[robotics-worldwide] Epigenetic Robotics: Call for Papers

Birger Johansson m at birgerjohansson.com
Mon Jun 28 00:23:05 PDT 2010



Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems

Sweden, November 5-7, 2010

To celebrate the tenth international conference on Epigenetic
Robotics, the conference will be held at Örenäs castle. As a
participant you will have opportunity to feel the historic atmosphere
of nature where the sea meets land, where the grandeur is joined with
simplicity and where yesterday meets tomorrow. A delicious traditional
goose dinner will be served at the conference dinner which is
something that no one should miss!

We are certain that as a participant at epigenetic robotics you will
have a great conference with high quality research and an interesting
and stimulating environment for discussions.


** Submission Deadline: July 15, 2010 **

Epigenetic systems, whether natural or artificial, share a prolonged
developmental process through which varied and complex cognitive and
perceptual structures emerge as a result of the interaction of an
embodied system with a physical and social environment.

Epigenetic robotics has the twofold goal of understanding biological
systems by  the interdisciplinary integration between social/life and
engineering sciences and, simultaneously, that of enabling robots and
other artificial systems to autonomously develop skills for any
particular environment (instead of programming them to solve
particular goals for a specific environment). Interdisciplinary theory
and empirical evidence are used to inform epigenetic robotic models,
and these models can be used as theoretical tools to make experimental
predictions in developmental psychology and other disciplines studying
cognitive development in living systems.

Submissions are welcome regarding all aspects of the study of
cognitive development, including (but not limited to):
- The roles of and interactions among motivation, emotion, and value
systems in development
- The development of emotional competencies and systems
- The development of "social skills", such as imitation, synchrony
processing, intersubjectivity, joint attention, intentionality,
non-verbal and verbal communication, sensorimotor schemata, shared
meaning and symbolic reference, social learning, social relationships,
social cognition ("mind reading", "theory of mind")
- The role of play in emotional, social, and cognitive development
- The development of verbal and non-verbal communication
- Links between (the development of) expression and communication
- Architectures for autonomous development
- Dynamical systems models of emotional, social, and cognitive development
- The scope and limits of maturation, the mechanisms of open-ended development
- The mechanisms of stage formation and stage transitions
- Interaction between innate structure, ongoing developing structure,
and experience
- The interplay between embodiment, learning biases and environment
- Algorithms for self-supervision, autonomous exploration,
representation making, and methods for evolving new representations
during ontogeny
- Philosophical and social issues of development
- The epistemological foundations of using robots to study development
- The use of robots as theoretical tools (e.g., to make predictions)
in the study of development in biological systems
- The use of robots in applied settings (e.g., autism therapy) to
study development in biological systems
- Robots that can undergo morphological changes and how they can be
used to study interplays among social, emotional, cognitive and
morphological development

EpiRob10 will accept submissions in two categories: long papers
(presenting more mature research ideas and results) or short abstracts
(presenting more preliminary / ongoing work).

Manuscripts submitted as long papers should have a maximum length of 8
pages using the usual EpiRob format (former SAB template modified for
A4 paper). Manuscripts submitted as abstracts should have a maximum
length of 2 pages using the usual EpiRob format.

The style files for LaTeX are available in zip format and in tar
format on the EpiRob10 website, where you can also find a Word style
file. All submissions must be in PDF format (A4 paper).

Accepted long papers will have oral presentations at the conference.
Accepted abstracts will be presented as posters. Authors of accepted
abstracts will also have the opportunity to make a brief oral
presentation during a Poster Spotlight session.

All submissions and camera-ready papers and abstracts should be sent
as email attachments in PDF format (only) to:
info at epigenetic-robotics.org


July 15, 2010: Papers and abstracts submission deadline.
September 7, 2010: Acceptance notification.
September 28, 2010: Camera-ready versions of accepted papers and
abstracts due in electronic format.
November 5-7, 2010: Conference dates.

EpiRob10 Committee

Dr. Birger Johansson	


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