Chulalongkorn University

The Second Asia-Pacific Computing and Philosophy Conference, AP-CAP 2005

January 7 - 9, 2005, Novotel Hotel, Siam Square, Bangkok, Thailand

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Dear all,

Thanks a lot indeed for all the kind words and support that you have sent to me in the wake of the tragedy that has hit the western coast of Thailand since last Sunday. At the last count it is estimated that more than two thousand people have perished, and a large number of them are foreign tourists who were vacationing on the beaches there. Right now the search is still going on for those missing and for the bodies that lie buried under wrecked buildings or are floating in the sea. It is a complete disaster; Thailand has not prepared for this catastrophe of this magnitude, so the people were completely unaware when the wave struck.

The tragedy did not spare any section of the Thai society. Poom Jansen, a member of the royal family and grandson of the King, died while riding a boat off a beach in Phang-nga, which is the hardest hit region in the country. He was only 21 and had a bright future in front of him.

Also my condolences to those who are also affected in other countries - India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Burma - we all share the same world and the same feelings.

Nevertheless, the AP-CAP 2005 is still going on, and I believe that we are resolved to make it happen despite all the sad events, not only because we need to push forward our common concern on computing and philosophy, but also because we should not let the tragedy, terrible as it is, to affect our commitments. A very large number of Thai people are sending messages of condolences and moral support to the victims of the wave in the South, and many are urging those affected to stand up again and continue fighting. I think this is the appropriate spirit for this kind of event.

Many have asked about the presentation equipment. We will have a notebook computer and an LCD projector in both of the rooms; however, the computers can only take a USB drive or a CD and do not have floppy drives, so please prepare your presentations on a USB drive or a CD. Otherwise everything has been worked out. The presenting venues on Saturday and Sunday will be on the conference rooms on the *fourth* floor of the Novotel Hotel, Siam Square. On Friday, Jan. 7 we will of course meet at GM Hall, Sasa International Hosue. From the Novotel it's about ten minutes walk to the Sasa House, and along the way you find the most busting shopping scenes in Bangkok, so you won't be bored. In case you are staying at the Novotel, get out from the hotel and face toward west (your right hand side if you look out of the hotel); continue walking in this direction until you find a big street. This will be the Phyathai Street. Turn left and you will find a big walkover bridge with a lot of people. Go to the bridge and make a crossing to the other side. You will find the Mahboonkrong (MBK) Center, which is a huge shopping mall. When you walk down the bridge head toward south. You will find an intersection with the Pathumwan Princess Hotel on your right. The hotel is right at the corner. Turn right at this intersection, cross the street (entitled Chula Soi 12) and continue walking toward west until you find a sign on your left for the Sasin Business School. Turn left there and walk for a few meters and you will find the Sasa House behind the Sasin Business School on your right. The GM Hall is at the ground floor of Sasa House.

Hope this is not too confusing to you. Another piece of info is about registration onsite. We accept onsite registration at the desk in front of the GM Hall on Friday from 5 PM until 6 PM. Please pay in cash as we do not have the ability to process credit cards or checks. And we only accept fees in Thai baht for onsite registration. The details on how much can be found in the website.

This is all from me now and I am really looking forward to meeting everyone of you. Thanks a lot for making this event a possibility!

Cheers, Soraj - December 28, 2004

*The program has been updated again (December 28, 2004).

New and important! The venue for the registration and the talk on Friday, January 7, 2005 will be at the GM Hall, Sasa International House, Chulalongkorn University. Please click here for the map of GM Hall and the Novotel Hotel. You can easily walk from the Novotel to the Sasa International House in five to ten minutes. (The venue for the conference on Saturday and Sunday will be at the Novotel.). The program has also been updated, due to recent cancellations. (December 22, 2004).

The program has been updated (December 3, 2004).

Information about visa requirements to Thailand can be found here. (October 27, 2004)

The tentative program of the conference has been added. (October 20, 2004).

The hotel reservation forms for Novotel Hotel have also been added. Please choose between the .DOC or .PDF formats (October 20, 2004). Please register at your earliest convenience. January is the peak tourist season in Thailand, and rooms go away fast.

The registration page has been added. To register for the conference, please go to the registration page.(updated September 22, 2004)

The submission deadline for the conference has been extended. The new deadline is now September 30, 2004.

The Accommodation page has been updated to include information on the Sasa International House, a cheaper alternative to the Novotel Hotel. (updated August 17, 2004)

A new section on publishing selected papers from the conference has been added. (updated August 11, 2004)

Information about the accommodation and how to reserve a room. (Please note that conference participants have to contact an accommodation of their choice directly by themselves.) (updated August 3, 2004)

About this Conference

The Second Asia-Pacific Computing and Philosophy Conference (AP-CAP 2005) is a continuation of the highly successful First Asia-Pacific CAP conference at the Australian National University in November 2003.

