[robotics-worldwide] CFP: Special Session on Evolutionary Robotics - IEEE CEC 2009

Sabine Hauert sabine.hauert at epfl.ch
Thu Sep 18 02:40:03 PDT 2008

* Apologies for multiple postings *


IEEE CEC 2009 - Special Session on "Evolutionary Robotics"
Trondheim, Norway, 18th-21st of May, 2009


Paper submission deadline: 1st of November 2008


Patricia A. Vargas (University of Sussex)
Sabine Hauert (EPFL-Lausanne)
Dario Floreano (EPFL-Lausanne)
Phil Husbands (University of Sussex)


Evolutionary Robotics (ER) aims to apply evolutionary computation  
techniques, inspired by Darwin's principle of selective reproduction  
of the fittest, to automatically design the control and/or hardware of  
both real and simulated autonomous robots.

Having an intrinsic interdisciplinary character, ER is being employed  
towards the development of many fields of research, among which we can  
highlight neuroscience, cognitive science, evolutionary biology and  
robotics. Hence the objective of this special session is to assemble a  
set of high-quality original contributions that reflect and advance  
the state-of-the-art in the area of Evolutionary Robotics, with an  
emphasis on the cross-fertilization between ER and the aforementioned  
research areas, ranging from theoretical analysis to real-life  

Topics of interest include (but are are not restricted to):

* Evolution of robots which display minimal cognitive behaviour,  
learning, memory, spatial cognition, adaptation or homeostasis.

* Evolution of neural controllers for robots, aimed at giving an  
insight to neuroscientists or advancing control structures.

* Evolution of communication, cooperation and competition, using  
robots as a research platform.

* Co-evolution and the evolution of collective behaviour.

* Evolution of morphology in close interaction with the environment,  
giving rise to self-reconfigurable, self-designing, self-healing and  
self-reproducing robots or humanoid and walking robots.

* Evolution of robot systems aimed at real-world applications as in  
aerial robotics, space exploration, industry, search and rescue, robot  
companions, entertainment and games.

* Evolution of controllers on board real robots or the real-time  
evolution of robot hardware.

* Novel or improved algorithms for the evolution or robot systems.

* The use of evolution for the artistic exploration of robot design.


Submissions should follow the guidance given on the IEEE CEC 2009  
conference website: http://www.cec-2009.org/submission.shtml. When  
submitting, please select the special session on "Evolutionary  
Robotics". All submissions will be peer-reviewed with the same  
criteria used for other contributed papers. All accepted papers will  
be included in the published conference proceedings.


Authors of the best selected paper from among those accepted for the  
"Evolutionary Robotics" session will be invited to submit an extended  
version for review for possible publication as a chapter in the  
forthcoming book "The Horizons of Evolutionary Robotics" edited by  
Patricia A. Vargas, Ezequiel Di Paolo, Inman Harvey and Phil Husbands  
(target publisher MIT Press).


Paper Submission:.........................November 01, 2008
Notification of Acceptance:...........January 16, 2009
Camera-Ready Submission:........February 16, 2009

Sabine Hauert
Laboratory of Intelligent Systems
EPFL, Switzerland
Phone: +4121 6937759
Email: sabine.hauert at epfl.ch

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