Workshop on Development
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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
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
The following four major topics are envisioned for the workshop's focus:
The role of development and learning in human intelligence and the role
they can play in making intelligent machines.
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
Important directions for future research on development and learning.
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
Although not required, each invited workshop attendant is encouraged to
submit a paper that contains one or both of the following components:
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.
Prof. James L.
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
Carnegie Mellon University
Prof. Alex P.
The Media Laboratory
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Prof. Juyang Weng
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University
Department of Audiology and Speech Sciences
Michigan State University