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Total of 83 entries in all categories

The ShanghAI Lectures 2014

As a high quality educational, networking and dissemination activity in the field of embodied cognition and cognitive systems the ShanghAI Lectures provide a powerful dissemination tool of the ideas and results of the cognitive systems community.

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Neural Dynamics Approach to Cognitive Robotics: A Hands-on Summer School

Neural dynamics is one route along which a link between natural and artificial embodied cognition can be established. The neural grounding of this language makes it attractive to psychologists and neuroscientists, while its macroscopic nature, capacity to deal with sensor and effectors, and capacity to realize larger architectures makes is attractive to the cognitive scientist. Cognitive robotics based on neural dynamics may play a dual role, that of a reality check on neuronal accounts of natural embodied cognition, but also that of a serious proposal for how artificial embodied cognitive systems can be built.

The school thus addresses core issues of cognitive systems research and bridges cognitive systems to robotics and cognitive science.

Event dates: 25 – 30 May 2014

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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

Objectives
• 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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IRSS-2014: International Research-Centered Summer School in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Robotics

The Summer School has an innovative format: it is Research-Centred, with a strong focus on mini-projects of month-long duration, carried out by multiple teams of 3-4 students including a mix of academic levels (Postdoc, PhD, undergraduates). Selected seminars and lectures will also take place; but not exceeding two hours per day. Exciting cultural events and excursions will take place during the weekends. The outcome of the summer school includes both numerous scientific publications, as well as longer-term collaborations.

Event dates: 3 – 30 July 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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Interdisciplinary College 2014: Cognition 3.0 -- the social mind in the connected world (Spring School)

The Interdisciplinary College (IK) is an annual, intense one-week international spring school which offers a dense state-of-the-art course program in neurobiology, neural computation, cognitive science/psychology, artificial intelligence, robotics and philosophy. It is aimed at students, postgraduates and researchers from academia and industry. By combining humanities, science and technology, the IK endeavors to intensify dialog and connectedness between the various disciplines. Participants come mainly from European countries, lecturers from all over the world. Courses include up-to-date introductions to the main fields of the IK, as well as an in-depth treatment of a focus topic, which is changing from year to year.

Event dates: 14 – 21 March 2014

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AICoR - Artificial Intelligence and Cognition in Robotics

This is the first formal meeting of AICoR (Artificial Intelligence and Cognition in Robotics), a Topic Group within the euRobotics AISBL. The goal of this workshop is two-fold. First, to streamline the contents, organization and plans of the AICoR Topic Group. Second, to organize the AICoR contribution to euRobotics "Multi-Annual Roadmap" MAR. This worshop is organized in collaboration with EUCog - the European Network for the Advancement of Artificial Cognitive Systems, Interaction and Robotics.

Event dates: 12th of March 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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Symposium "Machine Ethics in the Context of Medical and Care Agents"

This event seeks to bring together some of the leading researchers in the world to discuss theoretical and practical aspects of the use of artificial cognitive and robotic agents in the context of medical care and health care. More specifically, the purpose of this meeting aims (1) to consolidate and strengthen collaboration between European researches in this area; (2) to invite experts from elsewhere in the world to enrich our discussions and (3) to initiate new links, both between ethics researchers (among themselves) and between ethics researchers and technical-scientific people who develop cognitive systems, and those involved in the front-line application of these systems in medical and social care settings.

Event dates: 3 – 4 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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NeuroEngineering the Brain: from Neuroscience to Robotics … and back

Engineering and neuroscience have a long history of successful collaborations. Various examples convincingly show that neuro‐inspired approaches not just yield higher performance but also more natural behavior of technical systems compared to conventional engineering approaches. Vice‐versa the field of neuroscience can benefit from bio‐inspired technical systems by inferring insights from such systems’ behaviors (e.g. human‐robot interaction). However, up to date most such projects have not yet left the domain of proof‐of‐concept. Despite the tremendous progress in neuroscientific understanding of higher brain functionality made in the last decade, none of our models have yet made it into everyday technical systems.

Event dates: 2 – 4 December 2013

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Synthetic Modeling of Life and Cognition: Open Questions

In recent decades researchers in various scientific domains have been working intensely on procedures directed to exploring life and cognition in a “synthetic” way, i.e. through modeling in artificial systems. This synthetic methodology poses a challenge for both science itself and the philosophy of science: to define the possibilities, the limits, and the ways of the synthetic modeling of life and cognition, and its relevance for biological, behavioral, cognitive, and social sciences.

