Annual International Forum
“Readings in Humanities 2016 at RSUH”
“Events Representation: Integrated Approach in Cognitive Sciences”
(March 31- April 1, 2016)
On March 31 - April 1, 2016 the conference “Events Representation: Integrated Approach in Cognitive Sciences” was organized within the IX International Forum “Readings in Humanities 2016 at RSUH” by Center for Cognitive Programs and Technologies.
The first-day session of the conference took place in the Council Hall of the Russian State University for the Humanities (RSUH). President of RSUH, Dr., Prof., corresponding member of Russian Academy of Sciences Efim Pivovar, Rector, Dr., Prof. Evgeny Ivakhnenko and Prof., Dr., Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences, co-chairman of Academic Educational Association for Humanities Alexander Chubarian welcomed speakers and guests of the meeting. Prominent speakers of the conference were: Prof., Dr., Vice-Rector for innovative international projects at RSUH, Director of Center for Cognitive Programs and Technologies Vera Zabotkina; Prof., Dr. Ernst Pöppel from Ludwig-Maximilian University (Munich, Germany), Prof., Dr. Eva Ruhnau, Director of Ludwig-Maximilian University Humanwissenshaftlichen Zentrum (Munich, Germany); Prof., Dr., Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences V.K.Anokhin (Laboratory for Neurobiology of Memory, Institute of Normal Physiology, Department of Neuroscience, National Research Center "Kurchatov Institute"); Prof., Dr., Deputy Director, Institute of Linguistics RAS Valery Demyankov, and Prof, Dr. Victor Finn (Head of Intellectual systems in the Humanities Department, Institute of Linguistics, RSUH).
The conference was attended by approximately 100 participants, including leading experts in cognitive sciences from Russia and abroad. There were two researchers from France who presented their topics: leading cognitive psychologist Emmanuel Sander and well-known linguist and expert in cognitive science, professor of the National Centre for Scientific Research Didier Bottineau. Other foreign participants of the conference were: Dr., Prof., Director of the Laboratory of Applied Logic Gergely Tamas (Hungary), leading researcher at the Institute of Philosophy of the National Academy of Sciences in Armenia, leading researcher of the Institute for prospective research of Moscow Pedagogical State University Suren Zolyan.
Prof., Dr. of RSUH Oleg Anshakov, Prof., Dr. of RSUH George Shabat, Prof., deputy director of the Institute of Philology and History of RSUH Yury Troitsky; PhD in Philology, leading researcher at the Department of Cognitive Technologies in NBICS-center “Kurchatov Institute” Artemy Kotov; Prof., Dr., Vice-Rector of Moscow Institute of Linguistics Alla Kirilina; Associate professor, Chief editor of the Publishing house "Languages of Slavic cultures" Alexei Koshelev, and others presented their papers at the conference. They touched upon various topical issues of events representation from the point of view of cognitive sciences: cognitive psychology, cognitive linguistics, cognitive philosophy, artificial intelligence, neuroscience. The conference was also attended by students and staff of Russian State University for the Humanities, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow State Linguistic University, Ural Federal University, Perm State University, NBICS-center "Kurchatov Institute" and other Russian universities.
During the conference the following issues were discussed:
• Definition of the term event in cognitive sciences (psychology, linguistics, philosophy, artificial intelligence)
• The role of events in the history. Representation of events in the history. Cognitive history.
• How are events represented in the human’s mind? The role of humanities and natural sciences in understanding of this process.
• Brain and representation of events.
• Models of representation of events in artificial and natural intelligence.
At the closing of the conference the discussion was held. Its participants stressed the importance of interaction of different fields in cognitive sciences. They also highlighted the significance of human perception and conceptualization research.
Summing up, it should be noted that all the goals have been achieved and, in particular, the main idea of the conference has been realized: to achieve the common framework, combining the research in events representation on a higher level of integration.