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NCPW14 - 14th Neural Computation and Psychology Workshop

NCPW14 is the 14th in a series of international workshops on neurocomputational approaches to cognition. It brings together researchers from different disciplines such as artificial intelligence, cognitive science, robotics, computer science and psychology to discuss their work on models of cognitive processes. Previous NCPW workshops have been hosted in various UK cities as well as in Dijon, Liege, and San Sebastian.

Event dates: 21 – 23 August 2014

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Joint IEEE ICDL-Epirob 2014

ICDL-Epirob is the main event of the developmental robotics community. Topics of interest span widely cognitive systems research from a broad range of approaches. Examples include (but are not limited to): the development of perceptual, motor, cognitive, emotional, social, and communication skills in biological systems and robots; embodiment; general principles of development and learning; interaction of nature and nurture; sensitive/critical periods; developmental stages; grounding of knowledge and development of representations; architectures for cognitive development and open-ended learning; neural plasticity; statistical learning; reward and value systems; intrinsic motivations, exploration and play; interaction of development and evolution; use of robots in applied settings such as autism therapy; epistemological foundations and philosophical issues. Any of the topics above can be simultaneously studied from the neuroscience, psychology or modeling/robotic point of view.

Event dates: 13 – 16 October 2014

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Workshop series on AI and Robotics for teenage students

• To teach the basics of programming and mechatronics design to groups of academically outstanding students.
• To foster teamwork and competitive, challenge-driven development.
• To educate students on open source and open hardware practices.
• To ignite student interest in science, robotics and artificial intelligence.
• To expose students to cutting-edge research outcomes, moving beyond the limits of a typical classroom curriculum.

Event dates: 1 Jul 2014 - 30 Jun 2015

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ICRA 2014 Workshop on Active Visual Learning and Hierarchical Visual Representations for General-Purpose Robot Vision

The goal of this workshop is to bring together robotics and computer vision researchers interested in developing advanced cognitive vision systems, capable of active and open-ended learning of visual representations for recognition, tracking, manipulation, navigation, and surveillance on general-purpose robots. The main topic is the development of visual representations and visual learning mechanisms that provide capabilities to acquire new visual models and procedures in an incremental (developmental), open-ended way, grounded in the experiences of the robot acting in its working environment. Active robot exploration can provide new data, which is highly relevant for expanding the robot’s capabilities. However, the solutions how to achieve sharable representations and scalable mechanisms to enable visual learning from a small amount of data, remain vital for the overall success.

Event dates: 1st June 2014

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Embodied vs. Simulated Behavior and Cognition: What could Robotics contribute to Language Sciences?

This symposium will focus on the embodiment vs. simulation debate, exploring the strengths, limitations, and contributions of these approaches in exploring behaviour, language and cognition. Our aim is to use the outcomes to develop optimal ways of exploring complex phenomena such as human behaviour and cognition. Highlighting the complexity of coordinated behaviour the symposium will give special weight to language and, specifically, how it is integrated with action and perception. Could viewing language as a coordination device benefit from the use of embodied platforms? What is/has been the role of simulation in language studies? Could whole-body human coordination in which wordings play a part, become the central “object” of enquiry in the language sciences?

Event dates: 4th of April 2014

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HRI Pioneers Workshop 2014

The Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Pioneers Workshop has become an integral piece of the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction over the past eight years. Continuing this tradition, the 2014 workshop will be held in conjunction with the 9th annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on HRI on March 3, 2014 in Bielefeld, Germany.

Event dates: 3rd of March 2014

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Learning across domains and tasks: theory meets practice

The main objective of the workshop is to document and discuss the recent rise of new research questions on the general problem of learning across domains and tasks, and the related topics of domain adaptation, multi-task, transfer learning, and dataset-bias. In the last years there has been an increasing boost of activity in these areas, many of them driven by practical applications, such as object categorization. Different solutions were studied for each of the listed topics mainly separately and without a joint theoretical framework. On the other hand, most of the the existing theoretical formulations model regimes that are rarely used in practice (e.g. adaptive methods that store all the source samples). The workshop will focus on closing this gap by providing an opportunity for theoreticians and practitioners to get together in one place to share and debate over current theories and empirical results.

Event dates: 10th of December 2013

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Workshop on Soft Robotics and Morphological Computation

The workshop brings together two recent and exciting trends in robotics, namely, Soft Robotics and Morphological Computation. Both are expected to play an important role to bring about substantially novel approaches and application in robotics research. Toward high impact achievements, the main objectives of the workshop is to bring together the leading scientists of these two exciting research areas from all over the world, and to present the state-of-the-art work for mutual inspiration.

Event dates: 14-19 July 2013

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Workshop on "Models of Cognition in Biorobotics"

The understanding of cognition in biological lifeforms and the development of cognitive robotic systems are mutually dependent and re-enforces the progress in both fields. Biological systems can define a roadmap for the development of robotic systems while robots can be a experimental tool for modeling biological lifeforms. Using concepts of biomimetics to design the external structure of robotic systems, artificial cognition emerges due to the integration and interaction of perceptual and motor modules.

Event dates: 24th of June, 2013

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HRI Pioneers Workshop 2013 - Doctoral Students Workshop

The primary goal of the workshop is to provide young researchers with a forum to share their current research and perspectives with a diverse group of peers (approx. 20 graduate students and postdocs from diverse communities, e.g. cognitive science, computer science and engineering, psychology, robotics, human factors, human-computer interaction design, and communications) and a panel of experts from HRI. This encourages the formation of collaborative relationships across disciplines and geographic boundaries and fosters long-term relationships among participants.

Event dates: 3rd of March, 2013

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Conceptual and Mathematical Foundations of Embodied Intelligence

In the last few decades, an overwhelming number of case studies produced the evidence that intelligent behavior of naturally evolved agents efficiently involves the embodiment as part of the underlying control process. Nowadays, there is no question that the exploration and exploitation of the embodiment represent important mechanisms of cognition. The shift from the classical view to the modern embodied view, also referred to as the cognitive turn, not only framed a novel way of thinking about intelligence but also identified a number of fundamental principles that intelligent systems obey. Well known examples are the principle of cheap design, morphological computation, and information self-structuring. Although there is general consensus on the intuitive meaning of such principles, the field of embodied intelligence currently lacks a formal theory. We think that the mathematical foundations of the core concepts have to be advanced and unified, in order to be able to realize and better understand cognitive systems that exploit their embodiment in an autonomous and completely intrinsic way. Information theory, dynamical systems theory, and information geometry already turned out to be useful in this regard. However, there is much more, and also much more to do.

Event dates: February 27 - March 1, 2013

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Beyond Robot Grasping - Modern Approaches for Dynamic Manipulation

The field of robot grasping and manipulation is reaching an important milestone. In recent years, we have seen various robots that can reliably perform basic grasps on unknown objects in unstructured environments. However, these robots are still far away from being capable of human-level manipulation skills such as in-hand or bimanual manipulations of objects, interactions with non-rigid objects, and multi-object tasks such as stacking and tool-usage. As such advanced manipulations involve interacting with uncertain real-world environments, they pose major problems for current approaches and traditional methods that depend on accurate models of the robot and its surrounding.

Event dates: 12th of October, 2012

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3rd Int. Workshop on Human Behavior Understanding

This workshop, organized as a satellite to IROS'2012, will gather researchers dealing with the problem of modeling human behavior under its multiple facets (expression of emotions, display of relational attitudes, performance of individual or joint actions, imitation, etc.), with particular attention to implications in robotics, including additional resource and robustness constraints of robotic platforms, social aspects of human-robot interaction, and developmental approaches to robotics.

Event dates: 7th of October, 2012

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AISB Sensorimotor Theory Workshop

This workshop aims to provide an insight into the contemporary state of Sensorimotor Theories and their place in modern Cognitive Science. Particular focus will be given to J.K. O'Regan and Noë's 2001 paper "A sensorimotor account of vision and visual consciousness", including how both authors' work has since developed and diverged. An overarching aim will be to describe how Sensorimotor accounts relate to Enactive accounts: whether they are synonymous, compatible, or even mutually exclusive. We invite comparisons of the strengths and critiques of Sensorimotor accounts as compared to more established, and more radical theories.

Event dates: 26th of September, 2012

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The ACM 3rd International Symposium on Facial Analysis and Animation

Following on from the success of FAA 2009 and FAA 2010, we are pleased to announce a call for submissions for FAA 2012, in cooperation with ACM and sponsored by The Telecommunications Research Center Vienna (FTW), Disney Research, The University of Bath, and Speech Graphics. The aim of this meeting is to bring together researchers and practitioners from both academia and industry – particularly in VFX and games - interested in all aspects of facial animation and related analysis.

Event dates: 21st of September, 2012

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ECAI Workshop on Machine Learning for Interactive Systems (MLIS 2012): Bridging the Gap among Language, Motor Control and Vision

Interactive systems such as multimodal interfaces or robots must perceive, act, and interact in the environment where they are embedded. Naturally, perception, action and interaction are mutually related and affect each other.

Event dates: 27th - 28th Aug 2012

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13th Neural Computation and Psychology Workshop

NCPW stands for Neural Computation and Psychology Workshop. The workshop aims at bringing together researchers to discuss emergent models that address topics of human cognition. These models are mostly, but not exclusively, of the connectionist/neural network kind and are applied to cognitive processes. The cognitive aspects that are addressed range from developing models that bridge the gap between brain and behaviour to developing robots that are able to navigate in unknown territory without external feedback. NCPW sets the researcher and their field at its centre by providing only plenary talks, supporting student submissions, and allowing lots of time for informal discussions. NCPW produces a proceedings book that for many younger scientists forms an important milestone in their work. Importantly, it is one of the few books that collate papers from researchers with as varied a background as psychology, computer science, robotics, mathematics, and cognitive scientists.

Event dates: 12 - 14 July, 2012

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SIG-11: Second International Workshop on Stochastic Image Grammars

Syntactic description of images took off in the late 1960s due to the seminal work done by R. Narasimhan, K. S. Fu, A. Rosenfeld, and their collaborators. The notion of stochastic image grammars has come a long way from assigning probabilities to production rules, in the early work, to a more general notion that encompasses hierarchical representations of objects and events, semantic and spatial-temporal contexts, taxonomy of visual categories, and their associated learning and inference algorithms.

Event dates: 12th Nov 2011

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Workshop on Recogniton and Action for Scene Understanding (REACTS2011), 01 - 02.09.2011

The workshop on Recognition and Action for Scene Understanding (REACTS2011) is an international event which will be hold in Malaga, September 2011. The aim of this workshop is meant to bring together researchers which address the problem of Scene Understanding from the perspective of the different involved research communities. Scene Understanding has become a popular topic in Computer Science which combines abilities such as perception, analysis and interpretation of both indoor and outdoor scenes. Hence, it involves joining efforts and sharing knowledge from different research areas such as Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Machine Intelligence, Software Engineering and Cognitive Sciences. Scene Understanding underlies many abilities such as visual search, visual exploration and attention guidance, 3D object classification or human behaviour description and recognition. However, many other abilities such as spatio-temporal processing or multi-sensor fusion can also rely on this topic.

Event dates: 1st -- 2nd September 2011.

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AAAI "Language-Action Integration" workshop

Endowing artificial agents with language and action abilities has been a quest in many Artificial Intelligence (AI) subfields. A number of AI applications require coupling of language and motoric or visual action (and objects), ranging from language-based human-robot interaction to event recognition. Recent years have witnessed great advances in different disciplines that provide the theoretical and technological framework for an interdisciplinary approach to language-action integration.

Event dates: 7th - 11th Aug 2011

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This workshop will address "the systematicity challenge", that embodied cognitive science has yet to address (the range of methodologies such as behavior-based AI, ecological psychology, embodied and distributed cognition, dynamical systems theory, and non-classical forms of connectionism, that reject cognitivism in its different forms).

Event dates: 19th -- 21st May 2011

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Machine Consciousness 2011: Self, Integration and Explanation

This event seeks to bring together some of the foremost researchers in the field of machine consciousness to discuss progress so far and future directions that research might take in producing and understanding conscious systems through synthetic methods.

Event dates: 6th -- 7th April 2011

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ABiALS 2010/11: Spatial Representations and Dynamic Interactions (Workshop)

The workshop series "Anticipatory Behavior in Adaptive Learning Systems" was initiated in 2002 and has been held bi-annually since then. The goal of ABiALS is an interdisciplinary knowledge exchange between researchers that are interested in how predictions and expectations enhance cognitive development and behavioral control. ABiALS focuses on learning mechanisms and resulting forms of representations for anticipatory cognition and behavior.

Event dates: 21st -- 22nd February 2011

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Twelfth Neural Computation and Psychology Workshop, 08 - 10.04.2010

NCPW stands for Neural Computation and Psychology Workshop. The workshop aims at bringing together researchers to discuss emergent models that address topics of human cognition. These models are mostly, but not exclusively, of the connectionist/neural network kind and are applied to cognitive processes. The cognitive aspects that are addressed range from developing models that bridge the gap between brain and behaviour to developing robots that are able to navigate in unknown territory without external feedback. NCPW sets the researcher and their field at its centre by providing only plenary talks, supporting student submissions, and allowing lots of time for informal discussions. NCPW produces a proceedings book that for many younger scientists forms an important milestone in their work. Importantly, it is one of the few books that collate papers from researchers with as varied a background as psychology, computer science, robotics, mathematics, and cognitive scientists.

Event dates: 8th -- 10th April 2010.

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Two-day Symposium on AI-Inspired Biology (AIIB)

(Not Biologically Inspired AI -- BIAI !)

There are many ways in which research in AI/Robotics can be and has been inspired by biology. This includes the initial inspiration for AI in its earliest days. That is not the topic of this symposium! There also can be, and has been, inspiration in the reverse direction, which has not been so widely recognised.

The symposium is an opportunity for researchers on both sides of the natural/artificial cognition divide, including biologists studying animal cognition, to acknowledge and evaluate past examples of AI-inspired biology, to report on ongoing projects, and above all to identify opportunities for new ways in which advances in our understanding of natural/biological cognition can be or need to be inspired by concepts, problems, theories and techniques from AI/Robotics, including analysis of requirements for human-like or animal-like robots.

Event dates: 31st March--1st April 2010

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Planning Meeting in preparation of workshops 'Ethical Implications of Cognitive Systems: Bio and Techno Approaches'

Advances in internet and robotic technologies, as well as biotechnologies are likely to produce large-scale changes in social organization, as well as far-reaching environmental impacts. This raises ethical questions about the responsibility of technological developments in these fields.

Biological and ecological approaches to ethics appear to differ radically from approaches informed by technological and cognitive systems thinking. How is it possible to relate these two kinds of perspectives? To date there does not seem to be much systematic exploration of the relationship between ‘bio' and ‘techno' approaches to ethics, yet clearly there is a lot to explore.

Event dates: 26th - 29th of Jan 2010.

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International Workshop on Intrinsic Motivations and Cumulative Learning in Natural and Artificial Systems

The EU funded IM-CLeVeR project (c.n.231722) is organizing the Workshop, whose aim is to set a RoadMap for future research in Intrinsically-Motivated Cumulative Learning (IM-CL) by discussing which are the main open challenges and the most promising research directions of the field. The Workshop will be highly interdisciplinary, including researchers in machine learning, robotics, computational modeling, developmental psychology, neuroscience, and ethology.

Event dates: 15th - 17th Nov 2009.

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