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AISB event Bulletin Item

CPP: Workshop on Attention in Cognitive Systems - WAPCV 2008

         5th International Workshop on
                  WAPCV 2008
          May 12, 2008, Santorini, Greece
 associated with ICVS 2008
The capacity to attend to the relevant has been part of AI systems since the early days of the discipline. Currently, with respect to the design and computational modeling of artificial cognitive systems, selective attention has again become a focus of research, and one sees it important for the organization of behaviors, for control and interfacing between sensory and cognitive information processing, and for the understanding of individual and social cognition in humanoid artifacts.
While visual cognition obviously plays a central role in human perception, findings from neuroscience and cognitive psychology have informed us on the perception-action nature of cognition. In particular, the embodiment in sensory-motor intelligence requires a continuous spatio-temporal interplay between interpretations from various perceptual modalities and the corresponding control of motor activities. In addition, the process of selecting information from the incoming sensory stream, in tune with contextual processing on a current task and global goals, becomes a challenging control issue within the viewpoint of focused attention. Seemingly attention systems must operate at many levels and not only at interfaces between a bottom-up driven world interpretation and top-down driven information selection. One may consider selective attention as part of the core of artificial cognitive systems. These insights have already produced paradigmatic changes in several AI-related disciplines, such as, in the design of behavior based robotics and the computational modeling of animats.
Within the context of the engineering domain, the development of enabling technologies such as autonomous robotic systems, miniaturized mobile - even wearable - sensors, and ambient intelligence systems involves the real-time analysis of enormous quantities of data. These data have to be processed in an intelligent way to provide "on time delivery" of the required relevant information. Knowledge has to be applied about what needs to be attended to, and when, and what to do in a meaningful sequence, in correspondence with visual feedback.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
** Techniques, modelling, and concepts:
Computational architectures for attention
Biologically inspired attention
Attentive control of robot systems
Aspects of attention in cognitive psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy
Attention and control of machine vision processes
Attention in object recognition and detection
Attention and contextual modelling
Attention in multimodal information fusion
Attention in affordance perception
Performance measures for attention enabled artificial systems
Machine learning and feature selection in robot perception
Decision making and attention
Robust statistical techniques for attention
Perceptual organisation
Evolutionary aspects of attention
** Application related topics of interest:
Attentive multimodal interfaces
Attentive robotic systems
Autonomous intelligent systems
Mobile Mapping systems
Video surveillance
Video and image retrieval
Industrial inspection
Remote sensing
Medical computer vision
Usability research
Full paper submission:         December  15, 2007
Notification of acceptance:      January 20, 2008
Final paper submission:         February 15, 2008
Workshop day:                       May  12, 2008
Lucas Paletta, Joanneum Research, Austria
John K. Tsotsos, York University, Canada
Leonardo Chelazzi, Univ. Verona, Italy
Simone Frintrop, Univ. Bonn, Germany
Fred Hamker, Univ. Muenster, Germany
Dietmar Heinke, Univ. of Birmingham, UK
Laurent Itti, Univ. Southern California, USA
Christof Koch, CalTech, USA
Eileen Kowler, Rutgers University, USA
Michael Lindenbaum, Technion, Israel
Larry Manevitz, Univ. Haifa, Israel
Brbel Mertsching, Univ. Paderborn, Germany
Giorgio Metta, Univ. Genoa, Italy
Vidhya Navalpakkam, Univ. Southern California, USA
Aude Oliva, MIT, USA
Kevin O'Regan, Universit Paris 5, France
Marc Pomplun, Univ. Massachusetts Boston, USA
Ronald A. Rensink, Univ. British Columbia, Canada
Erich Rome, Fraunhofer IAIS, Germany
John G. Taylor, Kings College London, UK
Jochen Triesch, Frankfurt Inst. Advanced Studies, Germany
Chen Yu, Univ. Indiana, USA
Tom Ziemke, Univ. Skvde, Sweden
(this list will probably be extended)
INVITED TALKS - to be announced
Publication of the proceedings will be in LNCS/LNAI Springer format. Submitted papers should not exceed 14 pages in Springer format. Appropriate style files can be downloaded from (please consult instruction for authors of Springer proceedings). The organizers expect submissions in PDF format. We will perform double-blind reviews, i.e., author information must be hidden in the paper: blank author fields, no acknowledgment information, own papers should be cited only if mandatory. We will link on the homepage to electronic paper submission from 15 November 2007. Papers will be considered for review that have also been submitted to the main ICVS conference. Double submission must be indicated by authors, and the workshop organizer must be given a copy of the IJCAI reviews. In case we receive a reasonable number of high quality contributions we will consider the organization of a poster session to inform - in addition to the about all related ongoing activities in this field.
Accepted contributions will be provided on CD-ROM as hand-outs to participants at the workshop site.
It is intended to publish post-conference proceedings of selected, revised and invited papers of the workshop in Springer LNAI - see LNCS 3368 about WAPCV 2004; LNAI 4840 about WAPCV 2007 in print.
WAPCV 2007, Hyderabad, India (IJCAI)
WAPCV 2005, San Diego, USA (CVPR) -  
WAPCV 2004, Prague, Czech Republic (ECCV) -
WAPCV 2003, Graz, Austria (ICVS) -
Dr. Lucas Paletta
JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH
Institute of Digital Image Processing
Wastiangasse 6, 8010 Graz, Austria
Phone: +43 (316) 876 1769
Fax: +43 (316) 876 91769
Prof. John K. Tsotsos
Department. of Computer Science & Engineering
York University
4700 Keele St., Toronto, Ont. M3J 1P3, Canada
Phone: +1 416-736-2100 - 70135
Fax: +1 416-736-5872