The Development of the Self

from self-perception to interaction under uncertainty


.NEW. special issue accepted in Frontiers on neurorobotics. 

Body Representations, Peripersonal Space, and the Self: Humans, Animals, Robots

- 28 February 2018 Abstract
- 30 June 2018 Manuscript

Interdisciplinary contributions are welcome


Welcome to the workshop website. Here you can find all the information about the full day workshop that will be held the 18 September 2017, at the 7th Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Workshop Information

Date: 18th September 2017
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Extended deadline: 10th August, 2017  27th August, 2017. CLOSED
Notification of acceptance: 28th August, 2017, 1st September, 2017. Decision Sent 
Camera ready version and slides (2-3 slides pdf): 10th September, 2017.

Short description

The development of intelligent behaviour depends strongly on active exploration and sensorimotor interactions with the world. However, it is not clear how multimodal sensorimotor temporal and spatial associations could be integrated into a single representation of the self or individual sense of agency or ownership. 

What is a sensorimotor self? How can sensorimotor learning ground the development of the self? And what could be the benefits of having an integrated bodily self-model in order to support effective actions in an uncertain world (e.g., through prediction)?

This interdisciplinary workshop brings together roboticists, psychologists and cognitive scientists to address these questions and to discuss the challenges and possibilities arising for building real life robots. The purpose is to: i) shed some light on the development and construction of the sensorimotor self; ii) discuss computational models that use self-perceptive learning as a basis for active interaction and agency inference; and iii) to propose the steps toward future interdisciplinary research regarding the active self concept.


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