Modeling, Simulation and Computational Science: Perspectives from different sciences



Workshop 29.11.2007 – 30.11.2007
Helsinki


Thursday 29.11. 2007:
Metsätalo, aud. 4, ( Unioninkatu 40)

Computational templates and computational science:

10.00 – 11.15 Paul Humphreys, Department of Philosophy, University of Virginia: “Computational Templates: Representation and Application”
11.15 – 11.30 Coffee
11.30 – 12.15 Andrea Loettgers, California Institute of Technology: “Computational templates in modeling biological systems”
12.15 – 13.00 Tarja Knuuttila, Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki: “Computational templates and the strategy of model-based science”

13.00 – 14.15 Lunch

14. 15 – 15.45 Panel discussion: Computational templates and modeling in physics

* Ismo Koponen, Department of Physical Sciences, University of Helsinki
* Arkady Krashenninikov, Accelerator Laboratory, University of Helsinki
* Tapio Ala-Nissilä, Laboratory of Physics, Helsinki University of Technology

Simulation:
16. 15– 17.00 Till Grüne-Yanoff, Department of Social and Moral Philosophy,
University of Helsinki
: “Making Policy With In Silico Experiments”
17.00 – 17.45 Erika Mattila, Economic History Department, London School of Economics: “Predictive and explanatory functions in simulation models: perspectives from infectious disease studies”


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Friday 30.11. 2007:
The Main Building, aud. XVI (Fabianinkatu 33)

Some things compute, other things don’t. Computational models in
neurocognitive sciences:


10.00 – 10. 45 Gualtiero Piccinini, Department of Philosophy, University of Missouri
St.Louis
: “Digits, strings, and spikes: Empirical evidence against computationalism”
10.45 – 11.30 Oron Shagrir, Department of Philosophy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem: “Why we view the brain as a computer?”
11. 30 – 12.00 Break
12. 00 – 12.45 Anna-Mari Rusanen & Otto Lappi, Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki & Cognitive Science Unit, Department of Psychology, University of Helsinki: “From observable neurophysiological mechanisms to models of neural computation”
12. 45 – 13.30 Aapo Hyvärinen, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, University of Helsinki: “”The practice of mathematical and computational modeling in neuroscience””
13. 30 – 14. 30 Lunch

Computation and emergence:
14. 30 – 15.15 Timo Honkela, Laboratory of Computer and Information Science, Helsinki University of Technology: “Modeling the emergence of shared meaning systems:
Philosophical, computational and societal aspects”
15. 15 – 16. 00 Petri Ylikoski & Jaakko Kuorikoski, Department of Social and Moral Philosophy, University of Helsinki: “Understanding understanding emergence”

16.30 – 17.45 Closing panel: Challenges of computational modeling of cognition and language

* Timo Honkela
* Aapo Hyvärinen
* Otto Lappi
* Gualtiero Piccinini
* Anna-Mari Rusanen
* Oron Shagrir

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Organisers:
Kulta-project (MASI Modelling and Simulation 2005-2009 programme, Finnish
Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation
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Philosophy of Science Group (University of Helsinki)


For more information, please do not hesitate to contact:
Anna-Mari Rusanen (anna-mari.rusanen@helsinki.fi)
Department of Philosophy
University of Helsinki

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Welcome & best, anna-mari