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AISB event Bulletin Item

Call for Papers: Epigenetic Robotics 2007

Call for Papers: Epigenetic Robotics 2007
5-7 November 2007, Piscataway, NJ, USA

Seventh International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics:
Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey,
Piscataway, NJ, USA

Submission Deadline: 1 June 2007

Keynote Speakers:

Hod Lipson
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Computing &
Information Science, Cornell University, USA

Daniel Messinger
Department of Psychology, University of Miami, USA

Carolyn Rovee-Collier and Peter Gerhardstein (co-presenter)
Department of Psychology, Rutgers, NJ, USA (Rovee-Collier)
Department of Psychology, Binghamton University-SUNY, NY, USA  (Gerhardstein)

Conference Themes:

In the past 6 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.

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 has goals including: (1) understanding biological  systems by the interdisciplinary integration of social and  engineering sciences and (2) enabling robots and other artificial  systems to autonomously develop skills for new environments (instead  of programming them to solve problems in fixed environments).

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.

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;
* Using robots as theoretical tools (e.g., to make predictions) in  experiments with children;
* Using robots in applied settings (e.g., autism therapy) with children;
* Architectures for autonomous development;
* Robots that can undergo morphological changes and how they can be  used to study the interplay between cognitive and morphological  development;

Important Dates:

1 June 2007:	Deadline for submission of papers & posters
18 July 2007:	Notification of acceptance of papers & posters
5 Sept 2007:	Deadline for camera-ready papers
5-7 Nov 2007:	EpiRob07 @ Rutgers

Modes of Submission:

(1) Regular Submission (8-page max). After review, regular  submissions will either be accepted or rejected (no revision as short  papers or posters). Regular submissions will be allocated 8 pages in  the Proceedings.
(2) Abstract Submission (1-page max). After review, selected authors  will be invited to present a poster. Abstract submissions will be  allocated 1 page in the Proceedings.

Submission instructions will be available from the EpiRob website:

Related Events:

IROS (Intelligent Robots and Systems)
29 October - 2 November 2007 (San Diego)

Organizing Committee:

Christian Balkenius (Lund University, Sweden)
Luc Berthouze (University of Sussex, UK)
Hideki Kozima (NICT, Japan)
Michael Littman (Rutgers, USA)
Christopher G. Prince (University of Minnesota Duluth, USA)

Program Committee:

Pierre Andry (ENSEA, France)
Minoru Asada (Osaka University, Japan)
Christian Balkenius (Cognitive Science, Lund University, Sweden)
Mark Bickhard (Lehigh University, USA)
Alexander Bernardino (Instituto Superior Tecnico, Lisboa, Portugal)
Luc Berthouze (University of Sussex, UK)
Nadia Berthouze (University College London, UK)
Aude Billard (EPFL, Switzerland)
Lola Canamero (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Robert Clowes (University of Sussex, UK)
Kerstin Dautenhahn (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Yiannis Demiris (Imperial College, UK)
Luciano Fadiga (University of Ferrara, Italy)
Simone Fiori (Universit Politecnica delle Marche, Italy)
Paul Fitzpatrick (CSAIL, MIT, USA)
Philippe Gaussier (Universite de Cergy-Pointoise & ENSEA, France)
Lakshmi Gogate (SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, USA)
Rod Grupen (University of Massachusetts, USA)
George Hollich (Purdue University, USA)
Frdric Kaplan (Sony Computer Science Lab Paris, France)
Benjamin Kuipers (University of Texas, USA)
Hideki Kozima (NICT, Japan)
Max Lungarella (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Lisa Meeden (Swarthmore college, USA)
Giorgio Metta (LIRA-Lab, Genoa, Italy)
Jacqueline Nadel (CNRS, France)
Yukie Nagai (NICT, Japan)
Chrystopher Nehaniv (University of Hertfordshire, UK)
Pierre-Yves Oudeyer (Sony Computer Science Laboratory, Paris, France)
Rolf Pfeifer (University of Zurich, Switzerland)
Christopher G. Prince (University of Minnesota Duluth, USA)
Arnaud Revel (CNRS, ENSEA, University of Cergy Pontoise, France)
Brian Scassellati (Yale University, USA)
Matthew Schlesinger (Southern Illinois University, USA)
Sylvain Sirois (Manchester University, UK)
Michael Spratling (Birkbeck College, UK)
Georgi Stojanov (SS Cyril and Methodius University, Macedonia)
Gert Westermann (Oxford Brookes University, UK)
Tom Ziemke (University of Skovde, Sweden)

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