Integrated Cognition is concerned with consolidating the functionality and phenomena implicated in natural minds/brains (whether in human or other animal bodies) and/or artificial cognitive systems (whether in virtual humans, intelligent agents or intelligent robots). The aim of this symposium is to bring together researchers from across the spectrum of approaches and perspectives to exchange research results and discuss how best to create an ongoing forum for such exchanges. The focus is on how the mind arises from the interaction of its constituent parts, and includes everything implicated in human(-level) performance in complex, possibly social, environments.
This explicitly includes not only traditional cognitive aspects – such as planning and problem solving, knowledge representation and reasoning, language and interaction, and learning – but also perception and control, personality and emotion, and motivation. It also includes not only integration across cognitive mechanisms, as is typical in work on cognitive architectures, but also across more abstract constraints on cognition. It furthermore includes work on across-level integration, including combining cognitive capabilities with aspects of lower levels, whether computational or neural; as well as integrating in aspects of higher levels, whether cognitive applications or the social band from Newell’s time scales. The overall intent is to include not only what is typically found in traditional unified theories of cognition and cognitive architectures, but to help move the field towards what can be called grand unified theories, architectures and systems.
The symposium welcomes work on: integrated models of human and/or artificial cognition; biological, psychological, mathematical and computational bases and inspirations for such models; and applications of such models in intelligent agents/robots, virtual humans, human behavior modeling, human performance optimization, human-machine interaction and other areas. Contributions may cover the integration of mechanisms, capabilities, constraints, models, applications and levels; and may involve the creation, enhancement, evaluation and/or analysis of such combinations. The symposium is open to all paradigms, with evaluation of submissions based on the general criterion of how much they further our understanding of integrated cognition.