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2025 International Summit on the Study of Information

June 02 – 28, 2025

  1. The International Summit for The Study of Information

The IS4SI Summit 2025 objective is to present and discuss current achievement in the fields of the Study of Information. It is considered here not only as a pure theoretical discipline.

While matter and energy are the foundation of material world, information is the foundation of the mental world as well as of the interactions in alive beings and within their communities. It is the leading factor in evolution and genetics. It is the basis of intellectual activity. Studying intelligence, we should take broader approach discovering the role of information, generally speaking, in life. The time has come to work out more uniform and general, deeper understanding of information processes which support the noosphere.

In this, broader sense, we should again and again turn our attention to the philosophy, interrelations between material and mental, correlate the notion of information in communication, biology, humanitarian areas and the physics of micro world.

The IS4SI Summit 2025 is dedicated to this broad issue.

The IS4SI 2025 Summit is composed of International Scientific Events. Each event has its own Steering Committee, as well as a Program Committee approved by the Summit Steering Committee.

The 2025 International Summit of Study of Information is planned to take place in two formats:

– Online meetings for all presentations and discussions (June 02-15, 2025);

– Hybrid meetings (in-person and online, June 23 – 28, 2025,Varna, Bulgaria)

The official language of IS4SI Summit 2025 is English.

  1. Call for Contributions

All colleagues and friends interested in the study of information are welcome to submit to the Summit their manuscripts. The manuscripts will be peer reviewed by the Program Committees of the Summit and preferred manuscripts will be selected for oral presentation.

Only unpublished manuscripts will be accepted for the IS4SI 2025 Summit. The type of manuscripts can be any kind of scientific publication and depends on the decision of the Event Steering Committees. The formatting of the manuscripts depends on the selected publisher and must follow their publication rules.

The IS4SI Summit 2025 will take place from June 02, 2025, to June 28, 2025.
The Summit will be spited into two segments – online and in-person.
Conference room presentations are usually not delivered well with the technical background available. Because of this, it is assumed that all presentations will be online, and that in-person meetings mainly will help to develop cooperation within IS4SI.

The online segment of the Summit
The Summit will commence with an online segment on Monday, June 02, 2025. It will last till June 15, 2025.
Online participation in the Summit is complimentary.

The in-person segment of the Summit
The in-person segment of the Summit will occur from June 23 to 28, 2025, in Varna, Bulgaria.
The in-person segment is expected to last three working days, with two days off.
Participants are expected to arrive in Varna on June 22 and depart on June 29, 2025.

Registration fees
Until March 31, 2025, the registration fee for the in-person segment of the Summit is 360 Euros per participant, VAT included.
After March 31, 2025 it will be 480 Euros per participant, VAT included.
Accompanying persons registration fee is 120 Euros per person, VAT included.

The registration fee covers only renting the conference rooms, technical equipment, coffee breaks, working dinner, and supporting staff. Excursions and entertainment events are not included.
No registration fee waivers are available.

For the in-person segment of the Summit, the Tour Operator Company Unitours, Varna, Bulgaria, will be responsible for providing accommodation, transfers and excursions.
Financial operations will be carried out by Accounting House Danfis, Sofia, Bulgaria.

  1. The Summit 2025 Steering Committee

Pedro Marijuán (Spain) – FP; P 2021 – 2023
Kang Ouyang (China) – FP
Wolfgang Hofkirchner (Austria) – FP; P 2013 – 2015, VP
Konstantin Kolin (Russian Federation) – P 2011 – 2013
Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic (Sweden) – P 2015 – 2017, VP
Terrence Deacon (United States of America) – P 2017 – 2019
Marcin Schroeder (Japan) – P 2019 – 2021, VP
Yishin Zhong (China) – P 2021 – 2023
Krassimir Markov (Bulgaria) – P 2023 – 2025
José María Díaz Nafría (Spain) – PE 2025 – 2027, VP
Teresa Guarda (Portugal) – PE 2025 – 2027, VP
Daniel Boyd (Netherlands) – VP
Jorge Navarro López (Spain) – VP
Shigeo Kawashima (Japan) – VP
Wu Kun (China) – VP
Xueshan Yan (China) – VP
Yagmur Denizhan (Turkey) – VP
Zhicheng Chen (China) – VP
Annette Grathoff (Austria) – GS
Legend
FP : IS4SI Founding President;
P : IS4SI President;
PE : IS4SI President Elect;
VP : IS4SI Vice President 2023 -2025;
GS: S4SI General Secretary

