Call for Submissions

We invite submissions for this exciting window into the future of developmental sciences. Submissions which establish novel links between brain, behavior and computation are particularly encouraged.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • the development of perceptual, motor, cognitive, emotional, social, and communication skills in biological systems and robots
  • embodiment
  • general principles of development and learning
  • interaction of nature and nurture
  • sensitive/critical periods
  • developmental stages
  • grounding of knowledge and development of representations
  • architectures for cognitive development and open-ended learning
  • neural plasticity
  • statistical learning
  • reward and value systems
  • intrinsic motivations, exploration and play
  • interaction of development and evolution
  • use of robots in applied settings such as autism therapy
  • epistemological foundations and philosophical issues.
Any of the topics above can be simultaneously studied from the neuroscience, psychology or modeling/robotic point of view.

Submissions will be accepted in several formats:

  1. Full six-page paper submissions: Accepted papers will be included in the conference proceedings and will be selected for either an oral presentation or a featured poster presentation. Featured posters will have a 1 minute "teaser" presentation as part of the main conference session and will be showcased in the poster sessions. Maximum two-extra pages can be acceptable for a publication fee of $100 per page.

  2. Two-page poster abstract submissions: To encourage discussion of late-breaking results or for work that is not sufficiently mature for a full paper, we will accept 2-page abstracts. These submissions will NOT be included in the conference proceedings. Accepted abstracts will be presented during poster sessions.

  3. Tutorials and workshops: We invite experts in different areas to organize either a tutorial or a workshop to be held on the first day of the conference. Tutorials are meant to provide insights into specific topics as well as overviews that will inform the interdisciplinary audience about the state-of-the-art in child development, neuroscience, robotics, or any of the other disciplines represented at the conference.

    A workshop is an opportunity to present a topic cumulatively. Workshops can be half- or full-day in duration including oral presentations as well as posters. Submission format: two pages including title, list of speakers, concept and target audience.

  4. Babybot challenge (Deadline June 15, 2015): Special submissions are invited for the Babybot challenge, which is for the first time introduced to this conference. For detailed information please see here.

All submissions will be peer reviewed. Submission website through paperplaza at: ras.papercept.net

Paper templates

Important dates:

Submission deadline: March 9, 2015

  Extended deadline: March 23, 2015

Author notification: May 22, 2015

Babybot challenge: June 15, 2015

  Babybot challenge: June 22, 2015

Camera ready due: July 1, 2015

Conference: August 13-16, 2015