[robotics-worldwide] [journals] CFP: Robotics and Autonomous Systems Journal - Special Issue on Robotics and Creativity

Antonio Chella antonio.chella at unipa.it
Mon Jun 8 09:30:47 PDT 2015

CFP - Apologies for multiple copies

Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) Journal - Elsevier
Special Issue on Robotics and Creativity

Creativity has been proposed as a cornerstone of cognition and a hallmark of human behaviour. The concept is hard to define and delineate against the background of discussions on such diverse notions such as intelligence and variety in behaviour and art. Computational creativity has been a growing field in recent years with machines creating visual art, music, poetry, narratives, games and even cooking recipes. At the same time, researchers in the field advance the understanding of the notion of creativity and its role in cognition and human-like intelligence. 

In robotics research on social and edutainment robotics, solutions are being sought for robots to produce appropriate behaviours in contact with humans in face-to-face interaction. This requires a certain amount of flexibility in their repertoire. Robots are meant to navigate in unknown environments, engage in (possibly) open-ended dialogue with humans and be entertaining in certain contexts. All of these are just a few examples of tasks in which creative behaviour would be useful. Most importantly, contrary to software systems, robots offer real embodiment and situatedness, which are main ingredients for artistic creations. 

Examples of new kinds of performing machines have been proposed in the recent past. These include, among others, robots creating visual art, playing musical instruments, dancing, performing in theatrical plays, presenting poetry and baking pizzas. All of these tasks would be ascribed a certain degree of creativity or an understanding of creative processes if performed by a human. A definition of the concept of computational creativity has been advanced in recent years and hence foundations have been laid to discuss this within the context of robotics. This is a timely topic as applications fields of such creative technologies are becoming commercially viable in several areas but particularly entertainment robotics.

On the one side, the objective of the special issue will be to assess whether presently robots may be creative to a certain extent, whether they should be and how to make them more creative. On the other side, robotics can also serve as a novel tool to exploit creativity in artists.

List of Topics
We encourage authors to submit original work on robotics and creativity. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
a) performing and artistic robots; 
b) human-robot interaction in arts; 
c) sensors and actuators in creative robotics;
d) cognition and creativity in robots; 
e) learning and problem solving in creative robots;
f) theoretical issues related to robotics and creativity.

Submission Guidelines
Submissions to the special issue must include original research. Papers must be original and have not been published or submitted to other journals.
Authors should prepare their manuscript according to the Guide for Authors available from the online submission page of the Robotics and Autonomous Systems at http://ees.elsevier.com/robot/. Authors must select "SI: Robotics and Creativity" when they reach the "Article Type" step in the submission process. All papers will be peer-reviewed following the Robotics and Autonomous Systems reviewing procedures.

Important Dates
Submission open April 1, 2015
Deadline for paper submission June 30, 2015
Notification of acceptance      March 31, 2016
Publication date June, 2016

Guest Editors
Sascha Griffiths
Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
sascha.griffiths at qmul.ac.uk

Antonio Chella
University of Palermo, Italy
antonio.chella at unipa.it

Geraint A. Wiggins
Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
geraint.wiggins at qmul.ac.uk


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