[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] [Cfp - IROS 2015 Workshop] Learning Object Affordances: a fundamental step to allow prediction, planning and tool use?

Lorenzo Jamone lorenzojamone at gmail.com
Tue Jun 30 07:31:55 PDT 2015

*Call for Papers*

*"Learning Object Affordances: *

*a fundamental step to allow prediction, planning and tool use?" *

*Full-day workshop at IEEE/RSJ IROS 2015*

*(International Conference on Intelligent Robot and Systems)*

*September 28, 2015. Hamburg, Germany.*


We invite you to submit your contribution to "Learning Object Affordances:
a fundamental step to allow prediction, planning and tool use?", a full-day
workshop at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robot and
Systems (IROS 2015), to be held in Hamburg, Germany, on September 28, 2015.
Check the call details here:

*Important Dates*

• Submission deadline:* July 31, 2015*

• Notification of acceptance:* August 17, 2015 *

• Workshop:* September 28, 2015*

Autonomous robots need motor cognition to perform complex tasks efficiently
in real-world environments: this means not only the acquisition of specific
motor skills, but also the ability to handle novel situations beyond
learned schemas, to generalise what is learned to unexpected scenarios.
Human infants learn through exploration the consequences of their actions
over the objects they play with (i.e. the objects affordances). This is
progressively extended to the interaction among different objects,
eventually leading to the discovery of tool use and to the emergence of
prediction and planning capabilities, that are exploited to solve complex
tasks through powerful generalisation mechanisms. Interestingly, other
animals show similar cognitive capabilities (e.g. primates, crows).
Inspired by these observations, roboticists have been working on
computational models for learning object affordances and tool use, that can
be employed for prediction and planning, thus enhancing robot autonomy.
The goal of this workshop is to depict the current state of the art
concerning the development of such models in humanoid robots, and to sketch
the main challenges and future directions. We foster a multi-disciplinary
discussion, which aims at understanding how the collaboration between
roboticists with different backgrounds (e.g. developmental robotics,
artificial intelligence, control theory) and researchers from life sciences
(e.g. psychology, neuroscience, linguistics) can improve both the abilities
of autonomous robots and our knowledge of the human brain.

Learning of affordances in humans and primates
Development of motor cognition in human infants
Emergence of tool use in animals
Ecological approaches to perception and motor cognition
Computational models of object affordances
Grasp affordances
Learning affordances through self-exploration in humanoid robots
Multi-modal affordances
Multi-objects and relational affordances
Tool use in robots
Probabilistic planning
Natural and artificial visual perception
Dynamics and control aspects of motor cognition and affordance learning

*Call for Contributions*
[More details here:
Prospective participants are required to *submit an extended abstract
(maximum 2 pages in length), optionally accompanied by a small video*.
Accepted contributions will be presented during the workshop as posters.
Submissions must be in pdf, following the IEEE conference style
(two-columns), to ljamone at isr.ist.utl.pt, indicating [IROS 2015 Workshop]
in the subject. Moreover, we are considering to propose a *Special Issue*
to the *IEEE Transactions on Autonomous Mental Development*, in which
extended versions of the submitted manuscripts (about 8-10 pages) will be

*Workshop Organizers*
Dr. Lorenzo Jamone
Dr. Emre Ugur
Prof. Angelo Cangelosi
Prof. José Santos-Victor

Email: ljamone at isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt
Phone: +351218418299


Lorenzo Jamone - Research Associate
ljamone at isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt <Tecnicojasv at isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt>

VisLab - http://vislab.isr.ist.utl.pt
Instituto Superior Técnico - http://tecnico.ulisboa.pt/

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