Some members of WBAI participated in BICA2015 (Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architecture), an international conference held in Lyon, France, from November 6th to 8th, 2015. Our participants were Hiroshi Yamakawa (Chairperson), Koichi Takahashi (Vice Chairperson), Satoshi Kurihara (Member, U. of Electro-Communications), Takashi Omori (Member, Tamagawa U.), Naoya Arakawa (Member, author of a presented paper), Kotone Itaya (author of a presented paper), and the winner team of the first WBA hackathon (Takeshi Itoh, Jumpei Ukita and Ayaka Kato).
In the conference, Takahashi presented a paper on the development of BriCA and Omori on the model of others important for social interaction. The former article can be accessed here: A Generic Software Platform for Brain-Inspired Cognitive Computing
The conference also hosted the WBA session, chaired by Dr. Tarek Besold, who will host the Human-level AI conference in New York in 2016. Yamakawa and Takahashi gave the overview of WBA and Itoh presented the result of the hackathon. In the panel discussion chaired by Dr. Antonio Chella, we proposed international collaboration for open development of AGI, which could be a key technology for the future of humanity.
While the conference was an opportunity for the international debut for WBAI, WBA seemed generally accepted favorably. WBAI was a Gold Sponsor of BICA 2015.