International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics (Epirob06)

Venue: Hopital de la Salpétrière

Location: Paris, France

Event Date/Time: Sep 20, 2006 End Date/Time: Sep 22, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 03, 2006
Paper Submission Date: Apr 03, 2006
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Call for Papers: Epigenetic Robotics 2006, 20-22 September 2006, Paris, France


Sixth International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics: Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems
http://www.epigenetic-robotics.org


Location: Hopital de la Salpêtrière, Paris, France


Submission Deadline: April 3rd, 2006


In the past 5 years, the Epigenetic Robotics annual workshop has established itself as a unique place where original research combining developmental sciences, neuroscience, biology, and cognitive robotics and artificial intelligence is being presented.

Epigenetic systems, either natural or artificial, share a prolonged developmental process through which varied and complex cognitive and perceptual structures emerge as a result of the interaction of an embodied system with a physical and social environment.


Epigenetic robotics includes the two-fold goal of understanding biological systems by the interdisciplinary integration between social and engineering sciences and, simultaneously, that of enabling robots and artificial systems to develop skills for any particular environment instead of programming them for solving particular goals for the environment in which they happen to reside.

Psychological theory and empirical evidence is being used to inform epigenetic robotic models, and these models should be used as theoretical tools to make experimental predictions in developmental psychology.

This year we particularly encourage research resulting from actual interdisciplinary collaboration.
Epigenetic Robotics themes include, but are not limited to:


* The development of: emotion, imitation, synchrony processing, intersubjectivity, joint attention, intentionality, non-verbal and verbal communication, sensorimotor schemata, shared meaning and symbolic reference, social learning, social relationships, social cognition
("mind reading", "theory of mind");
* The scope and limits of maturation, the mechanisms of open-ended development;
* The mechanisms of stage formation and stage transitions;
* The epistemological foundations of using robots to study development;
* The role of motivations, emotions, and value systems in development;
* Interaction between innate structure, ongoing developing structure, and experience;
* The interplay between embodiment, learning biases and environment;
* The differences between learning and development;
* Algorithms for self-supervision, autonomous exploration, representation making, and methods for evolving new representations during ontogeny;
* Robots that can undergo morphological changes and how they can be used to study the interplay between cognitive and morphological development;



Important Dates
April 3rd, 2006: Deadline for submission of papers and posters
May 15th, 2006: Notification of acceptance for papers and posters
July 17th, 2006: Deadline for camera ready-papers & posters
September 20-22, 2006: Epirob 2006



Modes of submission
(1) Regular Submission (8-page max). After review, regular submission will either be accepted or rejected (No revision as short papers or posters)


(2) Abstract Submission where authors submit one-page abstract. After the review, selected authors will be invited to present a poster. Posters will be allocated 1 or 2 pages in the Proceedings.


Submission instructions are available from the EpiRob website: http://www.epigenetic-robotics.org

Papers should be sent to: epirob06@csl.sony.fr



Related Events
On September 19, a day before EpiRob 2006 , an international symposium on autism will be organized at the Hopital La Salpétrière
From September, 25 to September, 30, the week just after EpiRob 2006, The Ninth International Conference on the Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB'06) (SAB’06) will be organized in Rome (http://www.sab06.org/)



Invited speakers 2006

Karen Adolph (Psychology Dpt, New York University, USA)

Andrew Barto (Computer Science Dpt, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA)

Philippe Rochat (Psychology Dpt, University of Emory, USA)

Gregor Schoener (Institut für Neuroinformatik, Ruhr-Universität-Bochum, Germany)

Bruno Wicker (Laboratoire Neurosciences Physiologiques et Cognitives, Marseille, CNRS, France)

Organizing Committee 2006

Christian Balkenius (Cognitive Science, Lund University, Sweden)

Luc Berthouze (Neuroscience Research Institute, AIST, Japan)

Philippe Gaussier (Neurocybernetics team, ETIS CNRS, Cergy Pontoise University, France)

Frédéric Kaplan (Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris, France)

Hideki Kozima (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan)

Jacqueline Nadel (Hopital de la Salpêtrière, CNRS, France)

Pierre-Yves Oudeyer (Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris, France)

Christopher G. Prince (Computer Science Dpt, University of Minnesota Duluth, USA)

Arnaud Revel (Neurocybernetics team, ETIS CNRS, ENSEA, France)



Program Committee 2006

Pierre Andry (Neurocybernetics team, ETIS CNRS, Cergy Pontoise University, France)

Minoru Asada (Dpt of Mechanical Engineering, Osaka University, Japan)

Christian Balkenius (Cognitive Science, Lund University, Sweden)

Douglas Bank (Computer Science Dpt, Bryn Mawr College, USA)

Alexander Bernardino (Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisboa, Portugal)

Luc Berthouze (Neuroscience Research Institute, AIST, Japan)

Nadia Berthouze (Computer Science Dpt, Aizu University, Japan)

Mark H. Bickhard (Psychology Dpt, Lehigh University)

Aude Billard (Autonomous Systems Lab, EPFL, Switzerland)

Lola Canamero (Adaptive Systems Research Group, University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Robert Clowes (Center for Research in Cognitive Science, University of Sussex, UK)

Kerstin Dautenhahn (Adaptive Systems Research Group, University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Yiannis Demiris (Intelligent and Interactive Systems, Imperial College, UK)

Luciano Fadiga (University of Ferrara, Italy)

Simone Fiori (Faculty of Engineering, Perugia University, Italy)

Paul Fitzpatrick (CSAIL, MIT, USA)

Philippe Gaussier (Neurocybernetics team, ETIS CNRS, Cergy Pontoise University, France)

Lakshmi Gogate (SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, USA)

George Hollich (Infant Language Lab, Purdue University, USA)

Frédéric Kaplan (Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris, France)

Annette Karmiloff-Smith (Institute of Child Health, UC London, UK)

Benjamin Kuipers (Computer Science Dpt, University of Texas, USA)

Hideki Kozima (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan)

Max Lungarella (Dpt of Mechano-Informatic, University of Tokyo, Japan)

Yuval Marom (School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Monash University, Australia)

Lisa Meeden (Swarthmore college, USA)

Giorgio Metta (LIRA-Lab, Genoa, Italy)

Jacqueline Nadel (Hopital de la Salpêtrière, CNRS, France)

Yukie Nagai (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan)

Chrystopher Nehaniv (Adaptive Systems Research Group, University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Pierre-Yves Oudeyer (Sony Computer Science Laboratory Paris, France)

Christopher G. Prince (Computer Science Dpt, University of Minnesota Duluth, USA)

Arnaud Revel (Neurocybernetics team, ETIS CNRS, ENSEA, France)

Giulio Sandini (LIRA-Lab, Genoa, Italy)

Brian Scassellati (Computer Science Dpt, Yale University, USA)

Matthew Schlesinger (Psychology Dpt, Southern Illinois University, USA)

Sylvain Sirois (Psychology Dpt, Manchester University, UK)

Georgi Stojanov (Computer Science Institute, SS Cyril and Methodius University, Macedonia)

Gert Westermann (Psychology Dpt, Oxford Brookes University, UK)
Tom Ziemke (Computer Science Dpt, University of Skovde, Sweden)


For questions or more information, please contact : epirob06@csl.sony.fr

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