  1. The Theme of the IS4SI’2025 Summit

The Key Role of Information Interaction

In the contemporary digital age, the synergy between information and interaction plays a pivotal role in shaping our understanding of the world, influencing decision-making processes, and fostering innovation.
The term “inforaction,” an amalgamation of information and interaction, encapsulates the dynamic relationship between individuals and the vast sea of data that surrounds them.
The theme of the IS4SI’2025 Summit explores the fundamental importance of inforaction and its multifaceted impact on various aspects of our lives.

  1. The Scope of the Summit

The scope of information science and technology and their potential applications is extraordinarily broad.

The IS4SI 2025 Summit consists of International Scientific Events. The scope of the 2025 Summit is covered by the scopes of the next events:

– Global Forum on artificial Intelligence

– International Conference “Intelligent Inquiry into Intelligence”

– Social Information Gatherings 2025

  1. The The Global Forum on Artificial Intelligence, 2025

Call for Papers to GFAI’2025

The 2025 World Summit on Information Studies, organized by the International Society for The Studies of Information (IS4SI), will be held in Varna, Bulgaria. As one of its component conferences, the Fifth Global Forum on Artificial Intelligence (GFAI) will be carried on at the same time under the flag of IS4SI World Summit’2025.

The Aim and the Theme of the Forum
Artificial intelligence is an important research field of information technology. Its research direction includes the theoretical, technical and application. How to research and apply AI so as to make its products (including various intelligent systems and robots) be best meeting the needs and demands from the human society? Such kind of Study of AI has become the key issues for the information era.
International Summit on The Study of Information is a series of large-scale conferences, dedicating to bring experts from all over the world for exchanging ideas, sharing progresses, and exploring future trends in Artificial Intelligence, as well as seeking collaborations for meeting the challenges.

The Topics of The Forum

1. THEORETICAL ISSUES
1-1 Are you satisfied with the current advancement in AI? Why yes, or why not?
1-2 What is your suggestion and contribution for the breakthrough in AI research?
1-3 What comments you would like to make for deep networks and deep learning?
1-4 What comments you would like to make for expert systems?
1-5 What is the proper concept of Semantic Information?
1-6 Do you think AI could successfully be implemented only by Statistical Approach?
1-7 What do you think of the interrelation between intelligence and information?
1-8 Are you satisfied with the logic theories related to AI?
1-9 Are you satisfied with the mathematical foundation for AI?
1-10 Do you think it possible to establish the universal theory for AI?

2. TECHNICAL ISSUES
2-1 What is your own interest and progress in AI research?
2-2 New progresses in machine learning research.
2-3 New progresses in deep network research.
2-4 New progresses in machine translation.
2-5 New progresses in game playing.
2-6 New progresses in pattern recognition.
2-7 New progresses in Autonomous driving.
2-8 New progresses in NLP (Natural Language Processing).
2-9 New progresses in intelligent robot.
2-10 Any other topics related to AI.

3. APPLICATION ISSUES
3-1 AI Application in manufacture.
3-2 AI application in education.
3-3 AI application in transportation.
3-4 AI application in medicine.
3-5 AI application in security.
3-6 AI application in energy.
3-7 AI application in management.
3-8 AI application in agriculture.
3-9 AI application in industry.
3-10 Any other applications related to AI.