Event dates: 13 – 16 October 2013

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Philosophy and Theory of Artificial Intelligence

A broad framework is set by questions like: What are the necessary conditions for artificial intelligence (if any); what are sufficient ones? What do these questions relate to the conditions for intelligence in humans and other natural agents? What are the ethical and societal problems that artificial intelligence raises, or will raise?

Event dates: 21 – 22 September 2013

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International Summer School on Agent-based Computational Models of Creativity

The International Summer School on Agent-based Computational Models of Creativity is an intense one-week summer school that centers on agent-based models of creativity, focusing on the domains of music and language. The school contains background lectures that introduce concepts from biology, anthropology, psychology, music theory and linguistics, as well as technical lectures on the fundamental computational components required for language processing and technical ateliers to learn how to set up evolutionary linguistics experiments. It is aimed at students and postgraduates who want to gain confidence in solving computational issues in state-of-the-art cognitive systems, and learn how to set up evolutionary linguistics experiments with autonomous embodied agents. Each technical atelier will be tightly focused on a particular topic, ranging from computational construction grammar to embodied cognitive semantics on robots.

Event dates: 15 – 20 September 2013 in Cortona (Italy)

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Neural Dynamics Approach to Cognitive Robotics - A Hands-on Summer School

The embodiment stance postulates that cognition cannot be understood as long as the links between cognitive processes and the sensory and motor surfaces are left unexamined. An understanding of cognition must also reflect that cognition takes place in organisms or agents who are situated in structured environments to which their bodies and nervous systems are specifically adapted.

Creating robotic demonstrations of cognitive process models is a powerful way to establish that principles of embodiment are addressed. In fact, the links to sensory and motor surfaces and immersion in the environment are difficult to probe without real-world robotic implementations.

Event dates: 9 – 14 September 2013

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International Summer School on Social Human-Robot Interaction

The International Summer School on Human-Robot Interaction is a 5 day event for young researchers offering a range of talks, lectures, tutorials and ateliers on the scientific and technical aspects of social Human-Robot Interaction. Tutorials will introduce techniques and technologies, such as software architectures, hardware platforms or experimental techniques. Finally, ateliers give the participants the opportunity to engage with hands-on activities, such as designing solutions or implementing prototypes.

Event dates: 26-30 August 2013, Cambridge, UK

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International Conference "Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind"

The Conference provides a unique opportunity for researchers to take part in a lively exhange of ideas within an international and interdisciplinary community of experts in aesthetics and the embodied mind thesis. (see the programme below). Its aim is to bring together and integrate the multiple and complementary ways of investigating, analyzing and discussing the refutation of the Cartesian mind-body dichotomy and its consequences for aesthetics beyond art theory.

Event dates: 26th - 28th August 2013

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CogSci 2013, 35th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society

CogSci 2013's theme is "Cooperative Minds: Social Interaction and Group Dynamics." This theme reflects a rapidly growing interest in the Cognitive Science community, namely a move from the study of individual cognition to the social realm. A further topic will be Cognitive Interaction Technologies, a rather new field aiming at a thorough understanding of the processes and functional constituents of cognitive interaction in order to replicate them in technical systems.

Event dates: July 31 - August 3, 2013

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The 9th International Summer Workshop on Multimodal Interfaces - eNTERFACE'13

The eNTERFACE workshops aim at establishing a tradition of collaborative, localized research and development work by gathering, in a single place, a team of leading professionals in multimodal human-machine interfaces together with students (both graduate and undergraduate), to work on a prespecified list of challenges, for 4 complete weeks. In this respect, it is an innovative and intensive collaboration scheme, designed to allow researchers to integrate their software tools, deploy demonstrators, collect novel databases, and work side by side with a great number of experts. It brings together 80 researchers for a whole month, subsequently it is the largest workshop on multimodal interfaces.

Event dates: July 15 - August 9, 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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Bilingual minds, bilingual machines

The purpose of this summer school is to bring together computer scientists designing automated translators and language recognition systems, and psychologists investigating early and late bilingualism, modelling the bilingual mental lexicon, from semantics to phonology. The school would be a unique opportunity for computer scientists and psychologists and to engage over common issues. How can we model bilingual processing? How are two phonologies represented? How is meaning related from word forms? How far can meanings be shared between languages in the human mind and in machines?

