Cognition and Artificial Life

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15. 5. – 17. 5. 2024
Olomouc, Fort Science
Czech Republic

Registration & Submission

With great pleasure, the Department of Geoinformatics at Palacký University Olomouc, the Department of Information and Library Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Science, and the ICA Commission on user Experience are announcing an invitation to the prestigious conference: 22nd Cognition and Artificial Life. This year with a special focus and sections on eye-tracking technology. The venue will be Fort Science, Pevnost poznání, 17. listopadu 7, 779 00 Olomouc.  

  One of the main sub-topics of this year's conference will be eye-tracking.

22nd Cognition and Artificial Life Conference (CAL)

The Cognition and Artificial Life conference is a well-established scientific interdisciplinary event with more than 20-year tradition. It creates a space for the presentation of the work of experts interested in various aspects and methods of cognition research, whether in living or artificial systems. Contributions from relevant cognitive disciplines such as cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, linguistics, philosophy, cognitive anthropology, and others are welcome.

Together Towards Tomorrow

At this conference, we're driven by two central ambitions. Firstly, we aim to provide a space where attendees can openly discuss, exchange insights, and collectively grow their knowledge. Secondly, this year, we would like to pay extra attention to eye-tracking technology in research and applied areas.

Please note. English is the recommended language.  However, traditionally, it is possible to present in Czech or Slovak.   Your participation would be an invaluable addition to our discourse.

Important dates

  • Abstract submission: February 18 2024
  • Reviews and notifications: February 22 2024
  • Early bird registration: March 7 2024
  • FINAL REVISED Short paper/ extended abstract submission April 30 2024
  • Conference date: May 15 2024 – May 17 2024


The programme is still in the preparation phase and is continuously updated.

Wednesday 15. 05. 2024

12:00             | Registration

13:00 – 13:30 | Welcome

13:30 - 15:00 | Presentation block 1  

  1. Evaluating the Attractiveness of Fort Science Geographic Display Using Mobile Eye-tracking Glasses
  2. Exploring the Relation between Reading Style and Cognitive Style: an Eye-Tracking Approach
  3. The effect of word frequency and orthographic neighbourhood density on reading in people with dyslexia
  4. Analyzing texts with graph theoretical and other innovative methods
  5. Using Eye-Tracking Analysis on Secondary School Students for mapping the correlation between their better physics grades and an ability to solve graphs
  6. Possibilities of Using Mobile Eye Tracker in Spatial Orientation Research

15:00 – 15:30 | Coffee break


15:30 - 17:00 | Presentation block 2

  1. Cross Cultural Research in Cartography
  2. VR for Experimental Psychology: A User-Friendly Solution for conducting eyetracking and pupillometry study
  3. Democratizing Eye-Tracking Data Visualization with GazePlotter
  4. Exploring Map Reading Strategies Across Various Groups
  5. AI that looks, but does not see​​​​

17:00 – 19:00 | Free program

19:00 - 21:00​ | Social event & Poster session

Thursday 16. 05. 2024

09:00 – 09:30 Keynote:Navigating Classroom Challenges: How VR and AI Could Elevates Teaching Strategies

09:30 - 10:45 | Presentation block 1

  1. Explainability of Vision Transformer with Top-Down Connection0
  2. Biologically motivated neural network UBAL in cognitive robotics
  3. Explainable Addressee Estimation
  4. Learning distributed representations in a model of associative memory
  5. Low-level causality in a robotic sensorimotor behavior


9:30 - 10:45 | Parallel section - workshop

  1. Possibilities of eye-tracking data visualization and analyses

10:45 – 11:15 | Coffee break


11:15 - 12:30 | Presentation block 2

  1. Enlightening Metaphors of Artificial Intelligence
  2. ​​​​Theory of Mind – Varying Substrates of Social Cognition
  3. Mechanisms of Contextual Plasticity in Human Sound Localization
  4. Semantic Similarity of Action Verbs
  5. Approaches to generating arm movements in humanoid robot NICO​​​

11:15 - 12:30 | Parallel section - workshop 

  1. Eyetracking in Virtual reality  (Pico Neo III Pro Eye implementation)
  2. Eyetracking in Virtual Reality (Pupil Labs HTC Vive implementation)

12:30 – 14:00 | Lunch​​​


14:00 - 15:30 | Presentation block 3

  1. AI versus subjective experience / Can AI become sentient?
  2. Genius or a Brilliant Con Artist?
  3. Virtual Reality as a Catalyst for Social Cohesion in Distance Learning Programs: A Path to Reducing Dropout Rates
  4. Representations and ethical categories in supervised learning
  5. Responding to AI in a socially responsible/sensitive way: Design experiments with Czech public libraries
  6. Embodied AI adopted by the deep learning community - is it really embodied?

