[robotics-worldwide] [journals] Special Issue JETAI on Cognitive Robotics 2nd CFP

Michael Spranger michael.spranger at gmail.com
Fri Nov 7 07:27:16 PST 2014

Call for Papers

Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence (JETAI)



Journal of Experimental and Theoretical Artificial Intelligence (JETAI) is an international journal published by Taylor & Francis. JETAI is advancing scientific research in artificial intelligence (AI) by providing a public forum for the presentation, evaluation and criticism of research results, the discussion of methodological issues, and the communication of positions, preliminary findings and research directions. JETAI features work in all subfields of AI research that adopts a scientific rather than engineering methodology, focusing on work in cognitive science, problem-solving, perception, learning, knowledge representation, memory and neural system modelling. All papers are peer-reviewed. (http://tinyurl.com/jetai)


For the past decade, robotics has mostly focused on low-level sensing and control tasks such as sensor fusion, path planning, and manipulator design and control. At the same time the field of Cognitive Robotics made significant progress in equipping robots and software agents with high-level cognitive functions such as reasoning over actions, goals, and environments, as well as behavior planning. Cognitive robots must, for example, be able to reason about goals, space, events, actions, time, when to perceive and what to look for, the cognitive states of other agents, (collaborative) task execution, etc.

This special issue attempts to showcase the state-of-the-art and the growing body of work reuniting AI, in particular knowledge representation and reasoning, and robotics. The special issue emphasizes and solicits research papers concerned with foundational research questions on Cognitive Robotics, as well as robotic system design and robotic applications that utilize and integrate AI methods. We encourage in particular papers that make a direct connection between robotics and AI and show added value for at least one of the fields and ideally for both. Methods and perspectives at the interface of AI and cognitive science, and computational cognitive systems are also welcome.

Key topics of interests include:

- knowledge representation and reasoning,
- commonsense reasoning
- reasoning about space, actions, and change
- spatial representation and reasoning, geometric and qualitative spatial reasoning
- abductive reasoning, epistemic reasoning, belief revision
- reasoning under uncertainty, combination of logical and probabilistic reasoning
- mental model based theories of thinking and reasoning
- planning, motion planning, path planning
- behavior planning, scheduling
- execution monitoring, replanning, plan repairs, diagnostic reasoning
- cooperative decision-making, multi-agent/multi-robot systems, cloud robotics
- perception, cognitive vision, integration of vision and reasoning
- human-robot interaction, natural language understanding
- symbol grounding, language ontologies
- computational models of narrative, multi-modal communication
- learning, plan recognition, activity recognition, skill learning
- game AI for robotics


Mehul Bhatt (University of Bremen, Germany)
Esra Erdem (Sabanci University, Turkey)
Fredrik Heintz (Linköping University, Sweden)
Michael Spranger (SONY CSL, Japan)


Wolfram Burgard (University of Freiburg, Germany)
Anthony Cohn (University of Leeds, United Kingdom)
Hector J. Levesque (University of Toronto, Canada)
Gerhard Lakemeyer (RWTH Aachen University, Germany)
Bernhard Nebel (University of Freiburg, Germany)
Luc Steels (Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium)


- First submission                            end of November 2014
- Notification of the 1st round          end of January 2014
- Re-submission (select)                 end of March 2015
- Final notification                            end of April 2015
- Camera ready                               end of May 2015


Before the first submission, authors are expected to send their expressions of interest to

Mehul Bhatt < bhatt at informatik.uni-bremen.de >

(subject line: “JETAI SI CogRob”)

Manuscripts should be at most 20 pages (excluding references), formatted in the standard JETAI format. See the Instructions for Authors at the journal’s webpage (http://www.tandfonline.com/teta). Authors are encouraged to submit supplementary material (e.g., animations, movies, proofs). All submissions should be submitted through the journal’s ScholarOne submissions webpage (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/teta). Please ensure you select the appropriate assigned Special Issue: “Cognitive Robotics”.

For questions or comments, please email any or all of:

Mehul Bhatt             bhatt at informatik.uni-bremen.de
Esra Erdem             esraerdem at sabanciuniv.edu
Fredrik Heintz          fredrik.heintz at liu.se
Michael Spranger    michael.spranger at gmail.com

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