First Interdisciplinary Workshop on Social Learning and Cultural Evolution

07 June 2017 - 08 June 2017 Times per Workshop Outline Keele Hall, Keele University
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The first Interdisciplinary Workshop on Social Learning and Cultural Evolution will bring researchers from the traditional studies of Social Learning, Cultural Evolution and Social Cognition together with researchers from the fields of Artificial Life, Evolutionary Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Whilst researchers in these areas often reference the work of those involved in Animal Behaviour, Cognitive Science, Archaeology, Anthropology and Social Simulation, they rarely have the opportunity to work with academics in these fields.

Workshop convenors

Professor Peter Andras   Keele University

 

Dr Alex Thornton  University of Exeter

 

Dr Evert Haasdijk  VU Amsterdam

 

Dr Matt Grove   University of Liverpool

 

Dr Alastair Channon   Keele University

 

James Borg   Keele University

Workshop Focus

To create intelligent social autonomous agents we need greater understanding of the adaptive social behaviours that we can see in nature.  Animals are socially robust interactive beings and autonomous agents in the real world will need to behave similarly,  using social information and engaging in social interactions. This workshop will encourage interdisciplinary exploration of the potential use of modelling techniques from Artificial Life, Evolutionary Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in addressing questions about social learning and cultural evolution in nature.

Modelling of social learning, social networks, cultural evolution, and behavioural plasticity is well established in the traditional fields associated with social learning and cultural evolution. At the same time, techniques such as evolutionary and genetic algorithms, neural networks and machine learning are widely used in Artificial Life, Evolutionary Robotics and Artificial Intelligence to model and create agents which exhibit intelligent behaviours, including social behaviours.  Although researchers recognise and reference colleagues’ work and modelling techniques such as evolutionary algorithms are slowly beginning  to emerge within the traditional fields associated with social learning and cultural evolution, interactions between researchers  in these  fields has  been limited.

By bringing colleagues from these traditionally disparate areas together, it is intended that this workshop will enable insights on both sides and will stimulate productive interdisciplinary conversations and new areas of potential research.

The workshop programme will include 

Four keynote talks from leading researchers in the many fields associated with social learning, social cognition, cultural evolution and behavioural plasticity providing an overview of current research in social learning and cultural evolution.

A number of panel sessions with talks from invited researchers and space for discussion.

The focus throughout is to provide opportunities to stimulate ideas for potential collaborations. It is intended that this workshop will be repeated, annually or bi- annually, and that the ensuing collaborations will lead to network and research funding bids. This workshop is complemented by satellite workshops at the Artificial Life and European Conference on Artificial Life conferences, which also involves organisers from the USA and Canada.

 

Workshop Programme

 

 

Places at the workshop are limited, please contact James Borg if you wish to attend.

Travel and Accommodation

Information on travel and directions to Keele University and Keele Hall can be downloaded at Campus Guide and Map as well as accessed via Google Map with Keele Hall

Information on accommodation local to the Keele area can be downloaded here: Accommodation

For further information contact James Borg j.borg@keele.ac.uk.

For Further Details Contact

James Borg: 01782 733415


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