IEEE-RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (Humanoids 2005)

Workshop on
Cognitive Architectures for Humanoids

Monday, 5 December 2005, 13:00 - 17:00


Objectives Program Organizers Contact


Research on cognitive architectures is a very important issue because it specifies the underlying infrastructure for an intelligent system. Cognitive humanoid robots should be able to interpret data arising from real-world events and processes, acquire situated knowledge of their environment, act, and make or suggest decisions and communicate with people on human terms. A cognitive architecture for humanoid robots has to fulfil a wide range of requirements from disciplines such as learning theory, control theory, theoretical and computational neuroscience, artificial intelligence, human-machine-interaction, perception-action modelling, planning and decision making, mechatronics and even biomechanics.

The workshop is a forum to foster discussion among researchers about cognition and cognitive architectures for humanoid robots which safely coexist with humans, interactively communicate with humans and usefully manipulate objects in built-for-human environments. The workshop will focus on the fundamental questions including:

  • Definition of cognition for Humanoids
  • Requirements for cognitive architectures and tools
  • Learning, memorization and decision making
  • Perception and action representation
  • Understanding and modelling of human cognition
  • How to create the conditions for testing existing frameworks from information theory, neuro- and social sciences and using them to design robots with advanced cognitive capabilities.

Areas for discussion include cognitive architectures, control systems, social interaction, as well as key engineering issues concerning the implementation of cognitively plausible theories on humanoids.

Program (confirmed talks)
TIME TITLE (tentative)
13.00 Welcome and Overview
Rüdiger Dillmann, University of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany
13.10 Imitation as an Emergent Embodied Cognition
Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Intelligent Systems and Informatics, Tokyo, Japan
13.40 Temporal Sequence Learning in Neurons and Robots
Florentin Wörgötter, University of Goettingen, Germany

The RobotCub Cognitive Architecture: Foundations, Insights, and Challenges
D. Vernon, G. Metta, and G. Sandini, LIRA-Lab, DIST, University of Genoa, Italy

14:40 Coffee Break
15:00 An Integrative view of Cognitive Architecture: Process/Structure/Behaviours
Gordon Cheng, ATR International, Kyoto, Japan

Researching Elements of Cognitive Architectures for Humanoids
Christian Goerick, Honda Research Institute Europe GmbH


PACO-PLUS: Cognition through Learning of Object-Action Complexes
T. Asfour, University of Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe, Germany


Kuniyoshi, D. Vernon, F. Wörgötter, G. Cheng, Ch. Goerick, R. Dillmann and T. Asfour

Tamim Asfour, Gordon Cheng and Rüdiger Dillmann

Department of Humanoid Robotics and Computational Neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience Laboratories,
ATR International
JST-ICORP Computational Brain Project
Japan Science and Technology Agency,
Kyoto, Japan

Tamim Asfour
University of Karlsruhe
Haid-und-Neu-Str. 7
76131 Karlsruhe
Phone: +49 (0)721 608 7379
Fax: +49 (0)721 608 8270

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