Cognition and Artificial Life

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

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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

Program and Proceedings

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


Wednesday 15. 05. 2024

12:00             | Registration

13:30 – 13:40 | Welcome

13:40 - 15:00 | Presentation block 1  

  1. Evaluating the Attractiveness of Fort Science Geographic Display Using Mobile Eye-tracking Glasses (Stanislav Popelka, Jiří Vysloužil)
  2. Exploring the Relation between Reading Style and Cognitive Style: an Eye-Tracking Approach (Nicol Dostálová) 
  3. Analyzing texts with graph theoretical and other innovative methods (Mária Markošová, Daniel Petriľák)
  4. Using Eye-Tracking Analysis on Secondary School Students for mapping the correlation between their better physics grades and an ability to solve graphs (Jakub Hubáček, Libor Machala, Jana Škrabánková)
  5. Possibilities of Using Mobile Eye Tracker in Spatial Orientation Research (Kateřina Jochecová et al.)

15:00 – 15:30 | Coffee break

15:30 - 17:00 | Presentation block 2

  1. Cross Cultural Research in Cartography (Zdeněk Stachoň, Čeněk Šašinka, Stanislav Popelka, David Lacko, Jiří Čeněk)
  2. VR for Experimental Psychology: A User-Friendly Solution for conducting eyetracking and pupillometry study (Beata Pacula-Leśniak, Agata Szymańska, Laurent Beaupoil, Magdalena Igras-Cybulska, Artur Cybulski)
  3. Democratizing Eye-Tracking Data Visualization with GazePlotter (Michaela Vojtěchovská, Stanislav Popelka)
  4. Exploring Map Reading Strategies Across Various Groups (Markéta Beitlová)
  5. AI that looks, but does not see (Martin Takáč, Alistair Knott, Mark Sagar)​​​​

17:00 – 18:00 | Visit of the Powder House
free entrance for CAL participants

17:00 – 19:00 | Free program

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

  1. Evaluating the Effectiveness of Brand Placement in Sticky Header Element (Stanislav Mokrý, Michal Pšurný, Bilguun Bayarmagnai, Miloš Uldrich)
  2. Simultaneous Eye-tracking and Event-Related Potentials (ERP) Measurement for Consumer Perception Studies (Michal Pšurný, Stanislav Mokrý, Bilguun Bayarmagnai, Jana Stávková)
  3. Spatial Geometry Imagination – Analysis of Problem-solving Strategies (Jana Slezáková, Stanislav Popelka, Roman Chvátal)
  4. Enhancing scientific reasoning and trust in science: the impact of a methodology course on unfounded beliefs – a pilot study (Sunyík Viktória)
  5. A Model of the Reference Frame of the Ventriloquism Aftereffect Considering Saccade Biases (Peter Lokša, Norbert Kopčo)
  6. The concept of the project: Dyslexia re-education and development of reading skills utilising eye-tracking (Čeněk Šašinka et al.)

Thursday 16. 05. 2024

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

09:30 - 10:45 | Presentation block 1

  1. Explainability of Vision Transformer with Top-Down Connection (Štefan Pócoš, Iveta Bečková, Igor Farkaš)
  2. Biologically motivated neural network UBAL in cognitive robotics (Malinovská Kristína)
  3. Explainable Addressee Estimation (Iveta Bečková, Štefan Pócoš)
  4. Learning distributed representations in a model of associative memory (Matej Fandl, Martin Takáč)
  5. Low-level causality in a robotic sensorimotor behavior (Miroslav Cibula, Igor Farkaš)


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

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

10:45 – 11:15 | Coffee break


11:15 - 12:30 | Presentation block 2

  1. Enlightening Metaphors of Artificial Intelligence (Jiří Wiedermann)
  2. ​​​​Theory of Mind – Varying Substrates of Social Cognition (Alexandra Dyalee)
  3. Mechanisms of Contextual Plasticity in Human Sound Localization (Gabriela Andrejková, Stanislava Linková, Norbert Kopčo)
  4. Semantic Similarity of Action Verbs (Michal Vavrečka)
  5. Approaches to generating arm movements in humanoid robot NICO (Igor Farkaš, Andrej Lúčny, Michal Vavrecka)​​​

12:30 – 14:00 | Lunch​​​


14:00 - 15:30 | Presentation block 3

  1. AI versus subjective experience / Can AI become sentient? (Ľubica Beňušková)
  2. Genius or a Brilliant Con Artist? (Andrej Lúčny, Peter Borovanský)
  3. Auxiliary unsupervied loss for supervised learning (Sabína Samporová a Kristína Malinovská)
  4. Representations and ethical categories in supervised learning (Juraj Hvorecký)
  5. Responding to AI in a socially responsible/sensitive way: Design experiments with Czech public libraries (Natálie Káčová)
  6. Embodied AI adopted by the deep learning community - is it really embodied? (Matej Hoffmann)

14:00 - 15:30 | Parallel section - workshop 

      1. Eyelogic - hardware and software solution (Thomas Jablonski)


15:30 – 16:00 | Coffee break


16:00 - 17:30 | Presentation block 4

  1. Virtual Reality as a Catalyst for Social Cohesion in Distance Learning Programs: A Path to Reducing Dropout Rates (Alžběta Šašinková, David Košatka)
  2. Sketch Map Representation of Cognitive Graph (Petr Rapant, Marek Menšík, Adam Albert)
  3. The expanded mind as an educational challenge: towards new forms of creating sociotechnical systems in the educational process (Michal Černý )
  4. Investigating Evaluation Techniques for Dynamic and Interactive Cartographic Stimuli (Tomas Vanicek, Marketa Beitlova, Michaela Vojtechovska, Stanislav Popelka )
  5. Exploratory approaches to analyzing eye-tracking data for multiple-choice questions: An example of graph interpretation (Martina Kekule)
  6. User testing of information presentation using eye-tracking (Gabriela Godišková)

16:00 - 16:45 | Parallel section - workshop

  1. Possibilities of eye-tracking data visualization and analyses

17:30 – 18:30 | Keynote:Seeing beyond borders: Exploring the worlds diversity in visual perception (Jiří Čeněk)

18:30 - 02:00​ | 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 (Jan Sedmidubský ,Nicol Dostálová)

10:00 – 10:15 | DeveLex - Introduction to Reeducation of Dyslexia  (Nicol Dostálová, Čeněk Šašinka)

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 (Radka Martincová)
  2. Exploring Subjective Religious Imagery: Artificial Intelligence and Eye-tracking Integration (Markéta Muczková, Michaela Vojtěchovská, Stanislav Popelka, Tomáš Bubík, Klára Kubálková, Nikola Svobodníková, Kamila Fačevicová)
  3. Composing a geometric abstraction with a generative algorithm (Aleš Svoboda​)
  4. Encoding strategies in the language of food: Cross-linguistic stability and variation (Lu Wei-lun)

10:45 - 11:45 | Parallel section - workshop 
1. DeveLex - Reeducation of Dyslexia - workshop (Nicol Dostálová, Michaela Vojtěchovská, Čeněk Šašinka)

11:45 – 12:05 | Virtual theatre as a new medium of understanding culture  (Alžběta Šašinková, Lu Wei-lun)

12:05 – 12:10 | Closing Ceremony

12:10 – 13:30 | Lunch and Coffee

13:30 - 14:55 | Virtual Theatre - Practical workshop (Natálie Káčová, Kateřina Jochecová, Lu Wei-lun, David Košatka)   



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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