Special Issue on Emerging Topics on Development and Learning
IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems

This special issue will include state-of-the-art research on emerging topics on development and learning in natural and artificial systems. In addition to new submissions, papers presented at ICDL-EpiRob 2020 will be invited to submit extended versions to the special issue. All submissions, including those that are based on ICDL-EpiRob 2020 papers, will be reviewed as regular TCDS papers.

This special issue has a focus on development and learning from a multidisciplinary perspective gathering researchers from computer science, robotics, psychology, and developmental studies. We invite researchers to share knowledge and research on how humans and animals develop sensing, reasoning and actions, and how to exploit robots as research tools to test models of development and learning. We expect the submitted contributions emphasize the 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.

Important Dates

Special Issue Submission Deadline Friday, 15th January 2021
Monday, 25th January 2021
Special Issue Notification Monday, 15th March 2021
Special Issue Revised Manuscripts Thursday, 10th June 2021
Special Issue Final Version Saturday, 10th July 2021

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.

Submission format

Manuscripts should be prepared according to the "Information for Authors" of the journal found at https://cis.ieee.org/publications/t-cognitive-and-developmental-systems/tcds-information-for-authors and submissions should be done through the IEEE TCDS Manuscript center: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tcds-ieee and please select the category "SI: Emerging Topics on Development and Learning".

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