Thursday, January 2, 2014

[Comp-neuro] Call for Papers: International Workshop on Autonomous Cognitive Robotics, Stirling, Scotland, UK, 27-28 March 2014

Dear friends   **with advance apologies for any cross-postings**

Happy New Year!

The COGROB'2014 Call for Papers below may be of interest - we would very much appreciate if you could also kindly help circulate the Call to any interested colleagues and friends.

Details of the Workshop and invited Speakers can also be found here:

Prospective contributors are required to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words (by the 1 Feb 2014 deadline) to:

PhD/research students will benefit from a 50% registration fee discount.

We look forward to seeing you soon in Stirling!

Kindest regards

Prof Amir Hussain, University of Stirling, UK & Prof Kevin Gurney, University of Sheffield, UK
(Workshop Organisers & Co-Chairs)

Important Dates:  Abstract submissions deadline: 1 Feb 2014;       Decisions Due: 15 Feb 2014
Workshop dates:  Thurs 27- Fri 28 March 2014

Call for Papers/Participation

International IEEE/EPSRC Workshop on Autonomous Cognitive Robotics

University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, UK, 27-28 March 2014

Cognitive Robotics is an emerging discipline, fusing ideas across several traditional domains and seeks to further our understanding in two problem domains. First, by instantiating brain models into an embodied form, it supplies a strong test of those models, thereby furthering out understanding of neurobiology and cognitive psychology. Second, by harnessing the insights we have about cognition, it is a potentially fruitful source of engineering solutions to a range of problems in robotics, and in particular, in areas such as intelligent autonomous vehicles and assistive technology. It therefore promises next generation solutions in the design of urban autonomous vehicles, planetary rovers, and artificial social (e)companions.

The aim of this 2-day workshop is to bring together leading international and UK scientists, engineers and industry representatives, alongside European research network and EU funding unit leaders, to present state-of-the-art in autonomous cognitive systems and robotics research, and discuss future R&D challenges and opportunities.

We welcome contributions from people working in: neurobiology, cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence, control engineering, and computer science, who embrace the vision outlined above.  If you wish to contribute, please email an abstract of not more than 300 words (by 1 Feb 2014) to:  Both "works-in-progress" and fully-developed ideas are welcome.

Selected abstracts will be invited for oral presentation but there will also be poster sessions. We also welcome people at all stages of their career to submit. Authors of selected best presentations will be invited to submit extended papers for publication in a special issue of Springer's Cognitive Computation journal (

Invited Speakers:

Juha Heikkilä, Deputy Head of Unit: Robotics & Cognitive Systems, European Commission
Prof Vincent Muller, Co-ordinator, EU-Cognition-III: European Network
Dr Ingmar Posner, The Oxford Mobile Robotics Group, University of Oxford, UK
Prof Tony Pipe, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UK
Prof David Robertson, University of Edinburgh, UK
Prof Mike Grimble, Industrial Systems & Control Ltd., & University of Strathclyde, UK
Dr Tony Dodd, Dept. of Automatic Control Systems Engineering, Sheffield University, UK
Prof Derong Liu, University of Illinois, USA & Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing

Workshop Organisers & Co-Chairs:

Prof Amir Hussain, University of Stirling, UK & Prof Kevin Gurney, University of Sheffield, UK

Important Dates:  Abstract submissions deadline: 1 Feb 2014;       Decisions Due: 15 Feb 2014

Workshop dates:  Thurs 27- Fri 28 March 2014


Registration fees will include lunches, refreshments and a copy of the Workshop Abstract Proceedings
Early Registration Fee: £100

Early Deadline: 21 Feb 2014

Late Registration Fee: £150

Final deadline: 28 Feb 2014

Registration payment details will be sent on acceptance of Abstract, or can be obtained by emailing:  They will also be available on-line:

Research students are entitled to a 50% discount (proof of registration is required), and IEEE Members can benefit from a 15% discount.

Venue, Travel & Accommodation: The Workshop will be held in the Cottrell Building, Division of Computing Science and Maths, School of Natural Sciences, at the University of Stirling. Travel directions and maps can be found at:

Accommodation options include the on-Campus Stirling Management Centre (, as well as numerous local B&Bs, for examples, see:

Local Organizing Team:

Dr Erfu Yang, Mr. Zeeshan Malik & Ms Grace McArthur

Division of Computing Science & Maths, School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, UK


The University of Stirling has been ranked in the top 12 of UK universities for graduate employment*.
94% of our 2012 graduates were in work and/or further study within six months of graduation.
*The Telegraph
The University of Stirling is a charity registered in Scotland, number SC 011159.

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