[robotics-worldwide] CfP: AGI 2013 Special Session on Cognitive Robotics

Fulvio Mastrogiovanni fulvio.mastrogiovanni at unige.it
Mon Feb 18 01:40:19 PST 2013

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Call for Papers

The AGI 2013 Special Session on Cognitive Robotics

Cognitive Robotics: Joint Perception, Representation, Action and Learning

co-located with the 6th Conference on Artificial General Intelligence (AGI 2013)

** Motivation

Robot intelligence is a property of complex robot systems which interact with
real-world environments (including robots themselves). As we expect robots to
leave safe lab settings and venture into the real-world to take part to our
everyday life, either at home or in public spaces, the concept of Artificial
Intelligence as a separable and somewhat peculiar part of robot architectures
shows its intrinsic limitations.

The stress on joint perception, representation, action and learning as a theme
for this special session is motivated by introducing novel Artificial General
Intelligence principles and methods at various levels of robot architectures,
with respect to both hardware and software components. It is apparent that, in
order to cope with the plethora of situations, events, objects, places and
humans the world is full of, robot intelligence "as it is" is rather

This motivates a broad set of activities to enforce the use of Artificial
General Intelligence techniques in Robotics, involving such different - yet
intertwined - research areas as multi-modal perception, learning,
representation and reasoning.

** Proceedings

Proceedings of this event will be part of the main AGI-13 proceedings.

** Topics

The special session will be part of the 6th Conference on Artificial General
Intelligence, Beijing, China, August 2013. The special session organizers
warmly invite you to submit articles as well as proposals for demonstrations.
The deadline for paper submission is the same of the main AGI 2013 conference,
i.e., March 1, 2013. Articles should describe novel work at the intersection
between Robotics, cognition and Artificial General Intelligence. Topics
include, but are not limited to:

- Robot perception and cognition
- Multi-modal perception
- Robot learning frameworks
- Novel learning approaches
- Knowledge representation
- Robot knowledge bootstrapping
- Epigenetic approaches to build robot minds
- Reasoning
- Artificial consciousness
- Relationships between robot morphology and robot mind
- Novel cognitive architectures
- Novel concepts in Human-Robot interaction
- Relationships between AGI and speech in robots
- SW architectures supporting AGI in robots

All the submissions will undergo a single-blind peer-review process. All the
manuscripts will be reviewed by at least two reviewers, who will be selected
among the organizers and the members of the program committee. The authors will
be notified whether their contributions are accepted or not by April 20, 2013.
Camera-ready versions of accepted papers are due on May 15, 2013.

** Author Instructions

Papers should be formatted conforming to Springer LNAI series template, which
can be found at


for both LaTeX and Word. In particular, perspective authors should use the "LNCS
Proceedings and Other Multi-author Volumes" template. Papers must be written in
English and submitted in PDF format. Two types of submissions are possible: (i)
full papers (up to 10 pages), describing original research in the areas above
and (ii) technical communications (up to 4 pages), including preliminary
results, ideas, commentary and position papers.

** Submission

All the papers in PDF format have to be submitted by sending an e-mail to Fulvio
Mastrogiovanni at

fulvio.mastrogiovanni at unige.it.

In case the first author of the submission is a student, this should be clearly
stated in the submission e-mail, in order for the paper to be considered for
the Best Student Paper prize. Furthermore, since AGI 2013 will include also a
Demonstration session, papers with an accompanied demonstration are
particularly welcome.

** Key Dates

March 1 2013: Full paper submission
April 20, 2013: Acceptance notification
May 15, 2013: Submission deadline of camera-ready version
July 31 -- August 3, 2013: Conference

** Special Session Organizers

Nak Young Chong, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
David Hanson, Hanson Robotics, USA
Fulvio Mastrogiovanni, University of Genoa, Italy
Il Hong Suh, Hanyang University, South Korea

** Contact

For further inquiries, please e-mail Fulvio Mastrogiovanni at

fulvio.mastrogiovanni at unige.it

Fulvio Mastrogiovanni

Assistant Professor
Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics and Systems Engineering
University of Genoa, Italy
(currently at the Institute of Anthropomatics, Karlsruhe Institute of
Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany)

EU Program Chair for IEEE RO-MAN 2013
Program Chair for URAI 2013
EU Regional Editor for the Journal of Intelligent Service Robotics

Homepage: http://www.laboratorium.dist.unige.it/~fulvio/
Phone: (0039) 0103532324

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