CFP:Edinburgh Workshop: Robotics, Biology, Psychology

Auke Ijspeert aukei at
Sun Feb 9 17:57:07 EST 1997

    Edinburgh Interdisciplinary Workshop: Robotics, Biology, Psychology
                                Last Call

!! The date (10th of March) is now confirmed and the list of speakers


        Interdisciplinary Workshop: Robotics, Biology, Psychology

                       Monday 10 March 1997
                University of Edinburgh, department of AI

                  email: mrobots-workshop at


Artificial Intelligence Robotics research is today strongly inspired
by concepts from Biology and Psychology. Robots whose architecture
behaviour are biologically inspired are described as `Animats'. As
terms such as `Computational Neuroethology' and `Synthetic Psychology'
become more and more frequent in Robotics, we thought it would be
interesting to make a review of how ideas from Biology and Psychology
are applied to Robotics and to discuss if experiments in Robotics may
give some insights on biological and psychological models in return.  

The workshop will be one day long, divided into 2 sessions: 
1) ARCHITECTURES of animals and animats 
2) BEHAVIOURS of animals and animats. 
Talks with the same keywords will be given by researchers from
Robotics, Biology and Psychology. A discussion with a panel of experts
will conclude each session. 

The speakers will be:

Dr. John Hallam		(U. of Edinburgh, dept. of AI)
Prof. I.M.L. Donaldson	(U. of Edinburgh, Center for Neuroscience)
Dr. David Willshaw	(U. of Edinburgh, Center for Cognitive Science)
Dr. Tony Prescott	(U. of Sheffield, dept. of Psychology) 
Dr. Barbara Webb	(U. of Nottingham, dept. of Psychology)
Dr. David Mc Farland	(U. of Oxford, dept. of Zoology)
Dr. Brendan McGonigle	(U. of Edinburgh, dept. of Psychology) 

The workshop is FREE. Every researcher from Robotics, Biology and
Psychology is welcome (please return the registration form
below). Poster presentation of research related to the topics of the
workshop is warmly encouraged. There will be no proceedings, but a web
page will be kept with a summary of the talks and discussions, the
titles of the posters presented and a contact list of the

!!! The number of places is restricted to 100 participants. !!!

For more information, see the web page:

Thank you for your attention,
		Aude Billard and Auke Jan Ijspeert,
		Mobile Robots Group, Dept. of A.I., U. of Edinburgh


Please return this form to mrobots-workshop at 





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