Computing and Philosophy (CAP) conferences have become the central meeting place for all aspects of computing and philosophy. CAP meetings are now held in three international regions: North America (NA-CAP); Europe (E-CAP) and the Asia-Pacific area (AP-CAP). More information about the CAP can be found at the website of the International Association of Computing and Philosophy (

The conference is organized by the Project for the Ethics of the Digital Divide, Chulalongkorn University, which is funded by the Thailand Research Fund, and is kindly sponsored by the Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, the UNESCO, the National Research Council of Thailand, the Thailand Research Fund, and the Philosophy and Religion Society of Thailand (PARST).


January 7 - 9, 2005


Novotel Hotel, Siam Square, Bangkok

Keynote Speakers

Robert Cavalier

Department of Philosophy, Carnegie-Mellon University

Topic: "E-Democracy and the Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere"

Charles Ess

Distinguished Research Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies, Drury University

Topic: "Information ethics: local approaches, global potentials?"

Jeroen van den Hoven

Professorial Fellow, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Australian National University and Technical University of Delft

Topic: "Managing our Identies: The Ethics of Identity Management"

John Weckert

Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics

Topic: "A Computer Enhanced Good Life"

Topics of Interest and Call for Papers

All areas related to the relation between computing and philosophy are welcome, including, but not limited to, the following:

The digital divide and its philosophical ramifications.

The use of computers in the teaching of philosophy.

The use of computers as research tools in philosophy.

The philosophical aspects of artificial intelligence.

Computer ethics.

Computer aesthetics and digital arts

Computers and cultures.

Philosophical investigations of computers and cultural contexts in various dimensions are particularly encouraged for this conference.

Please send an extended abstract of not more than 1,000 words to Dr. Soraj Hongladarom. Files in .DOC, .RTF, .TXT, or .PDF formats are acceptable. Deadline for submission: 30 September 2004. Authors will be notified of the committee's decision before October 15th.


Apart from the book of abstracts, which will be distributed to registered participants, an arrangement is also being made with Chulalongkorn University Press to publish selected papers from the conference. Authors whose papers are selected will be notified and are asked to submit their full papers by March 11, 2005.


Registration is now possible. Please go to the registration page on this website.

Early Registration (before 10 November, 2004)

Full fees 4,000 Baht or 100 US dollars
Students 1,500 Baht or 40 US dollars

Normal Registration

Full fees 6,000 Baht or 150 US dollars
Students 2,500 Baht or 65 US dollars

Note: If you register from abroad, please use the US dollars rate, as most banks don't know how to handle Thai Baht. But if you register from within Thailand, you can use the Baht rate.

The rate for local participants is 2,000 Baht. 'Local' here is defined as having residency or employment in Thailand. For local students, the rate is 1,500 Baht.

Currently the exchange rate is around 40 Baht for one US Dollar, and 50 Baht for one Euro. Please check's Universal Currency Converter for your currency conversion needs.

Registration fees include lunches, morning and afternoon breaks, one dinner and the conference material.


Conference Hotel
Novotel Hotel, Siam Square
Siam Square Soi 6
Tel : +66-2-255-6888
Fax : +66-2-255-1824
E-mail :

Other hotels
Pathumwan Princess Hotel
444 Phyathai Road
Pathumwan, Bangkok 10330
Tel. +66-2-216-3700; Fax +66-2-216-3730

Pan Pacific Hotel
952 Rama IV Road
Bangkok 10500 Thailand
Tel: +66 2 632 9000 Fax: +66 2 632 9001

Budget accommodation
Sasa International House
Sasa International House
Phyathai Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Tel: (66.2) 216.8844 Fax: (66.2) 215.3880

Krit Thai Mansion
931/1 Soi Kasemusun
Bangkok 10330
Tel: +66-2-215-3042
Fax: +66-2-216-2241

Program Committee

Dr. Luciano Floridi
Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford University, UK

Prof. Charles Ess
Drury University, USA

Prof. Robert Cavalier
Carnegie-Mellon University, USA

Prof. John Weckert
Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Australia

Dr. Soraj Hongladarom
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Dr. Mark Tamthai
Philosophy and Religion Society of Thailand

Dr. Krisana Kitiyadisai
Chulalongkorn University

Dr. Warayuth Sriworakul
Assumption University, Thailand

Dr. Stephen Clarke
Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Australia
Prof. Hiroyuki Miyoshi
Kyoto Sangyo University, Japan
Dr. Emma Rooksby
Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. Australia
Dr. Jeremy Moss
Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics 
    and University of Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Duangkamol Chartprasert
Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Local Organizing Committee


Dr. Soraj Hongladarom
Department of Philosophy
Faculty of Arts
Chulalongkorn University
Bangkok 10330, THAILAND
Tel. +66(0)22 18 47 56; Fax +66(0)22 18 47 55

Important Dates

Submission of abstracts
30 September 2004

Notification of acceptance
15 October 2004

Last day for early registration
10 November 2004

Conference date
7 to 9 January 2005


The conference is kindly sponsored by the UNESCO, National Research Council of Thailand, Thailand Research Fund, Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Australia, and the Philosophy and Religion Society of Thailand

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