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Special Session
Special Session on
AI with Awareness Inside
 - AWAI 2024

24 - 26 February, 2024 - Rome, Italy

Within the 16th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - ICAART 2024


Luc Steels
Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Brief Bio
Luc Steels has been an ICREA research fellow at the Institute for Evolutionary Biology (UPF-CSIC) in Barcelona. He studied computer science at MIT (US) and became a a professor of Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the University of Brussels (VUB) in 1983. He founded the VUB AI Lab. In 1996 Steels founded the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris. Steels is currently associated with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and the Venice international University where he pursues his interests in bringing Meaning and Understanding into AI, Value-Aware AI, and more fairness for musicians in digital music distribution and generation.


Recently the discussion on whether AI systems can become aware or conscious has been heating up. The topic has been active on the margins of AI for a long time but now there is increased work and interest, stimulated by increased funding, such as from the Awareness Inside Portfolio of projects in the EU Pathfinder program. In addition, consciousness is attributed to Large Language Models, raising further questions about what consciousness is and what it is for. This workshop brings together researchers working on the edge of AI research on topics of awareness and consciousness.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
  • Applications That Can Benefit from Awareness
  • Architectures for Awareness
  • Attribution of Consciousness to Generative AI
  • Measures for Awareness
  • Relation to Attention and Context Mechanisms
  • Self-Awareness


Paper Submission: December 21, 2023
Authors Notification: January 9, 2024
Camera Ready and Registration: January 17, 2024


Available soon.


Prospective authors are invited to submit papers in any of the topics listed above.
Instructions for preparing the manuscript (in Word and Latex formats) are available at: Paper Templates
Please also check the Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted electronically via the web-based submission system using the appropriated button on this page.


After thorough reviewing by the special session program committee, all accepted papers will be published in a special section of the conference proceedings book - under an ISBN reference and on digital support - and submitted for indexation by SCOPUS, Google Scholar, DBLP, Semantic Scholar, EI and Web of Science / Conference Proceedings Citation Index.
SCITEPRESS is a member of CrossRef ( and every paper is given a DOI (Digital Object Identifier).
All papers presented at the conference venue will be available at the SCITEPRESS Digital Library


ICAART Special Sessions - AWAI 2024