Cognitive feelings:

 Towards multi-disciplinary approaches for realizing artificial systems with cognitive capacities

This workshop “Cognitive feelings: Towards multi-disciplinary approaches for realizing artificial systems with cognitive capacities” is organized as a joint event with ALIFE Conference 2023 in Sapporo - Japan, 24th -28th July 2023. 

The workshop is organized and sponsored by the JST CREST Project Cognitive Feeling.  


7/25 (TUE)

Part 1 (10:10-11:30, JST)

10:10-10:15 Opening remarks (Mei Jie / Yukie Nagai)

10:15-10:50 Keisuke Suzuki (Keynote) 

10:50-11:10 Jie Mei, Shiyun Dong, Yukie Nagai "Central tendency effects in space and time processing in autism spectrum disorders: A computational study"  [pdf]

11:10-11:30 Kaede Yoshida, Michele Chan, Masabumi Minami, Yuichi Takeuchi  "A neural basis of decision-making when faced with contradictory predictions of reward and punishment" [pdf]

Part 2 (13:00-14:20, JST)

13:00-13:20 Ayumi Ikeda, Yuki Yamada "Evening brings ghosts: Circadian variation of pareidolia in Japanese" [pdf]

13:20-13:40 Eiko Matsuda, Hikaru Asano, Tomoyuki Yuzawa and Osamu Sakura "Quantitative and Qualitative Analyses on Child’s Animate Tendency" [pdf]

13:40-14:00 Takashi Ikegami, Atsushi Masumori, Norihiro Maruyama, Ryosuke Takata, Hiroki Sato, johnsmith, Hiroki Kojima, Yuta Ogai, Itsuki Doi "Mind Time Machine II" [pdf]

14:00-14:20 Discussion


Artificial life aims to deepen our understanding of living systems, including their interactive, evolutionary, and adaptive aspects, through constructing artificial systems in chemical experiments, computer simulations, robots and so on. Although cross-disciplinary approaches in artificial intelligence, neuroscience and developmental robotics have been introduced, we have not fully achieved the emergence of intelligence and mind in artificial systems. 

The goals of the workshop are to improve the plausibility of cognitive capacities of artificial living systems and propose a framework for exploring the origin, emergence and evolution of perception and emotions. We reinforce the role of cognitive feelings (i.e., feelings about one’s mental processes, encompassing senses of knowing, confidence, reality, and fluency, etc.) as an integrated component contributing to developmental individuality and diversity. We also recognize the difficulty in implementing (subjective) feelings in artificial systems which requires the differentiation whether these systems possess feelings or just behave as so. 

For a comprehensive perspective on how individual- and population-level diversity in cognitive and behavioral capacities emerges, in this workshop, we encourage discussions on methods and findings in disciplines including but not limited to: 

- Robotics, 

- Computational and behavioral neuroscience, 

- Psychology, 

- Virtual/augmented reality, and 

- Artificial intelligence, etc.

Furthermore, we hope to broaden the established relationship between life and the “extended mind” by integrating cognitive and emotional components and focus the conversation on the key role of perception and emotions in advancing the implementation of artificial agents.


Clark Memorial Student Center, Hokkaido University

7-chōme-3 Kita 8 Jōnishi

Kita Ward

Sapporo, Hokkaido 060-0808

Important dates

Call for papers

Submissions on topics within the fields of robotics, computational and behavioral neuroscience, psychology, virtual/augmented reality, and artificial intelligence are encouraged. However, we also invite contributions from other relevant disciplines. 

Original research, summary of published results and opinions are welcome. 

Submissions should be in the form of extended abstracts (maximum 2 pages) or research articles (maximum 8 pages). If your contribution is a summary of previous results, please specify during the submission process. 

Accepted work will be made available in the format of a booklet. We are planning to organize a special issue in partnership with a top academic journal where extended versions of selected contributions will be published.

Please submit your contributions to 

Organizers and contact

Jie Mei ( | IRCN, The University of Tokyo)

Hiroki Kojima ( | NCNP / The University of Tokyo) 

Yuichi Yamashita (NCNP) 

Yukie Nagai (IRCN, The University of Tokyo)