[robotics-worldwide] Call For Extended Abstracts - 2nd International Conference on Morphological Computation (ICMC2011)

Hide SUMIOKA sumioka at ifi.uzh.ch
Fri Jan 28 07:05:24 PST 2011

Call For Extended Abstracts:
*ICMC 2011 - 2nd International Conference on Morphological Computation*
12-14 September 2011, Venice, Italy

Deadline for paper submission: April 15, 2011
Notification of paper acceptance: May 27, 2011

We would like to invite you to attend the 2nd International Conference 
on Morphological Computation ICMC2011. The conference will be broadly 
interdisciplinary, including discussions in the area of robotics, 
frameworks for computation (reservoir computing, neural networks, 
computation based on spatio-temporal dynamics), chemistry and molecular 
biology (micro-patterning with biological polymers, interacting 
self-assembled micro-structures), and material science (intelligent 
micro materials, complex physical materials, complex surface patterning).

One key goal of the conference is to help identify central concepts, 
i.e. morphological computation, that can unify various fields of 
research and provide new research frontiers. The last conference 
(ICMC2007) defined a process as being a computation if (1) we can 
identify relation between input and output systematically, (2) the 
process is programmable for the generation of different classes of 
non-trivial input-output mappings, and (3) it is useful for some 
specific purposes. Starting from this definition, the mission of 
ICMC2011 is to bring the leading researchers from wider range of 
research areas including several growing areas such as reservoir 
computing and soft robotics in order to address the formulation and 
development of a new paradigm for fully embodied computation. 
Participants will be able to identify key open questions and key 
principles that can be generalized to other contexts, obtaining overview 
of cutting-edge research in different fields.

List of topics:
- soft robotics
- self-assembly systems and molecular robotics
- self-assembly systems at all scales
- embodied robotics
- reservoir computing
- physical reservoir computing
- real neural systems
- systems medicine
- functional architecture
- organization / process management
- computation based on spatio-temporal dynamics
- information theoretical approach to embodiment
- mechatronics
- amorphous computing
- molecular computing

Submitted extended abstracts are limited to 3 pages formatted according 
to the template provided at the conference website, and must be 
electronically submitted through the web site.
All accepted abstracts through the review process will be presented in 
poster sessions, and will be published in the proceedings book.
Invited talks as well as some highly marked abstracts will be presented 
in single track oral sessions.
We will further provide the opportunity for selected abstracts to be 
published in the related special issue of Artificial Life 

Local Committee:
Rolf Pfeifer (University of Zurich)
Hidenobu Sumioka (University of Zurich)
Ruedi Fuchslin (University of Zurich)
Helmut Hauser (University of Zurich)
Kohei Nakajima (University of Zurich)
Shuhei Miyashita (Carnegie Mellon University)

Hidenobu Sumioka, Ph.D.
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Department of Informatics
University of Zurich
Andreasstrasse 15, AND 2.22
CH-8050 Zurich, Switzerland
sumioka at ifi.uzh.ch

Hidenobu Sumioka, Ph.D.
Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Department of Informatics
University of Zurich
Andreasstrasse 15, AND 2.22
CH-8050 Zurich, Switzerland
Tel. +41 44 635 44 09
WEB: http://ailab.ifi.uzh.ch/sumioka/

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