[robotics-worldwide] CFP: IROS2010 WS on Socio-synergistic Intelligence: Learning with Caregiver

Yuichiro Yoshikawa yoshikawa.yuichiro at gmail.com
Thu Jun 17 05:36:29 PDT 2010


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CALL FOR PAPERS

IROS 2010 Workshop on
Socio-synergistic intelligence: Learning with Caregivers

Tapei, Taiwan, October 22th, 2010

http://www.er.ams.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp/workshop/IROS2010WS/SocioSynergisticIntelligence_IROS2010.htm

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Overview:
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The challenge of making a robot learn from human user/caregiver shares
essential problems with other research fields on infant development.
Both of them involve issues of not only learning motor/social skills
but also simultaneous and long-lasting mutual adaptation between the
learner and the caregiver. A promising approach is a synthetic one
based on both the explanation theory and more importantly the design
theory that is expected to fill in the gap between the existing
disciplines instead of staying at one closed discipline, and to provide
new understanding of human cognitive development. However, many of
existing synthetic studies have still ignored the caregiver's side,
and therefore, limited to the computer simulation.

In this full day workshop, starting from an invited talk by Prof.
Asada who is one of the leaders of synthetic approach for understanding
infant development, we will have three sessions focusing on motor
learning, social learning, and mixture of them. This WS is intended to
bridge the researchers who want to synthesize the bidirectional
processed of tutoring and learning in the real world and those who
develops hardware that enables such a bidirectional process in
human-robot interaction, and thereon explore new research direction.

Invited speaker:
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Minoru Asada
Asada Synergistic Intelligence Project, ERATO, JST
Osaka University

Takashi Hashimoto
Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology School of Knowledge
Science

(We are still negotiating with a few researchers: one on child robot,
another on human infant-mother study, the other on learnin in HRI)


Important Dates:
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Jul. 05, 2010: Submission deadline for extended abstract
Jul. 15, 2010: Notification of acceptance
Jul. 25, 2010: Camera ready deadline
Oct. 22, 2010: Workshop

Submissions:
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Anyone who is interested in presenting contribution in this WS
is invited to submit an extended abstract using IEEE format.
The page limit for the final paper is 6 pages. Submission must
be in PDF file format to yoshikawa at jeap.org

Topics:
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The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Infant/child robot
- Synthetic approach
- Infant development
- Human-robot interaction
- Physical interaction
- Social learning
- Human-in-loop learning
- Teaching by demonstration
- Learning by imitation
- Teaching by touching
- Social behavior
- Caregiver
- Motherise/motionese
- Parental behavior
- Reading intention
- Theory of mind
- Motor development
- Social development
- Long term adaptation

Intended audience:
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Any researchers who are interested in this topic, especially
who wants to extend their synthetic work in the computer
simulation to the real world, and/or who wants to explore
new research direction in the intersection between robotics
and human science.


Motivation and objectives:
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Learning from human users or caregivers is one of the key
requirements for autonomous artificial system that can adapt
to human society. It is also one of the greatest features of
human beings to develop motor/social capabilities. Both of
them involve issues of not only learning motor/social skills/
knowledge but also simultaneous and long-lasting mutual
adaptation between the learner and the caregiver. Therefore,
related disciplines are not simply robotics and AI but also
brain science, cognitive science, developmental psychology,
and so on, and we share this challenge. An obvious fact is
that we have too poor and little knowledge and too superficial
implementations based on such knowledge to declare that we
have only one unique solution to the mystery.

The first step to conquer this situation is to discuss how
such bidirectional and transitive processes can be synthesized.
A promising approach is a synthetic one based on both the
explanation theory and more importantly the design theory that
is expected to fill in the gap between the existing disciplines
instead of staying at one closed discipline, and to provide new
understanding of human cognitive development. However, many of
existing synthetic studies have still ignored the behavior of
caregivers, and therefore stayed at the computer simulation.

We first revisits the cognitive developmental robotics (Asada et
al. 2009) that provides a new approach to understand how human
infants could learn from their caregivers, and expands discussion
toward the principle of learning with caregivers. Next, several
speakers including not only invited but also accepted give their
talks. To bridge existing synthetic research to the real world,
the researchers who develop platform that can be potentially
applied to model/solve the bidirectional processes in mother-infant
interaction will be invited. Finally, general discussion towards the
new research direction of learning from caregiver will be held.

Contact:
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For questions/submissions, please contactto Yuichiro Yoshikawa
(yoshikawa at jeap.org)


Organizers:
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Yuichiro Yoshikawa
 (Asada Synergistic Intelligence Project, ERATO, JST)
Takashi Minato
 (Asada Synergistic Intelligence Project, ERATO, JST)
Hiroshi Ishiguro
 (Osaka University / Asada Synergistic Intelligence
  Project, ERATO, JST)





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