Machine Consciousness 2011: Self, Integration and Explanation
Written by Ricardo Sanz   
Thursday, 17 March 2011
The workshop Machine Consciousness 2011: Self, Integration and Explanation is a symposium to be held in conjunction with the Conference on Artificial Intelligence and the Simulation of Behaviour 2011 (AISB 2011). This event will take place on April 4-7, 2011 at the University of York, UK.

From the conference website:

"Machine Consciousness (MC) concerns itself with the creation of artefacts which have, or model, mental characteristics typically associated with consciousness such as (self-) awareness, emotion, affect, phenomenal states, imagination, etc."

"Machine Consciousness 2011 will host contributions that are based on actual or potentially implemented models, either in the sense that they detail actual or potential artefacts or that they seriously engage with previous published work or models, either by critiquing or extending that work. We favour new work - even if preliminary - over work which has received multiple publication elsewhere."

For more information on MC2011, please consult the MC2011 Website.

ASLab people (RS,CH,GS) will participate with a half-engineering half-philosophy contribution titled: Consciousness, Meaning and the Future Phenomenology.


Phenomenological states are generally considered sources of intrinsic motivation for autonomous biological agents. In this paper we will address the issue of exploiting these states for robust goal-directed systems. We will provide an analysis of consciousness in terms of a precise definition of how an agent ”understands” the informational flows entering the agent. This model of consciousness and understanding is based in the analysis and evaluation of phenomenological states along potential trajectories in the phase space of the agents. This implies that a possible strategy to follow in order to build autonomous but useful systems is to embed them with the particular, ad-hoc phenomenology that captures the requirements that define the system usefulness from a requirements-strict engineering viewpoint.

The ASys Epistemic Control Loop

The approach we advocate -the so-called ASys Vision- is based in the definition of a tool-supported engineering process and the production of reusable assets for the construction of bespoke, industrial-grade cognitive systems. A key concept in this vision is the idea of cognitive patterns, i.e. reusable designs for minds. The Epistemic Control Loop is one of those patterns.

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