[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Last CfP: 1st International Workshop on Computational Models of Affordance for Robotics (IWCMAR) at R:SS 2018

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[robotics-worldwide] [meetings] Last CfP: 1st International Workshop on Computational Models of Affordance for Robotics (IWCMAR) at R:SS 2018

Philipp Zech
*Apologies for cross posting*


1st International Workshop on Computational Models of Affordance for
Robotics at R:SS 2018 (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__afford.gitlab.io_rss-2Dworkshop_&d=DwIDaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=KIT8TU9YORnHlUqXDcU8QM5VR5eQIsSbgkMND7WWR14&s=mHjnlHS5V91uns2LWZNDDBwxxhrgPo375qrYIp0_MVE&e=)

Submission deadline: May 20th, 2018

Gibson's theory of affordance, in its adherence to bottom-up direct
perception, is antithetical to the top-down inferential models often
proposed by modern robotics research purporting to tackle it. Such
research assumes internal representation to be sacrosanct, but given
current developments, to what extent can this assumption now be
reexamined? The recently proposed sensorimotor contingency theory
furthers the theoretical argument that internal representation is
unnecessary, and its proof-of-concept application in robotics as well as
the subsequent explosion in deep learning methodology sheds new light on
the possibility of equipping robots with the capacity for directly
perceiving their environments by exploiting correlated changes in their
sensory inputs triggered by executing specific motor programs. This
reexamination of direct perception is only one of several issues
warranting scrutiny in current robotic affordance research. The aim of
this workshop is therefore twofold.

Firstly, we will provide an overview of the state-of-the-art in
affordance research and dissect open research challenges yielded
thereof. Our speakers from ecological and perceptual psychology will be
encouraged to ground these issues in human perceptual development and
elaborate on their importance for robotics.

Secondly, we will encourage our speakers to debate whether computational
models of affordance can potentially be advanced by adopting approaches
that are more congruent with Gibson's original conception of direct
perception. The question of whether the deep hierarchical models of the
zeitgeist constitute a bridge between direct perception and internal
representation provides a new vista in this interpretation of visual
perception, and one which we aim to thoroughly explore.


Justus Piater
Rod Grupen
Yukie Nagai
Yiannis Aloimonos
Stefanie Tellex
Alberto Rodriguez
Robert Shaw

Participants are required to submit a contribution in one of the categories:
    A) Extended abstract (maximum 2 pages in length)
    B) Full paper (maximum 8 pages in length)

All submissions will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be presented
during the workshop in a poster session. Outstanding papers will be
presented as oral spotlight talks and invited to submit an extended
version to a special issue of Adaptive Behavior on "Computational Models
of Affordance for Robotics", a journal published by SAGE. The review
process for the journal is independent from the review for this workshop.

We invite contributions in the following topics that are
indicative but by no means exhaustive:
- Affordance learning
- Multimodal affordance learning
- Affordance perception and vision for affordances
- Perceptual learning and development
- Babbling and exploration
- Language and affordances
- Learning from observation and mirroring
- Self-organization of knowledge
- Deep learning of affordances
- Bayesian learning of affordances
- Concept learning
- Symbol emergence
- Symbol grounding
- Sensorimotor contingency theory
- Behavior affording behavior
- Actions and functions in object perception
- Brain-body-environment systems
- Agent-environment systems
- Selective attention
- Self-supervised learning
- Sensing physical properties
- Ecologically intuitive physics

Submission of papers:          20.5.2018 (11:59:00 PT)
Notification of acceptance:    3.6.2018
Workshop:                      29.or 30.6.2018

* Philipp Zech, University of Innsbruck, Austria
* Barry Ridge, Jo┼żef Stefan Institute, Slovenia
* Emre Ugur, Bogazici University, Turkey

- Submissions must be in PDF following the R:SS two-column style
available at


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Philipp Zech,
University of Innsbruck, Austria
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Department of Computer Science, University of Innsbruck, Austria

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