[Comp-neuro] CFP: Epigenetic Robotics 2006

Pierre-Yves Oudeyer py at csl.sony.fr
Mon Mar 20 18:07:08 CET 2006


2nd Call for Papers: Epigenetic Robotics 2006, 20-22 September 2006, 
Paris, France

Sixth International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics:
Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems
website: http://www.epigenetic-robotics.org 
<http://www.epigenetic-robotics.org/>
contact information: epirob06 at csl.sony.fr <mailto:epirob06 at csl.sony.fr>

Location: Hopital de la Salpêtrière, Paris, France

Submission Deadline: April 3rd, 2006


In the past 5 years, the Epigenetic Robotics annual workshop has 
established itself as a unique place where original research combining 
developmental sciences, neuroscience, biology, and cognitive robotics 
and artificial intelligence is being presented.

Epigenetic systems, either natural or artificial, share a prolonged 
developmental process through which varied and complex cognitive and 
perceptual structures emerge as a result of the interaction of an 
embodied system with a physical and social environment.

Epigenetic robotics includes the two-fold goal of understanding 
biological systems by the interdisciplinary integration between social 
and engineering sciences and, simultaneously, that of enabling robots 
and artificial systems to develop skills for any particular environment 
instead of programming them for solving particular goals for the 
environment in which they happen to reside.

Psychological theory and empirical evidence is being used to inform 
epigenetic robotic models, and these models should be used as 
theoretical tools to make experimental predictions in  developmental 
psychology.

This year we particularly encourage research resulting from actual 
interdisciplinary collaboration.

Epigenetic Robotics themes include, but are not limited to:

 

* The development of: emotion, imitation, synchrony processing, 
intersubjectivity, joint attention, intentionality, non-verbal and 
verbal communication, sensorimotor schemata, shared meaning and symbolic 
reference, social learning, social relationships, social cognition
("mind reading", "theory of mind");
* The scope and limits of maturation, the mechanisms of open-ended 
development;
* The mechanisms of stage formation and stage transitions;
* The epistemological foundations of using robots to study development;
* The role of motivations, emotions, and value systems in development;
* Interaction between innate structure, ongoing developing structure, 
and experience;
* The interplay between embodiment, learning biases and environment;
* The differences between learning and development;
* Algorithms for self-supervision, autonomous exploration, 
representation making, and methods for evolving new representations 
during ontogeny;
* Robots that can undergo morphological changes and how they can be used 
to study the interplay between cognitive and morphological development;

  

Keynote speakers 2006

Karen Adolph (Psychology Dpt, New York University, USA)

Andrew Barto (Computer Science Dpt, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 
USA)

Philippe Rochat (Psychology Dpt, University of Emory, USA)

Gregor Schoener (Institut für Neuroinformatik, Ruhr-Universität-Bochum, 
Germany)

Bruno Wicker (Institut de Neurosciences Cognitives de la Mediterranée, 
France)


Important Dates

April 3rd, 2006:  Deadline for submission of papers and posters
May 15th, 2006: Notification of acceptance for papers and posters
July 17th, 2006:  Deadline for camera ready-papers & posters
September 20-22, 2006:  Epirob 2006

 

Modes of submission

(1) Regular Submission (8-page max). After review, regular submission 
will either be accepted or rejected (No revision as short papers or posters)

 

(2) Abstract Submission where authors submit one-page abstract. After 
the review, selected authors will be invited to present a poster. 
Posters will be allocated 1 or 2 pages in the Proceedings.

Submission instructions will be available from the EpiRob 
website: http://www.epigenetic-robotics.org 
<http://www.epigenetic-robotics.org/>


Tutorials


Two tutorials will be organized during the conference

- "Featural processing of auditory and visual inputs for epigenetic robots "
Christian Balkenius & Christopher G. Prince

- "Development of imitation and emotion in human and robots: cross 
fertilization of research"
Organized by Philippe Gaussier and Jacqueline Nadel



Related Events

On September 19, a day before EpiRob 2006 , an international symposium 
on autism will be organized at the Hopital La Salpétrière
>From September, 25 to September, 30, the week just after EpiRob 2006, 
The Ninth International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive 
Behavior (SAB'06) (SAB'06) will be organized in Rome (http://www.sab06.org/)

