This is the page where people who are planning to attend the MunichUnconference can write their names, their affiliations, their emails, tell the other attendees a bit about themselves, and add any other comments/provocations/rants/mini-essays about any topic that interests them.
Please note: a list of all attendees can be found at;
- Vincent C. Müller, American College of Thessaloniki (http://www.typos.de Working on: Basic problems of AI (book project), theory of computing, etc.] - The theme of this workshop is very timely, in my opinion. In particular, I would like to talk about and with non-cognitivist roboticists (Brooks, Pfeifer, etc.).
- Juan Escasany, APEROBOT (Association for Practicing and Education in Robotics). I'm an independent researcher (email: aperobot'at'telefonica.net). We are right now moving our webpage. I agree this theme is very timely. After reading Dreyfus' article on Heideggerian AI I'm totally identified. We've been working in mobile robots trying to implement design requirements based on Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty ideas. I'll be happy to talk about problems and achievements in this approach of AI research.
- Fred Cummins, University College Dublin. Post-cognitivist cognitive science is but part of the herculean task of moving beyond a psychology of the autonomous individual. The complete immersion and embedding of the person in the environment (defined both socially and physically) is beginning to be appreciated within neuroscience, ecological psychology, agent modeling, and beyond. This is not entirely new, but a rediscovery of the centrality of collective phenomena in thought and behavior. For my approach, see http://pworldrworld.com and http://pinkmonkeyfarm.com (sic)
- Andrej Lucny, Comenius University Bratislava. I am dealing with control e.g. of a mobile robot which comes from interaction among set of reactive agents. (My architecture follows Brooks and Minsky) I am looking for cognition rather from bottom. my web page
- Pavel Petrovic, Comenius University Bratislava. I recently completed a thesis at NTNU Trondheim on evolving behavior coordination mechanism for mobile robots based on finite state automata. I am also working on NXT Logo, a Lisp-like educational programming language for NXT robots, which allows building interactive projects that go beyond the standard program-and-run paradigm. Recently, I am very interested in Bayesian approaches to cognition. You find it all at my homepage.
- Paco Calvo, Universidad de Murcia, Spain. I'd be interested in discussing: (i) The relation between embodied cogsci and classicism and connectionism (roughly, I believe that connectionism was absorbed by classicism, and the same could happen with embodied approaches, unless we have a clear idea of what it means for a system to deal with representational states), and somewhat related, (ii) does it make sense to go for situated robotics WHILE remaining an (extended) functionalist. And finally, (iii) how minimal embodied cognition can be (are invertebrates cognitive, for instance)? Homepage:
- Marek McGann. Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. I'm a psychologist, and concerned by the fact that the impact of postcognitivism in Cognitive Science more generally has left the vast majority of Psychology untouched. I'm interested in trying to address how postcognitive approaches can be "scaled up" as it were to more directly affect our understanding of "higher cognitive function" and other aspects of psychology that impact directly upon domains other than cognitive psychology. My own views are strongly enactive (in the Varela, Thompson & Rosch Embodied Mind; and Thompson Mind in Life kind of way), and affected also by the ecological psychologies of Gibson and Barker.
- Marcin Miłkowski. Institute of Philosophy & Sociology, Polish Academy of Science. I'm mostly interested in computationalism, modularity and situated cognition, as well as meaning in the cognitive systems and the architecture of mind. These are broad topics, but basically I think that classical computationalism is much more open to post-cognitivist approaches and it can actually try to absorb them - which is what Paco would find probably quite repelling :) My homepage: