European Workshop on Learning Robots 1999
to be held at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
on September 18th 1999
Supported by MLNet
Co-located with ECAL-99
Registration, Travel and Accommodation
The Eighth European Workshop on Learning Robots will take place
at EPFL in Lausanne Switzerland, on Saturday 18th September,
immediately after the
European Conference on Artificial Life 1999 (ECAL'99). There will
also be an intensive workshop on behaviour based robotics run by Dario
Floreano and Ronald Arkin, also at EPFL, from September 8-10; details will follow.
Robot Learning is an area of interest to many different scientific
fields such as Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Life,
Neuroscience, and Cognitive Science. The main goal of EWLR-8 is to bring together
researchers of different scientific fields working on or interested in
Robot Learning. EWLR is an interdisciplinary workshop
and aims to stimulate an exchange of ideas across the different fields.
EWLR has good foundations to achieve this ambitious goal. The European
Machine Learning and Robotics community has already organised a series
of seven successful workshops: Vienna (1993), Torino (1994), Heraklion
(1995), Karlsruhe (1995), Bari (1996), Brighton
Edinburgh (1998) , incorporating researchers from various fields
over the years.
We invite the submission of papers on any area of learning and adaptive
robotics. Topics of interest include (but are not restricted to):
The EWLRs focus on - but are *not* restricted to - European research.
- Learning and adaptation in robot control
- Evolutionary robotics
- Reinforcement learning
- Connectionist approaches to robot learning
- Learning from interaction with humans
- Learning by observation, imitation, and cooperation
- Learning in multi-robot systems
- Industrial applications of robot learning
- Hardware issues in learning robots including Evolvable Hardware
- Robot learning and cognition
- Biologically inspired learning
- Robot learners as models in psychology or biology
- Machine learning techniques applied to robot problems
- Robot implementations of human motor learning mechanisms
- Sensory calibration and map building
- Bayesian and other probabilistic approaches to robot learning
- Learning of world and action models
Papers may be submitted by email, ftp or as hardcopy. Electronic
submission is encouraged. Submitted papers (max 10 A4 pages, two
columns, single-spaced, body text size 10 pt, LaTeX files available at
the workshop's WWW page) should be in postscript format (try using
'gzip' and 'uuencode' to reduce the size, and check whether the size
of the file you are sending is within the size limits of your
All submissions must REACH the chair by the deadline. Papers should
include full contact details (including email addresses) and
affiliation of authors.
You can download the EWLR LaTeX style file. Decompressed and de-archived versions of these files are available by ftp at ftp://ftp.cs.bham.ac.uk/pub/authors/J.L.Wyatt/ewlr8/ .
- Email submissions should be sent to email@example.com .
- Ftp submissions should be made to ftp.cs.bham.ac.uk. Login in as anonymous. Put papers in the directory pub/workshops/ewlr8/incoming/ .
- Alternatively, 5 hard-copies of the paper should be submitted to Jeremy Wyatt, at the address below.
All accepted papers will be published in the Proceedings of the
workshop, which will be available at the workshop. As for the last two
years, we aim to publish a selection of the best papers in a book (the
publisher in 1997 was Springer-Verlag, Lecture Notes in AI).
A programme is now
The workshop will take place at EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology, Lausanne). The address is Ecole Polytechnique Federale de
Lausanne, CH - 1015, Lausanne.
The venue is Room 202 in the
Informatique building. It's marked IN on this map
The workshop is open to all interested people. Registration will take
place on Saturday morning, before the workshop starts. The
registration fee includes admission, proceedings, and
coffee/tea/biscuits etc during coffee breaks. In order to register,
email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, affiliation and
contact information (including email address), preferably before
September 1st 1999. You can use this
form . You do not need to send money in advance, payment will be
handled during registration. We will not be able to accept credit
cards. We will still admit people even if they haven't registered in
advance, but we might have to mail the proceedings to them after the
workshop if there aren't any spare ones left (we will have some
The registration fee has now been fixed at 70 Swiss Francs.
Travel & Accommodation
We have compiled a list of useful information to help you plan your trip and your accommodation.
Minoru Asada, Osaka University, Japan.
Luc Berthouze, Electrotechnical Laboratory, Japan.
Andreas Birk, AI Lab, VUB, Brussels, Belgium.
Daniel Bullock, Cognitive and Neural Systems Department, Boston
Kerstin Dautenhahn, Department of Cybernetics, University of
Edwin De Jong, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, VUB, Belgium.
Ruediger Dillmann, Universitaet Karlsruhe, Germany.
Marco Dorigo, IRIDIA, Universit Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
Dario Floreano, LAMI, Ecole Polytechnic Federale de Lausanne.
Luca Maria Gambardella, IDSIA, Switzerland.
Philippe Gaussier, Neurocybernetics group, ETIS, ENSEA, France.
John Hallam, Dept. of Artificial Intelligence, University of
Inman Harvey, Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics, University of Sussex, UK.
Gillian Hayes, Dept. of Artificial Intelligence, University of
Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Electrotechnical Laboratory, Japan.
Ramon Lopez de Mantaras, IIIA, CSIC, Spain.
Henrik Lund, Computer Science Department, Aarhus University, Denmark.
Sridhar Mahadevan, Dept of Computer Science, Michigan State University, USA.
Masoud Mohammadian, School of Computing, University of Canberra, Australia.
Ulrich Nehmzow, Dept of Computer Science, University of Manchester, UK.
Stefano Nolfi, Institute of Psychology, CNR, Italy.
Ashwin Ram, College of Computing, Georgia Tech, USA.
Stefan Schaal, University of Southern California and ERATO/JST.
Patrick van der Smagt, Institute of Robotics and System Dynamics,
German Aerospace Research.
Adrian Thompson, Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics, University of Sussex, UK.
Hendrik Van Brussel, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
Jun Tani, Sony Computer Science Lab, Tokyo, Japan.
Carme Torras, Institut de Robotica i Informatica Industrial, UPC,
May 1, deadline for submission of papers
May 2, submission acknowledgment.
June 2, notification of acceptance/rejection.
July 8th, deadline for submission of final manuscripts.
September 18th, workshop in Lausanne.
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