[Comp-neuro] ICDL-EPIROB 2011: Call for Papers, Tutorials, Special Sessions

Yukie Nagai yukie at ams.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp
Thu Feb 3 07:38:30 CET 2011

Call for Papers - Call for Tutorials and Special Sessions


Frankfurt am Main, Germany
August 24-27, 2011

Conference description
The past decade has seen the emergence of a new scientific field that 
studies how intelligent biological and artificial systems develop 
sensorimotor, cognitive and social abilities, over extended periods of 
time, through dynamic interactions of their brain and body with their 
physical and social environments. This field lies at the intersection of 
a number of scientific and engineering disciplines including 
Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, Developmental Linguistics, 
Cognitive Science, Computational Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence, 
Machine Learning, Robotics, and Philosophy. Various terms have been 
associated with this new field such as Autonomous Mental Development, 
Epigenetic Robotics, Developmental Robotics, etc., and several 
scientific meetings have been  stablished. The two most prominent 
conferences of this field, the International Conference on Development 
and Learning (ICDL) and the International Conference on Epigenetic 
Robotics (EpiRob), are now joining forces and invite submissions for a 
joint meeting in 2011, to explore and extend the interdisciplinary 
boundaries of this field.

Keynote speakers
Andrew Barto, University of Massachusetts Amherst,
Jean Mandler (overview talk), University of California, San Diego
Erin Schuman, Max Planck Insitute for Brain Research, Framkfurt am Main
Michael Tomasello, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, 

Call for papers
We invite submissions for this exciting window into the future of 
developmental sciences. Submissions which establish novel links between 
brain, behavior and computation are particularly encouraged.

Topics of interest include - but are not limited to:
- The development and emergence of perceptual, motor, cognitive, 
emotional, social, and communicational skills in biological systems and 
- General principles of development and learning
- Neural and behavioral plasticity
- Grounding of knowledge and development of representations
- Biologically inspired architectures for cognitive development and 
open-ended development
- Models of emotionally driven behavior
- Mechanisms of intrinsic motivation, exploration and play
- Embodied cognition: Foundations and applications
- Social development in humans and robots
- Use of robots in applied settings such as autism therapy
- Epistemological approaches to Epigenetic / Developmental Robotics

Submissions will be accepted in two categories:
Full six-page papers: Accepted manuscripts will be included in the 
conference proceedings  published by IEEE. They will be selected for 
either an oral presentation or a featured poster  presentation at the 
conference; featured posters will have a 1 minute "teaser" presentation 
as part of the main conference session. For articles requiring more than 
six pages, up to two additional pages may be submitted at an extra charge.

Two-page poster abstracts: The aim of this format is to encourage 
dissemination of  late-breaking results or work that is not sufficiently 
mature for a full paper. These submissions will NOT be included in the 
conference proceedings (but the short abstracts will appear online at 
Frontiers in Neurorobotics 
http://www.frontiersin.org/neurorobotics/about). Accepted abstracts will 
be presented during the evening poster sessions.

Manuscripts should be submitted through the online conference management 
system, available at the conference website www.icdl-epirob.org. For the 
paper preparation, follow the instructions at the conference website.

Call for tutorials
We invite experts in different areas to organize a 3-hour tutorial, 
which will be held on the first day of the conference. Participants in 
tutorials are asked to register for the main conference as well. 
Tutorials are meant to provide insights into specific topics as well as 
overviews that will inform the interdisciplinary audience about the 
state-of-the-art in child development, neuroscience, robotics, or any of 
the other disciplines represented at the conference.

Submissions (max. two pages) should be sent no later than March 15th to 
Katharina Rohlfing (kjr at uni-bielefeld.de) and Ian Fasel 
(ianfasel at cs.arizona.edu) including:
- Title of tutorial
- Tutorial speaker(s), including short CVs;
- Concept of the tutorial; target audience or prerequisites.

All proposals submitted will be subjected to a review process.

Call for special sessions
A special session will be an opportunity to present a topic in depth, 
for which format a slot of 1.5 hours will be offered. Special session 
organizers are invited to submit (1) a summary (250 words) describing 
the topic, purpose and target audience of the session as well as (2) 
abstracts of papers (each 250 words) that will constitute the group of 
presentations. It is suggested that a special session includes three 
oral presentations to allow for sufficient presentation and discussion 
time. A discussant (from another discipline) may be added to the special 

Tutorial and Special Session proposals should be sent no later than 
March 15th to Katharina Rohlfing (kjr at uni-bielefeld.de) and Ian Fasel 
(ianfasel at cs.arizona.edu).

All proposals submitted will be subjected to a review process.

Abstract and Paper Submission Deadline: March 28, 2011
Notification Due: May 16, 2011
Final Version Due: June 20, 2011
Conference: August, 24-27, 2011

For families, child-care services will be provided. Please contact 
Katharina Rohlfing (kjr at uni-bielefeld.de) concerning your interest in 
child-care services by the end of May. The detailed organization will be 
planned according to the needs.

Yukie Nagai
Publicity Chair of ICDL-EpiRob2011

Yukie Nagai, Ph.D.
Specially Appointed Associate Professor, Osaka University
Visiting Researcher, Bielefeld University
yukie at ams.eng.osaka-u.ac.jp

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