Max Cappuccio

Senior Lecturer

Massimiliano (Max) Cappuccio is Deputy director of the Values in Defense and Security Technology group. His research in human performance and human-machine interaction attempts to combine different embodied approaches to cognition. As a cognitive philosopher and a technology ethicist, his research on intelligent systems is interdisciplinary and aims to integrate phenomenological analyses, empirical experimentation, and synthetic modeling. His current research focuses on skill acquisition and disruption, social-robotics, theory and ethics of artificial intelligence and autonomous systems. His early work has focused on mirror neurons theory, joint attention and deictic pointing, the frame problem of artificial intelligence, and the philosophical foundations of computationalism. During his career, he has produced more than a hundred original scientific contributions, including papers in journals, book chapters, collective volumes, special issues of journals, and papers presented at international conferences. He conducts an intense activity as an organizer of academic events, including interdisciplinary workshops, research seminar series, and international conferences (like the TEMPER workshop on Training, Enhancement, and Military Performance and the annual Joint UAE Symposium on Social Robotics).

Books
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Cappuccio M, 2005, Alan Turing: l'uomo, la macchina, l'enigma. Per una genealogia dell'incomputabile, Alboversorio / Mimesis, Italy
2005
Book Chapters
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McFarland T; Galliott J; Cappuccio M, 2020, 'The Big Data Paradox and its Importance to Strategy and Military Systems Development', in Macnish K; Galliott J (ed.), Big Data and Democracy, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-big-data-and-democracy-hb.html
2020
Madan CR; MacIntyre TE; Beckmann J; Cappuccio M, 2019, 'The cognitive neuroscience of nature: from motor cognition to grounded cognition', in Donnelly AA; MacIntyre TE (ed.), Physical Activity in Natural Settings Green and Blue Exercise, Routledge, pp. 115 - 137
2019
Cappuccio M; Gray R; Hill D; Mesagno C; Carr T, 2019, 'The Many Threats of Self-Consciousness: Embodied Approaches to Choking Under Pressure in Sensorimotor Skills', in Handbook of Embodied Cognition and Sport Psychology, The MIT Press, Cambridge MA, pp. 101 - 156, https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/handbook-embodied-cognition-and-sport-psychology
2019
Cappuccio M, 2019, 'Introduction', in Cappuccio M (ed.), Handbook of Embodied Cognition and Sport Psychology, The MIT Press, Cambridge MA, pp. xv - xxxv, https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/handbook-embodied-cognition-and-sport-psychology
2019
Cappuccio M, 2017, 'Flow, Choke, Skill: the role of the non-conscious in sport performance', in Radman Z (ed.), Before Consciousness. In Search of the Fundamentals of Mind, Imprint Academic, Exeter, UK, pp. 246 - 284
2017
Cappuccio M, 2015, 'The Seminal Speculation of a Precursor: Elements of Embodied Cognition and Situated AI in Alan Turing', in Müller V (ed.), Fundamental Issues of Artificial Intelligence, Synthese Library, Netherlands, pp. 479 - 496, https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319264837
2015
Cappuccio M; Froese T, 2014, 'Introduction', in Cappuccio M; Froese T (ed.), Enactive Cognition at the Edge of Sense-Making. Making Sense of Non-Sense, Springer, New York City, pp. 1 - 35, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137363367
2014
Cappuccio M; Shepherd S, 2013, 'Pointing Hand: Joint Attention and Embodied Symbols', in Radman Z (ed.), The Hand, An Organ of the Mind. What the Manual Tells the Mental, The MIT Press, Cambridge MA, pp. 303 - 326, https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/hand-organ-mind
2013
Cappuccio M; Wheeler M, 2012, 'Ground-level Intelligence: Action-Oriented Representation and Dynamics of the Background', in Radman Z (ed.), Knowing without Thinking. Mind, Action, Cognition and the Phenomenon of the Background, Palgrave Macmillan, The United Kingdon, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230368064
2012
Shepherd S; Cappuccio M, 2012, 'Sociality, Attention, and the Mind's Eyes', in Seemann A (ed.), Joint Attention: New Developments in Psychology, Philosophy of Mind, and Social Neuroscience, Cambridge MA, pp. 431 - 459, https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/joint-attention
