Emotional and Intelligent: The Tangled Knot of Cognition:
Papers from the AAAI Fall Symposium
Dolores Canamero, Chair
Research in neurobiology has provided evidence that emo-tions pervade human intelligence at many levels, being inseparable from cognition. Perception, attention, memory, learning, decision making, social interaction or communication are some of the aspects influenced by emotions. Their role in adaptation has likewise been evidenced by these studies. In the AI community, the need to overcome the traditional view that opposes rational cognition to absurd emotion has also been acknowledged. Emotion is not regarded anymore as an undesirable consequence of our embodiment that must be neglected, but as a necessary component of intelligent behavior that offers a rich potential for the design of artificial systems, and for enhancing our interactions with them. This symposium investigates the role of emotions in grounding intelligent behavior, both at the individual and social levels. The main focus is on artificial agents in all sorts of embodiments, and on the possibilities for cross-fertilization between research in artificial emotions and studies of emotions in animals and humans.