ACE 2000

Autonomy Control: Lessons from the Emotional

April 25, 2000, Vienna, Austria (EU)


Chairs: Carlos Pinto-Ferreira, Rodrigo Ventura, and Paolo Petta

A Symposium at the
15th European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research
(EMCSR 2000)
April 25 - 28, 2000, Vienna, Austria (EU)


Statement about Austria's current political situation


Table of contents


  7.Apr 2000:
 21.Feb 2000:
 16.Dec 1999:
 20.Oct 1999:
  • Extended submission deadline
  • Programme committee finalised
  5.Oct, 14.Oct 1999:
  • Additions to programme committee
 29.Sept 1999:
  • Added currently confirmed programme committee
 27.Sept 1999:
  • Marvin Minsky confirmed as EMCSR 2000 plenary speaker ("The Emotion Machine")
 24.Sept 1999:
  • Web site on-line


In living systems, the Emotional appears to be related to numerous aspects of their ability to maintain control over essential/important facets of their relationship to their physical and social environments. Against the background of the intensifying dialogue between the sciences of the living and of the artifacts (engineering) this symposium is aimed at assessing the state of research relating the natural phenomenon of the Emotional to the world of the artificial for purposes of autonomy control.

By focussing on this issue, this symposium shall further the dialogue that was successfully established with a workshop on Grounding Emotions in Adaptive Systems at last year's International Conference of the Society for Adaptive Behaviour (SAB'98, Zurich, Switzerland), and continued at events including the AAAI 1998 Fall Symposium Emotional and Intelligent: The Tangled Knot of Cognition (Orlando, FL, USA) and the AA'99 Workshops on Autonomy Control Software and on Emotion-Based Agent Architectures (Seattle, WA, USA). In particular, the discussions around a position paper at the Autonomy Control Software workshop (presentation slides) gave directly rise to the idea of organising the present event.

Topics of interest:

In this context, submissions are welcome addressing topics including, but not limited to:


Tuesday, April 25
(EMCSR 2000 Plenary)
Minsky, Marvin The Emotion Machine
Lunch Break
14:00-14:10 Pinto-Ferreira, Carlos, Rodrigo Ventura, and Paolo Petta Welcome & Introduction
14:10-14:35 Landauer, Christopher and Kristie Bellman Reflective Infrastructure for Autonomous Systems
14:35-15:00 Baldassarre, Gianluca Needs and motivations as mechanisms of learning and controlling behaviour in animals and robots
15:00-15:25 Arzi-Gonczarowski, Zippora A Categorization of Autonomous Action Tendencies: The Mathematics of Emotions
15:25-15:30 First Session Wrap-Up
Coffee Break
16:00-16:10 Discussion Slot 1
16:10-16:35 Yuval, Marom and Gillian Hayes Control of Attentional Capacity for a Social Robot
16:35-17:00 Bellman, Kirstie Developing a Concept of Self for Constructed Autonomous Systems
17:00-17:25 Morén, Janne, and Christian Balkenius Reflections on Emotion
17:25-18:00 Discussion Slot 2 & Wrap-Up


Session Chairs:

Carlos Pinto-Ferreira
Rodrigo Ventura
Paolo Petta

Programme Committee:

Joanna JoyBryson
Juan DavidVelásquez

Submission Details:

For details on how to prepare the draft final paper, see the submission guidelines for the main EMCSR conference published on the EMCSR 2000 homepage (<URL:>). Draft Final Papers must not exceed 10 single-spaced A4 pages (maximum 43 lines, max. line length 160 mm, 12 point), in English. They have to contain the final text to be submitted, including graphs and pictures. However, these need not be of reproducible quality. They must carry the title, author(s) name(s), and affiliation (incl. e-mail address, if possible) in this order, and must include an abstract.

Please notice that for this particular symposium submission in electronic format as compressed e-mail attachment is strongly preferred; otherwise, send four hard copies of the draft final paper.

Address your submission to:

EMCSR 2000 Symposium O
c/o Rodrigo Ventura
Piso 6, Torre Norte
Av. Rovisco Pais, 1
1049-001 Lisboa, Portugal, EU


Accepted Papers:

Authors of accepted papers will be notified by January 24, 2000; the list will also be published on the ACE 2000 web site. After the event, a second round of more extensive reviews is planned which is to lead to the publication of extended versions of selected contributions in an edited collection.

Important dates:

Paper submission deadline:   November  15, 1999
Notifications of acceptance/rejection:   January 24, 2000
Camera-ready copies due:   February 11, 2000

Further Information:

For information about paper formatting, registration, and accommodation, see the EMCSR 2000 Web site (<URL:>)

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