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« on: 17-02-2014, 11:32:42 »

Per tutti coloro interessati, su invito del prof. Cutello, Martedì 25 febbraio, alle ore 15:00 in aula 4, il Prof. Angelo Cangelosi,  dell'Università di Plymouth, UK, terrà un seminario dal titolo:

Developmental Robotics: From Sensorimotor Skills to Symbols

This seminar will introduce the field of developmental robotics and its direct inspiration from developmental psychology and neuroscience research on cognitive development. As a case study, a set of humanoid robot experiments on the iCub robot’s acquisition of linguistic and numerical skills will be presented. Growing theoretical and experimental research on action and language processing and on number learning and space representation clearly demonstrates the role of embodiment in cognition and language processing. In psychology and neuroscience this evidence constitutes the basis of embodied cognition, also known as grounded cognition (Pezzulo et al. 2012). In robotics, these studies have important implications for the design of linguistic capabilities in cognitive agents and robots for human-robot communication, and have led to the new interdisciplinary approach of Developmental Robotics (Cangelosi & Schlesinger 2014). During the talk we will present developmental robotic models and experiments on the embodiment biases in early word acquisition studies, on word order cues for lexical development and number, space and action interaction effects (e.g. De La Cruz et al. 2014). The presentation will also discuss the implications for the “symbol grounding problem” (Cangelosi 2012) and how embodied robots can help in addressing the issue of embodied cognition and the grounding of symbol manipulation use on sensorimotor intelligence.

- Cangelosi A. (2012). Solutions and open challenges for the symbol grounding problem. International Journal of Signs and Semiotic Systems, 1(1), 49-54 (with commentaries).
- Cangelosi A, Schlesinger M (to appear, 2014). Developmental Robotics: From Babies to Robots. Cambridge, MA, MIT Press.
- De La Cruz Vivian M., Di Nuovo A., Cangelosi A., Di Nuovo S. (2014). Making fingers and words count in a cognitive robot. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 8,13.
- Pezzulo G., Barsalou L.W., Cangelosi A., Fischer M.H., McRae K, Spivey M.J. (2011). The mechanics of embodiment: a dialog on embodiment and computational modelling. Frontiers in Psychology, 2(5), 1-21.

Short Bio
Angelo Cangelosi is Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Cognition and the Director of the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems at Plymouth University (UK). Cangelosi studied psychology and cognitive science at the Universities of Rome La Sapienza and at the University of Genoa, and has been visiting scholar at the University of California San Diego and the University of Southampton. Cangelosi's main research expertise is on language and cognitive modelling in humanoid robots, on language evolution in multi-agent systems, and the application of bio-inspired techniques to robot control (e.g. swarm of UAVs). He is the coordinator of the Marie Curie ITN "RobotDoC: Robotics for Development of Cognition" (2009-2013) and the UK EPSRC project “BABEL: Bio-inspired Architecture for Brain Embodied Language” (2012-2016), and of the FP7 project "ITALK” completed in 2012. Cangelosi has produced more than 200 scientific publications, is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Interaction Studies, and has chaired numerous workshops and conferences including the IEEE ICDL-EpiRob 2011 Conference (Frankfurt, August 2011). In 2012-13 he was Chair of the International IEEE Technical Committee on Autonomous Mental Development. His volume “Developmental Robotics: From Babies to Robots” (MIT Press), coauthored with Matt Schlesinger, will be published in Autumn 2014.

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