[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] CfP: 1st International Workshop on Computational Models of Affordance for Robotics (IWCMAR) at R:SS 2018

Philipp Zech philipp.zech at uibk.ac.at
Wed Mar 28 13:03:50 PDT 2018

*Apologies for cross posting*


1st International Workshop on Computational Models of Affordance for 
Robotics at R:SS 2018

Submission deadline: May 20th, 2018

Gibson's theory of affordance, in its adherence to bottom-up direct 
perception, is antithetical to the top-down inferential models often 
proposed by modern robotics research purporting to tackle it. Such 
research assumes internal representation to be sacrosanct, but given 
current developments, to what extent can this assumption now be 
reexamined? The recently proposed sensorimotor contingency theory 
furthers the theoretical argument that internal representation is 
unnecessary, and its proof-of-concept application in robotics as well as 
the subsequent explosion in deep learning methodology sheds new light on 
the possibility of equipping robots with the capacity for directly 
perceiving their environments by exploiting correlated changes in their 
sensory inputs triggered by executing specific motor programs. This
reexamination of direct perception is only one of several issues 
warranting scrutiny in current robotic affordance research. The aim of 
this workshop is therefore twofold.

Firstly, we will provide an overview of the state-of-the-art in 
affordance research and dissect open research challenges yielded 
thereof. Our speakers from ecological and perceptual psychology will be 
encouraged to ground these issues in human perceptual development and 
elaborate on their importance for robotics.

Secondly, we will encourage our speakers to debate whether computational 
models of affordance can potentially be advanced by adopting approaches 
that are more congruent with Gibson's original conception of direct 
perception. The question of whether the deep hierarchical models of the 
zeitgeist constitute a bridge between direct perception and internal 
representation provides a new vista in this interpretation of visual 
perception, and one which we aim to thoroughly explore.


Justus Piater
Rod Grupen
Yukie Nagai
Yiannis Aloimonos
Stefanie Tellex

Participants are required to submit a contribution in one of the categories:
   A) Extended abstract (maximum 2 pages in length)
   B) Full paper (maximum 8 pages in length)

All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be presented 
during the workshop in a poster session. Outstanding papers will be 
presented as oral spotlight talks and invited to submit an extended 
version to a special issue of Adaptive Behavior on "Computational Models 
of Affordance for Robotics", a journal published by SAGE. The review 
process for the journal is independent from the review for this workshop.

We invite contributions in the following topics that are
indicative but by no means exhaustive:
- Affordance learning
- Multimodal affordance learning
- Affordance perception and vision for affordances
- Perceptual learning and development
- Babbling and exploration
- Language and affordances
- Learning from observation and mirroring
- Self-organization of knowledge
- Deep learning of affordances
- Bayesian learning of affordances
- Concept learning
- Symbol emergence
- Symbol grounding
- Sensorimotor contingency theory
- Behavior affording behavior
- Actions and functions in object perception
- Brain-body-environment systems
- Agent-environment systems
- Selective attention
- Self-supervised learning
- Sensing physical properties
- Ecologically intuitive physics

Submission of papers:          20.5.2018 (11:59:00 PT)
Notification of acceptance:    3.6.2018
Workshop:                      29.or 30.6.2018

* Philipp Zech, University of Innsbruck, Austria
* Barry Ridge, Jožef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
* Emre Ugur, Bogazici University, Turkey

- Submissions must be in PDF following the R:SS two-column style 
available at


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Philipp Zech,
University of Innsbruck, Austria
philipp.zech at uibk.ac.at

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