General Talks: From Computing with Numbers to Computing with Words - From Manipulation of Measurements to Manipulation of Perceptions; L.A. Zadeh. Processing of Biological Signals: a Bridge between Structure and Function; S. Cerutti, et al. Architectures for Artificial Mentation and Behavior; I. Aleksander. Developing Rational Agents; M. Colombetti , P.L. Lanzi. Overview on Decision Making; G. Mosconi, L. Macchi. Panel Summary - Think about This: Is Thinking Necessary to do Actions? J.D. Becker, et al.
Thinking: Learning from Mistakes; A. Giordana, A. Serra. Panel Summary - The Parallel between Acting and Thinking: Using it for Better Process Understanding; B. Zavidovique. Time-Effective Detection of Objects of Interest in Images by Means of a Visual Attention Mechanism; R.M. Palenichka, P. Zinterhof. Experiments on Concurrent Artificial Environment; V. Di Gesù, et al. Rational Decision: a Matter of Common Sense; M. Semenza. A Hierarchical Entropy Based Representation for Medical Signals; C. Di Ruberto, et al. Adaptation and Learning for Pattern Recognition: A Comparison between Neural and Evolutionary Computation; C. De Stefano, et al.
Deciding: Decision Making in Evolving Artificial Systems; R. Walker, M. Cardaci. Case Studies in Cognitive Robotics; L. Carlucci Aiello, et al. Panel Summary - Rational and Not Rational Behaviors in Decision-Making; R. Bordogna, et al.
Planning: Biological Brain and Mind; E. Boncinelli. Visual Attention Systems; V. Cantoni, M. Cellario. Panel Summary - Planning and Plasticity in Artificial and Natural Systems; V. Di Gesù, S. Termini.
Acting:Notion Formation in Machine Learning; L. Saitta, R. Esposito. Towards Artificial Action: Teaching by Showing; T. Drummond, R. Cipolla. Panel Summary - Frontieres of Human-Machine Interaction; G. Rigamonti, et al.
The following are the proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on Human and Machine Perception held in Palermo, Italy, on June 20 -23, 2000, under the auspices of three Institutions: the Cybernetic and Biophysics Group (GNCB) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and the two Inter-Department Centers of Cognitive Sciences of Palermo and Pavia University respectively. A broad spectrum of topics are covered in this series, ranging from computer perception to psychology and physiology of perception. The theme of this workshop on Human and Machine Perception was focused on Thinking, Deciding, and Acting. As in the past editions the final goal has been the analysis and the comparison of biological and artificial solutions. The focus of the lectures has been on presenting the state-of-the-art and outlining open questions. In particular, they sought to stress links, suggesting possible synergies between the different cultural areas. The panel discussion has been conceived as a forum for an open debate, briefly introduced by each panelist, and mainly aimed at deeper investigation of the different approaches to perception and strictly related topics. The panelists were asked to prepare a few statements on hot-points as a guide for discussion. These statements were delivered to the participants together with the final program, for a more qualified discussion.
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