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Alessandra <[log in to unmask]>
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The deadline for papers and workshops submission is approaching: March 15th,


Don't miss the opportunity to contribute to the IEEE International
Conference on Development and Learning and to discuss with our Keynote


*       Prof. Zhengyou Zhang,  Distinguished Scientist and the Director of
Tencent AI Lab and Robotics X, Tencent China. His research interests include
Artificial intelligence; Robotics; Computer vision; Speech recognition;
Multimedia systems; Signal processing; Developmental learning. 


*       Prof. Jun Tani,  Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology,
Okinawa, Japan. His current research interests include cognitive
neuroscience, developmental psychology, phenomenology, complex adaptive
systems, and robotics. 


*       Prof. Dana Kulic, Monash University, Australia. She develops
autonomous systems that can operate in concert with humans, using natural
and intuitive interaction strategies while learning from user feedback to
improve and individualise operation over long-term use. Her research
interests include robotics & learning, HRI & movement. 


*       Prof. Malinda Carpenter, School of Psychology and Neuroscience,
Univ. of St Andrews, UK. Her research areas include infants' and young
children's participation in shared activities, their prosocial and
affiliative behavior and their understanding of others' mental states.
Moreover, she investigates the differences between ape and human social


*       Prof. Takayuki Nagai, Osaka University, Japan. His research
interests include Developmental Robotics, Robot Learning, Cognitive
Architectures, Machine Learning, Language and Robotics. 


==== The Conference ====

IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL) 2021

(11th edition of ICDL-EPIROB)


Conference dates: August 23rd-26th, 2021

Web page:  <>

An IEEE Computational Society-sponsored conference

Location: Beijing, China (Due to the influence of COVID-19, IEEE ICDL 2021
may be held virtually.)


Paper Submission Deadline: ***MARCH 15th, 2021***

Tutorial and Workshops Submission Deadline: ***MARCH 15th, 2021***

Journal Track Submission Deadline: April 28th, 2021

==== Overview ====

The IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL),
previously referred to as ICDL-EpiRob, is the premier gathering of
professionals dedicated to the advancement of cognitive and developmental
learning. As such, ICDL is a unique conference gathering researchers from
computer science, robotics, psychology and developmental science.

We invite submissions for the conference in 2021 to explore, extend, and
consolidate the interdisciplinary boundaries of this exciting research
field, in the form of full papers, workshop and tutorials and of submissions
to the journal track. We also invite your participation in the REAL 2021


More details on the call and the PDF version can be found at: 


==== Topics ====


The primary list of topics of interest include (but are not limited to):


.         General principles of development and learning;

.         Development of skills in biological systems and robots;

.         Nature VS nurture, critical periods and developmental stages;

.         Models on active learning;

.         Architectures for cognitive development and life-long learning;

.         Emergence of body knowledge and affordance perception;

.         Analysis and modelling of human motion and state;

.         Models for prediction, planning and problem solving;

.         Models of human-human and human-robot interaction;

.         Emergence of verbal and non-verbal communication skills;

.         Epistemological foundations and philosophical issues;

.         Models of child development from experimental psychology.

==== Full Papers ====

Papers of at most 6 pages in IEEE double column format will undergo
peer-review, and accepted and presented submissions will be included in the
conference proceedings published by IEEE Xplore. The authors of the best
conference papers will be invited to extend their contributions for a
Special Issue of IEEE Transaction on Cognitive and Developmental Systems
(IEEE TCDS). The detailed instructions for the submission can be found here:


==== Workshops and Tutorials ===


We invite experts in different areas to organize either a tutorial or a
workshop to be held on the first day of the conference. The submission
should be of maximum two pages including title, list of speakers, concept
and target audience. It should include also a description of the structure
of the event, the indication of the duration (half day or full day) and it
should state whether the event is open to paper/poster submissions.
Optionally, the link to the event website could be provided. The detailed
instructions for the submission can be found here:


==== Journal Track and Competition ====


We highly recommend the submission in Journal Track to discuss important
results related to cognitive and developmental systems recently published as
journal articles, but not been previously presented as conference papers.
All submissions must include in a single PDF the details of the original
journal paper and a cover letter to explain why the authors believe that the
paper is central for ICDL. The detailed instructions for the submission can
be found here:  <> 


We also strongly expect your participation in the REAL 2021 competition. The
REAL competition addresses open-ended learning with a focus on "Robot
open-Ended Autonomous Learning" (REAL)", that is, on systems that: (a)
acquire sensorimotor competence that allows them to interact with objects
and physical environments; (b) learn in a fully autonomous way, i.e. with no
human intervention. Find all the details here:


==== Important Dates ====


Conference dates: August 23rd-26th, 2021


Paper Submission deadline: MARCH 15th, 2021

Paper Author notification: MAY 15th, 2021 

Camera ready due: JUNE 1st, 2021


Tutorial and Workshops Submission Deadline: MARCH 15th, 2021 

Tutorial and Workshops Author notification: MAY 15th, 2021


Journal Track Submission Deadline: April 28th, 2021

Journal Track Notification: May 20th, 2021




Best regards,


Program Chairs

Alessandra Sciutti (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)

Jing Chen (Peking University, China)


Publication Chair

Weiwei Wan (Osaka University, Japan) 


General Chairs

Dingsheng Luo (Peking University, China)

Angelo Cangelosi (University of Manchester, UK)


Tutorial and Workshop Chair

Xu Yang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)


Competition Chairs

Gianluca Baldassarre (National Research Council, Italy)

Emilio Cartoni (National Research Council, Italy)


Journal Track Chair

Lorenzo Jamone (Queen Mary Univ. of London, UK)



Alessandra Sciutti (PhD)

Researcher Tenure Track - P.I. CONTACT Unit

Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia - Genova, Italy

tel: +39 010  2897 327

Currently editing a Research Topic on Affective Shared Perception

Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience and Frontiers in Robotics and AI. 

Interested in submitting?



website:  <>

ERC website:  <> 

TEDx talk (Italian):  <> 

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