The Thinking Machine: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Neural Networks

21-23 August 2018

The great increase in computation power over the past decades is having a transformational effect on society, as computers are now able to learn how to react autonomously to input data. A main driver behind this development are the artificial neural networks. Originally inspired by brain functionality, they are now taking on a life of their own, reflected in the popular term 'artificial intelligence'. The pervasiveness and promise of this concept and its applications is striking. At the same time, the application of machine learning to the real world is highly controversial, raising issues of security, fairness and accountability.

Aarhus Institute for Advanced Studies (AIAS) hosts this international conference tackling the background, theory, and applications of neural networks in a cross-disciplinary manner. International researchers from the natural and social sciences as well as the humanities are invited to present and discuss their work, addressing the broad range of ways in which ‘thinking machines’ are expected to have an impact on our future lives.


Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies (AIAS), Aarhus University, Buildings 1630-1632, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 6B, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. See location on a map.

Invited speakers


Preliminary time schedule

Tuesday, 21 August

08:30-09:30: Coffee and registration
09:30-17:00: Keynote 1 and 2 and session talks
17:00-18:00: Welcome reception

Wednesday, 22 August  
09:00-16:00: Panel, keynote 3, session talks
16:00-17:00: Poster session
19:00-22:00: Conference dinner

Thursday, 23 August
09:00-13:00: Keynote 4 and session talks


Registration to the conference will be online, and will open in the middle of February 2018.

Scientific committee