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Workshop on Development
and Learning

Funded by NSF and DARPA

April 5 - 7, 2000
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center
Michigan State University
East Lansing, Michigan

NOTE:  A limited number of copies of the workshop proceedings is available.  Send your request to weng@msu.edu.

The workshop is motivated by the growing interest in the study of cognitive and behavioral development and the interactions between what is innate and what is learned during the development. New theories and architectures for development are being studied in fields related to both artificial and natural intelligence. Scaling up from ground, both in size and functionality is required to deal with challenging tasks for machines and to better understand natural intelligence. It leads to such questions as how does an individual, biological or artificial, scale up its cognitive and behavioral capabilities through interactions with the environment? What are the common mechanisms that enable scaling up for a variety of cognitive and behavioral capabilities and their integration?

Because this important subject is interdisciplinary, this workshop will bring together distinguished researchers from closely related fields, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision, pattern recognition, speech recognition, robotics, animal learning, developmental psychology, neuroscience, computational linguistics and philosophy. The aim of the workshop is to discuss, initiate, plan and advance research on cognitive and behavioral development by both natural and artificial agents.

The following four major topics are envisioned for the workshop's focus:

  1. The role of development and learning in human intelligence and the role they can play in making intelligent machines.

  2. Common developmental principles that are shared by very diverse cognitive and behavioral capabilities such as vision, speech, language, understanding, reasoning, planning, decision making, navigation, object manipulation and other motor actions.

  3. Important directions for future research on development and learning.

  4. Short-term and long-term applications of results from research on development and learning.

Attendance at the workshop will be by invitation only. The workshop will emphasize discussion.  More specific issues are listed in the topics page.  The workshop will have invited introductory presentations followed by (i) prepared responses to its themes and (ii) spontaneous audience discussion and participation.

Although not required, each invited workshop attendant is encouraged to submit a paper that contains one or both of the following components:

Invitee's vision, position, understanding, comments or some major challenges that the invitee has met in research with regard to one or more of the above four workshop topics.

The research work by the author(s) (or others) that illustrates or support what explained above.

The accepted papers will appear in the workshop proceedings.

Thanks to the financial support from NSF and DARPA for this workshop, the host MSU will cover the cost of travel and accommodation for invited participants. Feedbacks about the workshop plan are welcome.

General Co-Chairs:

Prof. James L. McClelland
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
Carnegie Mellon University

Prof. Alex P. Pentland
The Media Laboratory
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Program Co-Chairs:

Prof. Juyang Weng
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

Prof. Ida Stockman
Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Michigan State University



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