Event dates: 24 - 30 June, 2013

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Interdisciplinary College 2013: Wicked Problems, Complexity and Wisdom

The Interdisciplinary College (IK) is an annual, intense one-week international spring school which offers a dense state-of-the-art course program in neurobiology, neural computation, cognitive science/psychology, artificial intelligence, robotics and philosophy. It is aimed at students, postgraduates and researchers from academia and industry. By combining humanities, science and technology, the IK endeavours to intensify dialog and connectedness between the various disciplines. Participants come mainly from European countries, lecturers from all over the world. Courses include up-to-date introductions to the main fields of the IK, as well as an in-depth treatment of a focus topic, which is changing from year to year.

Event dates: 15 - 22 March, 2013

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Robots on Tour

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Zurich the University of Zurich presents Robots On Tour: World Congress & Exhibition of Robots, Humanoids, Cyborgs and more. It will take place on 8th (only for schools) and 9th (public exhibition with approx. 4'000 visitors) March 2013 in Zurich, Switzerland. Over 40 robots from all over the world such as AFFETTO, iCub, Armar, PR-2 and Cornell Ranger will be presented to the broad audience. World-class speakers such as Rodney Brooks will be attending and as an additional highlight, the AI Lab will unveil its new robot Roboy.

Event dates: 8 - 9 March, 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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AGI Impacts

The conference will explore questions such as: How can we best predict the impact of as future intelligent and superintelligent machines? How can we combine ideas from computer science, mathematics and philosophy to best estimate this impact? What will be the impacts of AGI on the world? Which directions of research should be most explored, and which should be de-emphasized or avoided? What can we do to best ensure scientific rigour in this non-experimental academic field? What are the best ideas and methods for ensuring both safety and predictability of advanced AI systems? Can we lay the foundations to a field of rigorous study of realistic AGI control methods that lead to implementable security protocols?

Event dates: 10 - 11 December, 2012

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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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Postgraduate Conference on Robotics and Development of Cognition RobotDoC-PhD

The aim of the Postgraduate Conference on Robotics and Development of Cognition (RobotDoC-PhD) is to bring together young scientists working on developmental cognitive robotics and its core disciplines, in order to provide both feedback and greater visibility to their research. The conference is open to all PhD students and post-doctoral researchers in the field. RobotDoC-PhD conference is an initiative as a part of Marie Curie Actions ITN RobotDoC and will be organised as a satellite event of the 22nd International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks ICANN 2012.

Event dates: 10 - 12 September, 2012

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Barcelona Cognition, Brain and Technology Summer School 2012

BCBT is an annual international summer school that promotes a shared systems-level understanding of the functional architecture of the brain and its possible emulation in artificial systems. BCBT addresses students and researchers involved in research at the interface between brains and technology such as in the ambit of “Bio-ICT convergence” "Brain Inspired ICT" and “cognitive systems and robotics”.

Event dates: 3 - 14 September, 2012

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Neural Dynamics Approach to Cognitive Robotics III --- A Hands-on Summer School

The embodiment stance postulates that cognition cannot be understood as long as the links between cognitive processes and the sensory and motor surfaces are left unexamined. An understanding of cognition must also reflect that cognition takes place in organisms or agents who are situated in structured environments to which their bodies and nervous systems are specifically adapted.

Event dates: 3 - 7 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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CITEC Summer School 2012: Verbal and non-verbal communication: From experiments to implementation

Humans, as well as animal or artificial agents are continuously confronted with the problem of understanding each other. What are the mechanisms that shape communicative behaviour, what makes it so efficient in natural environments and what is the key for the improvement of it in artificial contexts? Dialogue coordination (alignment) in normal and noisy environments, intention understanding (pragmatic and joint attention), non-verbal cues (gestures and facial expression decoding), and asymmetric communication are some common challenges for interactive systems, and they require efficient verbal and non-verbal interaction. This will involve approaches from experimental psychology, cognitive sciences, computational modelling, neuroinformatics, gesture studies, animal communication, human-machine interaction and robotics.

Event dates: 26 - 31 August, 2012

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Embodiment, Cognition and Communication

The theme of the XXI Biennal Conference on Human Ethology will be "Evolution of Embodiment, Cognition and Communication". Over the last 10 years, embodiment has become a central topic in a large range of scientific disciplines - from robotics, cognitive sciences, psychology, and artificial intelligence to behavior research. The concept of cognition being interlaced with the physical properties of the individual has proven to be useful for achieving new insights. The concept of embodiment is inherent to evolutionary theory - as both bodies and brains are results of evolutionary processes, it is at hand that cognition, communication and behavior are embodied.

