Advanced Research on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures

Advanced Research on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures

Jordi Vallverdú (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain), Manuel Mazzara (Innopolis University, Russia), Max Talanov (Kazan Federal University, Russia), Salvatore Distefano (University of Messina, Italy & Kazan Federal University, Russia) and Robert Lowe (University of Gothenburg, Sweden & University of Skövde, Sweden)
Indexed In: PsycINFO®, SCOPUS
Release Date: January, 2017|Copyright: © 2017 |Pages: 297
ISBN13: 9781522519478|ISBN10: 1522519475|EISBN13: 9781522519485|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1947-8


There are many different approaches to understanding human consciousness. By conducting research to better understand various biological mechanisms, these can be redefined and utilized for technological purposes.

Advanced Research on Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures is an essential reference source for the latest scholarly research on the biological elements of human cognition and examines the applications of consciousness within computing environments. Featuring exhaustive coverage on a broad range of innovative topics and perspectives, such as artificial intelligence, bio-robotics, and human-computer interaction, this publication is ideally designed for academics, researchers, professionals, graduate students, and practitioners seeking current research on the exploration of the intricacies of consciousness and different approaches of perception.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bio-Robotics
  • Biomimetics
  • Computer Simulations
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Neurobiology
  • Social Robotics
  • Wild Systems Theory

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Jordi Vallverdú, Ph.D., M.Sci., B.Mus, B.Phil, is Tenure Professor at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Catalonia, Spain), where he teaches Philosophy and History of Science and Computing. His research is dedicated to the epistemological, cognitive and ethical aspects of Philosophy of Computing and Science and AI. He is Editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Synthetic Emotions (IJSE). He has written several books as author or editor: (2009) Handbook of Research on Synthetic Emotions and Sociable Robotics: New Applications in Affective Computing and Artificial Intelligence, (2010) Thinking Machines and the Philosophy of Computer Science: Concepts and Principles, (2012) Creating Synthetic Emotions Through Technological and Robotic Advancements, (2015) Bayesian vs. Frequentist Statistics. In 2011 he won a prestigious Japanese JSPS fellowship to make his research on HRI interfaces at Kyoto University. He was keynote at ECAP09 (TUM, München, Germany), EBICC2012 (UNESP, Brazil) and SLACTIONS 2013 (Portugal).
Manuel Mazzara is a dedicated and flexible individual with commitment to research and passion for teamwork, tutoring and coaching. In 2000 he was a system administrator at CS Labs in Bologna and in 2003 he worked as SW Engineer at MS in Redmond where he developed his technical skills for then building a more theoretical background with his PhD in Bologna. During this period, he also worked as a teacher and consultant (banking and private business). In 2006 he was an assistant professor in Software Engineering at the University of Bolzano (Component-based Development and Software Reliability). In 2007 he worked as a Project Manager at the Technical University of Vienna (Semantic Web and Discovery). From 2008 to 2012 Manuel encountered the most challenging and exciting situations of his life working with Newcastle University on the DEPLOY project. This project involved several partners Europe-wide with 4 of them coming from the most varied industrial scenarios: Bosch, Siemens, SAP and Space Finland. The objective was deploying software engineering techniques into the industrial process to guarantee stronger products reliability. In 2012 Manuel also served as a Computer Scientist at UNU-IIST in Macao while still being with Newcastle as a Visiting Researcher. Manuel worked on the automatization of the immunization process for third world countries and on e-health and sustainability projects related to the UN “Agenda 21”. This experience was fundamental to grow form a technical, managerial and human point of view. In 2013/14 he also worked on remote assistance and telemedicine domotics tools with Polytechnic of Milan and as a teaching fellow at the same university before joining Innopolis and ETH. Manuel is a versatile individual who does not spare himself when running the extra mile is needed. His technical and interpersonal skills are demonstrated by the long list of collaborations and by the recommendations of his colleagues, business partners and students.
Dr. Max Talanov has experience in affective computing, computational neurobiology, brain simulations, machine cognition, natural language processing and probabilistic reasoning. Currently he has the position of Deputy director for science at the Information Technology and Information Systems institute (ITIS) of Kazan Federal University in Russia, where he runs cross-disciplinary projects in simulation of emotions, human-robot interface, bio-electronics, brain simulation framework, machine cognition and natural language processing. He has industrial experience as a software architect and team leader for 16 years in international projects in Fujitsu.
Salvatore Distefano is an Associate Professor at University of Messina and a Professor Fellow at Kazan Federal University. He authored and co-authored more than 140 scientific papers in international journals, conferences and books. He took part to national and international projects such as Reservoir, VisionCloud, CloudWave (EU FP7) Beacon (H2020) and SMSCOM (FP7 EU ERC Advanced Grant). He is a member of several international conference committees and editorial boards, among others the IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing. Since 2001 he taught more than 30 courses on parallel and distributed systems, dependability and performance evaluation, and software engineering for undergraduate, graduate and PhD students, mentoring more than 50 students. His main research interests include non-Markovian modeling; dependability, performance and reliability evaluation; Quality of Service; Service Level Agreement; Parallel and Distributed Computing, Cloud, Autonomic, Volunteer, Crowd, Anthropic Oriented Computing; Big Data; Software and Service Engineering.
Robert Lowe is a Cognitive scientist (docent) whose research focus in on Affective and Emotion science and computational modelling topics on which he has over 50 peer-reviewed publications. He has taken part in a number of International projects including ICEA (EU FP6), RobotDoC (Marie Curie) and NeuralDynamics (EU FP7). He received his MSc in Computer Science and PhD at the University of Hertfordshire (UK) and his BSc degree in Psychology from the University of Reading (UK). Since then he has been a Senior Lecturer in Cognitive Science at the School of Informatics, University of Skövde (Sweden), and also works at the Department of Applied IT, University of Gothenburg (Sweden). He is on the editorial boards of Frontiers in Psychology, Adaptive Behavior, International Journal of Advanced Robotics Systems and Constructivist Foundations.