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[Final CFP]: Biologically-Inspired Machine Learning Workshop

John Demiris johnde at holyrood.ed.ac.uk
Tue Feb 23 12:24:03 EST 1999

  BIML workshop's deadline for submission: 1st of March, 1999.
  Details at:  http://www.cogsci.ed.ac.uk/~biml/

              Final Call for Papers and Participation

               Biologically-inspired Machine Learning
        A workshop during ACAI-99, July 1999, Crete, Greece

 The BIML workshop will take place during two afternoon sessions of
 ACAI-99, which will take place between 5-16 July 1999, at Chania
 in the island of Crete, Greece. It will consist of invited and
 contributed talks, and several panel and small-group discussions
 to encourage a genuinely interactive atmosphere.

 Technical description:
 The biologically-inspired machine learning approach is attractive
 not only as a methodology for the development and testing of
 theories of learning in biological systems, but also as an
 approach for the design of practical machine learning systems. The
 research methodology of this approach fuses techniques from
 several disciplines, including Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive
 Science, Psychology, Neuroscience, Simulation/Modelling, and
 Robotics. It is the intention of this workshop to examine the
 interplay between biological and artificial learning, illuminate
 the commonalities and differences, and lead to a fruitful exchange
 of ideas and techniques. Topics of interest include but are not
 restricted to:

 * modelling of cognitive, perceptual and motor development and
   adaptation in humans and animals
 * modelling of learning in infants
 * modelling of brain and cognitive disorders and recovery
 * bio-inspired robot learning
 * artificial neural networks
 * evolutionary approaches to learning
 * learning in social environments by observation, imitation and 

 Program committee:

 * Frederic Alexandre, Cortex Group, INRIA-Lorraine/CRIN-CNRS, France.
 * Luc Berthouze, Humanoid Interaction Laboratory, ETL, Japan.
 * Andreas Birk, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, VUB, Belgium.
 * Kerstin Dautenhahn, Department of Cybernetics, U. Reading, UK.
 * John Hallam, Inst. of Perception, Action and Behaviour, U. Edinburgh, UK.
 * Gillian Hayes, Inst. of Perception, Action and Behaviour, U. Edinburgh, UK.
 * Dolores Canamero, AI Research Institute, CSIC, Barcelona, Spain.
 * Frederic Kaplan, Sony CSL, Paris, France.
 * Risto Miikkulainen, Dept. of Computer Science, U. Texas, Austin, USA
 * Chrystopher Nehaniv, Interactive Systems Engineering Group, 
      U. Hertfordshire, UK.
 * Stefan Schaal, Computational Learning and Motor Control Lab, 
      USC/ERATO, USA/Japan.
 * Patrick van der Smagt, Inst. of Robotics and System Dynamics, 
      German Aerospace Center.

 Paper submission:

 Papers describing research in Biologically-inspired Machine
 Learning are welcome. Submitted papers should be up to six A4
 pages (two columns, single-spaced, body text size 10 pt), should
 be in Postscript format, and should be sent by email to
 biml at cogsci.ed.ac.uk. Papers should include full contact details
 (including email address) and affiliation of authors. In addition
 to regular papers, graduate students and other people interested
 in participating in this workshop can send a summary of their
 research work (max. two pages). All accepted full papers will be
 included in the workshop proceedings. Selected summaries will be
 included if space permits.


 All participants of the ACAI-99 main event will be able to
 participate in the workshop without extra cost. The registration
 fee for attending the workshop only will be 150 ECU (to include
 coffee breaks and the workshop's proceedings).

 Please note that since the number of participants is limited,
 priority will be given to people submitting full papers or short
 research summaries.

 Student Grants:

 Students can apply for grants to partially cover the expenses
 associated with attending ACAI-99 (and the workshop). Grants from
 ECCAI and from the ACAI organising committee are available. See
 main ACAI page (under `registration') for more details.


 March 1:   deadline for submission of papers and research summaries.
 March 15:  notification of acceptance/rejection.
 April 1:   deadline for submission of final camera-ready manuscripts.
 July 5-12: workshop in Greece. The exact times of the Workshop within
            this period will be finalised by the ACAI'99 organising
            committee soon.


 John Demiris
 Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour
 Division of Informatics
 University of Edinburgh, 5 Forrest Hill, Edinburgh EH1 2QL,
 Scotland, UK
 E-mail: johnde at dai.ed.ac.uk

 Gert Westermann
 Institute of Adaptive and Neural Computation
 Division of Informatics
 University of Edinburgh, 2 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh EH8 9LW,
 Scotland, UK
 E-mail: gert at cogsci.ed.ac.uk

 WWW links with up-to-date information about BIBL and ACAI-99:

   BIML workshop: http://www.cogsci.ed.ac.uk/~biml/
   ACAI-99: http://www.iit.demokritos.gr/skel/eetn/acai99/index.html

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