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Monday Morning

June 5, 2017  -  9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Workshop 2  -  Session 1                          Room:   To Be Announced



J. Kevin O'Regan

Kevin O'Regan is ex-director of the Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, CNRS, Université Paris Descartes. After early work on eye movements in reading, he was led to question established notions of the nature of visual perception, and to discover, with collaborators, the phenomenon of "change blindness". In 2011 he published a book with Oxford University Press: "Why red doesn't sound like a bell: Understanding the feel of consciousness". In 2013 he obtained a five year Advanced ERC grant to explore his "sensorimotor" approach to consciousness in relation to sensory substitution, pain, color, space perception, developmental psychology and robotics.
( Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, Institut Paris Descartes de Neurosciences et Cognition
45, rue des Saints Pères  75270 Paris cedex 06, France)


Piotr (Peter) Boltuc

Formulated The Engineering Thesis in Machine Consciousness, the idea that non-reductive materialism nearly entails the view that first-person consciousness can be engineered in robots [Boltuc 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009; Boltuc and Boltuc 2007]. Formulated the notion of hard consciousness (h-consciousness) which defines a sub-set of Block's p-consciousness immune to the objection that p-consciousness can be satisfied by cognitive architectures with sensors, which perceive qualia (satisfy a functional definition of first-person consciousness) but fail to realize Nagel’s what it is like effect. Presented the Church-Turing Lover, an argument that even if h-consciousness is epiphenomenal it does not have to make it irrelevant [Boltuc 2017]. Analyzed ways for a deflationary theory of consciousness to avoid epiphenomenalism [Boltuc 2010A]. Argued that h-consciousness is analogous to hardware rather than software [Boltuc 2015]. Worked on the Knowledge Argument [Boltuc 1998, 2014]. Argues in favor of a physicalist deflationary theory of non-reductive consciousness.    Visiting fellow: Christchurch 2016; ANU 2014; also Fulbright Fellow, Princeton; SCR Member, St.John’s, Oxford. Two Ph.D.s: 1. philosophy of mind Warsaw University; 2. moral theory BGSU. Endowed Chair and Professor of Philosophy, University of Illinois Springfield (at different ranks since 1998); Warsaw School of Economics, research professor, 2003-present.


Jun Tani

Jun Tani received a doctor of engineering degree in electrical engineering from Sophia University in Tokyo in 1995. He worked for Sony Corp. and later for Sony Computer Science Lab as a researcher from 1990 to 2001. Then, he worked at Riken Brain Science Institute from 2001  to 2012 where he has been a PI of Lab. for Behavior and Dynamic Cognition. He had been also appointed as a Visiting Associate Professor, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo from 1997 to 2002. He became a full professor of Electrical Engineering in KAIST in Korea in 2012 where he started Cognitive Neuro-Robotics Lab. He has been appointed also as a visiting professor at Waseda Univ. and an adjunct professor at OIST in Japan since 2014 and 2017, respectively. His research interests include neurorobotics, deep learning, complex systems, brain science, developmental psychology, and philosophy of mind. He is an author o f“Exploring Robotic Minds: Actions, Symbols, and Consciousness as Self-Organizing Dynamic Phenomena." published from Oxford Univ. Press.