Academic Go Symposium, Sydney 2020

Time: Thursday 13th February, 2020 at 4:00pm.

Call for Papers

The organizers of the second Academic Go Symposium cordially invite submissions on the role and use of Go in AI, education, business and science.  The Australian Go Congress is seeking expression of interest to participate in the 2020 Australian Academic Go Symposium, with the aim of further exploring the applications of the ancient oriental game of Go in the sciences and humanities.

Go offers the ultimate intellectual challenge, a game in which humans have remained superior to any computer players. This is due to the complex nature of the game which requires that we think not only sequentially but also intuitively.

Although ‘the Surrounding Game’, known as Go, is about 4,000 years old, it has only recently attracted considerable attention in the media thanks to its break-through in Artificial Intelligence via AlphaGo and the Google DeepMind Challenge, when for the first time an AI defeated a professional human player of the first rank in a tournament in Seoul, South Korea.

So what are the other applications of Go? Can the game progress beyond this development and retain its tradition within our modern world? What can it teach us? What can we understand about it, both as a game and as a social phenomenon?

At the Symposium we recognise that the rules within Go mimic those governing our own social situations, reflecting concepts found within strategic thinking, social sciences, education and businesses. Rather than simply raising the awareness about the game and the benefits of Go within the scientific community, the Symposium aims to create a community of Go scholars and practitioners, connected by their shared knowledge and practices.

We welcome abstracts of 200 words for the first Australian Academic Go Symposium. Suggested topics include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Go and AI
  • Go for Education
  • Go in Business and Strategic Thinking
  • Go in Science, Technology and Society

Presentation time  will be 15 minutes, followed by discussion. The authors of the academic proceedings will have the opportunity to publish their papers in a special edition of peer-reviewed The Journal of Baduk Studies.

We welcome submissions for in-person, poster and online presentations via teleconferencing.

If you would like to participate or connect to other Go scholars, please send your abstract to Dr Silvia Lozeva Full papers to be submitted by 30 January 2020. All submissions must be in English.

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