Monday, 4 September 2017

Call for Participation: Joint IEEE International Conference on Developmental Learning and Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob 2017), Lisbon, Portugal (Sep 18-21)

Final Call for Participation
IEEE ICDL-EPIROB 2017
The Seventh Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics.
Lisbon, Portugal.
September 18th-21st, 2017.

== Keynote speakers

== Conference description
The past decade has seen the emergence of a new scientific field in which computational techniques are employed to study how intelligent biological and artificial systems develop sensorimotor, cognitive and social abilities through dynamic interactions with their physical and social environments, with a twofold objective: to gain a better understanding of human and animal intelligence, and to enable artificial systems with more adaptive and flexible behaviors.
The two most prominent conference series of this area, the International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL) and the International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics (EpiRob), are joining forces for the seventh time and invite submissions for a joint meeting in 2017 to explore, extend, and consolidate the interdisciplinary boundaries of this exciting research field. In addition to the usual paper submission-selection process, the BabyBot Challenge will crown computational models that capture core aspects of specific psychology experiments.

== Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
* general principles of development and learning;
* development of skills in biological systems and robots;
* nature VS nurture, critical periods and developmental stages;
* architectures for cognitive development and life-long learning;
* emergence of body knowledge and affordance perception;
* models for prediction, planning and problem solving;
* models of human-human and human-robot interaction;
* emergence of verbal and non-verbal communication skills;
* epistemological foundations and philosophical issues;
* models of child development from experimental psychology.
Any of the topics above can be simultaneously studied from the neuroscience, psychology or modeling/robotic point of view.

== Program committee
* General chairs
José Santos-Victor (Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal)
Giulio Sandini (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)
* Program chairs
Lorenzo Jamone (Queen Mary University of London, UK)
Emre Ugur (Bogazici University, Turkey)
*Bridge chairs
Angelo Cangelosi (Plymouth University, UK)
Minoru Asada (Osaka University, Japan)
Jeffrey Lockman (Tulane University, USA)
* Publicity chairs
Alexandre Bernardino (Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal)
Yukie Nagai (Osaka University, Japan)
Maya Cakmak (University of Washington, USA)
Serena Ivaldi (INRIA Nancy, France)
* Publication chair
Jorge Marques (Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal)
* Finance chair
José Gaspar (Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal)
* Local chairs
Plinio Moreno (Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal)
Rodrigo Ventura (Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal)

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