EI2019 Short Course Description


SC21: Using Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences and the Arts in Artificial Intelligence Research and Design
Tuesday 15 January • 8:30 am – 12:45 pm
Course Length: 4 hours
Course Level: Introductory/Intermediate
Instructor: Mónica López-González, La Petite Noiseuse Productions
Fee*: Member: $290 / Non-member: $315 / Student: $95 
*after December 18, 2018, members / non-members prices increase by $50, student price increases by $20 

A major goal of machine learning and autonomous systems research is to create human-like intelligent machines. Despite the current surge of sophisticated computational systems available, from natural language processors and pattern recognizers to surveillance drones and self-driving cars, machines are not human-like, most fundamentally, in regards to our capacity to integrate past with incoming multi-sensory information to creatively adapt to the ever-changing environment. To create an accurate human-like machine entails thoroughly understanding human processes and behavior. The complexity of the mind/brain and its cognitive processes necessitates that multidisciplinary expertise and lines of research must be brought together and combined. This introductory to intermediate course presents a multidisciplinary perspective about method, data, and theory from the cognitive and behavioral sciences and the arts not yet used in artificial intelligence research and design. The goal of this course is to provide a theoretical framework from which to build highly efficient and integrated cognitive-behavioral-computational models to advance the field of artificial intelligence.

Learning Outcomes
  • Identify the major, yet pressing, failures of contemporary autonomous intelligent systems.
  • Understand the challenges of implementation of and necessary mindset needed for integrative, multidisciplinary research.
  • Review latest findings in the cognitive and behavioral sciences, particularly learning, attention, problem solving, decision-making, emotion perception, and spontaneous creative artistic thinking.
  • Explain how relevant findings in the cognitive and behavioral sciences and the arts apply to the advancement of efficient and autonomous intelligent systems.
  • Discuss various research solutions for improving current computational frameworks.
Intended Audience
Computer and imaging scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, engineers, program managers, system and software developers, and students in those fields interested in exploring the importance of using multidisciplinary concepts, questions, and methods within cognitive science, a fundamental and necessary field to build novel mathematical algorithms for computational systems.

Mónica López-González, a polymath and visionary, is a multilingual cognitive scientist, educator, entrepreneur, multidisciplinary artist, public speaker, science communicator, theorist, and writer. She merges questions, methods, data, and theory from both the sciences and the arts to better understand and unleash our creative thinking and making capacities as human beings for the betterment of artificial intelligence. She’s the co-founder and Chief Science & Art Officer of La Petite Noiseuse Productions, a unique company at the forefront of innovative science-art integration. López-González holds BAs in psychology and French, and a MA and PhD in cognitive science, all from Johns Hopkins University, and a Certificate of Art in photography from Maryland Institute College of Art. She held a postdoctoral fellowship in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She is a committee member and session co-chair of HVEI.

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Important Dates
Call for Papers Announced 1 Mar 2018
Journal-first Submissions Due 30 Jun 2018
Abstract Submission Site Opens 1 May 2018
Review Abstracts Due (refer to For Authors page
 · Early Decision Ends 30 Jun 2018
· Regular Submission Ends 8 Sept 2018
· Extended Submission Ends 25 Sept 2018
 Final Manuscript Deadlines  
 · Fast Track Manuscripts Due 14 Nov 2018 
 · Final Manuscripts Due 1 Feb 2019 
Registration Opens 23 Oct 2018
Early Registration Ends 18 Dec 2018
Hotel Reservation Deadline 21 Dec 2018
Conference Begins 13 Jan 2019