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Luc Berthouze
11-01-2005, 11:13 AM
Call for Papers: Motor Development

April 5th-6th 2006

A symposium part of the AISB 2006 conference
University of Bristol, Bristol, England

Call for Papers

The motor activity of an organism is one of its primary means of
interacting with, and operating on, its environment. As such, its
development is key to its cognitive development and, indeed,
developmental psychology has shown both processes to be tightly coupled.
In embodied robotics and cognitive modeling, however, these processes
have been mostly treated in isolation with systems either evolving
higher cognitive processes, or acquiring new motor skills. The
motivation of this symposium is that understanding, and simulating,
the mechanisms underlying motor development is necessary to implement
an ecologically-balanced development of the system.
This interdisciplinary symposium aims to bring together researchers
from neuroscience, developmental psychology, computer science and
robotics to examine the latest advances in the area, and delineate
new strategies.


We invite abstracts on any subject within the area of motor
development. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:
- Motor development in animals and humans: studies, models and theories
- Motor development in robots: issues, models, experiments or
- Evolutionary developmental biology and motor development
- Critical periods of motor development
- Pathologies of motor development
- Interplay between motor and cognitive development
- Degree of freedom problem
- U-shape development
- Emergence of new skills
- Role of caregiver in skill acquisition

Accepted abstracts will be presented orally on the day and appear in
the published workshop proceedings.
Extended abstracts of between 1 and 2 pages should be submitted as
PDF files to Luc.Berthouze@aist.go.jp by 13th January 2006.
Selected papers will be invited for publication in a special issue of
a journal. Further details will be available soon.


Luc Berthouze, AIST Neuroscience Research Institute, Japan

Programme Committee (confirmed members)

Luc Berthouze, AIST Neuroscience Research Institute, Japan
Yiannis Demiris, Imperial College, UK
Eugene Goldfield, Children's Hospital Boston, USA
Giorgio Metta, Genoa University, Italy
Claes Van Hofsten, Uppsala University, Sweden

Important dates

Submissions of papers by : 13 Jan 06
Notification of decision: 01 Feb 06
Camera ready copies by: 20 Feb 06

Up-to-date information at: http://www.neurosci.aist.go.jp/~berthouz/

Dr. Luc Berthouze, Senior Research Scientist,
Neuroscience Research Institute (AIST 2)
Umezono 1-1-1, Tsukuba 305-8568, Japan
Tel: +81-298-61-5369 Fax: +81-298-61-5841
Email: Luc.Berthouze@aist.go.jp