Leverhulme CFI


Call for Abstracts

Note this call is no longer open. We will release a similar call closer to the new 2021 date for the conference.

We are pleased to announce a call for abstracts for 2020 Kinds of Intelligence conference to be held at the University of Cambridge June 22-25 2020. Those whose abstracts are accepted will be allotted a 30 minute slot (of which up to 10 minutes can be reserved for questions). In the event that we receive a large number of high quality submissions, a poster session will held to accommodate further selected submitted material. Speakers giving talks will receive up to £100 to defray travel expenses. Additionally, a conference prize will be awarded for the best talk by an early career researcher (understood as including graduate students and those who completed their PhD in the last five years).

This will be the third consecutive Kinds of Intelligence conference, with previous speakers including Margaret Boden, Peter Godfrey-Smith, and Daniel Dennett. The goal of the event is to bring together researchers from the various of branches of cognitive science to address questions concerning the structure, function, and nature of cognition and mentality, with a particular emphasis on artificial and non-human biological intelligence. Examples of questions relevant to the conference include the following:

  • What is intelligence? How can we quantify or otherwise classify diverse forms of intelligence?
  • What can artificial intelligence researchers learn from their colleagues in philosophy, psychology, and biology about building smarter machines?
  • What approaches or conceptual schema should be employed to determine whether an animal or AI is conscious?
  • How can we move towards more robust interdisciplinary approaches for determining the presence of capacities like emotion, theory of mind, and causal understanding in non-human systems?
  • What useful applications are there for frameworks from philosophy of science for comparative cognition and machine learning?
  • What special ethical issues arise in relation to our dealings with non-human intelligences?

If you are interested in submitting an abstract, please take careful note of the following:

  • Abstracts should be anonymised and submitted in Word or PDF format to kindsofintelligence2020@gmail.com no later than April 15, with the subject line "Kinds of Intelligence 2020 submission".
  • Abstracts should be 'long form' - around 500 words (excluding references).
  • Please indicate in your submission email (i) whether you would be willing to present a poster in the event that we cannot accommodate your talk, and (ii) whether you are an early career researcher (for present purposes, a graduate student or researcher who obtained their PhD in the last five years).

We aim to make the conference accessible, in light of the BPA/SWIP guidelines for accessible conferences. The conference will be held at the Kaetsu Conference Centre, Murray Edwards College. You can find information about accessibility at Murray Edwards College here. If you would like more information about accessibility, or anything else relating to the conference, please feel free to contact the conference organisers at kindsofintelligence2020@gmail.com.