Institute for Visual Intelligence | Inaugural Symposium



The Institute for Visual Intelligence

is thrilled to announce its Inaugural Symposium as follows:

Sat, Nov 19, 2016: 10:30 – 5:30 PM

Seeley W Mudd Building

Columbia University- Click Here for Campus Map
Mudd 633 at Seeley W Mudd Building
500 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10027

Walking directions:
The direct entrance to the building on 120 St is closed on weekends; pls use entrances in orange (except the entrance to St. Paul from Amsterdam is closed as marked with an X) and follow the map and walk into Seeley W Mudd Building entrance and take the elevator to the 6th floor.  If you are taking the subway, use the entrances on Broadway.


The Symposium Proceedings

Topic:  What is a philosophical understanding of visual intelligence?

Keywords: analytic philosophy, fine art, intelligence, logic, artificial intelligence, data science & mining, philosophy of mind, epistemology, philosophy of language, grammar, philosophy of games, visual studies, aesthetics, art history & criticism, psychology, philosophy of science.

Problem Solving:
– Are most well-known aestheticians and philosophers of art visually intelligent?
– Problems with using logic to analyze artwork
– Why is the difference between the philosophy of art and aesthetics significant?
– How are subjectively universal judgments of taste possible?
– Why is visual intelligence significant in measuring human capacities?
– Can a machine achieve unsupervised visual intelligence?
– In what ways is art making mathematical?
– What is the difference between visual intelligence and spatial intelligence?

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Ahmed Elgammal

Director of the Art & AI Lab at Rutgers University

Professor at the Department of Computer Science, Rutgers University. He is the founder and director of the Art and Artificial Intelligence at Rutgers, which focuses on data science in the domain of digital humanities. He is also an Executive Council Faculty at Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science. Prof Elgammal has published over 140 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, and books in the fields of computer vision, machine learning, and digital humanities. He is a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2006.  Dr Elgammal’s recent research on knowledge discovery in digital humanities received wide international media attention, including reports on the Washington Post, New York Times, NBC News, the Daily Telegraph, Science News, and many others.

Dr. Gary Hatfield

Director of the Visual Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania

Adam Seybert Professor in Moral and Intellectual Philosophy and Director of the Visual Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He works in the history of modern philosophy, the philosophy of psychology, theories of vision, and the philosophy of science.  In 1990, he published The Natural and the Normative: Theories of Spatial Perception from Kant to Helmholtz; at HOPOS 2016, the 25th anniversary of the book was celebrated. In 2009, Perception and Cognition: Essays in the Philosophy of Psychology appeared from the Clarendon Press; a revised version of his book on Descartes’ Meditations appeared in 2014. He is a member of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the Penn Perception group, and the History and Sociology of Science Graduate Group.  He has directed dissertations in history of philosophy, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy and history of science.  He has long been fascinated by visual perception and the mind–body problem.

Dr. Sun-Joo Shin

Professor of Philosophy at Yale University

At Yale Sun-Joo Shin teaches logic, philosophy of logic, history of logic, philosophy of linguistics and, philosophy of language.

In her book “The Iconic Logic of Peirce’s Graphs” Shin explores the philosophical roots of the birth of Peirce’s Existential Graphs in his theory of representation and logical notation. She demonstrates that Peirce is the first philosopher to lay a solid philosophical foundation for multimodal representation systems.



Dr. Elliot Samuel Paul
Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Barnard College, Columbia University.

He works mainly in early modern philosophy and epistemology. He also has interests in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, with a particular focus on philosophical issues surrounding creativity. He holds a BA from the University of Toronto and a PhD from Yale University, both in philosophy. From 2009-2011 Dr. Paul was Assistant Professor/Bersoff Faculty Fellow at NYU. He is co-editor of The Philosophy of Creativity: New Essays, published by Oxford University Press in 2014, and is currently completing a book on Descartes’s epistemology.

Submission deadline: Wed, November 9, 2016. Accepted submissions will be announced before Nov 12. If you choose not to publish your work, please let us know.

Length: 250 – 500 words

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We would consider papers with parameters of the following:
Philosophy of language,logic, artificial intelligence, aesthetics, analytic philosophy, philosophy of psychology, visual studies, philosophy of science, data science, philosophy of mind, art history & criticism

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