[Comp-neuro] Call for papers - Special Issue on Artificial Mental Imagery in Cognitive Systems and Robotics

Alessandro Di Nuovo alessandro.dinuovo at plymouth.ac.uk
Wed Sep 19 17:26:41 CEST 2012


[Apologies for multiple postings of this announcement]
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CALL FOR PAPERS
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SPECIAL ISSUE ON ARTIFICIAL MENTAL IMAGERY IN COGNITIVE SYSTEMS AND ROBOTICS
TO BE PUBLISHED IN ADAPTIVE BEHAVIOR JOURNAL

 
IMPORTANT DATES
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Submission of a brief abstract: October, 30th, 2012
Submission of full papers:  December 1st, 2012
Notification of authors: January 12nd, 2013
Revised version: February 10th, 2013
Final Publication:  April, 2013
 
 
SUBMISSION ISTRUCTIONS
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Perspective authors are invited to send a brief abstract (250 words) to the following address: alessandro.dinuovo at plymouth.ac.uk.
Full paper submissions are limited to 7000 (seven thousand) words (inclusive of abstract, references, figures, tables, etc.)
Authors should follow the instructions found on the journal's webpage:
http://www.sagepub.com/journalsProdDesc.nav?prodId=Journal201570#tabview=manuscriptSubmission

DESCRIPTION OF THE TOPIC
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The role of mental imagery has been researched extensively both in experimental research and training contexts, demonstrating that mental imagery can be successfully applied to increasing performance in professional and amateur sports and in motor rehabilitation. Overall, modern psychological research clearly demonstrates the tight connection between mental training and motor performance improvement. On the other hand, recent studies in control engineering have shown how the use of motor rehearsal and simulation can enable an individual, through a Brain Machine Interface (BMI), to control robotic devices. Furthermore, advances in information and communication technologies now make new tools available to scientists interested in artificial cognitive systems, which despite the tremendous potential applications still face several significant challenges. Improving the skill of a robot in terms of motor control and navigation capabilities, especially in the case of a complex robot with many degrees of freedom, is a timely and important issue in current robotics research. To this end, more research efforts are needed to understand the role of mental imagery and how its mechanisms can be used to enhance motor control in artificial systems and robots. 
For this reason, we invite submission of new developments in mental imagery modelling and applications, involving researchers, from different disciplines, interested in exploring the concept of mental imagery applied to both artificial cognitive systems and robots. Because we believe that the fundamental interdisciplinary nature of the field requires a close collaboration between neuroscientists, psychologists, computer scientists, and robotics researchers, all their points of view on the topic of mental imagery for enhancement of cognitive abilities of artificial systems are welcome.

GUEST EDITORS
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Alessandro G. Di Nuovo, Plymouth University (UK) & Universita' degli Studi di Enna "Kore" (ITALY)
Vivian M. De La Cruz, Universita' degli Studi di Messina (ITALY)
Davide Marocco, Plymouth University (UK)

For any enquiry please contact the following address: alessandro.dinuovo at plymouth.ac.uk



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