[2nd CFP] From Animals to Animats 8, SAB'04, 13-17 July 2004, Los Angeles.

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FROM ANIMALS TO ANIMATS 8
The Eighth International Conference on the SIMULATION OF ADAPTIVE BEHAVIOR (SAB'04)
http://www.isab.org/sab04
An International Conference organized by The International Society for Adaptive Behavior (ISAB)
13-17 July 2004, Los Angeles, USA
The objective of this interdisciplinary conference is to bring together researchers in computer science, artificial intelligence, alife, control, robotics, neurosciences, ethology, and related fields so as to further our understanding of the behaviors and underlying mechanisms that allow natural and artificial animals to adapt and survive in uncertain environments. The conference will focus on experiments with well-defined models --- robot models, computer simulation models, mathematical models --- designed to help characterize and compare various organizational principles or architectures underlying adaptive behavior in real animals and in synthetic agents, the animats.
Contributions treating any of the following topics from the perspective of adaptive behavior will receive special emphasis:
The Animat approach Characterization of agents and environments Passive and active perception Motor control Visually-guided behaviors Action selection Behavioral sequencing Navigation and mapping Internal models and representation Learning and development Motivation and emotion Collective and social behavior Emergent structures and behaviors Neural correlates of behavior Evolutionary and co-evolutionary approaches Autonomous robotics Humanoid robotics Software agents and virtual creatures Applied adaptive behavior Animats in education Philosophical and psychological issues
Authors should make every effort to suggest implications of their work for both natural and artificial animals, and to distinguish the portions of their work which use simulation from those using a physical agent.
Papers that do not deal explicitly with adaptive behavior will be rejected.
Conference format
Following the tradition of SAB conferences, the conference will be single track, with additional poster sessions. Each poster session will start with poster spotlights giving presenters the opportunity to orally present their main results.
Submission Instructions
Submission instructions can be found on the conference Web site. Submitted papers must not exceed 10 pages (double columns). Because the whole review process heavily relies on electronic means, the organizers strongly enforce electronic submissions of PDF documents. Authors who are in the impossibility to deliver a PDF document should contact the program chairs ( snipped-for-privacy@isab.org) for discussing alternative ways of submitting.
Computer, video, and robotic demonstrations are also invited for submission. Submit a 2-page proposal plus a title page to the program chairs. Indicate equipment requirements and relevance to the themes of the conference.
Call for workshop and tutorial proposals
A separate call for workshop and tutorial proposals can be found on the conference web site at http://www.isab.org/sab04 . The accepted workshops and tutorials will take place on the last day of the conference, July 17. Inquiries can be made to snipped-for-privacy@isab.org
IMPORTANT DATES (2004)
JAN 09:     Submissions must be received JUL 13-16:     Conference dates JUL 17:     Workshops and tutorials
Program chairs:
Stefan Schaal, University of Southern California (USC) Auke Ijspeert, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne & USC Aude Billard, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne & USC Sethu Vijayakumar, University of Edinburgh & USC
General Chairs:
John Hallam, Universities of Odense and Edinburgh Jean-Arcady Meyer, Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6
Publisher:
The MIT Press, Cambridge.
Program queries to:          snipped-for-privacy@isab.org Workshops queries to:          snipped-for-privacy@isab.org General queries to:         snipped-for-privacy@isab.org WWW Page:            http://www.isab.org/sab04
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