[Comp-neuro] 3rd Symposium on Language and Robots LANGRO'2009 (second call) - special session on : neurons and language? -

R.B Benosman ryad.benosman at upmc.fr
Tue Jun 16 14:41:05 CEST 2009

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3rd Symposium on Language and Robots - LANGRO'2009
September 9-11, Paris, France

Aims and Scope and Topics
This symposium, organized by the Distributed Language Group (DLG),
aims to explore synergies and identify areas of collaboration between
robotics and the language sciences. As starting point for the
discussions, a perspective is proposed in which language is seen as a
dynamic and distributed cognitive process. This edition will also
enquire into and discuss links between language and neurons and the
possible existence of a "neural theory of language" that can be
applied to intelligent biorobotics.
The origins, evolution and acquisition of language and its role in
human societies have long been studied by philosophers, linguists,
psychologists, neuroscientists and cognitive scientists. In recent
years, a distributed view of cognition and language has emerged.
Control of embodied action is seen as an emergent property of a
distributed system composed of brain, body and environment.  Language
ceases to be a formal underlying system and, instead, becomes a
heterogeneous set of culturally distributed processes. As a
representation, language is a cultural product, perpetually open-
ended and incomplete, and partly ambiguous. Language acquisition and
evolution involve not only internal, but also cultural, social and
affective processes.
In this context, many research questions open up: How does language
transform human cognitive processes? How is language grounded in
perception and action? In what ways does human phenomenology depend on
linguistic experience? Can a distributed perspective on language
clarify the nature of silent rehearsal (internal thought processes)?
How does this relate to consciousness? How is language used to achieve
joint experience? What is the embodied basis of cognition and social

While the language sciences have, until now, focused on language in
human societies, the robotics and artificial intelligence communities
are becoming increasingly active in developing user-friendly robots.
These machines are flexible, adaptable and easy to command and
instruct. As artificial agents, they need to cognitively interpret
perception and action, accumulate and manipulate semantic information
for decision-making and interact with human subjects using natural

The symposium will explore the following issues:

* How can robots ground and use language for practical applications?
* How can robots be used for empirical work in the language sciences?
* How can robots engage with distributed language ?
* What does robotics imply for the language sciences?
* What questions do roboticists want to ask the language sciences?
* How can the language sciences contribute to the theoretical and
practical study of how humans interact with robots?
* How can the language sciences evolve to address societies that
include robots?

With the growth of research in neuroscience, questions on the
following issues are especially welcome:

* Can a neural theory of language exist? If so, what would it look
like? If not, how can linguistics be linked with neuroscience?
* What is the possible basis of neural semantics? How can that connect
to the interaction-based/distributed perspective on language?
* How can the neuroscience of language inspire new developments in
robotics robots?

We invite papers that address these questions. To encourage
interaction, we welcome speakers from a wide range of disciplines and

Keynote speackers
we have the following confirmed keynote speakers:

Bob Port, Indiana University, USA
Tom Ziemke, University of Skövde, Sweden
Simon Thorpe, Centre de Recherche Cerveau et Cognition, France
René Doursat, Institut des Systèmes complexes, France
Jean Pierre ROLL, Departement of Neurosciences, Marseille, France

Symposium format.
The symposium will be a 3 days event that gathers researchers from a
wide range of backgrounds. The symposium format includes a number of
Invited Speakers and a public call for papers. After the symposium,
participants will be invited to submit a paper to a special issue of
the journal "Adaptive Behavior".

Important Dates
Deadline for paper submission EXTENDED:     June 31, 2009
Notification of paper acceptance:  July 28, 2009
Deadline for final versions:       August 15, 2009
Conference dates:                  September 9-11, 2009

Submission and Reviewing Process
Authors are invited to submit either an abstract or a full-length paper.
Full papers can have a length of between 6 and 10 pages, abstracts can
have a maximum length of 2 pages.
Submitted abstracts and papers will be refereed and selected for half-
hour oral presentations on the basis of quality and relevance to the
issues the symposium is addressing.
Submission should be sent to langro2009 (at isir.fr) in either MS Word
or Adobe PDF format.
All papers will be reviewed by, at least, three members of the

Accepted papers will be included in the proceedings and will be made
accessible through the web. Copies of the proceedings will be
available at the symposium.
Papers of higher quality will be selected for publication in the
special issue of Adaptive Behaviour Journal
published by SAGE Publicatiion.

Ryad Benosman, ryad.benosman at upmc.fr (University Pierre and Marie Curie)
Remi Van Trijp, remi at csl.sony.fr, 5, (SONY CSL)
Sio-Hoi Ieng, sio-hoi.ieng at upmc.fr, (University Pierre and Marie Curie)
Angelo Arleo, angelo.arleo at upmc.fr, (University Pierre and Marie Curie)

Program Committee
Luis Seabra Lopes, (Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal)
Tony Belpaeme, (University of Plymouth, United Kingdom)
Stephen Cowley, (University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom)
Michael L. Anderson, (University of Maryland)
Luc Steels, (SONY CSL)
Ryad Benosman, (University Pierre and Marie Curie)
Remi Van Trijp, (SONY CSL)
Sio-Hoi Ieng, (University Pierre and Marie Curie)
Angelo Arleo,  (University Pierre and Marie Curie)

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