The Language, Paper Format and Submission

The language of the Forum is English.
The extended abstract (about 2 pages) should be submitted to the Program Committee using the following e-mail addresses before January 31, 2025:
Prof. Zhicheng Chen, e-mail: is4siccai@163.com.
(We are in contact to open the EasyChair paper system. After we open it, authors can submit their papers through the EasyChair website)

PAPER PUBLICATION

All the accepted papers need to be formatted according to the MDPI paper template and will be published by MDPI.
We are contacting some cooperating international journals, some excellent papers will be selected for publication in international journals.
(Prof. Zhicheng Chen agrees to serve as the publishing coordinator of MDPI)

THE IMPORTANT DATES

Extended abstract (about 2 pages) submission: by January 31, 2025
Notification of abstract acceptance: by February 28, 2025
Authors registration: by March 15, 2025
Full Paper (about 5 pages) Submission: by March 15, 2025

ORGANIZING COMMITTEES
Forum Chairs

Zhicheng Chen (China, Chair for Publication and All, VP)
Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic (Sweden, Co-Chair for International Exchange, VP)
Liqun Han (China, Co-Chair for the Program Committee, BRO)
Zhongzhi Shi (China, Co-Chair for Forum Organization, BRO)

Members of Program Committee
1 Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic (Sweden) – Chalmers University of Technology
2 Rao Mikkilineni (USA) – Professor of USA
3 Yixin Zhong (China) – Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications
4 Liqun Han (China) – Beijing Technology and Business University, IS4SI BRO(Beijing Representative Office)
5 Zhongzhi Shi (China) – Chinese Academy of Sciences
6 Zhicheng Chen (China) – IS4SI China Chapter, BRO(Beijing Representative Office)
7 Yonghong Peng (UK) – Manchester Metropolitan University
8 Samarjit Kar (India) – Professor of India
9 Reetu Bhattacharjee (India) – Professor of India
10 Zhen Chen (China) – Tsinghua University
11 Huacan He (China) – Northwestern Polytechnical University
12 Zhiqiang Zhang (China) – Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics
13 Rong Liu (China) – Dalian University of Technology
14 Minxia Luo (China) – China Jiliang University
15 Chuan Zhao (China) – Chengdu University of Technology
16 Tiejun Cui (China) – Liaoning Technical University
17 Shasha Li (China) – Liaoning Technical University
18 Lihua Fu (China) – Beijing University Of Technology
19 Changquan Wang (China) – Beijing Vocational CoIlege of Labour and Social Security
20 Mingyi Mao (China) – Beijing Technology and Business University

  1. The First International Online Conference of the Journal Philosophies:
    Intelligent Inquiry into Intelligence,
    Contributing to the 2025 IS4SI Summit

Call for Contributions
Conference of the Journal Philosophies Intelligent Inquiry into Intelligence will be held online June 10-14, 2025. Participation in the conference does not require any fee, but for logistic reasons, access to its sessions will require registration. The deadline for registration is June 5, 2025. The sessions (all in English) will have the form of oral presentations (of 30 minutes duration including 5 minutes for questions/comments), invited lectures, panel discussions, and poster presentations (carried out in parallel). The qualification for presenting (in oral or poster form) will be based on the review of extended abstracts of submissions with the notifications on the acceptance/rejection sent no later than May 15, 2025. 7

We invite structured extended abstracts of presented works to be submitted by March 15, 2025. The abstracts of 300-500 words in English should include:
1) The title of the presentation.
2) Intended format of presentation (oral, poster, or either) – the number of accepted oral presentations will be limited, so the choice means a preference that may not be accepted.
3) Names and affiliations of all authors.
4) Name and email address of the contact author
5) A succinct description of the content of the work (as it is an extended abstract, it can include references)
6) (Important) Short explanation of the philosophical issues addressed in the work.

