Semester 2017-II

Agentes autónomos, sistemas sociales, y la nueva ciencia cognitiva (Agentes autónomos y multiagentes)

Tutor: Tom Froese

When: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:30 – 13:00 (First class: 30/01/2017)
Where: Sala 302, Anexo del IIMAS, Circuito Escolar, Ciudad Universitaria, DF

This course will introduce ongoing debates in cognitive science about our changing understanding of the mind. Instead of being thought of as a digital computer inside the brain, mind is now widely considered to be an embodied, embedded and extended activity in the world. These ideas will be illustrated based on case studies of research in agent-based models and human-computer interfaces, with special emphasis on demonstrating how social interactions and technologies shape our mind. Students are not expected to program models nor to design interfaces, but to understand the implications of the new cognitive science and to apply them to their own research interests. The course will be taught mainly in English to better prepare students for the special terms used by leading researchers in cognitive science.

Download the detailed program of activities here


Here is a video that introduces key topics of this course:


Reading material:

Auvray, M., & Rohde, M. (2012). Perceptual crossing: The simplest online paradigm. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6(181). doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00181

Bird, J. & Di Paolo, E. A. (2008). Gordon Pask and his maverick machines. In: Husbands, P., Holland, O. & Wheeler, M. (eds.), The Mechanical Mind in History (pp. 185–211). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Boden, M. (2006/2007). Grey Walter’s anticipatory tortoises. Rutherford Journal, vol. 2.

De Jaegher, H. (2014). Enacción y autonomía: Cómo el mundo social cobra sentido mediante la participación. In A. Casado da Rocha (Ed.), Autonomía con otros: Ensayos sobre Bioética (pp. 111-131). Madrid: Plaza y Valdés

Di Paolo, E. A. (2010). Robotics inspired in the organism. Intellectica, 1-2(53-54): 129–162.

Di Paolo, E. A. (2015). El enactivismo y la naturalización de la mente. In D. Pérez Chico & M. G. Bedia (Eds.), Nueva Ciencia Cognitiva: Hacia una Teoría Integral de la Mente. Zaragoza: PUZ

Froese, T. (2016). De la cibernética a la nueva ciencia cognitiva. Ciencia, 67(1): 52-58.

Froese, T., & Fuchs, T. (2012). The extended body: A case study in the neurophenomenology of social interaction. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, 11(2), 205-235

Froese, T. & Gallagher, S. (2012). Getting interaction theory (IT) together: Integrating developmental, phenomenological, enactive, and dynamical approaches to social interaction. Interaction Studies, 13(3): 436-468

Froese, T., Gershenson, C., & Manzanilla, L. R. (2014). Can government be self-organized? A mathematical model of the collective social organization of ancient Teotihuacan, Central Mexico. PLoS ONE, 9(10), e109966. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0109966

Froese, T., Gershenson, C. & Rosenblueth, D. A. (2013).
The dynamically extended mind: A minimal modeling case study. 2013 IEEE Congress on Evolutionary Computation (pp. 1419-1426), IEEE Press.

Froese, T., Iizuka, H. & Ikegami, T. (2016). Interfaces humano-computadora mínimas para el estudio del desarrollo interactivo de la conciencia social. In P. Hernández Chávez, J. García Campos, & M. Romo Pimentel (Eds.), Cognición: Estudios Multidisciplinarios, Mexico City: CEFPSVLT, pp. 31-73

Froese, T., Lenay, C., & Ikegami, T. (2012). Imitation by social interaction? Analysis of a minimal agent-based model of the correspondence problem. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 6(202), doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2012.00202

Froese, T., McGann, M., Bigge, W., Spiers, A. & Seth, A. K. (2012). The Enactive Torch: A new tool for the science of perception. IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 5(4): 365-375

Froese, T. & Ziemke, T. (2009). Enactive Artificial Intelligence: Investigating the systemic organization of life and mind. Artificial Intelligence, 173(3-4): 466-500

Harvey, I., Di Paolo, E., Wood, R. and Quinn, M. (2005). Evolutionary robotics: A new scientific tool for studying cognition. Artificial Life, 11: 79-98

Pickering, A. (2002). Cybernetics and the mangle: Ashby, Beer and Pask. Social Studies of Science, 32: 413-437

Rosenblueth, A., Wiener, N. & Bigelow, J. (1943). Behavior, purpose and teleology. Philosophy of Science, 10(1): 18-24

van Gelder, T. & Port, R. F. (1995). It’s about time: An overview of the dynamical approach to cognition. In: R. F. Port & T. van Gelder (eds.), Mind as Motion: Explorations in the Dynamics of Cognition (pp. 1-43). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Woodward, A., Froese, T., & Ikegami, T. (2015). Occasional alteration of normal brain function can enhance global neural coordination: A spiking neural network model. Neural Networks, 62: 39-46.

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