Model-Based Reasoning In Science and Technology

June 21, 2012 - June 23, 2012
Fondazione Mediaterraneo, Sestri levante

Sestri Levante


  • MIUR Italian Ministry of University


Atocha Aliseda
Michel Ghins
Woosuk Park
Claudio Pizzi
Chris Sinha
University of East Anglia (PhD)
Paul Thagard
Barbara Tversky
Ryan Tweney
John Woods

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The conference will deal with the logical, epistemological, and cognitive aspects of modeling practices employed in science, technology, and cognitive science, including logical and  computational models of such practices. We solicit papers that examine the role of abduction, visualization, simulation, and other aspects in model-based reasoning from philosophical, logical, epistemological, historical, sociological, psychological, or computational perspectives. The conference is also devoted to examine the impact of Model-Based Reasoning research in the enhancement of various kinds of human cognitive skills, mental, hybrid, manipulative, etc.  


We call for papers that cover topics pertaining to
model-based reasoning in science and human cognition from the following list:

   - general theoretical and cognitive issues
    - models as fictions, distortions, credible worlds
    - models and games of make-believe
    - ontology of models
    - affordances, artifacts, and model-based reasoning
    - brain, neuroscience, and model-based reasoning
    - abduction
    - logical analyses related to model-based reasoning
    - visual, spatial, imagistic modeling and reasoning
    - simulative modeling
    - the role of diagrammatic representations
    - computational models of visual and simulative reasoning
    - causal and counterfactual reasoning in model construction
    - visual analogy
    - thought experimenting
    - manipulative reasoning
    - distributed model-based reasoning
    - distributed cognition, embodiment, and model-based reasoning
    - model-based reasoning in  scientific discovery and conceptual change
    - model-based reasoning and ethics
    - model-based reasoning and semiotics
    - model-based reasoning in scientific explanation
    - model-based medical diagnosis
    - model-based reasoning in engineering and robotics
    - model-based reasoning and technological artifacts
    - model-based reasoning and knowledge management
    - model-based reasoning and information technology
    - the role of models in scientific and technological thinking

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