[robotics-worldwide] 2nd call : IROS 2008 workshop "From motor to interaction learning in robots", Nice, 26 sept. 2008

Olivier Sigaud Olivier.Sigaud at lip6.fr
Tue Jun 3 23:05:39 PDT 2008


Second call for abstract submission: less than one week before deadline.


>From motor to interaction learning in robots
An IROS 2008 workshop
September 26, 2008
Acropolis Convention Center, Nice, FRANCE

Deadline for abstract submission : June 10

Organizers:

* Olivier Sigaud     ISIR, UPMC-Paris 6, Paris, France
* Jan Peters         Max Planck Institute, Tubingen, Germany
* Sethu Vijayakumar  University of Edinburgh, Scotland

see : http://webia.lip6.fr/~sigaud/IROS2008workshop.html

Objectives and topics:

 From an engineering standpoint, in front of the increasing
complexity of
robotic systems and the increasing demand for more autonomous and more
adaptive robots, the design of on-line, general purpose learning
capabilities for their control becomes more and more mandatory.
Furthermore, beyond autonomy and adaptation, in the case of humanoid
robots in particular, the need for "natural" interaction capabilities
with
the human user(s) raises new challenges at the interface between
interaction models and learning techniques. From neurophysiological
studies of human subjects, it is more and more clear that there is
much in
common between motor learning processes and more cognitive learning and
developmental processes, particularly dedicated to interaction. After
the
much celebrated discovery of the so called "mirror neurons" relating
motor
learning to imitation and language acquisition, several
neurophysiological
studies have revealed that brain areas generally considered as motor,
such
as the cerebellum, or dedicated to action selection, like the basal
ganglia, are in fact implied in more general cognitive functions
learning
such as tool use, imitation, language and so forth. Taken together,
these
facts advocate for a hierarchical understanding of the brain
architecture
where motor learning and interaction learning are tightly coupled
processes at the root of cognition. The complexity of the computational
models resulting from this line of thinking raises the problem of their
validation. Here, robotics plays a prominent role as a tool to evaluate
the capability of these wide-scope models to give account of the
phenomena
they address.

We particularly welcome papers on the following topics:

     * robotic implementation of computational or neuromimetic models of
motor learning
     * robotic implementation of computational or neuromimetic models of
interaction learning
     * robotic controllers combining motor learning and interaction
learning
     * hierarchical models of mammal motor systems
     * computational principles underlying motor learning and/or
interaction learning

Intended audience:

The goal of this workshop is to bring together researchers in
"engineering
sciences" (roboticists, machine learning experts) interested in motor
learning and interaction learning to design better robots, and
researchers
in "life science" (computational neurosciences researchers,
developmental
psychologists) interested in robotic implementation of models of these
processes in animals and humans, to get a more accurate picture of what
both learning processes share, how they interact and how they can
eventually be combined in the design of robot controllers.

Call for abstracts:

We invite submission of abstracts to be discussed or shown as posters
during the workshop. Abstract submissions should be sent electronically
via email in pdf format to: Olivier.Sigaud at isir.fr, indicating in the
subject line "IROS2008 workshop submission". Submitted abstracts should
have a maximal length of 4 pages (one page is OK) in 10pt, one-column
format. Please use the LNCS Springer-Verlag style at
http://www.springeronline.com/comp/lncs/authors.html. Abstracts will be
reviewed for acceptance by the program committee and the organizers.

We plan to get post-workshop proceedings published based on extended
versions (around 20 pages) of your contributions, either as a book or
as a
special issue of an international journal.

Important dates:

Deadline for abstract submission	June 10
Notification of acceptance	        July 1
Final version of abstract due	        July 10
Workshop	                        September 26
Post-proceedings full paper submission	Before December 2008

Confirmed speakers:

Philippe Gaussier	University of Cergy-Pontoise, France
Auke Jan Ijspeert	EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Giorgio Metta	        University of Genova, Italy
Stefano Nolfi	        ISTC, Roma, Italy
Pierre-Yves Oudeyer	INRIA, Bordeaux Sud-Ouest, France
Jan Peters	        Max Planck Institute, Tubingen, Germany
Olivier Sigaud	        UPMC-Paris 6, Paris, France
Marc Toussaint	        University of Berlin, Germany
Sethu Vijayakumar	University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Program committee:
Philippe Gaussier	University of Cergy-Pontoise, France
Auke Jan Ijspeert	EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
Giorgio Metta	        University of Genova, Italy
Pierre-Yves Oudeyer	INRIA, Bordeaux Sud-Ouest, France
Jan Peters	        Max Planck Institute, Tubingen, Germany
Olivier Sigaud	        UPMC-Paris 6, Paris, France
Marc Toussaint	        University of Berlin, Germany
Sethu Vijayakumar	University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Feel free to distribute this call as widely as possible

Best regards,

Olivier Sigaud, Jan Peters and Sethu Vijayakumar
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