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AISB event Bulletin Item

Call for Participation: EpiRob'08



Eight International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics - Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems -


DATES: July 30-31, 2008

LOCATION: University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

EARLY REGISTRATION: Register by July 15 and save!


Eva Jablonka (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
Epigenetic inheritance in heredity and evolution: A developmental perspective

Susan Oyama (John Jay College, New York, USA)
Development without roof, without walls, without floor

Domenico Parisi (CNR, Rome, Italy)
How behaviour becomes what it is

Claudio Stern (University College London, UK)
The magic of gastrulation: from cells to embryo, from molecules to models and back again



(for all other information regarding EpiRob'08 please visit
In the past 7 years, the Epigenetic Robotics annual conference has established itself as a unique place where original interdisciplinary research from developmental sciences, neuroscience, biology, cognitive robotics, and artificial intelligence is being presented.

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

As a special feature, this year we are also highlighting a specific organizational theme: evolution and development as related processes of change.

The particular focus of this theme is on the dynamic interplay between ontogeny and phylogeny. In other words, how do new abilities and skills that emerge during development influence the path of evolution, and how do subsequent evolutionary changes help to create new developmental trajectories? This is a question that fits well within the mission of epigenetic robotics, as it spans not only a wide range of research areas and academic disciplines (e.g., biology, psychology, AI and machine learning, linguistics, anthropology, etc.) but also a broad spectrum of spatial and temporal scales (e.g., neurons, brains, social communities, cultures, etc.).


Looking forward to meeting you at EpiRob'08!

Dr Luc Berthouze, Senior Lecturer
Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics (CCNR)
Department of Informatics
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QH, UK
Tel: +44 1273 877206 	Fax: +44 1273 877873

Luc Berthouze