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From: (Marco Dorigo)
Subject:  CFP: IEEE-SMC Special Issue on Learning Robots
Date:     9 Mar 1994 10:25:16 -0600

Call For Papers:

Special issue of IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics
(IEEE-SMC) on:

Learning Approaches to Autonomous Robots Control.
Guest Editor: Marco Dorigo

Submission deadline: May 20, 1994.

Recent research on control of autonomous robots (or agents) has
increasingly focused on the development and application of new learning
paradigms. This issue of robot control has been addressed in a number of
research areas including the following:

- Reinforcement learning (Q-learning, Classifier systems, etc.).
- Evolutionary Computation.
- Evolving neural nets.
- Neurocontrol and neurodynamics.
- Adaptive fuzzy systems.
- Artificial life.

The aim of the special issue of IEEE-SMC is to draw together current
research on a variety of these learning techniques (used and developed in
some or all of the above research fields) which have been applied to real
robots' control, as well as to discuss the implications this research has
on the design and development of robots in general. This includes the
following (not exhaustive) sub-topics:

- Learning approaches to stimulus-response robots.
- Learning approaches to robots acting in real environments.
- Supervised (that is, with a trainer) and unsupervised type of behavior
- Hierarchical architectures for learning robots.
- Trade-offs between learning and design.
- Interplay between reactive and reasoning type of robot activity in a
"learning perspective."
- Robustness of learning techniques to noisy environments and to
sensors and/or actuators.
- Ethologically inspired learning architectures for autonomous robots.
- Foundational analysis of interdependence among situated activity,
learning algorithms, and degree of environmental complexity.
- Cooperative learning robots.

Papers on research still in its "simulation" phase, that is, yet to be
implemented on real autonomous robots, will also be considered if it has
clear and relevant implications for still to come concrete realization.

To be considered for the special issue, five copies of each paper must be
received by the editor at the address below by May 20, 1994. The first
should include a descriptive title, the names and addresses of all
a brief abstract, and salient keywords. Submissions will be carefully
refereed for technical contribution, originality of the approach,
significance, and clarity of presentation (according to the standard IEEE
Transactions criteria), as well as salience to the topic of the special
Notifications will be sent by September 15, 1994, and final versions of
accepted papers will be due two months later.

Expected publication is mid-1995.

Marco Dorigo (Editor)
Universite' Libre de Bruxelles
Avenue Franklin Roosvelt 50
CP 194/6 1050 Bruxelles
tel. +32-2-6503167
fax +32-2-6502715

All prospective contributors should get in touch with the editor as soon
possible, and in any case well before the submission deadline, in order to
receive more detailed information on the sort of research that the
special issue is expected to cover. Such responses will also help us with
the organization of reviews, and with last minute communications (such as
change of Editor's address).

Queries on any aspect of the above should also be directed to the above