[visionlist] Call for papers: Special Issue on Tracking

Anina Rich anina.rich at mq.edu.au
Mon Mar 12 10:05:46 GMT 2012

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*Call for Paper Proposals:* The Tracking and Identification of Human
Agents: A Forthcoming Issue of /Topics in Cognitive Science/ edited by
Nicolas J. Bullot (Macquarie University) and Anina N. Rich (Macquarie

*Submission Deadline:* The deadline for submission of proposals for
this issue of /TopiCS/ is 01 July 2012.

*The Journal:* /Topics in Cognitive Science/ (or /TopiCS/; see
http://csjarchive.cogsci.rpi.edu/topiCS/) is the newest official
journal of the Cognitive Science Society
(http://cognitivesciencesociety.org/index.html). Based on intensive
peer-reviewing, /Topics in Cognitive Science/ is a creative forum for
new communities of researchers, new controversies in established
areas, debates and commentaries, and reflection and integration.

*Aims of the Issue:* The editorial board of /TopiCS/ is inviting
proposals for contributions to a forthcoming issue on “The Tracking
and Identification of Human Agents.” The ability to track human
agents’ identities and persistence over time is a core cognitive
competence. It is linked to well-studied abilities like recognizing
faces, memorizing autobiographical and social information,
experiencing emotions directed at individuals, using proper names, or
understanding people’s actions and attitudes. Furthermore, tracking
human agents’ identities is a prerequisite of numerous social
practices such as authenticating the alleged identity of someone,
attributing moral and legal responsibility, enforcing contracts and
rights, or gathering data about individuals from information
distributed on networks. Though this tracking is of paramount
importance to understanding human cognition, cognitive science has
offered little integrative research on agent identity-tracking. Most
of the relevant studies have developed from within disconnected
accounts of agency, biometrics, face recognition, identification,
mindreading, singular reference, or social cognition. We therefore
lack a unified conceptual framework for investigating the multifaceted
dimensions of agent identity-tracking. The first aim of this issue is
to address the problem of this disconnect. The issue will foster
integrative theories and frameworks for advancing the cognitive
science and philosophy of the tracking of human agents’ identities.
The second aim of the issue is to develop experimental or theoretical
studies that address novel questions about agent identity-tracking.

We invite integrative accounts that draw from philosophy in cognitive
science, cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and other
fields related to cognitive science broadly understood.

Contributors may wish to address a subset of these questions: What is
the functional organization (cognitive architecture) of the most
typical mechanisms involved in the tracking of persons’ identities,
such as mechanisms for face recognition and reasoning about identity?
What are the typical operations performed by these mechanisms? What is
the evolutionary history of identity-tracking mechanisms? Does the
perception of persons provide a reliable foundation for the tracking
of their identity over time? Are memories and causal knowledge
essentially involved in the way we track human agents? What are the
functional roles of memory systems in agent identity-tracking? Are
theories of mental files relevant to explaining identity-tracking? Can
we track the identity and persistence of persons without tracking
their mental states? What are the adequate methodologies for
developing an integrative cognitive science of agent
identity-tracking? What should be the role of philosophy and social
sciences of personal identity in the scientific inquiry of agent

*Guidelines for submission, reviewing, and selection criteria:*
Scholars interested in this call are invited to send an extended
abstract of their proposal to trackinghumanagents at gmail.com and Kellie
Williamson (kellie.williamson at mq.edu.au, Research Assistant of the
project). The email should have ‘submission for TopiCS’ as main title.
We invite the submission of extended abstracts of around 1000 words
followed by a bibliography (no words limit) and an optional resume of
the lead investigator’s research (or a link to an Internet page with
relevant publications). We will encourage submission of original
integrative and experimental research papers. Integrative papers will
have to provide integrative frameworks for unifying research on the
tracking of human agents’ identity across time. Experimental papers
will have to address novel questions or provide interesting novel data
about the identification and tracking of human agents.

*Selection criteria for this issue of /TopiCS/ and companion project:*
From the initial submissions (deadline: 01 July 2012), we will invite
papers for full-length submission (7,200 words) to be submitted to the
Editorial Manager of /TopiCS/ before 5 January 2013. These full-length
submissions will undergo two phases of peer-reviewing in 2013. The
editorial policy of /TopiCS/ specifies that publication can only be
confirmed at the final stage of the peer-reviewing process. The
primary selection criteria will be (1) topicality of the submission,
(2) relevance for cognitive science understood as an interdisciplinary
endeavor, and (3) novelty of the proposal. The Editorial Board of
/TopiCS/ will make compulsory the respect of topicality and word
limit, and of any other points stated in the guidelines of /TopiCS/.
Outstanding submissions that cannot be included in this issue of
/TopiCS/ will be automatically considered by the editors for another
related publication project on the tracking of persons. This companion
project will be discussed in due time with the concerned authors.

*Contact for further information; institutional support:* Kellie
Williamson (kellie.williamson at mq.edu.au, Macquarie University) or
Nicolas Bullot (nicolas.bullot at mq.edu.au, Macquarie University). This
project is supported by the Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery
Project DE120102055).

Assoc. Prof. Anina Rich, PhD
ARC Research Fellow
Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science
Macquarie University
Sydney NSW 2109

Email: anina.rich at mq.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9850 9597
Fax: +61 2 9850 6059
Websites: http://www.maccs.mq.edu.au/members/profile.html?memberID=194


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