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AISB event Bulletin Item

CF Participation: Epigenetic Robotics EPIROB'09


9th International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics  Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems
Venice, Italy, 12th-14th november, Centro Culturale Don Orione Artigianelli

Registration is now open!

=== Keynote speakers:
Kim Bard, University of Portsmouth, UK
Cynthia Breazeal, MIT Media Lab, US
Heidi Keller, University of Osnabrck, Germany
David Leavens, Sussex University, UK

=== Topics
Epigenetic robotics includes the two-fold goal of understanding biological systems by the interdisciplinary integration between social/life and engineering sciences and, simultaneously, that of enabling robots and other artificial systems to autonomously develop skills for any particular environment (instead of programming them to solve particular goals for a specific environment). Interdisciplinary theory and empirical evidence are used to inform epigenetic robotic models, and these models can be used as theoretical tools to make experimental predictions in developmental psychology and other disciplines studying cognitive development in living systems.

This year's edition of Epigenetic Robotics will have a special focus on emotional and social development, particularly addressed by keynote speakers and special discussion and working groups. However, submissions are welcome regarding all aspects of the study of cognitive development.

=== 14th november afternoon: Joint event with the International Workshop on Intrinsically Motivated Robots, organized by the EU project IM-CLeVeR on November 14-17, 2009, Venice, at the same same than Epirob.

Topic: Intrinsic Motivation and Socio-Emotional Development

==Keynote speakers:
Jacqueline Nadel, CNRS, Universit Pierre-et-Maris Curie/La Salptrire, France
Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, INRIA, France

The workshop will start in the afternoon of November 14 with a joint session co-organized by EpiRob'09, FEELIX GROWING and IM-CLeVeR. This workshop will be free of charge for EpiRob'09 delegates, within the limits of space available.

=== Organizing committee

General and program chair: Lola Canamero, Univ. Hertfordshire, UK
Program co-chair: Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, INRIA, France

Publicity co-chairs:
Hideki Kozima, Miyagi Univ., Japan
Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze, Univ. College London, UK
Aude Billard, EPFL, Switzerland

Publication chair:
Christian Balkenius, Lund University, Sweden

We are looking forward to seeing you in Venice!