[Comp-neuro] Call for participation and posters: IMOL2017 – Third International Workshop on Intrinsically Motivated Open-ended Learning

Gianluca Baldassarre <gianluca.baldassarre@istc.cnr.it> gianluca.baldassarre at gmail.com
Mon Jun 5 14:44:41 CEST 2017

*** Apologies for cross-posting ***

Dear colleagues,

this mail is to invite you to "IMOL2017 – Third International Workshop on
Intrinsically Motivated Open-ended Learning" that will be held in Rome,
October 4th-5th-6h, 2017. IMOL 2017 is the third international workshop on
Intrinsically Motivated Open-ended Learning. Following previous editions,
IMOL 2017 aims to further explore the promise of intrinsically motivated
open-ended lifelong learning in robots and artificial systems.

*We are opening the call for participation and posters (more details on the
website and below) with deadline July 16th, 2017*.

More info available at imol-conf.org and below.

Best wishes,
the organizers:
Gianluca Baldassarre,
Vieri Giuliano Santucci,
Pierre-Yves Oudeyer,
Andrew Barto


*IMOL2017 – Third International Workshop on Intrinsically Motivated
Open-ended Learning*

Gianluca Baldassarre, Vieri Giuliano Santucci,
Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, Andrew Barto

We are pleased to announce the “Third International Workshop on
Intrinsically-Motivated Open-ended Development (IMOL2017)”, which will be
held in Rome, Italy, on 4-5-6 October 2017 in a beautiful central location.

All information regarding the workshop, including an extended description
of the its scope, can be found in the website imol-conf.org

Following two previous workshops, the highly focused “Third International
Workshop on Intrinsically-Motivated Open-ended Development (IMOL2017)” aims
to further explore the promise of intrinsically motivated open-ended
lifelong learning. The workshop aims to be a highly interactive event. To
this purpose, it will feature high profile keynote presentations and the
participation of an audience of about 60 people. It will foster close
interaction among the participants by enabling intense peer-to-peer
discussions, poster sessions, and collective round tables directed toward
specific objectives. It will take place at a lovely venue in the center of
Rome fostering interactions, with evenings devoted to autonomous
exploration of the city. It will be followed by a call for papers to be
published in an open journal special issue (e.g. a Frontiers in
Neurorobotics Research Topic).

*Aims of the Workshop*
The Workshop will occur over three whole days, with the last session of
each day dedicated to a plenary discussion targeting three important topics:
(1) The identification of the most important open challenges in the field
of autonomous open-ended lifelong learning, with the aim of compiling a
list of high-impact goals identified as important next-steps.
(2) The definition of one or more benchmarks for evaluating models and
architectures for autonomous open-ended learning (at a later date, an open
competition will be held based on the benchmark).
(3) The identification of the most promising approaches and techniques to
tackle the open challenges identified under point (1).

*Topics of interest*
- Autonomous robots lifelong learning
- Multi-task reinforcement learning
- Deep reinforcement learning
- Intrinsic motivations
- Curriculum learning
- Goal self-generation
- Multiple task solution and parameterized skills
- Neural/probabilistic representations and abstractions Architectures for
open-ended learning
- Goal-based skill learning
- Knowledge transfer and avoidance of catastrophic forgetting
- Compositionality and chunking
- Hierarchies of goals and skills
- Mitigating risks of real-world deployment of open-ended learning systems

*Current list of invited speakers*
- Baldassarre, Gianluca
- Barto, Andrew
- Bellemare, Marc
- Calinon, Sylvain
- Cangelosi, Angelo
- Konidaris, George
- Merrick, Kathryn
- Natale, Lorenzo
- O’Regan, Kevin
- Oudeyer, Pierre-Yves
- Peters, Jan
- Polani, Daniel
- Reinhart, Felix
- Rolf, Matthias
- Ruecker, Elmar
- Santucci, Vieri Giuliano
- Stulp, Freek
- Triesch, Jochen
- Uchibe, Eiji

*Call for Application*
Participation in the workshop is free of charge and includes the lunches
for the three days. However, the workshop is limited to a restricted number
of people given the capacity of the venue and the aim of the event.
Prospective attendees should express their interest in participating by
submitting the form downloadable from the link below, and their willingness
(or not) to contribute a poster. In this case, people is also invited to
submit a short/extended abstract (max 2 pages), possibly including figures.
The submissions will be selected on the basis of the quality and of how
well they fit the workshop’s aims.

Both senior and young researchers, including Ph.D. students, are encouraged
to submit to ensure a full representation of the community.

Moreover, applicants are also requested to indicate in the form their
willingness to participate in a special issue in Frontiers in
Neurorobotics. This request aims to investigate the overall interest for
the initiative, which will be followed by a standard Frontiers call after
the workshop.

Application deadline: July 16th, 2017

Notification of acceptance: July 27th, 2017

Please submit the form downloadable here
the optional abstract (subject: “IMOL2017 submission: name, last
name”) to: *imol.conf at gmail.com
<imol.conf at gmail.com>*


Gianluca Baldassarre, Ph.D.,
Laboratory of Computational Embodied Neuroscience,
Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione,
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (LOCEN-ISTC-CNR),
Via San Martino della Battaglia 44, I-00185 Roma, Italy
E-mail: gianluca.baldassarre at istc.cnr.it
Web: http://www.istc.cnr.it/people/gianluca-baldassarre
Tel:  +39 06 44 595 231
Fax: +39 06 44 595 243
Motto: 'Learn from the past, live in(tensely) the present, dream for the
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