Soliciting papers on Epigenetic Robotics as part of 2006 Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems (PerMIS) Workshop

PerMIS (See

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is being held at NIST in Gaithersburg, MD on August 21 - 23, 2000 in conjunction with the IEEE Safety, Security, and Rescue Robotics Conference.

The workshop considers issues of defining measures and methodologies of evaluating performance of intelligent systems, focusing on applications of performance measures to practical problems in commercial, industrial, homeland security, and military applications. Broad topic areas include dining and measuring aspects of a system such as autonomy and collaboration; and evaluating components within intelligent systems such as sensation and perception, planning and control, use of world models etc. We seek high-quality papers on a wide range of topics within the emerging field of epigenetic robotics (alternatively called developmental robotics or ontogenetic robotics). While authors may focus on fairly narrow and specific issues, all papers should emphasize the relevance of the work to the overall PerMIS goals to realize and measure both intelligence and autonomy. Scientific interest in artificial agents and robots that can grow up and learn has contributed to these goals in the last few years. The field of epigenetic robotics has attracted numerous researchers and interest in embodied agents that develop and learn, develop sophisticated perceputal systems, acquire sensorimotor maps and control of their own bodies, master the affordances provided objects in the environment, interact with the environment and social partners.

Topic areas of particular interest to the conference include foundational and applied issues. Non-exclusive examples include: Foundational Issues =B7 Theories of Mind =B7 Humanoid Robotic Architectures & Design of ontogenetic robotic platforms =B7 Bridges between Engineering, Computer Sciences and Biology =B7 The relation of physical and mental " schemata"; =B7 The Importance of Embodiment for Intelligence =B7 Emergent Behaviors and Self Organization =B7 Humanoid Architecture and Frameworks =B7 Conceptualization and knowledge Representation =B7 Computational framework addressing learning and development, =B7 Language Phenomena and Language Grounding =B7 Principles of Autonomous Development and Adaptive robotics =B7 The Role of Motivation and Emotions: Values, Belief, desires and Intention =B7 Sensor Fusion =B7 Learning Concepts and Situated learning =B7 Attention, Consciousness and Awareness Methodologies, Interactive Systems and Real World Applications =B7 Experimental designs and methods to gauge intelligent performance =B7 Evaluation Methods in Epigenetic Robotics Research =B7 Methods for Developing humanoid robotics and implementing development processes, =B7 Motor skill Acquisition =B7 Coordinating perception and action, =B7 Skill Acquisition and sensorimotor control =B7 Object conservation =B7 Applications showing autonomy, adaptability, or sociability =B7 The role of world models, knowledge integration/alignment, and categorization =B7 Social behavior, imitation and social interaction, =B7 development of individuality and capabilities contigent upon interaction history =B7 Open-ended tasks, =B7 Domain-specific applications: e.g linguistics, navigation, ...

Submissions of papers/extended abstracts, including author affiliation and presentation title, proposing papers for the special session should be sent to Gary Berg-Cross, Ph.D. at by 1 May


Selected papers from both PerMIS/SSRR will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Field Robotics

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