The first ISSA Summer School took place in Kobe, Japan, on August 3-21, 2015. It was entitled “Towards an Integrative Approach to the Study of Awareness“.
The lecture notes are now available here in PDF format:
- Nao Tsuchiya (introduction to consciousness studies)
- Melanie Wilke (neural correlates of visual consciousness)
- Shaun Gallagher (phenomenology and intentionality)
- Masako Myowa (emergence of self in perinatal period)
- Kenji Doya (machine learning and brain architecture)
- Minoru Asada & Yukie Nagai (robotics, artificial empathy and self-awareness)
- Kaoru Amano & Shinji Shimoto (neural deciphering of perceptual experiences)
The Summer School took place over three weeks with plenary lectures in the morning and parallel sessions in the afternoon, in which lecturers will lead study groups that may result in original research. The event gathered a small group of scientists and scholars advocating an integrative approach to the study of awareness.
The summer school was sponsored by ELSI, the Earth-Life Science Institute at Tokyo Institute of Technology; by EON, the ELSI Origins Network funded by the John Templeton Foundation; by AICS, the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science; and the KAKENHI program on Prediction and Decision Making.
As part of the summer school, students also attended the EON Workshop on “The Spontaneous Emergence of Autonomous Agents in Complex Systems” on August 12-14. The ELSI Origins Network (EON) is a new initiative launched by the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) at Tokyo Institute of Technology. EON’s goal is to promote Origins of Life as a scientific field and as a global community, and to support research that addresses its most fundamental questions.
Below, some snapshot memories from Kobe 2015.