[robotics-worldwide] Workshop at AlifeX on Morphologies, Motion and Cognition

Fernando Almeida e Costa F.AlmeidaCosta at sussex.ac.uk
Thu Feb 23 15:31:10 PST 2006


              Call for papers and demos

          Morphologies, Motion and Cognition

                   Workshop at AlifeX


    Organized by the Morphodynamics and Cognition Group

                  University of Sussex


AlifeX, in June, taking place at Indiana University, USA, is to host a
workshop on “Morphologies, Motion and Cognition” organised by the
Morphodynamics and Cognition Group from the University of Sussex. This
workshop will take place on the 3rd of June (all-day session), and on
the evening of the 4th. The venue will be:

Indiana Memorial Union, in the same area as the main conference

We are accepting submissions of papers and/or proposals of demos.

Aim of the workshop
Our intention is to bring together researchers from robotics,
psychology, and ethology to examine and discuss how morphology and
motion shapes the perceptual worlds and cognitive behaviours of robots
and natural organisms. Although we welcome simulations, we want to
encourage work on "physical" robots, or simulated robots that have
interesting morphologies.

In the approach to cognition that we will be discussing, cognitive
activity is regarded as crucially dependent upon, and emerging from, the
exploitation of all the physical properties available to the agent,
namely its morphology and motion. The key principle of this approach is
to minimise the amount of control at the algorithmic level by exploiting
the dynamics of the agent, produced by its interaction with the environment.

This approach views organisms and robots as dynamic systems, whose parts
are continually perturbed by cues from their environments that act to
modulate their behaviours.

Keynote Speakers
Inman Harvey, University of Sussex
Rolf Pfeifer, University of Zurich

The work to be submitted may include (but is not limited to) the
following topics:

- the exploitation by an agent of its morphodynamics (morphologies and
motion) for cognitive purposes, at any level of "cognition" in both
humans and robots.
- passive dynamic walkers
- relation with the environment through active perception
- evolution of morphologies, morphogenesis
- developmental issues in both humans/animals and robots
- dynamical theories of cognition
- embodied and situated robotics
- constructed worlds of robots
- articulated motion in robots and animals
- sensorimotor and movement coordination
- evolvable hardware
- design principles for fully embodied and situated robots
- automatic robot manufacture
- 3D rapid prototyping printers
- non-holonomic robot control
- control for underactuated or compliant structures
- methods for the analysis of the interaction of morphology, motion, and

Papers can either be technical or conceptual, in the area covered by the
workshop. Length should not exceed 10 pages, double spaced, and must be
emailed in pdf format to one of the organisers (see addresses below in
"organising committee")

Demos can be presented as physical robots, computer simulations or
videos of physical robots. If you are interested in presenting a demo
please contact one of the members of the organising committee as soon as

Important dates
Deadline submission: May 1
Notification of acceptance: May 10
Camera-ready versions: May 20

If the submitted contributions are of sufficient quality, papers
emerging from the workshop will be forwarded to undergo the review
process of a scientific journal, for a special issue.

You may find detailed information about the workshop in our webpage at
www.informatics.sussex.ac.uk/morphodynamicsgroup/alifexwk or through the
conference webpage at www.alifex.org

Bill Bigge, University of Sussex
Josh Bongard, Cornell University
Inman Harvey, University of Sussex
Phil Husbands, University of Sussex
Fumiya Iida, University of Zurich
Auke Ijspeert, EPFL
Eduardo Izquierdo-Torres, University of Sussex
Akio Ishiguro, University of Nagoya
Hod Lipson, Cornell University
Max Lungarella, University of Tokyo
Romi Nijhawan, University of Sussex
Chandana Paul, Cornell University
Rolf Pfeifer, University of Zurich
Linda Smith, Indiana University
Olaf Sporns, Indiana University
Kasper Støy, University of Southern Denmark
Tim Taylor, Timberpost, Ltd.
Eric Vaughan, University of Sussex
Rachel Wood, University of Sussex
Tom Ziemke, University of Skövde

Organising Committee
Fernando Almeida e Costa
F.AlmeidaCosta at sussex.ac.uk

Ian Macinnes
ian at british-cybernetics.co.uk


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