The conference has as its main objective to inquire/provide/develop/promote philosophical foundations for the interdisciplinary study of intelligence. This justifies the expectation that all submitted works have significant philosophical content even if this content is not the central subject of the study. For instance, an empirical study may have important consequences for the philosophical questions listed in the Announcement of the conference (or other relevant philosophical questions) justifying the claim of philosophical significance. However, these questions and consequences have to be directly identified in the last part of the abstract.
All accepted extended abstracts will be displayed on the website of the Conference. All presented works can be published without APC but based on peer review in the proceedings soon after the Conference, but the volume of these contributions has to be limited to no more than eight pages. More extensive works without any limit of volume developed from these contributions may be published in Philosophies after the usual peer review carried out by the journal with a discounted APC.

Conference Announcement
The First International Online Conference of the Journal Philosophies:
Intelligent Inquiry into Intelligence
Contributing to the 2025 IS4SI Summit
To be held online June 10-14, 2025, Deadline for Extended Abstracts March 15, 2025
Conference Website: TBA
Conference Chairs: Marcin J. Schroeder & Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic
In an era of unprecedented technological advancements in intelligent and cognitive technologies, the concept of intelligence—both human and artificial—stands in the center. The journal Philosophies is proud to announce its upcoming conference, “Intelligent Inquiry into Intelligence.” This event is designed to transcend the superficial discourse often found in popular media and focus deeply on the essence and implications of intelligence in its multiple contexts transcending the most frequent comparisons of human and technological capacities. Some of these contexts (such as artificial intelligence or advanced alien intelligence) generate popular interest among the general audience, while others are familiar to narrow groups of experts (e.g. intelligence characterizing multiple forms of life starting from a cellular level). The conference has as its main goal to set conceptual and methodological foundations for productive interactions and cooperation between diverse directions of inquiry and to foster a thoughtful and rigorous examination of intelligence, supported by interdisciplinary research and philosophical reflection.
The term “intelligence” has become ubiquitous, often overshadowed by buzzwords and misconceptions. Robert Louis Stevenson wrote in 1881, “Man is a creature who lives not upon bread alone, but principally by catchwords […]” [1] (41). The same can be said today, possibly with the new expression “buzzwords.”
This conference aims to cut through the confusion and myths that currently surround AI and intelligence in general, promoting informed discussions that can shape future policies, educational frameworks, and societal impacts. By bringing together leading philosophers and researchers from diverse fields, we seek to build a solid foundation for the study of intelligence that moves beyond the hype and toward profound insights, striving to achieve a deeper, more nuanced understanding of intelligence in our rapidly changing world.
Following the mission of the Philosophies, the general goal of the conference is to promote interaction and mutual stimulation between philosophical reflection, scientific research, and other forms of intellectual inquiry including diverse forms of expression for philosophical reflection. The intended subject of these diverse inquiries is intelligence, but in the absence of a commonly accepted definition for this omnipresent but elusive concept, it has to be considered within the context of the abovementioned configuration of themes including information, knowledge, rationality, logic, computation, complexity, creativity, autonomy, agency, life, cognition, and consciousness. Neither of these ideas has achieved the completed status of a clearly, uniformly defined, and well-understood concept that can be used as a stepping stone for the study of the others. Instead, they constitute a family of concepts, that is a mutually interdependent network. Even information that typically is considered more general than all other ideas on the list and therefore seems well fitting the role of a genus for definitions has multiple competing conceptualizations and unsettled attempts to equip it with semantic characteristics.
A secondary but closely related goal supporting the integration of diverse forms of inquiry of intelligence is to prevent confusion created by the diverse contexts of these inquiries. It is a popular but dangerous assumption that in the absence of definitions of concepts that escape rigorous analysis, we can use their common-sense understanding. The danger is in the illusion of commonality. There are empirical studies that show that common sense turns out to be not common (not in the Voltairian sense of its rarity, but as the lack of uniform understanding) [2]. Thus, the claim that common-sense communication secures mutual understanding may be just the old illusion already known to Socrates that the use of the same words does not imply the same meaning. Here comes the role of philosophy which helps in finding if not commonly accepted definitions, then interpretive methods of hermeneutics.
