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Research bio: Adam Linson (PhD, Computing; MFA; BA (Hons), Philosophy) is a Research Fellow in Interactive Cognition (University of Dundee), following post-doctoral work at the University of Oxford and University of Edinburgh. His interdisciplinary research focuses on relationships between perception, action, and environment, and draws on philosophy, cognitive science, artificial intelligence/robotics, and psychology/neuroscience.

Research areas: Philosophy and practice of Cognitive Science and Robotics/AI
General topic: Embodied cognitive science, including neurocomputational biological cybernetics, ecological psychology, robotics/AI, and phenomenological philosophy
Special interests: Auditory and Music Cognition, Affordance theory, Improvisation in and beyond music, Theories of expressivity and intentionality in the arts, HCI/HRI
Research focus:
  • active inference as a mechanistic process account of situated adaptive behaviour, building on approaches to perception, action, and environment in embodied cognitive science, especially from neurocomputational biological cybernetics, ecological psychology, robotics/AI, and phenomenological philosophy
  • predictive processing as a biologically grounded computational model of embodied neural dynamics and its implications for understanding skilled practices and clinical phenomena

Publications
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Adam Linson, Andy Clark, Subramanian Ramamoorthy, and Karl Friston (in review), "The active inference approach to ecological perception: General information dynamics for natural and artificial embodied cognition".
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AI/Robotics
Improvisation
Music technology/Design


Adam Linson, Chris Dobbyn, George E. Lewis, and Robin Laney (2015), "A Subsumption Agent for Collaborative Free Improvisation", Computer Music Journal 39:4, pp. 96-115.
Book chapter
Improvisation
Cognition
Philosophy/Theory


A. Linson and E. F. Clarke (in press). Distributed cognition, ecological theory, and group improvisation. In: Distributed Creativity: Improvisation and Collaboration in Contemporary Music, E. Clarke and M. Doffman (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Book chapter
Philosophy/Theory
Cognition
Improvisation


A. Linson (forthcoming). Moment's notice: Models of time consciousness in philosophy and the cognitive sciences. In: Music and Consciousness 2, D. Clarke, E. Clarke and R. Herbert (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Book chapter
Music technology/Design
Philosophy/Theory


A. Linson (2017). Patterns of sociohistorical interaction between musical identity and technology. In: Handbook of Musical Identities, R. A. R. MacDonald, D. J. Hargreaves, and D. Miell (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
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Philosophy/Theory
Cognition
AI/Robotics
Improvisation


A. Linson (2013), "The Expressive Stance: Intentionality, Expression, and Machine Art,", International Journal of Machine Consciousness, Vol. 5, No. 2 (Dec.), pp. 195-216.

on philosophy of artificial intelligence, Daniel C. Dennett, Eric Dolphy, and others (1 of 3 in a series of related papers)
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Philosophy/Theory
Cognition
AI/Robotics
Improvisation


A. Linson (2016), "Machine art or machine artists? Dennett, Danto, and the expressive stance", In V. C. Müller (Ed.), Fundamental Issues of Artificial Intelligence (Synthese Library). Berlin: Springer, pp. 441-456.

a "sequel" (2 of 3 in a series of related papers) to Linson 2013, originally presented at the 2013 conference Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence, University of Oxford
Journal article
Philosophy/Theory
Cognition
AI/Robotics
Improvisation


A. Linson (2014 presentation, article in preparation), "Art in the age of situated robotics: Expressivity, attention and significance" originally presented at the University of Sussex Centre for Cognitive Science (COGS).

a third installment (3 of 3 in a series of papers starting with Linson 2013) originally presented as a seminar at COGS (Centre for Cognitive Science), University of Sussex
Doctoral thesis
AI/Robotics
Improvisation
Cognition
Music technology/Design


A. Linson (2014), Investigating the cognitive foundations of collaborative musical free improvisation: Experimental case studies using a novel application of the subsumption architecture. PhD thesis, Centre for Research in Computing, Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, The Open University, UK.
Supervisors: R. Laney (Open), C. Dobbyn (Open), G. Lewis (Columbia)
Examiners: G. Wiggins (Queen Mary, London), N. Smith (Open)
Conference paper
AI/Robotics
Cognition
Improvisation
Music technology/Design


A. Linson, C. Dobbyn and R. Laney (2013), "A Parsimonious Cognitive Architecture for Human-Computer Interactive Musical Free Improvisation," in Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing Vol. 196, Springer.

originally presented to the Society of Biologically Inspired Cognitive Architectures (BICA)
Conference paper
Improvisation
AI/Robotics
Cognition
Music technology/Design


A. Linson, C. Dobbyn and R. Laney (2012), "Improvisation without Representation: Artificial Intelligence and Music," in Proceedings of Music, Mind, and Invention: Creativity at the Intersection of Music and Computation (MMI), The College of New Jersey, USA, March 30-31, 2012.

brief account of doctoral research, presented at an event honoring keynote speaker Marvin Minsky
Conference paper
Improvisation
Music technology/Design
Philosophy/Theory


A. Linson, C. Dobbyn and R. Laney (2012), "Critical issues in evaluating freely improvising interactive music systems," in Proc. of the International Conf. on Computational Creativity (ICCC), Dublin, Ireland, May 30-June 1.

on the limits of computational musicology
Conference paper
Improvisation
Music technology/Design
Philosophy/Theory


A. Linson (2014), "Fundamental considerations for empirical computational research on improvisation," in Proceedings of the 50th Anniversary Convention of the AISB, London, UK, April 1-4.

some thoughts on methodology, presented at the Live Algorithms for Music (LAM) 10th anniversary, organised by Tim Blackwell and Michael Young, held at the 50th anniversary of the AISB at Goldsmiths, University of London
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AI/Robotics
Philosophy/Theory
Cognition
Improvisation
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A. Linson, C. Dobbyn and R. Laney (2012), "Interactive Intelligence: Behaviour-based AI, Musical HCI and the Turing Test," in Proc. of the AISB (Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour) and IACAP (International Association for Computing and Philosophy) World Congress, Alan Turing Year 2012, Birmingham, UK, July 2-6.

presented as part of the Alan Turing Centenary
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Music technology/Design
Philosophy/Theory
Cognition


A. Linson (2011), "Unnecessary constraints: a challenge to some assumptions of digital musical instrument design," in Proceedings of the International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), University of Huddersfield, UK, July 31 - August 5.

on phenomenology, embodiment, and design
 
Book review
Improvisation


A. Linson (2017), "[Review of the book Into the Maelstrom: Music, Improvisation and the Dream of Freedom, by D. Toop]," Popular Music (Cambridge Journals, Cambridge University Press), 36 (3), pp. 463-465.

invited book review (received 31 Jan 2017, published Oct 2017)