Humanoids 2012 Workshop on Developmental Robotics

Can developmental robotics yield human-like cognitive abilities?

Osaka, Japan, November 29th, 2012

Call for Papers

The objective of this workshop is to gather researchers contributing to the field of infant/robot learning and development. Workshop will include a number of invited and contributed talks from robotics and developmental psychology. We welcome contributions on any aspect of infant/robot development and learning.


We expect submissions in two categories:

  • Regular papers (6 pages)
  • Extended abstracts (2-4 pages)

All submissions are subject to peer review. All accepted papers will be presented in the workshop. Depending on the submission type, the speakers will be given [15-25] minutes including QAs.

All accepted papers will be included in the workshop proceedings (not in the main conference proceedings), and will be made available on CD's and in the workshop webpage.

The papers should be prepared according to Humanoids 2012 guidelines following the standard IEEE conference format (here), and submitted in PDF by email to


The topics that are indicative but by no means exhaustive are as follows:

  • Computational approaches to the study of development and learning
  • Human assisted learning and scaffolding
  • Machine learning techniques for robot learning and development
  • Imitation learning
  • Cognitive and perceptual development
  • Embodied cognition
  • Exploration and learning in animals and robots
  • Interactive learning
  • Social and emotional development in humans and robots
  • Theory of mind
  • Skill and language acquisition
  • Curiosity and intrinsic motivation
  • Dynamical systems
  • Attention mechanisms in development
  • Concept formation and symbol grounding
  • Developmental disorders
  • Affordance learning
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Sensorimotor learning and development
  • Biologically inspired robotics
  • Neural plasticity.