SAB'02 CFP

Bridget Hallam bridget at dai.ed.ac.uk
Thu Nov 1 10:04:43 EST 2001


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	Bridget
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 SAB'02 : From Animals to Animats     4-11 August, 2002,  Edinburgh, UK
 http://www.isab.org.uk/sab02
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	CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT and CALL FOR PAPERS

          	  FROM ANIMALS TO ANIMATS

	The Seventh International Conference on the 
	 SIMULATION OF ADAPTIVE BEHAVIOR (SAB'02)

	       http://www.isab.org.uk/sab02

	 An International Conference organized by 
   The International Society for Adaptive Behavior (ISAB) 

    	      4-10 August 2002, Edinburgh, UK

The objective of this interdisciplinary conference is to bring
together researchers in computer science, alife, control, artificial
intelligence, 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. In addition there will be sessions on
psychological issues and on the industrial applications of animat
research.

Contributions treating any of the following topics from the
perspective of adaptive behavior will receive special emphasis:

     The Animat approach
     Philosophical and psychological issues 
     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 
     Emergent structures and behaviors 
     Collective and social behavior 
     Neural correlates of behavior 
     Evolutionary and co-evolutionary approaches 
     Autonomous robotics 
     Software agents and virtual creatures 
     Applied adaptive behavior 
     Animats in education

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.


		   Submission Instructions

Submitted papers must not exceed 10 pages. Because the whole review
process heavily relies on electronic means, the organizers insist on
electronic submissions of PDF (preferred) or Postscript documents
wherever possible. Submit your paper by ftp upload. Detailled
submission instructions can be found on the conference Web
site. Otherwise, contact sab02-nopdf at isab.org.uk for alternative
submission procedures.

Computer, video, and robotic demonstrations are also invited for
submission. Submit a 2-page proposal plus a title page to the program
chair. Indicate equipment requirements and relevance to the themes of
the conference.

		   Edinburgh Festivals

SAB'02 is concurrent with the first week of the Edinburgh Festival
Fringe and will finish just as the Edinburgh International Festival
starts. This is an ideal opportunity to sample some of the shows, but
also means that accommodation will be booked up early. BEWARE!!!
 Also note that all 9000 seats for the nightly Edinburgh Military
Tattoo are normally filled at least three months in advance.

  www.edinburghfestivals.co.uk 
gives access to more detail on these three festivals and others.

Because of the accommodation problem we have pre-booked a number of
standard rooms (see web site). If you want one please tell us, they
will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.  If you'd prefer
something else book VERY early.


		   IMPORTANT DATES (2002)

  JAN 18:	   Submissions must be received 
  FEB 22:	   Notification of acceptance or rejection (via e-mail) 
  MAR 08:	   Camera ready revised versions due 
  AUG 04 -- 10:	   Conference dates

Conference Chairs:
  Bridget Hallam, Syddansk University
  Dario Floreano, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne 
  John Hallam, Edinburgh University and Syddansk University
  Gillian Hayes, Edinburgh University
  Jean-Arcady Meyer, Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6 

Workshop and Tutorial Chair:
  Gillian Hayes, University of Edinburgh 

Local Arrangement Chair:
  Deirdre Burke, University of Edinburgh

Publisher:
  Robert Prior,  MIT Press 

General queries to:		sab02 at isab.org.uk
WWW Page:			http://www.isab.org.uk/sab02


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