International Workshop on Autonomous Cognitive Robotics

Date(s) - 27/03/2014 - 28/03/2014
All Day

Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde

Autonomous Cognitive Robotics is an emerging discipline, fusing ideas across several traditional domains and seeks to further our understanding in two problem domains. First, by instantiating brain models into an embodied form, it supplies a strong test of those models, thereby furthering out understanding of neurobiology and cognitive psychology. Second, by harnessing the insights we have about cognition, it is a potentially fruitful source of engineering solutions to a range of problems in robotics, and in particular, in areas such as intelligent autonomous vehicles and assistive technology. It therefore promises next generation solutions in the design of urban autonomous vehicles, planetary rovers, and artificial social (e)companions.

The aim of this 2-day workshop, co-sponsored by the IEEE UKRI, EPSRC and SICSA, is to bring together leading international and UK scientists, engineers and industry representatives, alongside European research network and EU funding unit leaders, to present state-of-the-art in autonomous cognitive systems and robotics research, and discuss future R&D challenges and opportunities.

We welcome contributions from people working in: neurobiology, cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence, control engineering, and computer science, who embrace the vision outlined above. If you wish to contribute, please email an abstract of not more than 300 words (by 25 Feb 2014) to: Both “works-in-progress” and fully-developed ideas are welcome.

Selected abstracts will be invited for oral presentation but there will also be research poster sessions (including a Springer prize for the best poster/presentation) and an Exhibition by Springer. Of particular interest to Doctoral and postdoctoral researchers will be an invited talk by the Senior Publishing Editor of Springer Neuroscience, Dr Martijn Roelandse, on “publishing interdisciplinary research in scientific journals”. We welcome people at all stages of their career to submit. Authors of selected best (oral & poster) presentations will be invited to submit extended papers for publication in a special issue of Springer’s Cognitive Computation journal (

Invited Speakers:
•Juha Heikkilä, Deputy Head of Unit: Robotics & Cognitive Systems, European Commission
•Prof Vincent Muller, Co-ordinator, EU-Cognition-III: European Network
•Dr Ingmar Posner, The Oxford Mobile Robotics Group, University of Oxford, UK
•Prof Dongbing Gu, Human-Centred Robotics Group, University of Essex, UK
•Prof Tony Pipe, Bristol Robotics Laboratory, UK
•Prof David Robertson, University of Edinburgh, UK
•Prof Mike Grimble, Strathclyde University & Industrial Systems and Control Ltd. UK
•Dr Tony Dodd, Dept. of Automatic Control Systems Engineering, Sheffield University, UK

Workshop Organisers & Co-Chairs:
Prof Amir Hussain, University of Stirling, UK
Prof Kevin Gurney, University of Sheffield, UK

Important Dates:
Abstract submissions deadline (extended): 25 February 2014; Decisions Due: 28 Feb 2014
Workshop dates: Thurs 27- Fri 28 March 2014

Registration fees will include lunches, refreshments and a copy of the Workshop Abstract Proceedings

Early Registration Fee: £100
Early Deadline: 3 Mar 2014
Late Registration Fee: £150
Final deadline: 10 Mar 2014

Registration payment details will be sent on acceptance of Abstract, or can be obtained by emailing:
Research students are entitled to a 50% discount (proof of registration is required), and IEEE Members can benefit from a 15% discount.

Workshop Scholarships: Part/full Workshop Scholarships (covering the full registration fee and part/full travel costs) are now available – see details below. Please include a short statement on your research achievements (no more than 200 words – including your career stage and publication details if any) if you wish to be considered for this – at the time of submitting your Abstract.

(1) SICSA, as part of its sponsorship of this Workshop, through the SICSA Modeling & Abstraction Theme and SICSA Complex Systems Engineering Theme, is covering the registration fee for PhD students in computer science departments of SICSA member Scottish universities (for a full list of SICSA Universities, see: The number of SICSA students is limited and a decision on ranking will be taken if necessary. Note that SICSA sponsored PhD students will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses to get to Stirling – they should be able to access local support from their own Schools/Departments to support such travel. (A further 1-week extension in the Abstract submission deadline is possible for SICSA students – upon request)

(2) Two competitive places are also being generously sponsored by the IEEE UKRI Industry Applications Society (IAS) Chapter. Please state if you wish to be considered for this.

Venue, Travel & Accommodation: The Workshop will be held in the Cottrell Building, Division of Computing Science and Maths, School of Natural Sciences, at the University of Stirling. Travel directions and maps can be found at:

Accommodation options include the on-Campus Stirling Management Centre (, as well as numerous local B&Bs, for examples, see:

Local Organizing Team:
Dr Erfu Yang, Mr. Zeeshan Malik & Ms Grace McArthur
Division of Computing Science & Maths, School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, UK

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