About the 4th edition
Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence

This 4th edition of ICA explores fundamental interdisciplinary questions at the intersection of cognitive science, neuroscience, and artificial intelligence. Decisive advances have been made during the past decades in the analysis of brain activity and its behavioral counterparts, as well as in the information processing sciences. Complementarities between neuroscience/cognitive science and artificial intelligence provide grounds for exploring synergies and raising ethical questions between these disciplines that hold tremendous challenges and opportunities for societal progress.

On the occasion of the visit of high-level researchers, the organizing institutions plan in parallel a set of "side events" open to all.

Conferences and workshops are scheduled at some of the major Parisian university partners of the IEA de Paris.

A satellite session, Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence (IAI), is programmed to last four days, from June 5 to 8, 2022, in parallel to the ICA4 meeting in Belo Horizonte. The event will consist of lectures and discussion round tables, with the participation of ICA4 mentors and other guests from academia and the productive sector. The activities will take place at the campus of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), with live streaming to partner institutions. The themes to be discussed are (i) Foundations and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, (ii) Intelligence and rationality, (iii) Cognition and Neurosciences, (iv) Interdisciplinary explorations of artificial intelligence, (v) AI in health sciences, among others.

Eliezer Rabinovici
President of the CERN Council (European Organization for Nuclear Research), Leon H. and Ada G. Miller Chair of Science, Professor Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, initiator of the ICA concept and Vice President of SESAME Council

Eliezer Rabinovici is a physicist whose main research interests are in Particle Theory, Field Theory, and String Theory. He is Professor of Physics, holding the Leon H. and Ada G. Miller Chair of Science at the Racah Institute of Physics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has a leading role in the development of SESAME, the first synchrotron light source in the Middle East and the region’s first major international center for excellence. In March 2012, Eliezer Rabinovici, then director of the Israel Institute for Advanced Study, brought forward the idea to connect the worldwide network of Institutes for Advanced Study through an international and interdisciplinary conference that became the Intercontinental Academia. He is also President of the CERN Council (European Organization for Nuclear Research) since 2021.

Raouf Boucekkine
Professor, Rennes School of Business & Aix-Marseille School of Economics

Raouf Boucekkine is Professor of economics and finance at Rennes School of Business, on leave from Aix-Marseille School of Economics, where he has been based since 2011. He has been elected fellow of the Econometric Society in 2020, and he is honorary senior fellow of the Institut Universitaire de France, being nominated senior member in 2014. Raouf Boucekkine has served as director of several institutions throughout Europe. He has been, among others, director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Aix-Marseille University, IMéRA (2015-2020), and co-director of the Center of Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE) at UCLouvain (2008-2010). He has also served as president-elect then president of ASSET (Association of Southern-European Economic Theorists) from 2013 to 2017.

Saadi Lahlou
Director, Paris Institute for Advanced Study, Professor London School of Economics

Professor Lahlou is chair in Social Psychology at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Director of the Paris Institute for Advanced Study. He has a multi-disciplinary background (statistics, economics, human biology, ethology and ecology, psychology and cognitive sccience). He directed the Consumer Research Department at Crédoc (Research Centre for the study of Lifestyles and Social Policies), the Social Forecast Unit, and the Laboratory of Design for Cognition at EDF R&D, the Department of Social Psychology at LSE; he was in the steering committee of the Commissariat Général du Plan (French Prime Minister’s forecast and planning unit). He has been in the board of numerous scientific programmes and advisory board, e.g. currently Université de Technologie de Compiègne, Ecole Normale Supérieure (Paris), Complexity Science Hub (Vienna) among others and in various industry advisory boards. He has worked among other topics on the links between representations, context and behavior; on augmented environments, the digitization of work, and the impact of context and rules on behaviour. His current work is focused on changing behaviour for a more sustainable world.

Estevam Barbosa de Las Casas
Director, Institute for Advanced Study of Belo Horizonte (IEAT), Universidade Federal Minas Gerais

Estevam Barbosa de Las Casas is an expert in structural engineering, his main lines of research being computational mechanics, structural analysis, and biomechanics. He is a professor at Universidade Federal Minas Gerais and director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Belo Horizonte (IEAT) where the third meeting of ICA4 will be held.

