version for review for publication on a special issue on Swarm Cognition of
the Swarm Intelligence Journal (Springer Verlag, seehttp://

Workshop Chairs

Dr. Vito Trianni - Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technology, CNR,
Rome, Italy
Dr. Elio Tuci - Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technology, CNR, Rome,

Program Committee

Andrea Cavagna (Centre for Statistical Mechanics and Complexity and
Institute for Complex Systems, CNR-INFM, Rome, Italy)
Nikolaus Correll (Distributed Robotics Lab , MIT CSAIL, Cambridge, MA)
Iain D. Couzin (Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Princeton
University, NJ)
Marco Dorigo (IRIDIA, ULB, Brussels, Belgium)
Simon Garnier (Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Princeton
University, NJ)
Aldo Genovesio (Dipartimento di Fisiologia e Farmacologia, Sapienza
Università di Roma, Italy)
Carlos Gershenson (VUB, Brussels, Belgium - New England Complex Systems
Institute, Cambridge, MA)
Irene Giardina (Centre for Statistical Mechanics and Complexity, CNR-INFM,
Rome, Italy)
Paul Graham (CCNR, Univesitiy of Sussex, Brighton, UK)
Dirk Helbing (ETH Zurich)
Takashi Ikegami (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Laurent Keller (Department of Ecology and Evolution, UNIL, Lausanne,
Stefano Nolfi (ISTC, CNR, Rome, Italy)
Frank Pasemann (Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Osnabrueck,
Andrew Philippides (CCNR, Univesitiy of Sussex, Brighton, UK)
Matt Schlesinger (Psychology Department, Southern Illinois University,
Carbondale, IL)
Mototaka Suzuki (Department of Neuroscience, Columbia University, New York,
Jun Tani (Lab. for Behavior and Dynamic Cognition, RIKEN Brain Science
Institute, Wako-shi, Saitama, Japan)
Guy Theraulaz (Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale, CNRS and
Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France)
Steffen Wishmann (LIS, EPFL - Department of Ecology and Evolution, UNIL,
Lausanne, Switzerland)

Vito Trianni, Ph.D.                                     vito.trianni@
via San Martino della Battaglia, 44
00185 Roma                                                      Tel: +39 06
44595 215
Italy                                                                   Fax:
+39 06 44595 243
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