[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Call For Participation: ICDL-EPIROB 2014 POETICON++ Symposium

Paschalis Veskos vespas at gmail.com
Mon Oct 6 05:09:57 PDT 2014

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Dear colleagues,

We cordially invite you to participate in the POETICON++ Symposium, an
afternoon satellite event of the ICDL-EPIROB 2014 conference, devoted
to Action Generalisation in Robotics.
We look forward to seeing you in Genoa!

The Poeticon++ Team


POETICON++ Symposium
ICDL-EPIROB 2014 - Satellite Event

Palazzo Ducale, 16 October, Genoa, Italy


Invited Talk:

Srini Narayanan (Berkeley, UCLA & Google Zurich)
"Combining conceptual and distributional semantics in a computational
model of figurative inference"

Panel Discussion:
"Action Generalization: What happens when Language, Perception and
Action join forces?"

Panel Members:
Y. Aloimonos (USMF)
G. Sandini (IIT)
L. Fadiga, (IIT)
K. Pastra, (CSRI / Athena R.C.)
A. Cangelosi (Plymouth University)
G. Metta (IIT)
J. Santos Viktor (Instituto Superior Técnico)

A system demonstration and poster session will follow.

Detailed programme at:


More information about the the POETICON++ project:

POETICON++, Robots need Language: A computational mechanism for
generalisation and generation of new behaviours in robots.

The POETICON++ project aims to develop a computational mechanism for
generalisation and creative generation of new behaviours and
perceptions in artificial agents through interaction in dynamic
real-life environments.

Handling novel situations beyond learned schemas or set behaviours is
still a quest in engineering cognitive and embodied systems. Simply
put, sensorimotor experiences in real world are non-finite and
therefore powerful generalisation mechanisms are necessary for any
agent to operate effectively in real-world environments. POETICON++
suggests that natural language can be used as a learning tool for:

(a) generalisation of learned behaviours and perceptual experiences, and
(b) generation of new behaviours and experiences (creativity).

This is a new approach to behaviour and perception generalisation for
artificial agents that capitalises on the use of a hierarchical and
generative symbolic system for ‘indexing’ (labelling) sensorimotor
experiences at different levels of abstraction. Motivated by
experimental findings on a common neurological basis between language,
perception and action (a common syntax), POETICON++ suggests the use
of natural language for generalisation and generation of sensorimotor
‘syntactic structures’.

POETICON++ views natural language as a necessary tool for endowing
artificial agents with generalisation and creativity in real world
environments. Building on results from the POETICON project, it brings
together an extended interdisciplinary group of experts for developing
the first ever computational mechanism that will use language as a
behaviour/experience generalisation tool.



Paschalis Veskos, PhD
Research Associate
Cognitive Systems Research Institute &
Institute for Language and Speech Processing
Athens, Greece

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