Special Issue "Selected Papers from Symposium on Natural/Unconventional Computing and Its Philosophical Significance"
A special issue of Entropy (ISSN 1099-4300).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 August 2012)
Prof. Dr. Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic
School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Computer Science Laboratory, Mälardalen University, Sweden
Phone: + 46 21 15 17 25
Fax: + 46 21 10 31 10
Interests: philosophy of information and computing
Dr. Raffaela Giovagnoli
Pontifical Lateran University, Vatican City
Interests: analytic philosophy (Frege and speech acts theory); normative pragmatics (Brandom, Habermas)
The symposium addresses, but is not limited to, the following topics, grouped in two tracks:
(I) NATURAL COMPUTING/UNCONVENTIONAL COMPUTING
This track will address the emerging paradigm of natural computing, and its philosophical consequences with different aspects including (but not limited to):
- Theoretical and philosophical view of natural computing/unconventional computing with its philosophical significance (such as understanding of computational processes in nature and in human mind).
- Differences between conventional and unconventional computing.
- Digital vs analog & discrete vs continuous computing
- Recent advances in natural computation (as computation found in nature, including organic computing; computation performed by natural materials and computation inspired by nature)
- Computation and its interpretation in a broader context of possible frameworks for modeling and implementing computation.
It is important to bring philosophical reflection into the discussion of all the above topics.
(II) REPRESENTATION AND COMPUTATIONALISM
This track highlights the relevance of the relationship between human representation and machine representation to bring out the main issues concerning the contrast between symbolic representation/processing on the one hand and nature-inspired, non-symbolic forms of computation on the other-with a special focus on connectionism. We also welcome work on hybrids of symbolic and non-symbolic representations. Particular movements that papers may wish to address are:
- 'Embedded, Embodied, Enactive' approach to cognitive science (from Varela et al)
- 'Dynamic Systems' approach (from, say, Port and Van Gelder);
- Other representational possibilities that are clearly available: no representations or minimal representations;
- Process/procedural representations (e.g. from Kevin O'Regan).
Entropy 2012, 14(9), 1703-1716; doi:10.3390/e14091703
Received: 2 August 2012; in revised form: 30 August 2012 / Accepted: 5 September 2012 / Published: 7 September 2012| Download PDF Full-text (368 KB)
Entropy 2012, 14(10), 1877-1893; doi:10.3390/e14101877
Received: 19 June 2012; in revised form: 20 September 2012 / Accepted: 25 September 2012 / Published: 8 October 2012| Download PDF Full-text (498 KB)
Entropy 2012, 14(10), 1939-1952; doi:10.3390/e14101939
Received: 23 August 2012; in revised form: 8 October 2012 / Accepted: 9 October 2012 / Published: 17 October 2012| Download PDF Full-text (514 KB)
Entropy 2012, 14(11), 2066-2080; doi:10.3390/e14112066
Received: 20 August 2012; Accepted: 19 October 2012 / Published: 25 October 2012| Download PDF Full-text (194 KB)
Entropy 2012, 14(11), 2173-2191; doi:10.3390/e14112173
Received: 3 September 2012; in revised form: 29 October 2012 / Accepted: 30 October 2012 / Published: 5 November 2012| Download PDF Full-text (316 KB)
Entropy 2012, 14(12), 2408-2412; doi:10.3390/e14122408
Received: 31 October 2012; Accepted: 1 November 2012 / Published: 27 November 2012| Download PDF Full-text (139 KB)
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