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SweCog 2016 Conference

Warmly welcome to the third SweCog national conference.

The aim of SweCog is to support networking among researchers in Sweden, with the goal of creating a strong interdisciplinary cluster of cognitive science oriented research.

This year's conference will take place in Gothenburg, October 6 and 7.

We welcome both poster and oral presentations of on-going research. Please register and submit an abstract following the formatting instructions provided in our abstract templates no later than September 9. You will receive notification of acceptance no later than September 16.

Extended deadline: The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to September 15. Notification will be given no later than September 23.

Conference registration (incl. lunch and refreshments) is free for all SweCog members. Accommodation, dinner and travel to and from the conference are, however, not covered by SweCog.


If you are a member of the SweCog society, then please log in to register with the conference. Otherwise, please visit our registration page to become a member and to register your participation in the conference.


The SweCog 2016 conference is sponsored by Area of Advance ICT (


The conference will be held in two different conference halls, Pascal on the Thursday and Tesla on the Friday at Lindholmen Science Park.

Thursday 6th of October in the Pascal conference hall

10:00 — 10:45 Registration at Lindholmen Science Park, outside the Pascal conference hall. Coffee will be served.
10:45 — 11:00 Conference opening
11:00 — 12:00 Cancelled due to flight strike
Invited speaker: Judith Simon, IT University Copenhagen and University of Vienna
Big Data: Extended, Android or Collective Cognition
Abstract: Big Data as a term has captured public imaginations: heralded by some as the panacea to solve all sorts of economic or societal ailments, feared by others for its potentially detrimental impact on various civils rights. Contrasting these partially exaggerated claims, some have suggested that big data is merely a new buzzword. Yet looking into the prevalence of data practices it can hardly be denied that big data has implications on many societal sectors, domains and practices: from marketing to law enforcement, from weather forecasting to smart city governance – big data has changed the rules of the game. As such, detailed analyses on the epistemological premises and the ethical, economic and broader societal implications of such data practices are needed. With this contribution, I want to focus in particular on the epistemic relevance of big data, i.e. its implications for knowledge practices within and beyond science. Such knowledge practices are of increasing speed and complexity and thus often characterized by epistemic opacity, i.e. they cannot be followed or understood by human reasoners. It can thus be argued that instead of merely extending our human cognition, computer technologies are creating novel forms of knowledge production. Accordingly, to apprehend contemporary data analytics we may have to replace or at least supplement the notion of extended cognition with that of an android or machine cognition. A third alternative consists in developing a collective, socio-technical epistemology, that aims at apprehending cognitive processes which are distributed over humans and machines. I will end my talk by sketching some requirements for such an integrative epistemology.
12:00 — 12:30 Mattias Arvola
12:30 — 13:30 Lunch
13:30 — 14:00 Robert Johansson
14:00 — 14:30 Claes Strannegård
14:30 — 15:00 Robert Lowe
15:00 — 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 — 16:00 Mattias Forsblad (Kristiansson)
16:00 — 17:00 Poster session, starting with 5 minutes doctoral student oral introduction
17:00 — 18:00 Panel discussion: Christian Balkenius, Judith Simon, Jens Allwood, Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic, Claes Strannegård
~19:00 Dinner at Vapiano, Östra Hamngatan 35. We are departing around 18.30 taking a free ferry from Lindholmspiren, and then walk a few minutes to the restaurant.

Friday 7th of October in the Tesla conference hall

09:00 — 10:00 Invited speaker: Christian Balkenius, Lund University
Spatial indexing, coding and memory
Abstract: Spatial indices play a role in many cognitive processes including attention and memory processes. I will outline a computational architecture where spatial indices are used to bind memories to location and to channel information between internal and external sources. The talk is divided into two parts. First, I will describe what properties spatial indices must have to support operations in three dimensions. I will propose that spatial indices are defined in local reference frames anchored on landmarks in the environment and will argue that the brain most likely uses indices that are bilaterally and logarithmically coded. Second, I will describe a computational architecture that uses this type of indices to model episodic and working memory, attention control, as well as coding of spatial relation and foreground-background relations. The central component of the architecture is an auto-associative memory where each stored item is bound to a spatial index. Attention is seen as a process that directs information between the external and internal world to allow simultaneous memory storage and retrieval. Some example of how these processes have been implemented in a robot will be described.
10:00 — 10:30 Coffee break
10:30 — 11:00 Sam Thellman
11:00 — 11:30 Mikael Jensen
11:30 — 12:00 Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic
12:00 — 13:00 Lunch
13:00 — 13:30 Ulf Persson
13:30 — 14:00 Joel Parthemore
14:00 — 14:45 Final words and SweCog annual meeting


Chalmers Konferens & Restauranger
Lindholmen Science Park
Lindholmspiren 5
417 56 Göteborg


Information about parking can be found through Chalmers Fastigheter.


Alexander Almér,

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