SPT would like to share a call for papers for the PT-AI 2017 Conference “Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence”, November 4-5, 2017, University of Leeds, Weetwood Hall conference centre


Organisation: Vincent C. Müller, University of Leeds & Anatolia College/ACT

(This is the 3rd PT-AI conference, see http://www.pt-ai.org)


We request anonymous abstracts of 600-1000 words (plus references) in plain text or PDF, plus a short abstract of up to 120 words. Accepted papers will be presented at the conference and published in the proceedings. (We plan to provide a copy of the proceedings to the corresponding author.) We foresee slots of 30 minutes per talk, including discussion.
All submissions will be reviewed double-blind by 2-3 members of the programme committee.

Submission online at EasyChair: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ptai2017
Technical note: The EasyChair system will ask you for an “abstract” and a “paper”. For us, “abstract” refers to the short abstract (up to 120 words) in plain text, while “paper” refers to the long abstract (600-1000 words), which can be submitted as a PDF or plain text. Accordingly, please do not use the check-box “Abstract Only”. (The abbreviation “Corr. Auth.” stands for “corresponding author”.)


Submission of abstracts: 10. September, 2017 (extended)
Decisions announced: 30. September, 2017
Conference: 04.-05. November, 2017
Submission for publication: 15. January, 2018


José Hernández-Orallo (University of Valencia/LCFI Cambridge)
David C. Hogg (University of Leeds)
Thomas Metzinger (University of Mainz)
Peter Millican (University of Oxford)
Susan Schneider (University of Connecticut/Princeton IAS)
Mark Sprevak (University of Edinburgh)
Yi Zeng (Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing)


The conference will deal with fundamental issues of present and future artificial intelligence, such as:

Basic Concepts of AI

  • Complexity
  • Computation
  • Consciousness
  • Creativity
  • Free will
  • Information
  • Intelligence
  • Intentionality & meaning & representation
  • Life
  • Superintelligence & singularity

Ethics of AI

  • Human dignity and AI
  • Impact on society
  • Machine ethics
  • Responsibility & rights for machines
  • Risk to humanity & AI safety

Approaches & Methods of AI

  • Big data analytics
  • Cognitive architecture
  • Cooperation & interaction
  • Cybernetics
  • Dynamical systems
  • Embodiment
  • Enactive cognition
  • Embedded & extended mind
  • Expert systems
  • Machine learning & neural networks
  • Neuroscience & AI
  • Non-symbolic AI
  • Robotics

Challenges of AI

  • Action selection & rational choice
  • Brain emulation and uploading
  • Chinese room & symbol grounding
  • Common sense
  • Cyborgs & extended mind
  • Frame problem
  • Gödelian arguments
  • Turing test


Accepted papers and posters will be published in a volume of proceedings in 2018. Selected papers will be published in a special volume of a leading philosophy journal in 2018. Publication in the proceedings is optional, not obligatory.
The papers from the 2011 and 2013 events have been published in ‘Minds and Machines’, an edited volume of the SAPERE series (Springer) and an edited volume of the ‘Synthese’ series (Springer). They have been apparently been downloaded over 115.000 times from the publisher’s site alone (https://twitter.com/vincentcmueller/status/872826564869840896)
The 2017 conference also serves as preparation for the Oxford Handbook of the Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence(ed. V. C. Müller), forthcoming OUP 2019.

The latest version of this CFP is always on http://pt-ai.org/2017/call-for-papers.