Friday, 23 March 2018

CFP: 8th Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (IEEE ICDL-EPIROB 2018)

 Dear Colleagues:

This is a final invitation to submit papers and/or workshops to the 8th Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics which will be held in Tokyo at Waseda University. Please see below for further details.

Apologies for cross-posting.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Oliver Brock (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany)

Prof. Kenji Doya (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)

Prof. Peter Marshall (Temple University, U.S.A.)

Mr. Masahiro Fujita (Sony, Japan)


Submission deadline: April 1, 2018

8th Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics

Tokyo, Japan

Conference: September 16th – 20th, 2018



Abstract: 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 2018 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 psycho


Full six-page paper submissions: Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings and will be selected for either an oral presentation or a featured poster presentation.

Two-page poster abstract submissions: To encourage discussion of late-breaking results or for work that is not sufficiently mature for a full paper, we will accept 2-page abstracts.

Tutorials and workshops: We invite experts in different areas to organize either a tutorial or a workshop to be held on the first day or second day of the conference. Tutorials are meant to provide insights into specific topics through hand-on training and interactive experiences.

Babybot Challenge Paper Award

Babybot Challenge papers are expected to establish a strong link between developmental psychology and robotics and/or computational modeling. Submissions will be judged by the following criteria:

- How well does the computational model (e.g. an artificial system, which can be a robot or a software agent) represent the particular features of the experimental research addressed.

- How closely the performance of the model replicate the experimental findings, and how parsimonious is the model.

- The extent of the novel insights or explanations generated by the model, and importantly whether the model make interesting and testable predictions.

We encourage the authors to tag their submission for "Babybot Challenge" award during contributed paper submission, which would indicate that there is significant content that puts the paper in the spotlight of "Babybot Challenge".

The prize for the winner of the Babybot Challenge is a Titan-V (GPGPU board) by Nvidia.


We invite researchers to submit a one/two pages resume of their intended workshops with indication of the invited speakers, duration (half day or full day), open to paper/poster submission and website.

Important Dates

Submission deadline: April 1st, 2018
Notification due: June 15th, 2018
Final Version due: July 15th, 2018
Conference: September 16th – 20th, 2018


Tetsuya Ogata (Waseda University, Japan)
Angelo Cangelosi (Plymouth University, UK)
Tadahiro Taniguchi (Ritsumeikan University, Japan)
Emre Ugur (Bogazici University, Turkey)
Junko Kanero (Koç University, Turkey)
Erhan Oztop (Özyeğin University, Turkey)
Minoru Asada (Osaka University, Japan)
Giulio Sandini (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)
Alessandra Sciutti (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)
Philippe Gaussier (University of Cergy-Pontoise, France)
Hiroki Mori (Waseda University, Japan)
Alexandre Pitti (University of Cergy-Pontoise, France)
Umay Suanda (University of Connecticut, USA)
Shingo Shimoda (Riken, Brain Science Institute, Japan)
Tetsunari Inamura (NII, Japan)
Hiromi Mochiyama (Tsukuba University, Japan)
Takato Horii (The University of Electro-Communications, Japan)
Shingo Murata (Waseda University, Japan)


Alex Pitti:
Hiroki Mori:
Umay Suanda:

the publicity chair,
Alex Pitti, Hiroki Mori and Umay Suanda

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