[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CFP Ro-Man 2014 Workshop on Developmental and bio-inspired approaches for memory and emotion modelling in cognitive robotics

Katrin Lohan katrin.lohan at googlemail.com
Fri May 2 04:33:51 PDT 2014

Workshop: Developmental and bio-inspired approaches for memory and emotion
modelling in cognitive robotics, RoMan 2014, Edinburgh, UK
Workshop: 25/08/2014
Submission deadline: 12/05/2014
Notification of acceptance: 28/05/2014
Website: http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/~kl360/Ro-Man2014W/

- Prof. João Filipe Ferreira 
 University of Coimbra 

- Dr. Matthias Rolf
 Osaka University


The aim of this workshop is to present recent research
conducted into the field of cognitive neuroscience and study
the harmonious relationship between memory and emotion
in social cognitive robots. Emotion plays an important part
in social interactions, and in order to correctly interact with
humans, robotic agents need to understand how emotions can
affect memory and vice versa.
We know that emotional states are important for young children
to learn positive lifelong abilities, such as anger management,
self-esteem, self-awareness, impulse control, empathy
and compassion. By using emotional stimuli, robotic
agents can develop their memory and grow to be more
socially acceptable. By being more socially acceptable, the
robotic agents will also be able to interact with their surroundings
far easier than before, not to mention interact with
their caregivers in a smile and understandable manner.
In cognitive neuroscience, we know that neural mechanisms
rely on different impulses from different areas of the brain,
i.e., emotional memories are created by interactions between
the Amygdala and the Hippocampal complex. By understanding
these mechanisms, we will be able to create new
models for memory storage in robotic agents.
Bearing these ideas in mind, a synchronic design between
biological neural mechanisms and robotic memory is crucial
in the advancement of socially acceptable robotic agents.
This workshop is intended for an audience from multiple
different disciplinary backgrounds and will attempt to provide
an equal exposure between observations, robotics and
computational neuroscience models.


 developmental robotics
 bio-inspired robotics
 memory modelling
 emotion modelling
 cognitive robotics

The workshop will consist of invited keynotes, time for discussions and will also feature a poster session.
Prospective participants are invited to submit full papers (6 pages) or short papers (2 pages). Submissions will be accepted in PDF format only, using the RoMan formatting guidelines and including author names. Authors should send their papers to RoMan2014workshop at gmail.com. All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Upon available time, selected contributions may have the opportunity to be presented in the oral session. The other selected contributions will be presented as posters during a dedicated session. 
Accepted publications will be published on our workshop web page. Depending on the overall quality of the contributions, we might consider proposing a Special Issue to journal in the near future.
Authors will have the option of opting out from including their reports in the website. Information on the opt-out option will be provided along with the acceptance notice for the papers.

Submission deadline: 12/05/2014
Notification of acceptance: 28/05/2014
25/08/2014, Workshop at RoMan 2014

- Ruby Valverde Ibanez 
 Heriot-Watt University 
- Katrin Solveig Lohan
 Heriot-Watt University
- Micael Couceiro 
 University of Coimbra
- Patricia Vargas 
 Heriot-Watt University 

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