[Comp-neuro] ICDL-EpiRob 2015 CFP - deadline extended

Benjamin Rosman BRosman at csir.co.za
Mon Mar 9 15:46:40 CET 2015

Call for Papers, Tutorials and Thematic Workshops
New Conference Feature:  BABYBOT CHALLENGE
The Fifth Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and
Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics 
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA  
August 13-16, 2015  
== 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, emotional and
social abilities, over extended periods of time,  
through dynamic interactions 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, and Robotics. 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  
established. The two most prominent conference series of this field,
the International Conference on  
Development and Learning (ICDL) and the International Conference on
Epigenetic Robotics (EpiRob), are now  
joining forces for the fifth time and invite submissions for a joint
conference in 2015, to explore and  
extend the interdisciplinary boundaries of this field. 
We are excited to announce a new ICDL-EpiRob conference feature: the
goal of the challenge is to use the tools of developmental robotics to
replicate and extend the key findings 
from one of three selected human-infant studies. Please visit
www.icdl-epirob.org for the
full announcement, including the three target studies, details on the
submission process, and a description
of how the winning submissions will be judged and selected.  
== Keynote speakers (confirmed)
Prof. Dare Baldwin, Dept. of Psychology, University of Oregon, USA 
Prof. Kerstin Dautenhahn, School of Computer Science, University of
Hertfordshire, UK
Prof. Asif Ghazanfar, Department of Psychology, Princeton University,
== Call for Submissions 
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 of perceptual, motor, cognitive, emotional, social,
and communication skills in biological  
  systems and robots;  
* embodiment;  
* general principles of development and learning;  
* interaction of nature and nurture;  
* sensitive/critical periods;  
* developmental stages;  
* grounding of knowledge and development of representations;  
* architectures for cognitive development and open-ended learning;  
* neural plasticity;  
* statistical learning;  
* reward and value systems;  
* intrinsic motivations, exploration and play;  
* interaction of development and evolution;  
* use of robots in applied settings such as autism therapy;  
* epistemological foundations and philosophical issues.  
Any of the topics above can be simultaneously studied from the
neuroscience, psychology or modeling/robotic  
point of view. 
== Submissions will be accepted in several formats: 
1. Full six-page paper submissions: Accepted papers will be included in
the conference proceedings and will  
   be selected for either an oral presentation or a featured poster
presentation. Featured posters will have  
   a 1 minute "teaser" presentation as part of the main conference
session and will be showcased in the  
   poster sessions. Maximum two-extra pages can be acceptable for a
publication fee of $100 per page. 
2. Two-page poster abstract submissions: To encourage discussion of
late-breaking results or for work that  
   is not sufficiently mature for a full paper, we will accept 2-page
abstracts. These submissions will NOT  
   be included in the conference proceedings. Accepted abstracts will
be presented during poster sessions. 
3. Tutorials and workshops: We invite experts in different areas to
organize either a tutorial or a workshop 
   to be held on the first day of the conference. 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.  
   A workshop is an opportunity to present a topic cumulatively.
Workshops can be half- or full-day in  
   duration including oral presentations as well as posters. Submission
format: two pages including title, 
   list of speakers, concept and target audience. 
4.  Babybot challenge (Deadline June 15, 2015): Special submissions are
invited for the Babybot
   challenge, which is for the first time introduced to this
conference. For detailed information please visit
   www.icdl-epirob.org and navigate to “Babybot Challenge.”  
All submissions will be peer reviewed.  
Submission website through paperplaza at: http://ras.papercept.net 
== Important dates 
March 23, 2015, paper submission deadline 
May 15, 2015, author notification 
July 1, 2015, final version (camera ready) due 
August 13th-16th, 2015, conference 
== Program committee 
General Chairs: 
Matthew Schlesinger (Southern Illinois Univ.) 
Dima Amso (Brown University) 
Bridge Chairs: 
Jeffrey Krichmar (UC Irvine)
Bertram Malle (Brown University)
Program Chairs: 
Anne Warlaumont (UC Merced) 
Clemént Moulin-Frier (INRIA) 
Publications Chairs: 
Lisa Meeden (Swarthmore College) 
Publicity Chairs: 
Lola Cañamero (Univ. of Hertfordshire) 
Matthias Rolf (Osaka University)
Benjamin Rosman (CSIR)
Local chairs: 
David Sobel (Brown University) 
Thomas Serre (Brown University)
Finance chairs: 
Clayton Morrison (University of Arizona)


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