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2021

Publicity Chair: IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning (IEEE ICDL 2021)

23 Aug 2021 | PUBLICITY CO-CHAIR, COMMITTEE, CONFERENCE, ORGANIZATION,

I will serve as Publicity Co-Chair of the 10th IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL 2021) to be held in Beijing, China between the 23rd and 26th of August 2021.

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Emerging Topics on Development and Learning

IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems

15 Jan 2021 | SPECIAL ISSUE, JOURNAL, CALL FOR PAPERS,

This special issue will include state-of-the-art research on emerging topics on development and learning in natural and artificial systems. In addition to new submissions, papers presented at ICDL-EpiRob 2020 will be invited to submit extended versions to the special issue. All submissions, including those that are based on ICDL-EpiRob 2020 papers, will be reviewed as regular TCDS papers.

This special issue has a focus on development and learning from a multidisciplinary perspective gathering researchers from computer science, robotics, psychology, and developmental studies. We invite researchers to share knowledge and research on how humans and animals develop sensing, reasoning and actions, and how to exploit robots as research tools to test models of development and learning. We expect the submitted contributions emphasize the interaction with social and physical environments and how cognitive and developmental capabilities can be transferred to computing systems and robotics. This approach goes hand in hand with the goals of both understanding human and animal development and applying this knowledge to improve future intelligent technology, including for robots that will be in close interaction with humans.

For more information on the Special Issue, click here.

2020

Program and Finance Co-Chair: Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob 2020)

28 Oct 2020 | PROGRAM AND FINANCE CO-CHAIR, COMMITTEE, CONFERENCE, ORGANIZATION,

I will serve as Program and Finance Co-Chair of the 10th Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob 2020) to be held in Valparaiso, Chile between the 26th and 30th of October 2020.

Talk: Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence

University of Groningen, the Netherlands

01 Oct 2020 | OUTREACH, TALK, SEMINAR,

I will give a guest talk on “The Role of Cognitive-Inspired Machine Learning in Autonomous Assistive Systems” at the Bernoulli Institute for Mathematics, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Editorial Board: Joined the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Robotics and AI

21 Sep 2020 | ACADEMIC MANAGEMENT, LEADERSHIP, PEER ESTEEM INDICATORS, OUTREACH, EDITORIAL BOARD,

Joined the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Robotics and AI as Review Editor.

Organizer: Latin American Summer School on Cognitive Robotics (LACORO 2020)

01 Sep 2020 | COMMITTEE, SUMMER SCHOOL, ORGANIZATION,

Funder and Organizer of the Latin American Summer School on Cognitive Robotics (LACORO 2020). Whos first edition will be held in Valparaiso, Chile between the 1st and the 4th of September 2020.

Associate Editor: Joined the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (TCDS)

25 Mar 2020 | ACADEMIC MANAGEMENT, LEADERSHIP, PEER ESTEEM INDICATORS, OUTREACH, EDITORIAL BOARD,

Joined the Editorial Board of IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (TCDS) as an Associate Editor.

Vice-Chair of the IEEE CDSTC

IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (CDSTC)

10 Mar 2020 | ACADEMIC MANAGEMENT, LEADERSHIP, PEER ESTEEM INDICATORS, OUTREACH,

I was appointed as Vice-Chair of Conference of the IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (CDSTC) for the 2020 period.

For more information on the IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (CDSTC) and activities, please visit this webpage.

Talk: Computational Intelligence and Applications Research Group (CIA)

Nottingham Trent University, UK

22 Jan 2020 | OUTREACH, TALK, SEMINAR,

I will give a guest talk at the Computational Intelligence and Applications Research Group (CIA) at the School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University.

2019

Publicity Chair: IEEE RAS International Summer School on Deep Learning for Robot Vision

09 Dec 2019 | PUBLICITY CHAIR, COMMITTEE, SYMPOSIUM, WORKSHOP, CONFERENCE,

I will serve as Publicity Chair of the IEEE RAS International Summer School on Deep Learning for Robot Vision to be held in Santiago & Rancagua, Chile between the 9th and 13th of December 2019.

Program Committee: IEEE Symposium on Domestic Robotics

IEEE Symposium Series on Computational Intelligence (IEEE SSCI)

06 Dec 2019 | PROGRAM COMMITTEE, COMMITTEE, SYMPOSIUM, WORKSHOP, CONFERENCE,

Member of the program committee of the IEEE Symposium on Domestic Robotics (IEEE DR) to be held in Xiamen, China between the 6th and 9th of December 2019.

Talk: GT8 Robotics and Neuroscience Workshop

26 Nov 2019 | OUTREACH, TALK, WORKSHOP,

I will give a talk at the GT8 Robotics and Neuroscience Workshop. The workshop will be held in Bordeaux, France on the 26th of November 2019. For more information about this event please visit this link.

