Fourth International Workshop on Epigenetic Robotics:
Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems
http://www.epigenetic-robotics.org

August 25-27, 2004
Location: LIRA-Lab, University of Genoa Genoa, Italy

Submission Deadline:
March 1st, 2004

This workshop focuses on combining developmental psychology, neuroscience, biology, and robotics with the goal of understanding the functioning of biological systems. 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 includes the two-fold goal of understanding biological systems by the interdisciplinary integration between neural and engineering sciences and, simultaneously, that of enabling robots and artificial systems to develop skills for any particular environment instead of programming them for specific environments. To this aim, psychological theory and empirical evidence should be used to inform epigenetic robotic models, and these models should be used as theoretical tools to make experimental predictions in developmental psychology. We encourage the submission from different disciplines such as robotics, artificial intelligence, developmental psychology, biology or neurophysiology, as well as interdisciplinary work bridging the gap between science and engineering.

Subject Areas include, but are not limited to:

For summaries of the papers from the latest workshops see:
Zlatev and Balkenius (2001), Prince (2002), and Berthouze and Prince (2003).

Please send any questions to the workshop co-chairs:
    Giorgio Metta (pasa@dist.unige.it) and Luc Berthouze (Luc.Berthouze@aist.go.jp).

Sponsors:

    LIRA-Lab, University of Genoa, Italy
    Communications Research Laboratory, Japan

Location:
    University of Genoa, Italy

Invited Speakers:

    Luciano Fadiga, Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, University of Ferrara, Italy
    Claes von Hofsten, Dept. of Psychology, University of Upssala, Sweden
    Jürgen Konczak, Human Sensorimotor Control Lab, University of Minnesota, USA
    Jacqueline Nadel, CNRS, University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris, France

Submissions:
Papers not exceeding eight (8) pages should be submitted electronically (PDF or Postscript) as attachment files to Luc Berthouze (Luc.Berthouze@aist.go.jp). Extended abstracts (maximum two pages) can also be submitted, and will be presented as posters (extended abstracts should also be submitted in PDF or Postscript as attachments to Luc Berthouze (Luc.Berthouze@aist.go.jp). Further instructions to authors will be posted on the workshop web page: http://www.epigenetic-robotics.org

Important Dates:
    March 1st, 2004:
Deadline for submission of papers and posters
    April 21st, 2004: Notification of acceptance for papers and posters
    May 21st, 2004: Deadline for camera ready-papers & posters
    August 25-27, 2004: Workshop

Organizing Committee:
    Christian Balkenius (Cognitive Science, Lund University, Sweden)
    Luc Berthouze (Neuroscience Research Institute, AIST, Japan)
    Hideki Kozima (Communications Research Laboratory, Japan)
    Giorgio Metta (LIRA-Lab, University of Genoa, Italy)
    Christopher G. Prince (Computer Science, University of Minnesota Duluth, USA)
    Giulio Sandini (LIRA-Lab, University of Genoa, Italy)
    Georgi Stojanov (Computer Science Institute, SS Cyril and Methodius University, Macedonia)

Program Committee:
    Christian Balkenius (Cognitive Science, Lund University, Sweden)
    Luc Berthouze (Neuroscience Research Institute, AIST, Japan)
    Aude Billard (Autonomous Systems Laboratory, EPFL, Switzerland)
    Daniel Bullock (Cognitive & Neural Systems Department, Boston University, USA)
    Kerstin Dautenhahn (Adaptive Systems Research Group, University of Hertfordshire, UK)
    Yiannis Demiris (Intelligent and Interactive Systems, Imperial College, UK)
    Luciano Fadiga (University of Ferrara, Italy)
    Peter Gärdenfors (Cognitive Science, Lund University, Sweden)
    Philippe Gaussier (Universite de Cergy-Pointoise & ENSEA, France)
    Gyorgy Gergely (Institute for Psychological Research, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary)
    Frédéric Kaplan (Sony Computer Science Lab Paris, France)
    Hideki Kozima (Communications Research Laboratory, Japan)
    Valerie Kuhlmeier (Yale University, Department of Psychology, USA)
    Max Lungarella (Neuroscience Research Institute, AIST, Japan)
    Yuval Marom (School of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Monash University, Australia)
    Giorgio Metta (LIRA-Lab, Genoa, Italy) Jacqueline Nadel (CNRS, France)
    Chrystopher Nehaniv (Adaptive Systems Research Group, University of Hertfordshire, UK)
    Rolf Pfeifer (AI Lab, University of Zurich, Switzerland)
    Christopher G. Prince (Computer Science, University of Minnesota Duluth, USA)
    Deb Roy (Media Laboratory, MIT, USA) Giulio Sandini (LIRA-Lab, Genoa, Italy)
    Brian Scassellati (Department of Computer Science, Yale University, USA)
    Stefan Schaal (Computer Science Department, USC, USA)
    Matthew Schlesinger (Psychology Department, Southern Illinois University, USA)
    Sylvain Sirois (Department of Psychology, Manchester University, UK)
    Georgi Stojanov (Computer Science Institute, SS Cyril and Methodius University, Macedonia)
    Gert Westermann (Department of psychology, Oxford Brookes University, UK)
    Tom Ziemke (Department of Computer Science, University of Skovde, Sweden)

Publication of Papers & Poster Abstracts:
    Papers and poster abstracts will be published in the proceedings, and archived at CogPrints (http://cogprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk).

REFERENCES

Zlatev, J. & Balkenius, C. (2001). Introduction: Why "epigenetic robotics"? Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Epigenetic Robotics: Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems (pp. 1-4). Lund University Cognitive Studies, Volume 85.Available at: http://www.lucs.lu.se/Epigenetic-robotics/Papers/Zlatev.Balkenius.2001.pdf

Prince, C. G. (2002). Introduction: The Second International Workshop on Epigenetic Robotics. In C. G. Prince, Y. Demiris, Y. Marom, H. Kozima, & C. Balkenius (Eds.) Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Epigenetic Robotics: Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems. Lund, Sweden: Lund University Cognitive Studies Volume 94. Available at: http://www.cprince.com/PubRes/EpigeneticRobotics2002/Prince-Intro.pdf

Weng, J., McClelland, J., Pentland, A., Sporns, O., Stockman, I., Sur, M., & Thelen, E. (2001). Autonomous mental development by robots and animals. Science, 291, 599-600. Available at: http://www.cse.msu.edu/dl/SciencePaper.pdf

Berthouze, L. and Prince, C. G. (2003). Introduction: The Third International Workshop on Epigenetic Robotics. In C. G. Prince, L. Berthouze, H. Kozima, D. Bullock, G. Stojanov, & C. Balkenius (Eds.) Proceedings of the Third International Workshop on Epigenetic Robotics: Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems. Lund, Sweden: Lund University Cognitive Studies Volume 101. Available at: http://www.d.umn.edu/~cprince/epigenetic-robotics/2003/intro.pdf