15:30 – 16:00 | Coffee break


16:00 - 17:30 | Presentation block 4

  1. A Model of the Reference Frame of the Ventriloquism Aftereffect Considering Saccade Biases
  2. Sketch Map Representation of Cognitive Graph
  3. Investigating Evaluation Techniques for Dynamic and Interactive Cartographic Stimuli
  4. Encoding strategies in the language of food: Cross-linguistic stability and variation
  5. Exploratory approaches to analyzing eye-tracking data for multiple-choice questions: An example of graph interpretation
  6. User testing of information presentation using eye-tracking

17:30 – 18:30 | Keynote:Seeing beyond borders: Exploring the wolds diversity in visual perception

18:30 - 21:00​ | Social event 

Friday 17. 05. 2024

09:00 – 10:00 | Keynote & Workshop
Classification of Dyslexia using AI-based Methods Applied to Different Eye-Tracking Data Representations

10:00 – 10:15 | Develex - Workshop

10:15 - 10:45 | Coffee break

10:45 - 11:45 | Presentation block

  1. Navigating through the jungle of international collaborative grants: Lessons learned from ASP-belong project and beyond
  2. The expanded mind as an educational challenge: towards new forms of creating sociotechnical systems in the educational process
  3. Exploring Subjective Religious Imagery: Artificial Intelligence and Eye-tracking Integration
  4. Composing a geometric abstraction with a generative algorithm

11:45 – 12:05 | Virtual theatre as a new medium of understanding culture 

12:05 – 12:10 | Closing Ceremony

12:10 – 13:30 | Lunch and Coffee

13:30 - 14:55 | VR Theater - Practical workshop   



Ing. Mgr. Jiří Čeněk, Ph.D.

Faculty of Arts - Masaryk University
Department of Scientific and Pedagogical Information and Services - Mendelu University

Seeing beyond borders: Exploring the world's diversity in visual perception

Do people around the globe perceive visual information in the same fashion or do we differ in the ways of visual processing? In his speech, Dr. Čeněk provides an overview of the history and state-of-art of cross-cultural research in visual perception and cognition. Based on results of a series of research with large cross-cultural datasets, current cross-cultural theories of perception are reflected and pathways to further development of the discipline are suggested.

Mgr. et Mgr. Markéta Košatková, Ph.D.

Faculty of Education - Masaryk University

Navigating Classroom Challenges: How VR and AI Elevates Teaching Strategies

The presentation will introduce the pilot phase of the newly emerging project focused on addressing disciplinary issues in classrooms, leverages Virtual Reality (VR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms to explore and implement successful case studies. The project primarily aims to support not only student teachers but also experienced educators and parents by providing a comprehensive catalog of case studies for effective classroom situation management.

doc. RNDr. Jan Sedmidubský, Ph.D.

Department of Machine Learning and Data Processing – Faculty of Informatics

Classification of Dyslexia using AI-based Methods Applied to Different Eye-Tracking Data Representations

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability characterized by severe difficulties with reading. In this presentation, we will introduce a new dataset of dozens of subjects we collected by capturing eye-tracking data on several text-reading tasks. We will also present different eye-tracking data representations and evaluate their suitability for classifying dyslexic subjects using advanced artificial intelligence methods.


Worskhop: Virtual Theatre as a New Medium of Understanding Culture

The workshop will introduce a concept aimed at cultural and language education through theater in collaborative immersive virtual reality. The solution is designed for a Chinese cultural context, and in the technology (social XR), we see significant potential for an innovatively immersive approach to conveying cultural competencies and language education. Workshop organized within the TACR Sigma project "Virtual Theatre as a New Medium of Understanding Culture"

Workshop: Reeducation of dyslexia based on eye-tracking technology

The goal of the workshop is to introduce the concept of a solution for the re-education of dyslexia and the development of reading skills, based on eye-tracking technology. Eye-tracking is not only a tool for monitoring the reading process but also serves as a user interface. A significant challenge is to design the resulting system in a way that can be widely implemented in institutions, such as libraries. Workshop organized within the TACR Sigma project "Reeducation of Dyslexia and Development of Reading Skills Using Eye-Tracking"


Workshop: Diagnostics of dyslexia using eye-tracking and machine learning

Presented workshop aims to introduce to the participants of the conference and other interested guests the comprehensive platform called DYSLEX, which has been designed for detailed diagnostics of dyslexia using eye movement recordings. The DYSLEX platform also includes a complex computing module based on various machine learning approaches, which provides differentiation of dyslexic manifestations during reading.

