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Cinacs Workshop on Learning Multimodal Agents


The International Graduate Research Group CINACS makes an open call for papers and presentations for a workshop to be held at the University of Hamburg:

" Learning Multimodal Agents "
September 7, 2012
Hamburg, Germany

We aim the production of a special issue in a journal with a focus on cognition and AI, e.g. Connection Science.
The workshop will be held also in Hamburg the Friday before the International Conference on Multisensor Fusion and Information Integration MFI-2012 .


Natural systems still outperform artificial ones in most cognitive tasks. Particularly there is ample space for improvement in robot perception and motor control. A particular disadvantage of artificial systems is their primarily unimodal processing, while natural systems usually have access to several sensory modalities.

In recent years brain-inspired architectures have proven to be a promising approach for closing this gap. More specifically, multisensory or cross-modal interaction is a research topic currently receiving much attention in the field of bio-inspired robotics. However, other areas such as cognitive-neuroscience, intelligent system-architectures and autonomous robotics are also potential beneficiaries from this paradigm.

This workshop focuses on the topics of cross-modal interactions and integration. Contributions could also be oriented to the fusion of biological, engineering or computational approaches. The creation of complementary knowledge in those fields is intended to broaden the theoretical background, and to provide fresh ideas for technical and clinical applications.


- Neural network models for multimodal robotic control
- Introduction of biological principles into artificial neural systems
- Bioinspired generation and representation of multimodal percepts
- Mechanisms for attention in the presence of multisensory information
- Leraning of transformations between modalities
- General principles for resolving cross-modal conflicts
- Cross-modal association, learning and problem-solving
- Architectures suitable for cross-modal tasks
- Experimental setups for multimodal research in robotics
- Cognitive developmental robotics
- Integration of language, vision and motor response
- Learning systems for Human-Computer Interaction
- Multimodal communication-learning


- Dr. Jindong Liu (Imperial College London)
- Prof. Jan Peters (Technische Universit├Ąt Darmstadt)


Paper submission: July 8, 2012 (No extension will be given)
Notification of acceptance: July 23, 2012
Presentations day: September 7, 2012


The workshop is free of charge. Authors are invited to submit papers up to 6 letter size pages according to the IEEE format: http://www.ieee.org/conferences_events/conferences/publishing/templates.html

Papers must be submitted to the following e-mail address: davila {at} 'informatik.uni-hamburg.de'

At least one author of each accepted paper must give a presentation at the workshop. When submitting your manuscript, please provide the name of the author attending the event.


- Stefan Wermter (University of Hamburg)
- Cornelius Weber (University of Hamburg)
- Jorge Davila-Chacon (University of Hamburg)
- Johannes Bauer (University of Hamburg)


This event is organized in the context of the international research group on "Cross-Modal Interaction in Natural and Artificial Cognitive Systems" (CINACS) http://www.cinacs.org/

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