Robotica 2012: 12th International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions

Robotica 2012: 12th International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions

April 11, 2012, Guimarães, Portugal

 The 12th International Conference on Autonomous Robot Systems and Competitions  ( is an international scientific meeting in the field of autonomous robotics, and related areas, which will take place in conjunction with the 12th Portuguese Robotics Open, a RoboCup Local Event.

As in previous years, we expect the conference to get the Technical co-sponsorship of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society. The conference will be held in the beautiful city of Guimarães, Portugal, on April 11, 2012. Guimarães is the cradle of Portugal, is classified by UNESCO as Worldwide Heritage, and is the European Capital of Culture 2012  ( ).



• Artificial Intelligence
• Architectures for Mobile Robots
• Sensors and Sensor Integration
• Motion and Actuation Systems
• Multi-Robot Systems
• Human-Robot Interaction
• Simulation and Visualization
• Robotic Competitions
• Planning, Reasoning and Modeling
• Cooperative Navigation and Control
• Cooperative Perception
• Computer Vision and Image-Processing
• Navigation and Control of Mobile Robots
• Recognition, Localization, Tracking, SLAM
• Robot Learning
• Applications of Autonomous Intelligent Robots
• Computer and Robotic Entertainments
Important Dates:

All dead-lines are 23:59 GMT

·         23rd January, 2012 Submission of full-length papers

·         20th February, 2012 Notification of acceptance

·         5th March, 2012 Camera Ready Papers

·         12th March, 2012 Early Registration Deadline

·         11th April, 2012 Conference takes place

CFP: Advances in Cognitive and Emotional Information Processing (ACEIP)

Call for Papers
Advances in Cognitive and Emotional Information Processing (ACEIP)

 Submissions are invited for a special session on Advances in Cognitive and Emotional Information Processing (ACEIP) to be held within the 2012 International Symposium on Neural Networks (ISNN), taking place from 11th to 14th July in Shenyang (China).

Cognitive and Emotional Information Processing techniques have encountered a large success within the scientific community, specially due to the impact they naturally have in diverse application fields as commerce, tourism, education and health. A wide number of advanced solutions have been proposed on purpose spanning from User/Web Interfaces and Mobile Computing to Robotics, Ambient Intelligence, and Computer Support to Collaborative Work/Learning. The objective is devoted to adequately interpret humans’ opinions, tastes and needs and consequently provide not only useful direct feedback to them but also a valid and natural support to the interactions they can have between themselves and with smart cooperative environments. This asks for development of expert systems, able to manage large amount of information coming from sensory activity, to intelligently process it, and to promptly and knowledgeably respond to human actions according to natural interaction standards and by means of suitable actuary devices. Information processing therefore plays a central role from this perspective, operating at different levels, from multimodal digital data manipulation to semantic metadata processing, and necessarily encompassing the most challenging computational intelligence paradigms for contextual adaptation, social-emotional competence, and cognitive reasoning abilities. Moreover, if on one hand the distillation of knowledge from such type data is a key factor for most of the applications it must be also said on the other hand that the extremely unstructured nature of these contents and their exponentially growing size make it a very difficult task to be faced. Information scientists working in related areas such as multimedia, machine learning, knowledge management, affective computing or semantic web are invited to contribute to attain the above research aims, by sharing their expertise in this emerging interdisciplinary field, and at the same time paving the way to new exciting research topics in the cognitive and emotional information processing field.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
•  Socio-Emotional Data Processing Techniques and Applications
•  Human Behaviour Analysis and Understanding
•  Cognitive Systems for Multimodal Interaction
•  Cognitive-Emotional Models in Cooperative Scenarios
•  Computational Intelligence Techniques for Affective Computing
•  Semantic Information Processing
•  Multimedia-interfaced Systems for Human-Machine Interaction

•  February 15th, 2012: Due date for Special Session papers
•  April 1st, 2012: Notification of paper acceptance to authors
•  May 1st, 2012: Camera-ready of accepted papers
•  July 11th, 2012: Special Session date

Prospective authors are invited to submit full-length papers (6-8 pages normally and 10 pages maximum) by the submission deadline through the online submission system. The submission of a paper implies that the paper is original and has not been submitted under review or copyright protected elsewhere and will be presented by an author if accepted. All submitted papers will be refereed by experts in the field based on the criteria of originality, significance, quality, and clarity. The authors of accepted papers will have an opportunity to revise their papers and take consideration of the referees’ comments and suggestions. All papers accepted by and presented at BICS 2012 will be published by Springer as multiple volumes of Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence which will be indexed by EI and ISTP. Selected papers will be published in special issues of several SCI journals.

•  Stefano Squartini, Marche Polytechnic University (Italy)
•  Erik Cambria, National University of Singapore (Singapore)
•  Francesco Piazza, Marche Polytechnic University (Italy)
•  Bjoern Schuller, Technical University of Munich (Germany)

For up-to-date information about this CFP, please visit

2012. The Alan Turing Year

2012 The Alan Turing Year

A Centenary Celebration of the Life and Work of Alan Turing

June 23, 2012, is the Centenary of Alan Turing’s birth in London. During his relatively brief life, Turing made a unique impact on the history of computing, computer science, artificial intelligence, developmental biology, and the mathematical theory of computability. See for more details and related events around the world.

A remarkable example is the AISB/IACAP World Congress 2012, where several symposia related with Turingwill be held.