About the conference

The Peripatetic conferences on Modeling Cognitive Systems are organized since 2010 by and for those who appreciate thinking and exchanging ideas while walking and those who, like many before, believe that the rarefied mountain air and the physical exertion bring our brains to another level of functioning.

Cognitive systems are defined through their ability to adapt to the ever-changing conditions of the environment. We observe such processes of adaptation on many different levels: from single cells and tissues, through regulation systems such as the immune system, to people operating on conscious level and whole social groups. The aim of the conference is to present recent research on cognitive systems from multitude of perspectives and methodologies, and to bridge gaps between different disciplines in order to develop common language as well as new methods and paradigms for modeling cognitive phenomena.

The interdisciplinary character of the conference is reflected by the abstract book from the previous edition (in Polish only). Among the organizers and participants of the previous editions of the conference were psychologists, cognitive scientists, computer scientists, linguists, physicists, biologists, mathematicians, anthropologists, sociologists… No matter what is your discipline, what counts is your interest in cognitive systems, in computational methods (but also in how to link qualitative with quantitative, without throwing the former with the bath or making the latter untenable), your openness to talk to others and patiently explain your approach, and your love for the mountains.

Guest speakers

Dr Sebastian Wallot is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, previously associated with the University of Cincinnati (USA) and the Interacting Minds Centre at the Aarhus University (Denmark), where he was a part of TESIS network (Towards an Embodied Science of Intersubjectivity). His research interests includes studies on joint action, reading, comprehension and meaning with the use of Complex Systems Theory and Nonlinear Dynamics.



Sławomir Nasuto is a professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading (UK), where he is a part of Cybernetics Intelligence and Systems Neuroscience research groups and the director of  Brain Embodiment Laboratory. His research interests cover computational neuroscience and neuroanatomy, analysis of signals generated by the nervous system, single neuron and multivariate spike trains or EMG and their applications for Brain Computer Interfaces and Animats (robots controlled by neural cultures).



Dr Peter beim Graben is associated with Berlin School of Mind and Brain and Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience Berlin. In 2010-2015 he was a Heisenberg Fellow of the DFG (German Research Foundation) at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, at the Department of German Studies and Linguistics. His research interests span computational neurolinguistics and computational neuroscience. His previous studies include among others event-related brain potentials in language processing and biophysical observation models for neural networks and neural fields.



Invitation: call for papers

Come and share your research results, doubts, questions, ideas, collaboration opportunities. During the stationary meetings and peripatetic ones (from Ancient Greek peripatētikós – “given to walking around”) senior researchers, post-docs, graduate and undergraduate students share their knowledge and draw inspirations for further work.

We invite abstracts in any field concerning (broadly understood) cognition and ways of its modeling. Just to give some examples, your talk may concern:

  • Cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics (mechanisms of perception, memory, attention, decision making, language evolution, semiotics).
  • Biology and bioinformatics (proteomics, metabolic and signaling networks, biological imaging).
  • Neurosciences (neurobiology, neuroinformatics, neuropsychology).
  • Language sciences.
  • Computational modeling (e.g., dynamical systems modeling).
  • Logic, knowledge representation, information theory.
  • Robotics, autonomous systems.

If you are an undergraduate student, and are just starting in the field, you may present a short book review on the topic. Some suggestions are here (link), but if you do not find anything interesting there you can suggest your own book to review. Be sure to have it approved by the organizers though (write to us directly or propose it in the form of abstract through the registration form, see Registration).

General information

The conference will take place on 6–8 October 2016 in pension “Marymont” in Kościelisko near Zakopane. We start on the 6th with a dinner at 6pm and an evening session 7pm-10pm. We finish on the 8th at about 3pm.

For students and young researchers, who do not have grant financing, the conference is free of charge. Accommodation and meals are also provided. Transport should be organized individually by the participants. There is a possibility to remain at Marymont or other neighboring pensions for Saturday night but this is not covered by the organizers.

Conference program consists of talks given by participants and discussions in subgroups during walks in the nearby mountain valleys (peripatetic part, at least 4-5hr trips). Important: Weather jacket and trekking boots are recommended.

