[robotics-worldwide] CFP: ICRA 07 Workshop - Concept Learning for Embodied Agents

reggiani at metropolis.sci.univr.it reggiani at metropolis.sci.univr.it
Fri Nov 17 06:58:31 PST 2006

[apologies for duplicate posts]

ICRA 2007 Workshop
on "Concept Learning for Embodied Agents"
Rome,  Italy -  April -*-, 2007

Call for papers

An essential feature of agents is a learning capability to overcome the
limitations of built-in knowledge and pre-programmed skills. Since very early,
learning algorithms have been the focus of many researchers, aiming at
providing tools to increase the agent capabilities to face new or unexpected
situations. Furthermore, agents can now be endowed with powerful embodiments,
i.e. robot with advanced sensing and actuation capabilities. Thus, it is only
natural to explore how existing learning paradigms can be adapted to the
presence of an embodiment, and which new paradigms the embodiment stimulates.

The paradigm that an embodiment supports is "active learning" which implies
probing the environments for cues and further knowledge. Within this framework,
"learning by experimentation" implies a scientific method in probing the
environment, by carrying out experiments to verify or falsify hypothesis about
the nature and the properties of the surrounding environment. This approach
requires "motivation" to trigger the experiment, "experimental design" to plan
the experimental steps, and "repeatable execution" to ensure data correctness.

This workshop will provide:
(i) an overview of existing learning methods in specific application domains,
(ii) discuss requirements and capabilities of methods for active learning,
(iii) outline R&D challenges, and
(iv) motivate the search for new application possibilities of robotic learning

Workshop Organizers:
Debora Botturi, University of Verona, Italy
Paolo Fiorini, University of Verona, Italy
Erwin Prassler, Fachhochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, Germany
Monica Reggiani, University of Verona, Italy

Important Dates:
Submission of extended abstracts: December 31, 2006
Notification of acceptance: January 10, 2007
Submission of camera-ready paper: January 15, 2007
Workshop: April 10 or 14, 2007

Further Information:

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