Games, Interactive Rationality and Learning (G.I.R.L.'12@Lund)

April 19, 2012 - April 21, 2012
Department of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Lund University


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Main speakers:

Alexandru Baltag
University of Amsterdam
Nina Gierasimczuk
University of Groningen
Vincent F. Hendricks
University of Copenhagen
Kevin Kelly
Carnegie Mellon University
Paul Pedersen
Carnegie Mellon University
Ruth Poproski
Carnegie Mellon University
Patricia Rich
Carnegie Mellon University
Sonja Smets
University of Groningen


Emmanuel Genot
Lund University
Justine Jacot
Lund University
Philip Pärnamets
Lund University

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Formal philosophy relies increasingly on simulations, and sometimes on empirical test, coming closer to both computer-, cognitive- and social sciences. Some examples are learning-theoretic models of inquiry, network theory-based approaches in social epistemology, and game-theoretic evolutionary approaches of communication. The aim of the G.I.R.L.'12 Conference is to bring together researchers in philosophy, cognitive science and artificial intelligence, to investigate new areas where the game- and learning-theoretic simulation approaches can lead to fruitful results.

A central topic is interactive rationality, or rational behavior that emerges from interaction. Unlike “rational interaction”—its much better known sister—it does not presuppose agents to be rational to begin with. Examples are given by evolutionary game-theory, which studies rational (equilibrium-reaching) behavior emerging from interaction of non-reflective agents; or learning-theoretic models of inquiry showing how inquiry can solve inductive problems, while substituting truth-tracking efficiency to reflexive justification.


April 19

09:00-9:30   Coffee and welcome

Room: 104 – Chair: Kevin Kelly

9:30-10:30  Erik J. Olsson: Probabilistic Belief Updating in Social Networks

10:30-11:30  Staffan Angere: The Problem of Priors in a Social Setting

11:30-12:30  Erik Mohlin: Evolution of Theories of Mind

12:30-13:30  Lunch break

Room: 104 – Chair: Alexandru Baltag

13:30-14:30  Pelle Guldborg Hansen: The Evolution of Convention and the Problem of Conceptualization

14:30-15:30  Aron Vallinder: Is the Principle of Charity Efficient?

15:30-16:00  Coffee break

16:00-17:00  Jennifer Juhn: Rationality, Belief Revision, and Simplicity

17:00-18:00  Till Grüne-Yanoff: Evolutionary Game Theory, Learning Dynamics and Mechanisms

April 20

Room: 104 – Chair: Staffan Angere

09:00-10:00  Nina Gierasimczuk: Iterated Belief Revision in the Limit

10:00-11:00  Alexandru Baltag: How Good is Bayesian Conditioning at Tracking the Truth?

11:00-12:00  Sonja Smets: Playing for “Knowledge”

12:00-13:00  Lunch break

Room: 203 – Chair: Nina Gierasimczuk

13:00-14:00  Kevin Kelly: Learning Theoretic Models for Modal Epistemic Logic

14:00-15:00  Patricia Rich: Heuristics for Strategic Choice

15:00-15:30  Coffee break

15:30-16:30  Christian Balkenius: Learning Behavior in Context

16:30-17:30  Peter Gärdenfors: (joint work with Massimo Warglien) Semantics as a Meeting of Minds

19:00  Conference dinner

April 21

Room: 203 – Chair: Sonja Smets

09:00-10:00  Ruth Poproski: Words With Friends: Simulating Conversational Language Use

10:00-11:00  Elliott O. Wagner: Divergent Interests and the Evolution of Inference

11:00-12:00  Cailin O'Connor: The Evolution of Vagueness

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