Event dates: 12 - 17 August, 2012

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VVV2012, the iCub summer school

The iCub Summer School, "Veni Vidi Vici", serves to consolidate and disseminate skills in software engineering for humanoid robots. Our goal is to foster long-lived academic collaboration on robot software across the boundaries and lifetimes of individual projects. The iCub summer school is a peer-to-peer event; there are no lectures, and no strict division of instructors and students. All participants are expected to be competent C/C++ programmers with an interest in working with others (and an agenda of their own). The school schedule will be organized flexibly around informal tutorials from participants on modules they are working on or interested in. This is the seventh edition of the iCub summer school.

Event dates: 18 - 28 July, 2012

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Auditory Cognition - Listening in the Real World (Summer School)

Following on from our first successful event in Groningen, July 2011, we propose to organise a second Auditory Cognition Summer School, this time in Plymouth. Compared to vision, research in audition (with the exception of speech processing) is far less advanced; nevertheless the range of topics and possible applications is just as broad. Auditory cognition covers topics from the analysis of sonic environments to the generation of adaptive responses. Responses can range from detecting sound sources to the generation of narratives that describe the soundscape and its contents. Modelling this process and predicting likely sound annoyance or enjoyment of sonic ambiance is an unsolved challenge for current technology. Understanding the cognitive processes underlying auditory perception in real-world scenarios is therefore of importance both from a scientific and a technological perspective.

Event dates: 13 - 16 of July, 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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Special Session "Cognitive Architectures in Dynamic Field Theory"

Neural Computation and Neural Field Theory is a growing and very active area of research with important applications in medicine and technology. Activities range from numerical simulation of large-scale discretised neural fields to analytical treatment of neural field equations by means of functional analysis, from modeling and identification of cognitive and psychological processes in a neural environment to building natural or artificial devices. The community includes researchers from medicine, psychology, physics, mathematics and engineering, where ideas from different fields lead to a truly interdisciplinary and highly catalyzing environment. On this background the Reading Conferences on Neural Field Theory contribute to the further development and shaping of the community by bringing together well-known and young researchers in an inspiring mixture of tutorials, special sessions and invited talks by leaders in the field.

Event dates: 19 - 21 April, 2012

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Embodiment, Cognition and Communication

Over the last 10 years, embodiment has become a central topic in a large range of scientific disciplines - from robotics, cognitive sciences, psychology, and artificial intelligence to behavior research. The concept of cognition being interlaced with the physical properties of the individual has proven to be useful for achieving new insights.

Event dates: 12th - 17th Aug 2012

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Interdisciplinary College 2012

The Interdisciplinary College (IK) is an annual, intense one-week international spring school which offers a dense state-of-the-art course program in neurobiology, neural computation, cognitive science/psychology, artificial intelligence, robotics and philosophy. It is aimed at students, postgraduates and researchers from academia and industry. By combining humanities, science and technology, the IK endeavours to intensify dialog and connectedness between the various disciplines. Participants come mainly from European countries, lecturers from all over the world. Courses include up-to-date introductions to the main fields of the IK, as well as an in-depth treatment of a focus topic, which is changing from year to year.

Event dates: 16 - 23 March, 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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11th IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots

The theme of the conference is “Humanoid Robot Cognition”, reflecting the growing need to create robots that can function in natural environments.

Event dates: 26th - 28th Oct 2011

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Philosophy & Theory of Artificial Intelligence

The theory and philosophy of artificial intelligence has come to a crucial point where the agenda for the forthcoming years is in the air - this conference will try to set that agenda and to gather many of the key players.

Event dates: 3rd - 4th Oct 2011

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2nd CITEC Summer School 2011

The importance of generality in computer vision systems whose goal is to achieve near-human performance was emphasized early in the field’s development.

Event dates: 3rd - 8th Oct 2011

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2nd International Conference on Morphological Computation ICMC2011

The conference will be broadly interdisciplinary, including discussions in the area of robotics, frameworks for computation (reservoir computing, neural networks, computation based on spatio-temporal dynamics), chemistry and molecular biology (micro-patterning with biological polymers, interacting self-assembled micro-structures), and material science (intelligent micro materials, complex physical materials, complex surface patterning).

