[Comp-neuro] 2nd CFP (ICDL-EPIROB 2016): WS on Development of Body Representations

Matej Hoffmann Matej.Hoffmann at iit.it
Tue Aug 9 16:35:14 CEST 2016

*Call for participation: Interdisciplinary workshop on the development 
of body knowledge in humans and machines.*

19^th September 2016, Cergy-Pontoise / Paris

  held in the framework of ICDL-EPIROB 2016 conference 

Following the previous workshops on the development of body 
representations in humans and robots at ICDL-EPIROB, we have the 
pleasure to announce a forthcoming workshop in Cergy-Pontoise / Paris on 
the 19^th September 2016.

The aim of this workshop is to spark collaboration between roboticists 
and developmental psychologists in order to address the origins of the 
sensorimotor maps that underlie own body representations in both infants 
and robots. The development of infants’ body knowledge is a primary 
object of discovery starting before birth. This construction ultimately 
enables the infant to efficiently interact with the environment. The 
specific goal of the organizers is to explore the possibility of 
developing robotic models inspired by the development of human infant 
body representations.

Presentations will consider body knowledge acquisition from 
sensorimotor, neural and computational perspectives. After the 
presentations, the discussion will aim at establishing an integrative 
framework for understanding a) the development of body knowledge in 
infants, b) the mechanisms that underlie body knowledge acquisition and 
c) how robots can be used to replicate developmental patterns and 
progressions that have been found in human infants.  On the one hand 
such robots can become new modeling tools for empirical sciences – 
expanding the domain of computational modeling by anchoring it to the 
physical environment and a physical body. On the other hand, robot 
controllers endowed with multimodal whole-body awareness typical of 
humans should increase robots’ autonomy.

We invite contributions concerning the development of body knowledge in 
humans and/or machines. Please submit a one-page abstract describing 
your poster by *the 20th August 2016* to the following address:

*icdlbodyworkshop at gmail.com*

Presenters of a poster will be expected to be present on the 19th of 
September 2016 for a teasers-session and for the poster session. During 
the teasers-session each presenter will introduce their poster in a 
2-minute oral presentation (with 2-3 pdf slides). During the poster 
session they will then have the opportunity to explain their poster and 
to hand out any leaflets or other information materials they have 
available for viewers of their poster.


*Important dates *
Abstract submission: August 20, 2016.
Notification of acceptance: August 23, 2016.
Submission of 2-3 slides (pdf): September 15, 2016.
Workshop day: September 19, 2016.

  * Prof. Jeffrey Lockman, PhD. Department of Psychology, Tulane
    University, USA.
  * Kevin O’Regan, PhD. Research scientist, Laboratoire Psychologie de
    la Perception, Paris Descartes University, Paris, France.
  * Matej Hoffmann, PhD. Researcher, iCub Facility, Istituto Italiano di
    Tecnologia, Italy.
  * Prof. Minoru Asada, PhD. Research director, Division of Cognitive
    Neuroscience Robotics, Institute for Academic Initiatives, Osaka
    University, Japan.
  * Andrew Bremner, PhD. Reader in psychology and head of department,
    Goldsmiths University, London, UK.
  * Gianluca Baldassare, PhD. Researcher, Institute of Cognitive
    Sciences and Technologies, Italian National Research Council, Rome,

*____________________________________________ *

Cergy-Pontoise University: 
Please check the website 
updated information about the workshop!
Eszter Somogyi, PhD

Postdoc researcher, Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, Paris 
Descartes University, France

Matej Hoffmann <https://sites.google.com/site/matejhof/home>, PhD

Researcher, iCub Facility, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy

Lorenzo Jamone <http://lorejam.blogspot.pt/>, PhD

Associate researcher, VisLab, Instituto de Sistemas e Robotica, Lisbon, 
*Contact information*
Eszter Somogyi, PhD

Postdoc researcher, Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, Paris 
Descartes University, France

esomogyi at gmail.com <mailto:esomogyi at gmail.com>

Matej Hoffmann, PhD
Postdoctoral Researcher
iCub Facility
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia
Via Morego, 30
16163 Genoa, Italy

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