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AAAI 2005 Fall Symposium

AAAI 2005 Fall Symposium on Anticipatory Cognitive Embodied Systems


AAAI 2005 Fall Symposium

From Reactive to Anticipatory Cognitive Embodied Systems

November 3-6, 2005, Hyatt Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia


Do cognitive systems need anticipatory capabilities to successfully cope with a dynamic environment? How deep is the relation between cognition, action and anticipation? How much explicit such anticipatory representations are? What is the role of anticipation in artificial, human and animal cognitive systems?

The fall symposium will face these great challenges by bringing together top scientists from Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Psychology, AI and Robotics. The pervasiveness of anticipation in cognitive systems is in fact acknowledged by many diverse disciplines but still there is a need for a unified approach to the subject.

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The proceedings of the symposium are published in the AAAI Technical Report Series.

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November 4


Invited Talk
Chair: Cristiano Castelfranchi

Mark H. Bickhard
Anticipation and Representation


10.30 - Coffee Break


Implicit and Explicit Anticipatory Representations
Chair: Martin Butz

Kai-yuh Hsiao and Deb Roy
A Habit System for an Interactive Robot 

Cristiano Castelfranchi
Mind as an Anticipatory Device: For a Theory of Expectations

Randal Nelson and Yiannis Aloimonos
Understanding Activity: Learning the Language of Action

Commentary by Martin Butz

Open discussion

12.30 - Lunch


Anticipation in learning and development
Chair: Deb Roy

Douglas S. Blank, Joshua M. Lewis and James B. Marshall
The Multiple Roles of Anticipation in Developmental Robotics

Vishal Soni and Satinder Singh 
Reinforcement Learning of Hierarchical Skills on the Sony Aibo robot

Josh Bongard and Hod Lipson  
Automatic Synthesis of Multiple Internal Models Through Active Exploration

Commentary by Deb Roy

Open discussion

3.30 – Coffee Break


Anticipation and emotions
Chair: Andrew Ortony

Yoichiro Endo
Anticipatory and Improvisional Robot via Recollection and Exploitation of Episodic Memories

Emiliano Lorini and Rino Falcone
Modelling Expectations in Cognitive Agents

Carlos Herrera Pérez and Dave Moffat
Fear: Appraisal of danger or anticipation of harm

Commentary by Andrew Ortony

Open discussion

Evening: Opening Reception


November 5


Invited Talk
Chair: Andrew Ortony

Stephen Grossberg
Anticipatory Brain Dynamics in Perception, Cognition, and Action


10.30 - Coffee Break


Anticipation in Perception and Attention
Chair: Christian Balkenius

Paolo Cherubini, Michele Burigo, Emanuela Bricolo
Inference-driven Mechanisms of Attentional Orienting

Weilie Yi and Dana H. Ballard
Routine Based Models of Anticipation in Natural Behaviors

Michael Felsberg, Per-Erik Forssen, Anders Moe and Gosta Granlund
A COSPAL Subsystem: Solving a Shape-Sorter Puzzle

Commentary by Christian Balkenius

Open discussion

12.30 - Lunch


Anticipation for action control
Chair: Cristiano Castelfranchi

Oliver Herbort, Martin V. Butz and Joachim Hoffmann
Towards an Adaptive Hierarchical Anticipatory Behavioral Control System

Mary Hayhoe, Neil Mennie, Brian Sullivan and Keith Gorgos
The Role of Internal Models and Prediction in Catching Balls

Serin Lee Takashi Kubota and Ichiro Nakatani
Situated Action Generator Post-hoc Reconstruction of Plans

Commentary by Cristiano Castelfranchi

Open discussion

3.30 – Coffee Break


Understanding and anticipating action
Chair: Luca Tummolini

Gutemberg Guerra-Filho, Cornelia Fermuller and Yiannis Aloimonos
Discovering a Language for Human Activity

Frederic Dehais, Alexandre Goudou, Charles Lesire and Catherine Tessier
Towards an anticipatory agent to help pilots

Guido Boella and Leendert van der Torre
From the Theory of Mind to the Construction of Social Reality

Commentary by Luca Tummolini

Open discussion

Evening: Plenary Session
Presenter for FS05: Christian Balkenius


November 6


Chair: Martin Butz

Surprise in Cognitive Systems
Mark Bickhard, Cristiano Castelfranchi and Andrew Ortony

10.30 – Coffee Break


A European Project on Anticipatory Cognitive Embodied Systems
Chair: Rino Falcone

Patrick Poeltz, Juergen Rattenberger and Georg Dorffner
From Reaction to Anticipation: An Artificial Immune System View

Christian Balkenius
The Development of Visual Attention

End of Symposium Series



Program and Organizing Committee

Christian Balkenius,

Lund University, Sweden

Martin V. Butz, University of Würzburg, Germany

Cristiano Castelfranchi (Chair), Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology of the CNR, Italy

Andrew Ortony, Northwestern University, Usa

Deb Roy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Usa
Luca Tummolini (organizer), Institute of Cognitive Science and Technologies of the CNR, Italy


The Program Committee gratefully acknowledges the organizational and financial support of the AAAI association and of the European Project MindRACES (from Reactive to Anticipatory Cognitive Embodied Systems; contract number: FP6-511931) that  has partially financed several members of the Program Commitee.

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Anticipatory Cognitive Science is a research field that ensembles artificial intelligence, biology, psychology, neurology, engineering and philosophy in order to build anticipatory cognitive systems that are able to face human tasks with the same anticipatory capabilities and performance. In deep: Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary study of mind and intelligence, embracing philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, linguistics, and anthropology. Its intellectual origins are in the mid-1950s when researchers in several fields began to develop theories of mind based on complex representations and computational procedures. Its organizational origins are in the mid-1970s when the Cognitive Science Society was formed and the journal Cognitive Science began. Since then, more than sixty universities in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia have established cognitive science programs, and many others have instituted courses in cognitive science.