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AOC is a special session of AMSTA 2016 held in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife 15-17 June 2016. Puerto de la Cruz is a city and municipality in the northern part of the island of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain:

The conference proceedings will be published by Springer as book chapters in a volume of the KES Smart Innovation Systems and Technologies series, submitted for indexing in Scopus and Thomson-Reuters Conference Proceedings Citation Index (CPCI) and the Web of Science.

It aims at attracting international researchers in the interdisciplinary field of Anthropic-Oriented Computing (AOC), which lays at the intersection among sociology, neuroscience, philosophy, anthropology, psychology and computer science. Current systems are indeed melting pots of interacting parts mixing economical, philosophical and socio-technical issues and interests, thus calling for adequate management approaches of the ecosystem as a whole.

Trans-/inter-disciplinary methodologies are therefore required for dealing with such issues. In this invited session we specifically focus on the anthropic aspects of this complex scenario projecting them into computer science. The main focus is on humans then, covering a broad spectrum from inward (emotions and affective computing) to outward (communities and crowds) aspects. On one hand, the focus is on AI through the neuro-physiological perspective. On the other hand, collective intelligence springing from human collaboration and interaction is at stake, taking into account the cultural divergences that flavour the bounded rational processes with local or situated cognitive perspectives.

The intent is to rise interest on cross-disciplinary research with potential practical outcomes in the following (but not restricted to) fields:

  • Affective cognitive architectures
  • Crowdcasting
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Crowdsensing
  • Emotional computer interface
  • Situated and embodied cognition
  • Swarm cognition (swarm intelligence + distributed cognition = swarm cognition)
  • Multi agent neural network
  • Spiking neural network
  • Neuro-biologically inspired systems for AI
  • Philosophical aspects of Artificial consciousness
  • Minimal cognitive models and their scalability
  • Computational Psychological aspects of Affective computation
  • Computational Neuroscientific aspects of Affective computation
  • Decision making and Artificial Consciousness
  • Volunteer computing
  • Social computing
  • Collective intelligence
  • Multi-agent system approaches to crowd modelling
  • Agent-based crowd simulation
  • Crowd agents
  • Agent crowd map


Program committee 

  • Marcello Bersani, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Nicola Dragoni, DTU, Denmark and Örebro University, Sweden
  • Luca Ferrucci, CNR Pisa, Italy
  • Massimo Ficco, Second University of Naples, Italy
  • Giovanni Merlino, University of Messina, Italy
  • Antonio Puliafito, University of Messina, Italy
  • Sergey Zykov, Higher School of Economics, Russia

Important dates

  • Submission of Papers: 1 February 2016
  • Notification of Acceptance: 25 February 2016
  • Upload of Final Publication Files: 14 March 2016
  • Conference: 15-17 June 2016

Special Issue

Selection of best papers from the special session will be invited to submit an extended version to journals with which negotiations are still running.

Submission information

Submissions must be formatted according to the instructions which can be found on the Springer website under “Instructions for Authors”:

Papers must be submitted in PDF format for review purposes, but authors are required to upload editable word-processor files (LaTeX or MS Word) at the end of the review process.

The required paper length is 10 pages in publisher format. Papers longer than this may be subject to an additional charge. Papers much longer or shorter than the required length may be rejected, at the decision of the organisers.

Papers to be considered for the conference must be submitted in PDF form through the PROSE online submission and review system:

Further information on submissions can be found here: