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IEEE ICDL-EPIROB 2016 : The Sixth Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics


When Sep 19, 2016 - Sep 22, 2016
Where Cergy-Pontoise/Paris, France
Submission Deadline Apr 15, 2016
Notification Due Jun 1, 2016
Final Version Due Jul 1, 2016

Call For Papers

We invite submissions for this exciting window into the future of developmental sciences. Submissions which establish novel links between brain, behavior and computation are particularly encouraged.
Topics of interest 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 psychology
- 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.
Submissions will be accepted in several formats:

1. 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. Featured posters will have a 1 minute "teaser" presentation as part of the main conference session and will be showcased in the poster sessions. Maximum two-extra pages can be acceptable for a publication fee of $100 per page.

2. 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. These submissions will NOT be included in the conference proceedings. Accepted abstracts will be presented during poster sessions.

3. Tutorials and workshops: We invite experts in different areas to organize either a tutorial or a workshop to be held on the first day of the conference. Tutorials are meant to provide insights into specific topics as well as overviews that will inform the interdisciplinary audience about the state-of-the-art in child development, neuroscience, robotics, or any of the other disciplines represented at the conference.

A workshop is an opportunity to present a topic cumulatively. Workshops can be half- or full-day in duration including oral presentations as well as posters. Submission format: two pages including title, list of speakers, concept and target audience.

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Submission website through paperplaza at:

IEEE ICDL-Epirob is the premier forum for advances in epigenetic robotics and developmental psychology with the focus on learning and development in biological and artificial systems. This single-track conference brings together researchers from cognitive sciences, computer sciences, and robotics to explore their shared interests in autonomous learning and development. The design and study of both robotic and simulated embodied and situated computational models that are inspired by the principles of human development will be presented at the conference. A special event -- the «Babybot challenge» — will see renowned psychologists challenging engineers and modelers in how to use the tools of developmental robotics to replicate and extend the key findings. This year, thanks to special funding from Paris-Seine University, six renowned invited speakers will cover the different facets of the conference. We invite you to participate in IEEE ICDL-Epirob by sharing your research, insights, experience, and enthusiasm.
A social event “on the paths of the impressionists” will allow you to discover the old city of Pontoise and Auvers sur Oise where Vincent Van Gogh painted some of his most famous masterpieces. Excursions to Paris, Versailles and Giverny will be proposed for spouses.

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