Modeling, Simulation and Computational Science; Helsinki 29.11.-30.11.

MODELING, SIMULATION, AND COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE:
Perspectives from different sciences

THURSDAY 29.11. 2007: 10 - 18 (Metsätalo, aud. 4)

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

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

15.45 – 16.15 Break

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”


FRIDAY 30.11. 2007: 10 - 18 (The Main Building, aud. XVI)

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 & 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”

16.00 – 16.30 Break

16.30 – 17.45 Closing panel: Challenges of computational modeling of
cognition and language
   * (Piccinini, Shagrir, Hyvärinen, Honkela, Lappi & Rusanen)

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

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact:
Anna-Mari Rusanen ()