2012
Cappuccio M, 2010, 'Mirror Neurons and Skilful Coping: Motor Intentionality Between Sensorimotor and Ideo-Motor Schemata in Goal-Directed Actions', in Maldonato M; Pietrobon R (ed.), Research on Scientific Research. A Transdisciplinary Study, Sussex Academic Press, the United Kingdom, pp. 59 - 99, http://www.sussex-academic.com/sa/titles/education/Maldonato.htm
2010
Cappuccio M; Wheeler M, 2010, 'When the Twain Meet: Could the Study of Mind be a Meeting of Minds?', in Reynolds J; Chase J; Mares E; Williams J (ed.), On the Futures of Philosophy: Post- Analytic and Meta-Continental Thinking, Continuum, USA, pp. 125 - 142, https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/postanalytic-and-metacontinental-9780826424419/
2010
Cappuccio M; Wheeler M, 'Ground-Level Intelligence', in Knowing without Thinking, Palgrave Macmillan, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9780230368064.0008
Conference Papers
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Maldonato NM; Muzii B; Di Corrado D; Sperandeo R; Bottone M; Cappuccio ML; Coco M; Esposito A, 2019, 'The spontaneous order of creativity Brain, complexity and evolution', in 10th IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Infocommunications, CogInfoCom 2019 - Proceedings, pp. 375 - 380, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/CogInfoCom47531.2019.9089955
2019
Maldonato NM; Bottone M; Sperandeo R; Scandurra C; Bochicchio V; Cappuccio ML; Esposito AM; Muzii B, 2019, 'The biodynamic stress hypothesis Towards an evolutionary psychology paradigm', in 10th IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Infocommunications, CogInfoCom 2019 - Proceedings, pp. 369 - 374, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/CogInfoCom47531.2019.9089930
2019
Alnajjar FS; Renawi AM; Cappuccio M; Mubain O, 2019, 'A low-cost autonomous attention assessment system for robot intervention with autistic children', in IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON, pp. 787 - 792, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/EDUCON.2019.8725132
2019
Alahbabi M; Almazroei F; Almarzoqi M; Almeheri A; Alkabi M; Nuaimi AA; Cappuccio M; Alnajjar F, 2017, 'Avatar based interaction therapy: A potential therapeutic approach for children with Autism', in 2017 IEEE International Conference on Mechatronics and Automation, ICMA 2017, pp. 480 - 484, http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICMA.2017.8015864
2017
Cappuccio ML, 2016, 'Autonomous artificial agents, ethical decision, and the frame problem', in AISB Annual Convention 2016, AISB 2016
2016
Cappuccio M, 2016, 'What are skills, and what does disrupt skillful performance? The theoretical background of a portable dynamic EEG study on choking effect', in Front. Neurosci. Conference Abstract: International Conference - Educational Neuroscience., Abu Dhabi, presented at Front. Neurosci. - International Conference Educational Neuroscience, Abu Dhabi, 28 February 2016 - 29 February 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/conf.fnins.2016.92.00014
2016
Conference Proceedings (Editor of)
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Cappuccio M, (ed.), 2014, 'Unreflective Action and the Choking Effect - Special issue of Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences', Springer, Netherlands, Vol. 14, presented at First International Conference on Sport Psychology and Embodied Cognition, UAE University, Al Ain, UAE, 24 February 2014 - 27 February 2014, https://link.springer.com/journal/11097/14/2
2014
Edited Books
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Cappuccio M, (ed.), 2019, Handbook of Embodied Cognition and Sport Psychology, MIT Press, Cambridge MA, https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/handbook-embodied-cognition-and-sport-psychology
2019
Cappuccio M; Froese T, (ed.), 2014, Enactive Cognition at the Edge of Sense-Making. Making Sense of Non-Sense, Palgrave Macmillan, United Kingdom, https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137363350
2014
Cappuccio M, (ed.), 2006, Neurofenomenologia. Le scienze della mente e la sfida dell’esperienza cosciente, Bruno Mondadori / Pearson, Italy, https://www.amazon.co.uk/Neurofenomenologia-scienze-della-dellesperienza-cosciente/dp/8842420069
2006
Journal articles