Event dates: 12th - 14th Sep 2011

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Barcelona Cognition Brain and Technology summer school BCBT 2011

BCBT's principal aim is to promote a shared systems-level understanding of the functional architecture of the brain and its possible emulation in artificial systems.

Event dates: 5th - 16th Sep 2011

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MLSS 2011 - Machine Learning Summer School

The school will provide tutorials and practical sessions on basic and advanced topics of machine learning by leading researchers in the field. The summer school is intended for students, young researchers and industry practitioners with an interest in machine learning and a strong mathematical background.

Event dates: 4th - 17th Sep 2011

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The Future of the Embodied Mind

The summer school focuses on cognition in artificial and biological systems from a theoretical perspective that considers embodiment, situatedness, and action-relatedness as key elements in understanding and implementing cognitive systems.

Event dates: 4th -- 10th September 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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International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2011

IJCAI is the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, the main international gathering of researchers in AI.

Event dates: 16th - 22nd Jul 2011

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4th Joint Action Meeting (JAM)

Human life is full of joint actions ranging from a handshake to the performance of a symphony. We are highly skilled at coordinating our actions with those of others to reach common goals, and rely on this ability throughout our daily lives. What are the processes underlying this ability? How does joint action develop? What are the basic principles needed to build robotic systems that can interact with humans? What might differentiate joint action from individual action, both conceptually and in terms of experience?

Event dates: 7th -- 9th July 2011

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Summerschool on Auditory Cognition

Auditory cognition covers all processes from the reception of sounds to the generation of an adaptive response. The response can vary from detecting sound sources, via the generation of a matching narrative or even a formal complaint about sound annoyance, to simple enjoyment of the sonic ambiance. Auditory cognition is therefore by necessity aimed at cognitive processes in real-world conditions.

Event dates: 7th -- 14th July 2011

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SYSTEMATICITY AND THE POST-CONNECTIONIST ERA: TAKING STOCK OF THE ARCHITECTURE OF COGNITION

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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Interdisciplinary College 2011: Autonomy, Decisions and Free Will

The Interdisciplinary College (IK) is an annual, intense one-week international spring school which offers a dense state-of-the-art course program in neurobiology, neural computation, cognitive science/psychology, artificial intelligence, robotics and philosophy. It is aimed at students, postgraduates and researchers from academia and industry.

Event dates: 25th March -- 1st April 2011

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International Training School on Cognitive Behavioural Systems

Cognitive processes - such as inference, categorization, and memory - are not independent from their physical instantiations. Individual choices, perception and actions emerge and are dynamically affected/enhanced by the interaction between sensory-motor systems and the inhabited environment (including the organizational, cultural and physical context). This interplay brings up instantiations of cognitive behavioural systems.

Event dates: 21st -- 26th February 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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5th French computational neuroscience conference, Neurocomp'10, 06 - 08.10.2010

NeuroComp is an annual event in France, which brings together the computational neuroscience community and the experimental neuroscience community, favoring the advancement of artificial cognitive systems. The meeting will take place in Lyon this year. It will include a tutorial day where students will be able to learn about development of artificial cogntitive neural systems and comparison with neurophysiology data.

Event dates: 6th -- 8th October 2010.

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Autumn School - Neuronal Dynamics for Cognitive Robotics, 24.09 - 01.10.2010

Neuronal dynamics provides a powerful theoretical language with which embodied and situated cognitive systems can be designed and modeled. This summer school will provides a hands-on and down-to-earth introduction to neuronal dynamics ideas and will enable participants to become productive within this framework.

Event dates: 24th September -- 1st October 2010

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SAB2010 - Simulation of Adaptive Behavior: From Animals to Animats 11, 24 - 28.08.2010

SAB2010 - the eleventh SAB conference - will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the founding one that has been held in Paris in 1990. SAB conferences afford a new approach to cognitive science, complementary to traditional AI - the "animat approach". They are held every two years in Europe, USA and Japan.

Event dates: 24th -- 28th August 2010

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VVV 2010, the iCub summer school, 18 - 29.07.2010

The iCub Summer School, "Veni Vidi Vici", serves to consolidate and disseminate skills in software engineering for humanoid robots. Our goal is to foster long-lived academic collaboration on robot software across the boundaries and lifetimes of individual projects.

