From Animals to Animats 8, SAB'04, 13-17 July 2004, Los Angeles.

From Animals to Animats 8, SAB'04, 13-17 July 2004, Los Angeles.

Post by Auke Ijspeer » Wed, 13 Aug 2003 21:05:49



The Eighth International Conference on the

An International Conference organized by
The International Society for Adaptive Behavior (ISAB)

13-17 July 2004, Los Angeles, USA

The objective of this interdisciplinary conference is to bring together
researchers in computer science, artificial intelligence, alife,
control, robotics, neurosciences, ethology, and related fields so as to
further our understanding of the behaviors and underlying mechanisms
that allow natural and artificial animals to adapt and survive in
uncertain environments. The conference will focus on experiments with
well-defined models --- robot models, computer simulation models,
mathematical models --- designed to help characterize and compare
various organizational principles or architectures underlying adaptive
behavior in real animals and in synthetic agents, the animats.

Contributions treating any of the following topics from the perspective
of adaptive behavior will receive special emphasis:

              The Animat approach
              Characterization of agents and environments
              Passive and active perception
              Motor control
              Visually-guided behaviors
              Action selection
              Navigation and mapping
              Internal models and representation
              Learning and development
              Motivation and emotion
              Collective and social behavior
              Emergent structures and behaviors
              Neural correlates of behavior
              Evolutionary and co-evolutionary approaches
              Autonomous robotics
              Humanoid robotics
              Software agents and virtual creatures
              Applied adaptive behavior
              Animats in education
              Philosophical and psychological issues

Authors should make every effort to suggest implications of their work
for both natural and artificial animals, and to distinguish the portions
of their work which use simulation from those using a physical agent.

Papers that do not deal explicitly with adaptive behavior will be

Conference format

Following the tradition of SAB conferences, the conference will be
single track, with additional poster sessions. Each poster session will
start with poster spotlights giving presenters the opportunity to orally
present their main results.

Submission Instructions

Submission instructions can be found on the conference Web site.
Submitted papers must not exceed 10 pages (double columns). Because the
whole review process heavily relies on electronic means, the organizers
strongly enforce electronic submissions of PDF documents. Authors who
are in the impossibility to deliver a PDF document should contact the

ways of submitting.

Computer, video, and robotic demonstrations are also invited for
submission. Submit a 2-page proposal plus a title page to the program
chairs. Indicate equipment requirements and relevance to the themes of
the conference.

Call for workshop and tutorial proposals

A separate call for workshop and tutorial proposals can be found on the
conference web site at
and tutorials will take place on the last day of the conference, July


           JAN 09:       Submissions must be received
           JUL 13-16:    Conference dates
           JUL 17:       Workshops and tutorials

Program chairs:
           Stefan Schaal, University of Southern California (USC)
           Auke Ijspeert, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne
           Aude Billard, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne
           Sethu Vijayakumar, University of Edinburgh & USC

General Chairs:
           John Hallam, Universities of Odense and Edinburgh
           Jean-Arcady Meyer, Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6

           The MIT Press, Cambridge.

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