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Cappuccio ML; Galliott JC; Sandoval EB, 2021, 'Saving Private Robot: Risks and Advantages of Anthropomorphism in Agent-Soldier Teams', International Journal of Social Robotics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12369-021-00755-z
2021
Alnajjar F; Cappuccio M; Renawi A; Mubin O; Loo CK, 2021, 'Personalized Robot Interventions for Autistic Children: An Automated Methodology for Attention Assessment', International Journal of Social Robotics, vol. 13, pp. 67 - 82, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12369-020-00639-8
2021
Alnajjar F; Cappuccio ML; Mubin O; Arshad R; Shahid S, 2020, 'Humanoid Robots and Autistic Children: A Review on Technological Tools to Assess Social Attention and Engagement', International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, vol. 17, pp. 2030001 - 2030001, http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S0219843620300019
2020
Mubin O; Cappuccio M; Alnajjar F; Ahmad MI; Shahid S, 2020, 'Can a robot invigilator prevent cheating?', AI and Society, vol. 35, pp. 981 - 989, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00146-020-00954-8
2020
Cappuccio M; Kirchhoff MD; Alnajjar F; Tani J, 2020, 'Unfulfilled Prophecies in Sport Performance: Active Inference and the Choking Effect', Journal of Consciousness Studies: controversies in science and the humanities, vol. 27, pp. 152 - 184, https://www.ingentaconnect.com/contentone/imp/jcs/2020/00000027/f0020003/art00008
2020
Cappuccio ML; Sandoval EB; Mubin O; Obaid M; Velonaki M, 2020, 'Can Robots Make Us Better Humans?', International Journal of Social Robotics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12369-020-00700-6
2020
Cappuccio ML; Peeters A; McDonald W, 2019, 'Sympathy for Dolores: Moral Consideration for Robots Based on Virtue and Recognition', Philosophy & Technology, pp. 1 - 23, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s13347-019-0341-y
2019
Cappuccio ML, 2017, 'Mind-upload. The ultimate challenge to the embodied mind theory', Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, vol. 16, pp. 425 - 448, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11097-016-9464-0
2017
Cappuccio ML, 2015, 'Introduction: when embodied cognition and sport psychology team-up', Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, vol. 14, pp. 213 - 225, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11097-015-9415-1
2015
Cappuccio ML, 2014, 'Inference or familiarity? The embodied roots of social cognition', Synthesis Philosophica, vol. 29, pp. 253 - 272
2014
Cappuccio M, 2014, 'Fenomenologia e Scienza Cognitiva: Le Ragioni e i Modi della Loro Integrazione, con la Discussione di Due Possibili Obiezioni', Reti, Saperi, Linguaggi. Italian Journal of Cognitive Science, vol. 1, pp. 341 - 372, http://dx.doi.org/10.12832/78933
2014
Cappuccio M; Chu M; Kita S, 2013, 'Pointing as an Instrumental Gesture: Gaze representation through indication', Humanamente. Journal of philosophical studies, vol. 6, http://www.humanamente.eu/index.php/HM/article/view/153
2013
Cappuccio M; Wheeler M, 2011, 'The Sign of the Hand. Symbolic Practices and the Extended Mind', Versus. Quaderni di Studi Semiotici, vol. 112-112, pp. 33 - 55, http://versus.dfc.unibo.it/arc2b.php?numero=112-113
2011
Cappuccio M, 2009, 'Constructing the Space of Action: From Bio-Robotics to Mirror Neurons', World Futures, vol. 65, pp. 126 - 132, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02604020802595037
2009
Cappuccio M, 2008, 'Empatia e neuroni specchio. Dalle neuroscienze cognitive alla Quinta Meditazione cartesiana', Rivista di estetica, pp. 43 - 65, http://dx.doi.org/10.4000/estetica.1978
2008
Cappuccio M, 2008, 'Idee in Azione. I Neuroni Specchio e l’Intenzionalità', Psicomotricità. Terapia, Prevenzione, Formazione, vol. 12, pp. 7 - 14, http://rivistedigitali.erickson.it/psicomotricita/archivio/vol-12-n-1-2/
2008
Cappuccio ML, 2003, 'Traces of a computational mind', Revue de Synthèse, vol. 124, pp. 43 - 59, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/bf02963400
2003
Milner Davis JR, 1997, 'Introduction', Special issue of the Australian Journal of Comedy, vol. 3, pp. 12 - 14
1997

Human-robot interaction
Human performance
Cognitive philosophy
Philosophy of cognitive science
Philosophy of neuroscience
Philosophical psychology
Philosophy of mind
Philosophy & theory of Artificial Intelligence​
Technology ethics
​​​​​​Embodied cognition
Social cognition
Phenomenology