Getting to the venue from Zakopane (by bus):

Take a bus from the stop “Plac PKP stanowisko 2” (near the railway station) with the destination “Dol. Kościeliska-Kiry”. Regular buses operate between 7AM and 7PM, there is a bus every 30 minutes (approximately).


Training and Leisure Centre of Warsaw University of Life Sciences
Kiry 1, 34-511 Kościelisko

Website: http://marymont-sggw.pl


Please register through this Google form.

Final deadline for registration and short abstract submission is September 20 (deadline extended until September 26). Early registration will help us with organizational work.

Time allocated for each talk is 20 minutes (including questions), for book review 10 minutes. The official language of the conference is English. Laptop and projector will be available in the conference room.


Thursday, 6th October




Session I

  • The Precious Complexity: On Becoming Interaction-Dominant – Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi

  • Qui Sommes Nous or What do you need your favorite book for – Magdalena Stępień

  • Causality relations: from molecular dynamics to biological signals – Franciszek Rakowski

  • Ecological context of categorization – Julian Zubek

  • Modeling of eye movements during induction of spatial disorientation in pilots and amateurs – Bibianna Bałaj

  • Heart-brain interactions in the context of creative thinking and fluid intelligence – Ewa Ratajczak

  • HRV-biofeedback and creative thinking – Julita Fojutowska

Friday, 7th October

8:00–8:30 Yiquan yangsheng gongfa – health preservation and relaxation exercises from a chinese martial art with Julian (facultative)




Session II

  • From free will to quantification: The challenges of investigating natural language-use – Sebastian Wallot

  • Sensory Data Aquisition and Analysis for Human Motion Quantification – Michał Meina

  • Machine learning and EEG – approaches that led to winning of two international competitions on brain-computer interfaces – Rafał Cycoń

  • Dreams, drugs and ConvNets – Piotr Migdał

  • Automatic Movement Extraction from Parent-Infant Interactions – David Lopez

  • Behavioral Coordination in Mother-Infant Dyads – Giuseppe Leonardi

  • Taking up an active role in play routines – Alicja Radkowska

  • Book review: Daniel J. Siegel, “The Developing Mind, Second Edition: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are” – Wojciech Sak


Peripatetic activity – discussions in subgroups during walk in Kościeliska valley




Session III

  • Syntactic language processing through hierarchical heteroclinic networks – Peter beim Graben

  • Large Scale Entropy Rate Estimation: A New Law that Governs the Complexity of Language – Łukasz Dębowski

  • Book review: Peter Stockwell, “Cognitive poetics” – Adrianna Kucińska

  • Taxonomy and structure of polish langugage personality descriptive type-nouns – Małgorzata Charęzińska

  • Interactions analysis in the wine study – Magdalena Stępień, Michał Denkiewicz

  • Transformative value of coaching: caoach-coachee dyad as a dynamical system based on languaging – Grzegorz Grzegorczyk


Discussions by fireplace

Saturday, 8th October

8:00–8:30 Morning Yoga with Joanna and Alicja (facultative)




Session IV

  • On radical embodied cognitive science and strong anticipation – Sławomir Nasuto

  • Morphological computation (from Pfeiffer to Friston) – Marcin Miłkowski

  • Desiderata for a theory of mental representation – Krystyna Bielecka

  • Theoretical framework for description and modeling of heterogeneous cognitive systems – Łukasz Jonak

  • How confident are you? Individual differences in volitional abilities are associated with confidence judgements – Wojciech Zajkowski

  • Intelligence of the immune system – Edgar Filip Różycki

  • Book review: Carl Zimmer, “Sophisticated Parasites: How they control the minds of their hosts and survive immune system onslaught” – Piotr Szczęsny

  • The secrets of Munc18 interactions in neurotransmitter release – Ewa Sitarska

  • Book review: Robin Dunbar, “How Many Friends Does One Person Need?” – Marzena Wójtowicz


What’s next? Conclusions, Plans, Announcements & Initiatives – Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi