[Comp-neuro] CfP: Special Issue on "Emerging Spatial Competences: From Machine Perception to Sensorimotor Intelligence"

Agostino Gibaldi agostino.gibaldi at unige.it
Wed Oct 23 11:54:57 CEST 2013

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                                *CALL FOR PAPERS*

                     Robotics and Autonomous Systems Journal

                                Special Issue on
                           Emerging Spatial Competences:
                 From Machine Perception to Sensorimotor Intelligence

-        January 31, 2014: Paper submission deadline
-        March 31, 2014: Notification of paper acceptance
-        April 30, 2014: Camera ready paper submission
-        Late Spring 2014: Expected publication date


Following the recent evolution of robotics and AI in different fields of
application, the increasing   complexity of the *actions *that an artificial
agent needs to perform, is  directly  dependent on the  complexity of  the
*sensory information * that it  can acquire and *interpret*, i.e. *perceive*.

>From this  point  of  view,  an  efficient and internal representation of the
sensory information  is  at the  base  of  a  robot to  develop  a  *human-like
 capability *of interaction  with  the  surrounding  environment.  Particularly,
in  the space  at  a *reachable distance*, not only visual and auditory, but
also tactile and proprioceptive information  rise  to  be relevant  to  gain a 
comprehensive spatial cognition. This information, coming from different senses,
can be in principle integrated and used to experience  an awareness of the
environment both to actively interact with it, and to calibrate the 
interaction  itself.  Besides,  the  early  sensory  and  sensorimotor
mechanisms,  that  at  a  first glance  may appear  simple processes, are
grounded on highly structured  and  complex algorithms that  are  far  from 
being understood and modeled. By exploiting an early synergy  between *sensing 
modules*  and *motor control*,
the loop between  action  and perception comes to be not just closed at system
level, but shortened  at  an  inner one.  This would allow not only the
emergence of *spatial competences* but  also their *continuous adaptation* to
changes in the environment or in the body, which could modify its interactions
with the world.

The aim  of  this  special  issue is  to survey a state of the art of
methodologies, concepts, algorithms and techniques that would serve as bricks
on which to build and develop artificial  agents with  such a spatial
competence; perceptual and cognitive understanding of space should emerge from
sensorimotor exercise.

The *action-perception loop* has never been so close!

We invite original contributions that provide novel solutions to address the
relevant topics including but not limited to:
-        Theoretical or practical aspects of machine sensing (for computer
         vision, robot audition, artificial touch, etc.)
-        Multisensory data fusion, processing, learning and integration
-        Computational neural modeling
-        Embodied robotics: perception, cognition, and behaviors
-        Machine learning for sensorimotor control and intelligence
-        Neural networks: models, theories, learning algorithms and applications
-        Engineering application of sensorimotor intelligence to pattern
         recognition, computer vision, speech recognition, human-robot

As a follow-up of the IJCNN 2013 special session, we invite in particular the
special session participants to submit  profoundly  extended  versions  of 
their  conference submission to go through a new  peer  review process,
together with contributions not published in the conference proceedings.

Papers should be typeset according  to  the format  instructions for the
Robotics and Autonomous Systems Journal, available on the Elsevier web site


_Agostino Gibaldi_, agostino.gibaldi at unige.it
Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics and System Engineering
University of Genoa, Italy
Advanced Research Center on Electronic Systems (ARCES)
University of Bologna, Italy

_Silvio P. Sabatini_, silvio.sabatini at unige.it
Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics and System Engineering
University of Genoa, Italy

_Sylvain Argentieri_, sylvain.argentieri at upmc.fr
Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR)
Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, France

_Zhengping Ji_, jizhengp at gmail.com
Advanced Image Research Laboratory (AIRL)
Samsung, Pasadena, CA, U.S.A

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