Causation in Kyoto

A Workshop on the Philosophy, Psychology, and Computer Science of Causation
Kyoto, June 24th-26th 2023

Formal epistemologists have their FEW, philosophers of reason have their SLACRR, metaphysicians of science have their SMS. Philosophers of causation don’t have anything similar. We think it is high time to rectify this dire situation. This is the first workshop on the philosophy, psychology, and computer science of causation, and we hope more will come. We are inviting submissions from all researchers working on causation, causal cognition, and causal discovery.

Please submit an abstract of 300–1000 words to Specifically, please send an email with your name, the title of your talk, and the abstract in the body of the email and submission as its title. If you have a (drafty or polished) paper, or your abstract can't be easily pasted as text (e.g., it contains figures or symbols), please in addition attach a PDF of the paper or the abstract. Please mind that the more of the argument your abstract contains, the more likely it will be accepted. There will be limited financial support available; please state at the end of the email if your attendance is conditional on receiving such support.

The deadline for submitting abstracts: April 23. We will notify you at the end of April. The workshop itself will happen in Kyoto on June 24-26, 2023. In addition to the talks, we are also planning some sightseeing activities in the evenings and on the days surrounding the conference.

We are looking forward to reading your submission,

Jun Otsuka and Tom Wysocki

If you're not on the program but want to attend the talks, please fill out this form.

Saturday 24.06 Sunday 25.06 Monday 26.06
Each presentation is 30min followed by 10min Q&A
Lecture room 3,
Graduate school of letters
Seifuso Villa
915-930Opening remarksMeet at Seifu-kaikan hall at 910 to go to the Seifuso Villa. You can't enter the villa on your own.
930-1010Jennifer McDonald
What Causal Models Bring to the Table
Sander Beckers
Backtracking Counterfactuals
Takashi Nicolas Maeda
Discovery of time series causal models in the presence of unobserved variables
1020-1100Hanti Lin
Probabilities of Counterfactuals and Counterfactual Probabilities in Causal Models
Jiji Zhang
Actual Causation and Minimality
Jennifer Jhun
Causal Relations in Economic Contexts.
1110-1150Malcolm Forster
Counterfactual Predictive Maps in Causation and Beyond
Weixin Cai
A Plea for Middle-Range Theories of Causation
1150-1400Lunch break
1400-1440Christopher Hitchcock
Causal Models with Non-causal Constraints
Jonathan Vandenburgh
Knowledge, Causal Safety, and Shortcuts in Machine Learning
Jun Otsuka
Process Theory of Causality and the Causal Markov Condition
1450-1530Zhao Fan
Did Turing propose a casual analysis of computability?
Camilo Sarmiento
Formalising actual causality and its applications to automated planning and computational ethics
Tom Wysocki
Underdeterministic Causation with String Diagrams
1530-1600 Break Sightseeing for the willing
1600-1640Xiuyuan An
Choice of Variables and the Principle of the Common Cause
Murali Ramachandran
Causation and Two Types of Dependence
1650-1730Frederick Eberhardt
Learning an Index of Economic Complexity
Hayato Saigo
Category Algebras and States on Categories: Toward Noncommutative Causal Theories
1830-2030Dinner at
Boogaloo cafe.

Confirmed speakers include:

Below is the map with the Saturday and Sunday venue; its google location is here.

Map: how to get to the conference venue

Some random yet useful information:

  1. Before arrival:
    1. Some days before your flight, please register on Japan Web. This is necessary (or at least very useful) for immigration and speeds up the process. Once you register, take screenshots of the QR code generated by the app in case you can't conntect to the internet at the airport. It's not strictly necessary but it will make the process easier.
    2. If your phone accepts eSims (and most new ones do), you may want to install one so you have mobile Internet for the time of your stay. One usual choice is Arialo.
    3. If you're flying through Haneda, be aware that you may have to change terminals for the flight to Osaka. You'll need to collect your check-in luggage, recheck it (actually, it's possible at the same terminal), and then take a bus to the other terminal, and go through security again. However, this should not take too long--the airport is very efficient.
  2. Upon arrival:
    1. From airports to JR Kyoto Station
        From Kansai International Airport (KIX): Best to take train (Haruka).
      • From Osaka International Airport (Itami): Best to take the limousine bus; 1340¥. The ticket office is outide of the terminal, and there are multiple lines--you want to take the one that goes to Kyoto station.
      • If you're planning to stay in Japan for a little longer and visit Tokyo, then you may want to get an ICOCA card. You top it up with money and then use on the bus and the subway, and even can use it in some convinience stores to buy stuff. The great thing about the card is that it also works elsewhere in Japan, including the Tokyo subway. If you get it at the aiport, you can pay for the airport limousine bus with it. (Just make sure to top it up with at least 2000¥ for the limousine and the subsequent bus to the hotel).
    2. From JR Kyoto Station to Kyoto University
      • City bus: 206 and 17 lines. It's 230¥ and takes about 40min depending on the traffic. You enter the bus in the middle and exit in the front. You'll need to pay in cash when you exit the bus; nothing you need to do when you enter. If you don't have exact change, you can get some using the machine next to the driver, but you can't feed the machine anything bigger than a 1000¥ bill. See this for more information.
      • The Kyoto University Hoop Bus. This one is prepaid rather than post-paid like the city bus. Faster than the city bus.
      • You can also use the taxi: about 2500¥. Please know that while Uber works in Kyoto and Tokyo, it's not terribly popular, and it's probably easier just to catch the cab like in the good ol' days by waving yoru hand. It is also definitely cheaper. Please notice that Uber cars are just taxis that moonlight as ubers, so if you call an uber, a taxi will arrive.
      • Here's more information how to access the campus.
    3. Once you're settled:
      1. If you're looking for gifts, one good place is the Kyoto Handicraft Center and another the gift shop of the Kyoto Museum of Crafts and Design.
      2. If you're paying at least 5000¥ in total for some purchases, you often can show them your passport and save on the 10% sales tax. Not all shops offer this, but most do. Doesn't work on food, though.


Host institution: Center for Applied Philosophy & Ethics, Graduate School of Letters, Kyoto University

This workshop is possible thanks to our sponsors:
RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project,
Data Science and AI Innovation Research Promotion Center, Shiga University.

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