[robotics-worldwide] 2nd CFP: ERLARS 2009 - Evolutionary and Reinforcement Learning for Autonomous Robot Systems (IROS 2009 Workshop)

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ERLARS 2009



2nd INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON

EVOLUTIONARY AND REINFORCEMENT LEARNING FOR AUTONOMOUS ROBOT SYSTEMS



Held in conjunction with IROS 2009 in St. Louis, USA on October 15, 2009



Submission deadline: July 5, 2009



http://www.erlars.org/2009/



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CALL FOR PAPERS



Objectives



Learning is essential for an autonomous robot system.  The range of

unexpected situations it can handle while performing its task depends on

its ability to adapt. Recent developments have taken autonomous robots

beyond industrial settings, for example at home as toys and cleaners.

However, production models usually interact with their environment

following a fixed control strategy, which limits their range of

application. More adaptable robots require control strategies that learn

more and better from interactions with their environment.  The ERLARS

workshop addresses the challenge to develop efficient and versatile

learning architectures for autonomous robot systems, with the main focus

on adequate evolutionary and reinforcement learning algorithms.



Relevant Topics



Papers are invited on all aspects of learning methods for the control of

autonomous robot systems, including, but not limited to:



 * Model-free visual servoing

 * Mobile robot navigation by means of reinforcement learning

 * Combining offline- and online learning methods for robot control

 * Reinforcement learning by evolutionary algorithms of neural

 network-based and other robot controllers

 * Hybrid systems that combine modelling and parameter estimation by

 reinforcement learning

 * Learning from scratch and cascaded learning architectures

 * Developmental and epigenetic robotics

 * Balancing exploration and exploitation of acquired knowledge

 * Simulated environments for autonomous robot learning scenarios



Important Dates



 * July 5, 2009: Paper submission deadline

 * August 10, 2009: Notification of paper acceptance

 * August 23, 2009: Camera ready paper submission

 * October 15, 2009: Workshop takes place



Workshop Chairs



Nils T Siebel

Cognitive Systems Group, Institute of Computer Science,

Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel Kiel, Germany



Josef Pauli

Intelligent Systems Group, Department of Computer Science,

University of Duisburg-Essen Duisburg, Germany



Programme Committee



Andrew Barto (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)

Peter Dürr (EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland)

Christian Igel (Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany)

Yohannes Kassahun (DFKI Lab Bremen, University of Bremen, Germany)

Takanori Koga (Yamaguchi University, Japan)

Tim Kovacs (University of Bristol, UK)

Jun Ota (University of Tokyo, Japan)

Josef Pauli (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)

Jan Peters (MPI for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany)

Daniel Polani (University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK)

Marcello Restelli (Politecnico di Milano, Italy)

Stefan Schiffer (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)

Juergen Schmidhuber (Swiss AI Lab IDSIA, Lugano, Switzerland)

Marc Toussaint (TU Berlin, Germany)

Nils T Siebel (Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany)

Jeremy Wyatt (University of Birmingham, UK)





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More information on the workshop website: http://www.erlars.org/



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