[Comp-neuro] [journals] CFP - Special Issue on "Symbol Emergence and Developmental Systems: Social Symbol Grounding and Embodied Cognition in Humans and Robots" - IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (TCDS)

Amir Aly amir.aly at em.ci.ritsumei.ac.jp
Tue Aug 9 21:23:19 CEST 2016


**Apologies for cross posting **

*IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (TCDS)*Special
Issue on "*Symbol Emergence and Developmental Systems: Social Symbol
Grounding and Embodied Cognition in Humans and Robots*"

*I. Aim and Scope *Exploring human cognitive development constitutes a
basic step towards endowing robots with high level human-like cognitive
functions. Human embodied cognition follows a seamless process of
development, which includes the development of sensorimotor skills,
understanding concrete ideas and events, using concepts representing
physical entities to describe objects, and coordinating multiple
abstractions within complex representations. Investigating these aspects
that bootstrap human cognitive development – through appropriate
theoretical and computational cognitive modeling – allows for making robots
capable of handling objects through the cumulative learning experiences
that could develop sensorimotor skills, developing social skills through
social learning strategies, grounding abstract concepts in the sensorimotor
system, and developing linguistic skills in order to represent situations
through language within interaction.

A symbol system combines a group of tokens into structures and manipulates
them through explicit rules to produce new expressions. The task of
assigning a meaning to each meaningless symbol in a structure defines the
"Symbol Grounding" problem, which has static physical and social
components. The "Physical Symbol Grounding" allows an agent to form an
internal explicit representation of an external-world referent so as to
interpret symbols semantically. Whereas, the "Social Symbol Grounding"
allows for developing a common lexicon of symbols grounded in perception
information within a population of agents, which could lead to a gradual
emergence of language through social interaction. A recent approach to
semantically interpreting a symbol system is "Symbol Emergence", which
accounts for the dynamic and self-organized nature of symbols that
constitute human cognition. These complementary representations of a symbol
system are still considered as real challenges in cognitive developmental
robotics, and they require more elaborate theoretical and experimental
studies in order to better understand the aspects of human behavior

*II. Themes *This special issue aims to shed light on cutting-edge research
lines in cognitive developmental robotics at the intersection of human
cognitive science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, language
science, and robotics research. Topics relevant to this special issue
include, but are not limited to:

   -     Human symbol systems and symbol emergence in robotics.
   -     Cognitive modeling of human behavior.
   -     Language and action development.
   -     Learning from demonstration.
   -     Action sequence learning.
   -     Conceptual spaces for cognitive robotics.
   -     Fluid and embodied construction grammar for cognitive robotics.

*III. Submission *
Manuscripts should be prepared according to the journal's “Information for
Authors” instructions found at http://cis.ieee.org/publications.html, and
submissions should be done through the IEEE TCDS Manuscript center:
https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tcds-ieee (please select the category “SI:
Symbol Emergence”).

*IV. Important Dates*15 December 2016 – Deadline for papers submission
31 March 2017 – First notification for authors
15 May 2017 – Deadline for revised papers submission
15 June 2017 – Final notification for authors

*V. Guest Editors *

   1. *Amir Aly*, Ritsumeikan University, Japan (
   amir.aly at em.ci.ritsumei.ac.jp)
   2. *Sascha Griffiths*, Queen Mary University of London, UK (
   sascha.griffiths at qmul.ac.uk)
   3. *Francesca Stramandinoli*, IIT, Italy (francesca.stramandinoli at iit.it)
   4. *Tadahiro Taniguchi*, Ritsumeikan University, Japan (
   taniguchi at em.ci.ritsumei.ac.jp <taniguchi at em.ci.ritsumei.ac.jp>)
   5. *Paul Vogt*, Tilburg University, The Netherlands (p.a.vogt at uvt.nl)

More details about the scope of this journal special issue and the guest
editors are available on: IEEE_TCDS_SI_CFP.pdf


Dr. Amir Aly
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Emergent Systems Laboratory
College of Information Science and Engineering - Ritsumeikan University
1-1-1 Noji Higashi, Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577
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