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ICDL is a unique conference gathering researchers from computer science, robotics, psychology and developmental studies to share knowledge and research on how humans and animals develop sensing, reasoning and actions. This includes taking advantage of interaction with social and physical environments and how cognitive and developmental capabilities can be transferred to computing systems and robotics. This approach goes hand in hand with the goals of both understanding human and animal development and applying this knowledge to improve future intelligent technology, including for robots that will be in close interaction with humans.

The primary list of topics of interest include, but not limited to:
  • principles and theories of development and learning;
  • development of skills in biological systems and robots;
  • nature vs nurture, developmental stages;
  • models on the contributions of interaction to learning;
  • non-verbal and multi-modal interaction;
  • models on active learning;
  • architectures for lifelong learning;
  • emergence of body 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;
  • epistemological foundations and philosophical issues;
  • robot prototyping of human and animal skills;
  • ethics and trust in computational intelligence and robotics;
  • social learning in humans, animals, and robots.

Important Dates for Regular Paper Submissions

Paper Submission Open Saturday, 15th February 2020
Paper Submission Deadline (Extended) Sunday, 15th March 2020
Sunday, 14th June 2020
Paper Author Notification (Extended) Friday, 15th May 2020
Monday, 13th July 2020
Final Paper Version Due Wednesday, 1st July 2020
Sunday, 16th August 2020

For more information, visit the Submission Guidelines Page

Two-page extended abstract submissions

To encourage discussion of late-breaking results or for work that is not sufficiently mature for a regular paper, we will accept two-page extended abstracts, including references. These submissions will NOT be included in the conference proceedings. Accepted abstracts will have a 1-minute “teaser” presentation as part of the main conference session and will be showcased in the poster sessions.

Important Dates for Two-page extended abstract submissions

Abstract Submission Open Friday, 1st May 2020
Abstract Submission Deadline (Extended) Friday, 31st July 2020
Sunday, 26th July 2020
Abstract Author Notification Friday, 26th June 2020
Sunday, 9th August 2020
Final Abstract Version Due Friday, 10th July 2020
Sunday, 30th August 2020

For more information, visit the Submission Guidelines Page

Journal Track

The Journal Track is designed to provide a forum to discuss important results related to cognitive and developmental systems recently published as journal articles, but have not been previously presented as conference papers. Thus, the journal track offers an opportunity to present outstanding results that might otherwise not be submitted to a conference due to their length and complexity.

Important dates for journal track submissions:

Journal Track Submission Open Tuesday, 31st March 2020
Journal Track Submission Deadline Monday, 29th June 2020
Journal Track Notification Monday, 20th July 2020

For more information, visit the Submission Guidelines Page


We invite experts in different areas to organize a tutorial. The goal of tutorials is to provide insights into specific topics through hands-on training and interactive experiences or in-depth state of the art review.

Tutorial organizers have several responsibilities, including activities scheduling, publicizing and providing the content on time. ICDL will support the organization with rooms, audio-visual equipment and coffee breaks.

Important dates for tutorial submissions:

Tutorial Proposals Open Saturday, 15th February 2020
Tutorial Proposals Deadline (Extended) Thursday, 30th April 2020
Friday, 15th May 2020
Tutorial Proposals Notification Saturday, 30th May 2020

For more information, visit the Submission Guidelines Page


We invite experts in different areas to organize a workshop. The goal of the workshops is to provide an informal forum for researchers to discuss emerging research questions and challenges.

Workshop organizers have several responsibilities, including coordinating workshop participation and content, publicizing and providing the program on time and moderating the program throughout the workshop. ICDL will support the organization with rooms, audio-visual equipment, coffee breaks and poster boards.

Workshops will be held on Monday, 7th September 2020 Wednesday, 28th October 2020 . Workshops will extend to a half or full-day.

Important dates for workshop submissions:

Workshops Monday, 7th September 2020
Wednesday, 28th October 2020
Workshop Proposals Open Sunday, 15th December 2019
Workshop Proposals Deadline (Extended) Wednesday, 15th January 2020
Wednesday, 29th January 2020
Workshop Proposals Notification Saturday, 15th February 2020

For more information, visit the Submission Guidelines Page

Social Program

ICDL 2020 will have an exciting social program, including the conference dinner, welcome and a farewell as well as coffee breaks and lunch that would offer an excellent opportunity for meeting with known and new colleagues. Alternatively, there are four cafeterias within the university campus, and there are plenty of restaurants at walking distance from the university.

Important Dates

Welcome Reception Monday, 7th September 2020
Wednesday, 28th October 2020
Dinner Wednesday, 9th September 2020
Thursday, 29th October 2020
Farewell Reception Thursday, 10th September 2020
Friday, 30th October 2020
Tours Friday, 11th September 2020
Saturday, 31st October 2020

For more information, visit the Social Program page

Keynote Speakers

Karen Quigley
Karen Quigley

Department of Psychology, Northeastern University

Dr. Quigley's basic science work examines the psychophysiological correlates of affective experience including emotions and stress, the role of interoception in affective experience, and how the body and brain work together to construct our affective experience. She is an experimental psychologist and psychophysiologist with more than 25 years' experience conducting research with a wide range of measures and samples, including people who have experienced negative functional impacts after major life events. She is a former president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, and a Fellow of both the Association for Psychological Science and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. She was formerly an Associate Editor for Psychophysiology, where she is currently a Consulting Editor. She is also on the editorial board for the new journal, Affective Science. In early work, she co-authored a model for quantifying and assessing autonomic control of cardiovascular responses during stressors in animals and humans, including in early life, and validated noninvasive indices of autonomic control of the heart for use in children and adults. New work focuses on better understanding the wide variation across people and contexts in how physiological features can map to affective experiences. To enable this work, she developed a new physiologically-triggered experience sampling method. Other work focuses on the role of biological features (such as energy regulation) and contextual features (such as exposure to major stressful life events) in shaping affective experience. In her applied work, she uses health technology as a means to intervene and enable positive lifestyle change, with the goal of improving health outcomes such as sleep, physical activity, and pain.

Adrián Palacios
Adrián Palacios

Universidad de Valparaíso and Centro Interdisciplinario de Neurociencia de Valparaiso (CINV)

Maja Mataric
Maja Mataric

Chan Soon-Shiong Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, Neuroscience, and Pediatrics, University of Southern California

Video Conference

Featured Speakers 20 years of Developmental Learning Conferences

Andrew G. Barto
Andrew G. Barto

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Tentative Video Conference

Barto, A. G., Singh, S., & Chentanez, N. (2004). Intrinsically Motivated Learning of Hierarchical Collections of Skills. International Conference on Developmental Learning (ICDL), 112–119.

Gianluca Baldassarre
Gianluca Baldassarre

Istituto di Scienze e Tecnologie della Cognizione, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (ISTC-CNR), Italy

Tentative Video Conference

Baldassarre, G. (2011). What Are Intrinsic Motivations? A Biological Perspective. IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL), 2, 1–8.


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