[Comp-neuro] CfP: Intl. Workshop on Attention in Cognitive Systems - WAPCV 2008

Paletta, Lucas lucas.paletta at joanneum.at
Thu Oct 25 13:37:09 CEST 2007


                CALL FOR PAPERS 


         5th International Workshop on 


                  WAPCV 2008


          May 12, 2008, Santorini, Greece



 associated with ICVS 2008 http://icvs2008.info/




The capacity to attend to the relevant has been part of AI systems since the early days of the discipline. Currently, with respect to the design and computational modeling of artificial cognitive systems, selective attention has again become a focus of research, and one sees it important for the organization of behaviors, for control and interfacing between sensory and cognitive information processing, and for the understanding of individual and social cognition in humanoid artifacts. 


While visual cognition obviously plays a central role in human perception, findings from neuroscience and cognitive psychology have informed us on the perception-action nature of cognition. In particular, the embodiment in sensory-motor intelligence requires a continuous spatio-temporal interplay between interpretations from various perceptual modalities and the corresponding control of motor activities. In addition, the process of selecting information from the incoming sensory stream, in tune with contextual processing on a current task and global goals, becomes a challenging control issue within the viewpoint of focused attention. Seemingly attention systems must operate at many levels and not only at interfaces between a bottom-up driven world interpretation and top-down driven information selection. One may consider selective attention as part of the core of artificial cognitive systems. These insights have already produced paradigmatic changes in several AI-related disciplines, such as, in the design of behavior based robotics and the computational modeling of animats. 


Within the context of the engineering domain, the development of enabling technologies such as autonomous robotic systems, miniaturized mobile - even wearable - sensors, and ambient intelligence systems involves the real-time analysis of enormous quantities of data. These data have to be processed in an intelligent way to provide "on time delivery" of the required relevant information. Knowledge has to be applied about what needs to be attended to, and when, and what to do in a meaningful sequence, in correspondence with visual feedback.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:


** Techniques, modelling, and concepts:


Computational architectures for attention

Biologically inspired attention 

Attentive control of robot systems

Aspects of attention in cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy

Attention and control of machine vision processes

Attention in object recognition and detection

Attention and contextual modelling

Attention in multimodal information fusion

Attention in affordance perception

Performance measures for attention enabled artificial systems

Machine learning and feature selection in robot perception

Decision making and attention

Robust statistical techniques for attention

Perceptual organisation

Evolutionary aspects of attention


** Application related topics of interest:


Attentive multimodal interfaces

Attentive robotic systems

Autonomous intelligent systems

Mobile Mapping systems

Video surveillance

Video and image retrieval

Industrial inspection

Remote sensing

Medical computer vision

Usability research




Full paper submission:         December  15, 2007

Notification of acceptance:      January 20, 2008

Final paper submission:         February 15, 2008 

Workshop day:                       May  12, 2008




Lucas Paletta, Joanneum Research, Austria 

John K. Tsotsos, York University, Canada




Leonardo Chelazzi, Univ. Verona, Italy

Simone Frintrop, Univ. Bonn, Germany

Fred Hamker, Univ. Muenster, Germany

Dietmar Heinke, Univ. of Birmingham, UK

Laurent Itti, Univ. Southern California, USA

Christof Koch, CalTech, USA

Eileen Kowler, Rutgers University, USA

Michael Lindenbaum, Technion, Israel

Larry Manevitz, Univ. Haifa, Israel

Bärbel Mertsching, Univ. Paderborn, Germany

Giorgio Metta, Univ. Genoa, Italy

Vidhya Navalpakkam, Univ. Southern California, USA

Aude Oliva, MIT, USA

Kevin O'Regan, Université Paris 5, France

Marc Pomplun, Univ. Massachusetts Boston, USA

Ronald A. Rensink, Univ. British Columbia, Canada

Erich Rome, Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany

John G. Taylor, King's College London, UK

Jochen Triesch, Frankfurt Inst. Advanced Studies, Germany

Chen Yu, Univ. Indiana, USA

Tom Ziemke, Univ. Skövde, Sweden

(this list will probably be extended)


INVITED TALKS - to be announced




Publication of the proceedings will be in LNCS/LNAI Springer format. Submitted papers should not exceed 14 pages in Springer format. Appropriate style files can be downloaded from http://www.springer.com/dal/home/computer/lncs (please consult instruction for authors of Springer proceedings). The organizers expect submissions in PDF format. We will perform double-blind reviews, i.e., author information must be hidden in the paper: blank author fields, no acknowledgment information, own papers should be cited only if mandatory. We will link on the homepage to electronic paper submission from 15 November 2007. Papers will be considered for review that have also been submitted to the main ICVS conference. Double submission must be indicated by authors, and the workshop organizer must be given a copy of the IJCAI reviews. In case we receive a reasonable number of high quality contributions we will consider the organization of a poster session to inform - in addition to the about all related ongoing activities in this field.




Accepted contributions will be provided on CD-ROM as hand-outs to participants at the workshop site. 


It is intended to publish post-conference proceedings of selected, revised and invited papers of the workshop in Springer LNAI - see LNCS 3368 about WAPCV 2004; LNAI 4840 about WAPCV 2007 in print. 




WAPCV 2007, Hyderabad, India (IJCAI) - http://dib.joanneum.at/wapcv2007 

WAPCV 2005, San Diego, USA (CVPR) - http://dib.joanneum.at/wapcv2005  

WAPCV 2004, Prague, Czech Republic (ECCV) - http://dib.joanneum.at/wapcv2004 

WAPCV 2003, Graz, Austria (ICVS) - http://dib.joanneum.at/wapcv2003 




Dr. Lucas Paletta 

JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH

Institute of Digital Image Processing

Wastiangasse 6, 8010 Graz, Austria

Phone: +43 (316) 876 1769

Fax: +43 (316) 876 91769

E-mail: lucas.paletta at joanneum.at

Web: http://dib.joanneum.at/cape


Prof. John K. Tsotsos

Department. of Computer Science & Engineering

York University

4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ont. M3J 1P3, Canada

Phone: +1 416-736-2100 - 70135

Fax: +1 416-736-5872

Email: tsotsos.cse at yorku.ca

Web: http://www.cse.yorku.ca/~tsotsos/


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