Event dates: 18th July -- 29th July 2010

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Enaction and Cognitive Science, 27.06 - 03.07.2010

The fifth in a series of summer schools examining the enactive approach to cognitive science and cognitive systems research. The particular theme of the 2010 school will be "skill", and will focus on domains such as ecological psychology and dynamic sensorimotor approaches to cognition. Questions addressed will include how skills can be conceptualised and operationalised for psychological and modelling research, particularly within the context of embodied, embedded and enactive conceptions of cognition. The role and form of the interaction between the cognitive system and its environment will be examined, as will the distinctions (if any) between different kinds of skill (cognitive, performative, social).

Event dates: 27th June -- 3rd July 2010.

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First European Summer School on Life and Cognition, 22 - 26.06.2010

The first European Summer School on "Life & Cognition" will offer an advanced training on contemporary scientific research about life and cognition, by focusing on some of the central theoretical issues in the fields of biological and cognitive sciences. In particular, the school will put the emphasis on the continuity between biological organization and cognitive capacities and will explore some of those concepts and problems (e.g. autonomy, embodied and extended cognition, emergence, functional mechanisms, minimal living/agent systems,...) which could play a pivotal role in an integrated scientific framework of life and cognition. The school will apply a resolutely interdisciplinary approach, by bringing together international experts with diverse backgrounds, including philosophy, cognitive science, theoretical biology and sciences of complexity.

Event dates: 22th -- 26th June 2010.

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11th International Multisensory Research Forum 16 - 19.06.2010

The event is a symposium at the International Multisensory Research Forum conference to be held in Liverpool. This meeting takes place since 1999 in different cities. The International Multisensory Research Forum (IMRF www.imrf.info) is the leading society fostering research into multisensory processing in biological systems. The forum brings together world leading experts from experimental sciences: neurosciences, psychology, and modeling. The annual conference attracts 200-300 international delegates, features an annual special issue in a high impact journal, and a web presence to foster multisensory research.

Event dates: 16th -- 19th June 2010.

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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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Toward Autonomous, Adaptive, and Context-Aware Multimodal Interfaces: Theoretical and Practical Issues

The school will afford a change of perspective in verbal and nonverbal communication, where the research focus moves from "communicative tools" to "communicative instances" and ask for investigations that take into account the environment and the context in which the communicative acts take place.

Event dates: 15th -- 19th March 2010.

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Interdisciplinary College 2010, 12 - 19.03.2010

The Interdisciplinary College (IK) is an annual, intense one-week international spring school which offers a dense state-of-the-art course program in neurobiology, neural computation, cognitive science/psychology, artificial intelligence, robotics and philosophy. It is aimed at students, postgraduates and researchers from academia and industry. By combining humanities, science and technology, the IK endeavors to intensify dialog and connectedness between the various disciplines. Participants come mainly from European countries, lecturers from all over the world. Courses include up-to-date introductions to the main fields of the IK, as well as an in-depth treatment of focus topic, which is changing from year to year.

Event dates: 12th -- 19th March 2010.

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RobotDoC Robotics Research Methods Workshop

This is the first training event of the Marie Curie ITN "RobotDoC: Robotics for Developmento of Cognition" (in Plymouth UK). This workshop will provide PhD students with a series of lectures and hands-on workshops on Research Methods.

Event dates: 9th - 11th of March 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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EpiRob'09 - Ninth International Conference on Epigenetic Robotics: Modeling Cognitive Development in Robotic Systems

The school will affords a change of perspective in verbal and nonverbal communication, where the
research focus moves from "communicative tools" to "communicative instances" and ask for investigations that take into account the environment and the context in which the communicative acts take place.

The consequences in Information Communication Technology (ICT) research should bring to the development of instantiated interactive dialogue systems and instantiated intelligent avatars able to act by exploiting contextual and environmental signals and process them by combining previous experience (memory) adapted to the problem instance.

Event dates: 12th - 14th Nov 2009.

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International Summer School

International Summer School on Embodied Language Games and Construction Grammar, 29 August - 4 September 2009, Palazzone di Cortona, Tuscany (Italy).

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Robot Learning Summer School

This school will take place from the 20th until the 24th of July 2009 and is mainly designed for PhD students who want to acquire a good understanding of current research and open challenges in Learning Robots and for those people with a different background who want to introduce themselves to this area.

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EUROBOT Conference 2009

The confecence will attempt to track current research progress of cognitive robots.

Event dates: 20th - 25th of May.

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Perception Course Development

The goal of the coordinators combined activity will be to give a new generation of perception researchers a set of novel, for the Anglo-Saxon community, tools to improve models of perception.

Event dates: 23d of April - 30th of June 2009.

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