B.Sc. Comp-Ling (Prag.)
MA Phil.(Lang), M.Phil. CogSci. (Philosophy),
Ph.D. Comm (mj. Cog. Epistemology). Sorbonne
Colin Schmidt was born and raised in Canada.
After having chosen to study abroad in Europe, he settled in France (the
sister-city to Laval Québec --Laval France-- is home for him).
Schmidt teaches how-to courses in the Laval Technological Institute.
But he remains plagued with questions about the relation between technology and
His writings, both practical and theoretical, often poignant, approach this
relation from various points of view.
Some are explicitly foundational and study the logical essence of the relation
itself or examine "official" discourses while others represent more
applications-based provocative thought that illustrate examples from the fields
of Human-Computer Interaction, Humanoid Robotics and (mediated) Interpersonal
For Schmidt the consequences of placing technical objects before individuals are
of the utmost importance for the evolution of society; hence the impossibility
this author has for not delving into interrogations on where human society would
like to see itself in the future.
Notions such as Intentionality, reference, post-cognitivism, categorisation,
epistemology and the Self figure prominently in his work.
His research is beginning to show its success in variant forums of thought
thanks to the interdisciplinary nature of the questions raised.
As laboratory member, Schmidt is hosting a Conference called i-C&P 2006 Laval
at his Institute.
For more up-to-date information:
i-CaP 2006 website
SCHMIDT C.T.A. (working draft), Artificial Beings, Emotions and Rights
SCHMIDT C.T.A. (2005) "Of Robots and Believing", Minds and Machines. Journal for
Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy and Cognitive Science, Kluwer
SCHMIDT C.T.A. & KRAEMER F. (2004), "A Terminological Stance on Artificial
Autonomy", 'Invited Plenary Speaker Presentation' at the International
Conference on Autonomous Robots and Agents (ICARA 2004), 13-15 December, Massey
University, Palmerston North, New Zealand: The IEEE Press, p. 350-355, ISBN 0
SCHMIDT C.T.A. (2004), "Let Me Introduce You to My Non-Agent", in SCHAUB H.,
DETJE F. & BRÜGGEMANN U. (Eds.) The Logic of Artificial Life, Berlin: Aka-Verlag/IOS
Press, p. 122-127.
SCHMIDT C.T. (2001), L'esprit et la machine, une ommunauté
conceptrice à l'œuvre. Lille : Presses Universitaires de Septentrion
SCHMIDT C.T.A. (1997), "Pragmatically Pristine, the Dialogical Cause", 'Open
Peer Community Invited Commentary' on MELE A., "Real Self-deception", Behavioral
and Brain Sciences, vol. 20:1, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 126:
SCHMIDT C.T.A. (1997), "The Systemics of Dialogism: On the Prevalence of the
Self in HCI Design", Special Topic Issue on 'Human-Computer Interface', Journal
of the American Society for Information Science, vol. 48 nº 11 Nov. Wiley &
Sons, p. 1073-1081. Cf.