Workshop: Eye-Tracking in Virtual Reality

The aim of the workshop is to present the current use of eye tracking in virtual reality, focusing on navigation/orientation and its role as a tool for researching spatial visualizations.

Submission guidelines

Submissions can be made in three formats:

  • talks
  • posters
  • or practical workshop

Submission Procedure:

  1. Create an account in the registration system to upload the abstract as plain text. 
  2. Later, upon acceptance of the abstract (till February 22), you will be requested to submit the contribution using the CAL template (.docx or .pdf) an abstract or a short paper (till March 31).

Participants can decide whether they will submit an extended abstract (around 500 words) or a short paper (up to 1200 words) and can specify the preferred conference for their submission.

All submissions must be written in English and will be published in Conference Proceedings (online) with ISBN.

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CAL Programme Committee

  • doc. Mgr. Čeněk Šašinka, Ph.D
  • prof. Ing. Igor Farkaš, Ph.D
  • doc. Mgr. Zdeněk Stachoň, Ph.D.
  • Mgr. Alžběta Šašinková, Ph.D.
  • RNDr. Stanislav Popelka, Ph.D.
  • Mgr. Ing. Jiří Čeněk, Ph.D.
  • doc. RNDr. Martin Takáč, Ph.D
  • prof. RNDr. Ľubica Beňušková
  • Mgr. Roman Švaříček, Ph.D.
  • Mgr. Michal Vavrečka, Ph.D
  • doc. Stanislav Ježek, Ph.D.
  • PhDr. Eva Ballová Mikušková, Ph.D.
  • doc. PaedDr. Vladimíra Kurincová-Čavojová
  • PhDr. Petr Škyřík, Ph.D.
  • doc. RNDr. Jan Sedmidubský, Ph.D.
  • RNDr. Michal Černý, Ph.D.
  • RNDr. Martin Hanus, Ph.D.
  • Mgr. David Košatka
  • Prof. Dr. Jürgen Mottok
  • Mgr. Bc. Nicol Dostálová
  • RNDr. Martina Kekule, Ph.D.
  • doc. Wei-lun Lu, Ph.D.

CAL Organisation Committee

  • doc. Mgr. Čeněk Šašinka, Ph.D
  • RNDr. Stanislav Popelka, Ph.D.
  • doc. Mgr. Zdeněk Stachoň, Ph.D.
  • Mgr. Alžběta Šašinková, Ph.D.
  • Mgr. David Košatka
  • Mgr. Bc. Nicol Dostálová
  • Mgr. Kateřina Jochecová

Conference fee

  • Early bird (before March 7)

    Regular: 5 000 CZK (approx. 200 EUR)
    Student: 4 000 CZK (approx. 160 EUR)

  • Late (March 7 - May 14)

    Regular: 6 000 CZK (approx. 240 EUR)
    Student: 5 000 CZK (approx. 200 EUR)

The registration fee includes participation in all official
conference events, including welcome drinks,  lunch, coffee breaks and social events (banquet, free entrance to the Science Centre).

It does not include accommodation and travel expenses which you must pay and organize alone.

Payment details

Account number: 2500536230 / 2010 (Fio bank)IBAN: CZ2120100000002500536230BIC: FIOBCZPPXXXSWIFT: FIOBCZPPXXX

  • Please always write the name of the participant for whom you are paying the fee in the payment note.
  • As the Variable Symbol provide the number that was generated for you during registration process. 

Additional information for payment from abroad:

Full name of recipient: Flow, z.s.
IČO/IN: 01549316
Křížovice 15, Doubravník 592 62, Česká republika
Fio banka, a.s.V Celnici 1028/10, 117 21, Prague 1, Czech Republic


During the conference you have the opportunity to take advantage of affordable accommodation offered by Palacký University in Olomouc. Accommodation and Meals for the Public, where you can find information about the price, address and booking.

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Do you have any questions? Contact us.

RNDr. Stanislav Popelka, Ph.D.


doc. Mgr. Čeněk Šašinka, PhD.


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