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Reasoning about other minds: Logical and cognitive perspectives


Monday 4 August and Tuesday morning 5 August, 2014
University of Groningen


Workshop goal: This workshop aims to shed light on models of social reasoning that take into account realistic resource bounds. People reason about other people's mental states in order to understand and predict the others' behavior. This capability to reason about others' knowledge, beliefs and intentions is often referred to as `theory of mind'. Idealized rational agents are capable of recursion in their social reasoning, and can reason about phenomena like common knowledge. Such idealized social reasoning has been modeled by modal logics such as epistemic logic and BDI (belief, goal, intention) logics. However, in real-world situations, many people seem to lose track of such recursive social reasoning after only a few levels. Cognitive scientists build computational models of social reasoning, for example, recently an `inverse planning' model based on Bayesian inference frameworks has proven successful in modeling human inferences about the goals and beliefs underlying other people's observed behavior. The workshop provides a forum for researchers that attempt to analyze, understand and model how resource-bounded agents reason about other minds. The workshop is a follow-up on the workshop that was collocated with TARK 2011 in Groningen, see

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
  • Logics modeling human social cognition;
  • Computational cognitive models of theory of mind;
  • Epistemic game theory;
  • Behavioral game theory;
  • Bounded rationality in epistemic game theory;
  • Relations between language and social cognition;
  • Models of the evolution of theory of mind;
  • Models of the development of theory of mind in children;
  • Models of the neural implementation of social cognition;
  • Bounded rationality in multi-agent systems;
  • Formal models of team reasoning;
  • Theory of mind in specific groups, e.g., persons with autism spectrum disorder;
  • Complexity measures for reasoning about other minds.
Invited Speakers: Deadline CFP: Deadline: Tuesday July 1, 2014 (midnight Hawaii time). Please send your extended abstract in PDF format, not exceeding 4 double-spaced pages (1,500 words) by Tuesday July 1, 2014. The PDF files have to be uploaded online via the workshop's submission website at The author notification date is Monday, July 28, 2014. Authors of accepted abstracts will be expected to upload a full version of their paper after the workshop, to be collected in an online workshop proceedings collection that we are setting up. Further details about the proceedings will be made available soon. After the workshop, selected authors will be invited to submit a revised and extended version of their paper for a special issue of a relevant journal, to be decided.

Programme Committee:
  • Rineke Verbrugge (University of Groningen, chair)
  • Jakub Szymanik (University of Amsterdam, chair)
  • Johan van Benthem (University of Amsterdam and Stanford University)
  • Robin Clark (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Hans van Ditmarsch (LORIA, CNRS)
  • Jan van Eijck (CWI, Amsterdam)
  • Sujata Ghosh (ISI, Chennai)
  • Nina Gierasimczuk (University of Amsterdam)
  • Noah Goodman (Stanford University)
  • Bart Hollebrandse (University of Groningen)
  • Eric Pacuit (University of Maryland)
  • Iris van Rooij (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • Niels Taatgen (University of Groningen)
AiML local organizers at the University of Groningen: Rajeev Gore and Agi Kurucz (chairs), Dave Gilbert, Barteld Kooi, Bouke Kuijer, Paolo Maffezioli, Allard Tamminga.

Sponsors: The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, in particular the VICI project: ‘Cognitive systems in interaction: Logical and computational models of higher-order theory of mind’, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

The workshop will be held on the day before AiML2014.

Rineke Verbrugge
University of Groningen
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences,
Institute of Artificial Intelligence
P.O. Box 407
9700 AK Groningen
The Netherlands