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Instinctive Computing Workshop to Explore Transformational Developments

On June 15-16, 2009, at Carnegie Mellon CyLab, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, Yang Cai, PhD, director of the CyLab Instinctive Computing Lab, will host an Instinctive Computing Workshop.

Instinctive computing is a computational simulation of biological and cognitive instincts. Instincts profoundly influence how we see, feel, appear, think, and act. If we want a computer to be genuinely secure, intelligent and to interact naturally with us, we must give computers the ability to recognize, understand, and even to have primitive instincts. In this workshop, we will explore transformational developments in this area, including the building blocks for instinctive computing systems and potential applications such as security, privacy, human-computer interaction, next generation networks, and product design.

Featured speakers include:

  • Kevin Warwick, University of Reading, UK on "Robots with Biological Brains and Humans with Part Machine Brains"
  • Chris Urmson, Carnegie Mellon, USA on "The Urban Challenge and the Promise of Autonomous Vehicles"
  • David Farber, Carnegie Mellon, USA on "The Real Next Generation Internet and It's Impacts"
  • Howard Lipson, CERT, USA on "Built for Survival"
  • Michael Leyton, Rutgers University, USA on "Structure of Paintings"
  • Yvonne Masakowski, NAVY, USA on "Human Performance in Virtual World"
  • Xavier Alamán, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain on "The Intelligence of Intelligent Environments"

Themes and topics covered include --

Instinctive Systems:

  • Survivability
  • Soft biometrics
  • Self-healing systems
  • Self-diagnostics
  • Biotronics
  • Biologically inspired computing
  • Brain-Computer Interfaces
  • Swarm intelligence
  • Software agents
  • Intelligent environments
  • Ambient Intelligence
  • Augmented reality

Instinctive Cognition:

  • Instinctive thinking
  • Visual thinking
  • Instinctive interaction
  • Emotional interfaces
  • Animal instincts
  • Anthromorphology
  • Language instincts
  • Robot-Human Interaction

The program will also include numerous demo sessions and poster presentations.

Instinctive Computing Workshop is co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Carnegie Mellon CyLab.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit the Instinctive Computing website.

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