 


Organizing Committee 2006

Christian Balkenius (Cognitive Science, Lund University, Sweden)

Luc Berthouze (Neuroscience Research Institute, AIST, Japan)

Philippe Gaussier (Neurocybernetics team, ETIS CNRS, Cergy Pontoise 
University,  France)

Frédéric Kaplan (Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris, France)

Hideki Kozima (National Institute of Information and Communications 
Technology, Japan)

Jacqueline Nadel (Hopital de la Salpêtrière, CNRS, France)

Pierre-Yves Oudeyer (Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris, France)

Christopher G. Prince (Computer Science Dpt, University of Minnesota 
Duluth, USA)

Arnaud Revel (Neurocybernetics team, ETIS CNRS, ENSEA,  France)

 

Program Committee 2006

Pierre Andry (Neurocybernetics team, ETIS CNRS, Cergy Pontoise 
University,  France)

Minoru Asada (Dpt of Mechanical Engineering, Osaka University, Japan)

Christian Balkenius (Cognitive Science, Lund University, Sweden)

Douglas Bank (Computer Science Dpt, Bryn Mawr College, USA)

Alexander Bernardino (Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisboa, Portugal)

Luc Berthouze (Neuroscience Research Institute, AIST, Japan)

Nadia Berthouze (Computer Science Dpt, Aizu University, Japan)

Mark H. Bickhard (Psychology Dpt, Lehigh University)

Aude Billard (Autonomous Systems Lab, EPFL, Switzerland)

Lola Canamero (Adaptive Systems Research Group, University of 
Hertfordshire, UK)

Robert Clowes (Center for Research in Cognitive Science, University of 
Sussex, UK)

Kerstin Dautenhahn (Adaptive Systems Research Group, University of 
Hertfordshire, UK)

Yiannis Demiris (Intelligent and Interactive Systems, Imperial College, UK)

Luciano Fadiga (University of Ferrara, Italy)

Simone Fiori (Faculty of Engineering, Perugia University, Italy)

Paul Fitzpatrick (CSAIL, MIT, USA)

Philippe Gaussier (Neurocybernetics team, ETIS CNRS, Cergy Pontoise 
University,  France)

Lakshmi Gogate (SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, USA)

George Hollich (Infant Language Lab, Purdue University, USA)

Frédéric Kaplan (Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris, France)

Annette Karmiloff-Smith (Institute of Child Health, UC London, UK)

Benjamin Kuipers (Computer Science Dpt, University of Texas, USA)

Hideki Kozima (National Institute of Information and Communications 
Technology, Japan)

Max Lungarella (Dpt of Mechano-Informatic, University of Tokyo, Japan)

Yuval Marom (School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Monash 
University, Australia)

Lisa Meeden (Swarthmore college, USA)

Giorgio Metta (LIRA-Lab, Genoa, Italy)

Jacqueline Nadel (Hopital de la Salpêtrière, CNRS, France)

Yukie Nagai (National Institute of Information and Communications 
Technology, Japan) 

Chrystopher Nehaniv (Adaptive Systems Research Group, University of 
Hertfordshire, UK)

Pierre-Yves Oudeyer (Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris, France)

Christopher G. Prince (Computer Science Dpt, University of Minnesota 
Duluth, USA)

Arnaud Revel (Neurocybernetics team, ETIS CNRS, ENSEA,  France)

Giulio Sandini (LIRA-Lab, Genoa, Italy)

Brian Scassellati (Computer Science Dpt, Yale University, USA)

Matthew Schlesinger (Psychology Dpt, Southern Illinois University, USA)

Sylvain Sirois (Psychology Dpt, Manchester University, UK)

Georgi Stojanov (Computer Science Institute, SS Cyril and Methodius 
University, Macedonia)

Gert Westermann (Psychology Dpt, Oxford Brookes University, UK)

Tom Ziemke (School of Humanities & Informatics, University of Skovde, 
Sweden)

For more information contact epirob06 at csl.sony.fr 
<mailto:epirob06 at csl.sony.fr>


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