We would like to bring to the attention of all participants of the conference the need for creating a common ground that incorporates together with intelligence (artificial and natural, including human) the entire network of concepts such as information, knowledge, rationality, logic, computation, complexity, creativity, autonomy, agency, life, cognition, awareness, and consciousness. This means, that whenever these concepts are employed in the study of intelligence it is necessary to specify their understanding without the assumption that their meaning is self-explanatory. The conference has as its goal bringing together diverse perspectives on intelligence and this means that its relations to other relevant concepts are of special importance. All studies of the configuration of concepts will contribute to this goal.
To facilitate the goal of mutual interactions between different forms of inquiry of intelligence, contributors should avoid the use of specialistic jargon and the works presented at the conference involving mathematical, statistical, or other scientific formalisms should be accompanied by sufficiently extensive explanation and interpretation to be comprehensible to the wider audience. The expectation that such an explanation is possible follows from the famous claim by Richard Feynmann in the context of advanced theoretical physics that if you cannot explain something in a way comprehensible to a freshman student, you most likely do not understand it yourself. [3]
The following outstanding questions of the Intelligent Inquiry into Intelligence are stated here as examples rather than limits of interest for submissions to the conference. The references are provided not necessarily as patterns to follow in submissions, but rather as sources of information about the content of concisely formulated questions.
Questions about:
– The epistemological status of intelligence and the systems qualified as intelligent
– The axiological issues of intelligence (value in general rather than moral values in particular, emphasizing the plurality and heterogeneity of values) and the systems qualified as intelligent
– The ontological status of intelligence and the systems qualified as intelligent
– The related issue of the status of collective or distributed intelligence as opposed to the traditional view of intelligence as an exclusive characteristic of singular entities with central architecture [4-6]
– The role of logic (or possibly alternative logics, rationality) in intelligence.
– Non-human natural intelligence (the wide spectrum of views from the claim cognition = life to the various forms of plant, fungi, and animal cognition, to the denial of non-human natural intelligence or the claim of an essential qualitative difference between human and non-human intelligence) [7, 13]
– Non-conventional computing and its role in understanding intelligence and the design of intelligent systems [14-16]
– The function of non-conventional computing by non-human animals and other life forms in their existence and its qualification as a form of intelligence. [14-16]
– The meaning of the separate qualification of natural and artificial intelligence (including the paradox of natural human intelligence as opposed to artificial intelligence created by humans with their natural status) [16]
– The relationship between intelligence, agency, and autonomy (e.g. their mutual roles as necessary conditions for others)
– Intelligence as normative vs. descriptive attribution (including the paradox of the contradiction between the attribution of intelligence as a distinctive characteristic of some human individuals and the claim that the main difficulty in the design of authentic artificial intelligent systems is to equip them with common sense) [2,17-19]
– The capacity of common sense for/in intelligent systems sought in technological research (a diverse range of concepts from the Aristotelian capacity of humans and animals to coordinate senses, through a variety of expressions in different languages to the philosophical positions on common sense of Wittgenstein and Turing, to the concept of AGI) [2,17-19]
– Involvement of causality and determinism in the conceptualization of intelligence (e.g. causality as opposed to interactionism, or need for the transition from Generative to Causal AI). [20]
– The relationship between intelligence and creativity (including tests such as the Lovelace test in the context of artificial intelligence) [21-24]
– The relationship between intelligence and consciousness
– The related issue of non-human natural and artificial intelligent systems equipped with consciousness (including the recently published The New York Declaration on Animal Consciousness) [25]
– Diverse theories and models of consciousness (from panpsychism of IIT to more general models of information integration, to alternative approaches) and their relation to intelligence [26-35]
– Diverse understanding of intelligence in multicultural, cross-cultural, and inter-cultural perspectives [36-40]
– Learning about understanding non-human intelligence from the diverse cultural understanding of human intelligence. [36-40]
– Emic and etic methodologies of the multi-cultural studies of intelligence [36-40]
– Nature and/or nurture of intelligence (including the possibility of growing intelligence through learning)
– The technology of intelligent systems and its impact on individuals, collectives, society, and humanity (including alternative technological architectures and platforms).
– Epistemological tools for the study of intelligence and use of the technology of intelligent systems as an epistemological tool for the exploration of reality [41-43]
– The need for transformation/evolution of human ethics to reflect the role of technology (in particular intelligence-related software and hardware) in human affairs and its influence on the human condition. [44]
– The relationship between the study of intelligence (natural or artificial) and Contemporary Natural Philosophy. [40, 45-47]