Olivier Bouin
Director of the Foundation-Excellence Laboratory RFIEA, President-elect of the Governing Board of EASSH (European Alliance for Social Sciences and Humanities), Secretary-General of NetIAS

Among other academic responsibilities, member of the Scientific Committee of the Fondazione Feltrinelli (Milan, Italy), of the Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities (Edinburgh, United Kingdom), of the Center for Advanced Study – Southern and Eastern Europe (Rijeka, Croatia) and of the Austrian Presidential Conference for Social Sciences and Humanities (Vienna, November 2018). He has been Director of Institute for Global Studies in Paris and coordinator of the EURIAS international fellowship programme co-funded by the European Commission as Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action (350 fellowships in 20 institutes on Europe over the 2010-2019 period). Over the past years, consultant for the International Development Research Center (Canada), for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (Paris), for the European Commission (COST and Horizon 2020) and a co-founder of the France@MIT Foundation (Cambridge, MA) and the Nuovi Mecenati Foundation (Italy). Co-editor and co-author of “Europe’s Crises” with Manuel Castells, John Thompson et al. (Polity Press, 2018) and of “Manifesto for Social Progress – Ideas for a Better Society” with Marc Fleurbaey, Helga Nowotny et al. (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Co-editor of « Rethinking Societies for the 21st Century » (Cambridge University Press, 2018). Economist (Ph.D EHESS and SciencesPo), he has been a full-time researcher at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (1989-1997) with many international publications for the OECD and a cultural and scientific counsellor for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the United States and in Italy (1997-2006).

Steering committee
  • François-Xavier Alario - CNRS Research director, Institute of Language, Communication and Brain, Aix-Marseille University
  • Guilherme Ary Plonski - Professor, University of Sao Paulo and Chief coordinator, UBIAS
  • Olivier Bouin - Director, French network of institutes for advanced study (RFIEA) and Secretary, Network of European Institutes of Advanced Studies
  • Maria Elizabeth de Carvalho Duarte - Director of the Institutional Relations Office, Universidade Federal Minas Gerais
  • Carmen Flores-Mendoza - Laboratory of Individual Differences Assessment, Universidade Federal Minas Gerais
  • Frederico Gadelha Guimarães -
  • Thibault Gajdos - CNRS Research Director, Laboratory of Cognitive Psychology, Aix-Marseille University
  • Sue Gilligan - Research Development Manager (Interdisciplinary), University of Birmingham, Institute of Advanced Studies
  • Marc Henneaux - Professor, Collège de France
  • Saadi Lahlou - Director, Paris Institute for Advanced Study and Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Wagner Meira - Head, Computer Science Department, Universidade Federal Minas Gerais
  • Mario F. Montenegro Campos - Research Provost, Universidade Federal Minas Gerais
  • André Nemeh - Professor, Rennes School of Business
  • Aziz Tuffi Saliba - Director, Office of International Affairs, Universidade Federal Minas Gerais

The Institute for Advanced Transdisciplinary Studies of Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) was created to enhance transdisciplinarity at UFMG. In temporarily bringing together researchers with different fields of expertise and cultures, the IEAT seeks to create an environment that fosters epistemological innovation.

Paris IAS

The Paris Institute for Advanced Study brings together researchers from across the globe in disciplines ranging from the humanities and social sciences to life sciences. It seeks to create an interdisciplinary dialogue with local stakeholders of administration, economy, and citizens through research and exchange.

RFIEA- Réseau Français des Instituts d'Etudes Avancées

RFIEA stands for "Réseau Français des Instituts d'Études Avancées". Following the example of successful Institutes for Advanced Study in the United States and in Europe, the French IAS are centers for intellectual innovation that offer residencies to high-level researchers, whether emerging or experienced, in a range of disciplines.


UBIAS stands for “University-Based Institutes for Advanced Study”. Unlike traditional Institutes for Advanced Study, UBIAS institutes are associated with or embedded within a university, and actively contribute to the academic culture and the scientific achievements of their home university. The network now comprises 44 member institutes in 21 countries.