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Special Session
Special Session on
Breaking the Frontier Between Artificial and Natural Intelligent Systems
 - X-FANIS 2018

16 - 18 January, 2018 - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Within the 10th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - ICAART 2018


Ulrico Celentano
University of Oulu

Brief Bio
Ulrico Celentano holds a doctoral degree in technology from the University of Oulu, Finland, and a degree in electronics engineering from the University of Florence, Italy. He is a research doctor at the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, where he has been studying adaptive systems and artificial interacting cognitive entities. He is with the Biomimetics and Intelligent Systems Group (BISG). In addition to publications, he holds five granted patents. His present research interests include networked artificial cognitive systems, human cognition and the social interaction of the above, along with systems modelling, system architecture and dependable systems.
Juha Röning
University of Oulu

Brief Bio
Juha Röning is the head of the Biomimetics and Intelligent Systems Group (BISG) research unit and a professor in the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering at the University of Oulu, Finland. He obtained a PhD and a licentiate, with honors, in technology, and an MS, with honors, in engineering, all from the University of Oulu. He holds two patents and has published more than 300 papers in the areas of computer vision, robotics, intelligent signal analysis, and software security. He has more than 30 years of experience in mobile robotics. He was a founding member to FP7 NoE European Robotics Research Network EURON, FP7 euRathlon, the SPARC robotics PPP, and is a member of the board of directors of euRobotics aisbl. He is a Fellow of SPIE, a member of IEEE and the International Society for Computers and Their Applications. His research interests include data mining, intelligent systems, mobile robots, and software security.


Intelligent interaction among natural organisms and artificial entities dates back to the first half of last century. This interaction has been since then mostly at a larger dimensional scale. More recent developments in neuroscience and biology are opening up plenty of new opportunities. Relations between natural and artificial domains include 1) biomimetics (learning from nature), and 2) interwork between these domains. Current technology makes it possible at micro and even nanoscale, down to DNA. In both cases, it is crucial to facilitate information transfer to natural and AI systems. This special session seeks contributions on either the two above approaches, where both natural and artificial intelligent properties (broadly conceived) are concurrently within the scope, although not necessarily with equal importance.

- Biomimetics
- Heterogeneous multi-agent systems
- Interwork of human cognition and technology (e.g. virtual reality, human-brain interfaces, etc.)
- Technology-guided biological processes
- Heterogeneous interaction at different scale (e.g., human-robot, technology-cell, etc.).


Paper Submission: November 7, 2017 (expired)
Authors Notification: November 21, 2017 (expired)
Camera Ready and Registration: November 29, 2017 (expired)


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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 DBLP, Web of Science / Conference Proceedings Citation Index, EI and SCOPUS.
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 - X-FANIS 2018