The final, but possibly most important is the question about possible non-anthropomorphic intelligent systems. Artificial intelligence and even natural non-human intelligence are usually (almost always) considered from the perspective of human intelligence with its multiple variations derived from human experience, values, and ideas. All searches for extra-terrestrial intelligence failed thus far. Is it possible that the failure is a result of looking for the wrong manifestations of non-human intelligence?
The list of philosophical questions is not exhaustive. Contributions with other philosophical perspectives are welcome, but considering the profile of the journal Philosophies sponsoring the conference, it is expected that they all serve the goal of enriching philosophical, intelligent inquiry into intelligence.
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  1. SOCIAL INFORMATION GATHERINGS 2025 (SIG 2025)

Social Information Gatherings 2025 (SIG 2025) is organised by the IS4SI Special Interest Group “Emergent Systems, Information and Society” and partners

as part of the IS4SI Summit 2025 to be held online 10-14 June 2025 and/or in-person in Varna, Bulgaria, 23-28 June 2025

The objective is to gather scientific communities and researchers for the discussion of topics that focus on information, on information technologies and on information society from a social and human sciences perspective that allows a critical stance on the state of the world. Social information is a term that signifies all information processes and their results in the human realm. They comprise cognitive, communicative and co-operative activities and actions of human agents, be they single or collective actors. Understanding these social information processes and structures is key to the transformation to convivial societies, a sustainable civilisation on our planet and meaningful technologies.

Confirmed Tracks according to topics:

• ICT in Military Affairs (Hans-Jörg Kreowski). Together with FORUM COMPUTER PROFESSIONALS FOR PEACE AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

• Global Issues of Social Epistemology (Kang Ouyang). Together with INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL EPISTEMOLOGY

• Generative Aspects of Noise (Yagmur Denizhan, Cécile Malaspina, Sha Xin Wei). Together with WORKSHOP ON THE GENERATIVE ASPECTS OF NOISE 2025

• AI generated Arts (Renate Quehenberger)

• Impacts of AI on different target groups (Irena Mostowicz)

• ICT and Information, Simulation, Desinformation (Tomáš Sigmund)

Other Tracks are still in consideration. The format of the Tracks shall be defined appropriately (presentations, workshop, panel, round table, poster session, exhibition etc.). Calls for Papers, if applicable, will be organised by the Steering/Programme Committee according to the deadlines of the Summit.

Chairs: Wolfgang Hofkirchner (SC member, Event Coordinator) and Hans-Jörg Kreowski (both are heads of the Special Interest Group)

Steering/Programme Committee (for each Track one member, though each Track decides their own organisational structure):
Hans-Jörg Kreowski, Germany, University of Bremen, kreo@uni-bremen.de
Kang Ouyang, P.R. China, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, kouyang@hust.edu.cn
Yagmur Denizhan, Turkey, Bogazici University, denizhan@bogazici.edu.tr
Renate Quehenberger, Austria, GSIS, renate.quehenberger@gsis.at
Irena Mostowicz, Austria, GSIS, irena.mostowicz@gsis.at
Tomáš Sigmund, Czech Republic, Prague University of Economics and Business, tomas.sigmund@gmail.com