Organizer and Speaker: AU Smart Manufacturing Day

28 Oct 2019 | ORGANIZATION, SPEAKER, WORKSHOP,

In this event, industry leaders across Denmark and researchers at Aarhus University will present the latest technological innovations and cutting-edge research results from different aspects of manufacturing. You will also have the opportunity to explore collaborations with other industries and researchers at Aarhus University.

This year’s AU Smart Manufacturing Day will also showcase the recently built AU ENG Makerspace. The AU ENG Makerspace is a state-of-the-art collaborative fabrication space aiming to generate real-world research impact through engagement with Danish industry while preparing students for the growing high-tech skilled job market. We also invite interested industry partners to join us for a discussion on ideas and future initiatives that can help us build a strong industry-academic partnership within the AU ENG Makerspace.

Editorial Board: Joined the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Neurorobotics

02 Oct 2019 | ACADEMIC MANAGEMENT, LEADERSHIP, PEER ESTEEM INDICATORS, OUTREACH, EDITORIAL BOARD,

Joined the Editorial Board of Frontiers in Neurorobotics as Review Editor.

Session Chair: Sensorimotor Development Session at ICDL-EpiRob 2019

Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob 2019)

20 Aug 2019 | SESSION CHAIR, SESSION, CONFERENCE,

Chair of the Sensorimotor Development Session at the Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob) held in Oslo, Norway, 20th Aug. 2019.

Organizer: ICDL-EpiRob Workshop on Naturalistic Non-Verbal and Affective Human-Robot Interactions

Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob 2019)

19 Aug 2019 | ORGANIZATION, CALL FOR PAPERS, WORKSHOP,

This full-day workshop will investigate the sensorimotor and affective mechanisms that underlie human-robot interaction. Non-verbal and affective cues and expressions used to foster cooperation, mutual understanding and signal trustworthiness are manifested by humans all the time. If these cues are not appropriately reciprocated, however, the interaction can be negatively impacted. Moreover, inappropriate reciprocation, or lack thereof, may be the result of misperception and or non-timely reactions. Failure to adequately account for biologically plausible perceptual and temporal facets of interactions may detract from the quality of human-robot interaction and hinder progress in the field of social robotics more generally. For more information on the Workshop, click here.

Talk: Fourth International Workshop on Intrinsically Motivated Open-Ended Learning

01 Jul 2019 | OUTREACH, TALK, WORKSHOP,

I will give a talk at the Fourth International Workshop on Intrinsically-Motivated Open-ended Learning (IMOL2019). This year the workshop will be preceded by a Summer School of the European FET project GOAL-Robots. The workshop will be held at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies (FIAS) in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of July 2019. For more information about this event please visit this link.

Talk: Institut für Neuroinformatik (INI) Colloquium

22 May 2019 | OUTREACH, TALK, WORKSHOP,

I will give a talk at the Institut für Neuroinformatik (INI) Colloquium hosted by Prof. Dr. Gregor Schöner on the 22nd of May 2019. For more information about this event please visit this link.

Talk: Wallenberg Symposium on Affective and Developmental Processes in Cognitive and Autonomous Systems

Augmenting Deep Learning using Neural Dynamics and Predictive Coding

06 May 2019 | OUTREACH, TALK, WORKSHOP, SYMPOSIUM,

I will give a talk at the Wallenberg Symposium on Affective and Developmental Processes in Cognitive and Autonomous Systems – Augmenting Deep Learning using Neural Dynamics and Predictive Coding. The Symposium will be held at the Lindholmen Science Park, Gothenburg, Sweden on the 6th and 7th of May 2019. For more information about this event please visit this link.

Guest Lecture: Reinforcement Learning

Department of Engineering at Aarhus University, Denmark

01 May 2019 | GUEST LECTURE, OUTREACH, TEACHING,

I will host a Guest Lecture at the Computer Vision and Machine Learning course hosted at the Section of Electrical and Computer, Department of Engineering at Aarhus University, Denmark, on the 1st of May 2019.

Visiting the UChile Robotics Lab

Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

11 Mar 2019 | VISITING RESEARCHER, OUTREACH,

I am visiting the Robotics Laboratory of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Chile, Santiago, Chile, between the 11th and 18th of March 2019.

Guest Lecture: Designing Social Robots

Department of Computer Science at Aarhus University, Denmark

26 Feb 2019 | GUEST LECTURE, OUTREACH, TEACHING,

I held a Guest Lecture at the Innovation Project course hosted at the Department of Computer Science at Aarhus University, Denmark, on the 26th of February 2019.

Membership: IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (CDSTC)

15 Jan 2019 | MEMBERSHIP, PEER ESTEEM INDICATORS, OUTREACH,

Joined the IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (CDSTC) for the 2019 term. For more information about the mission and activities of the Technical Committee, please visit this link.

2018

Guest Lecture: Designing Social Robots

Division of Cognition and Communication, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

10 Dec 2018 | GUEST LECTURE, OUTREACH, TEACHING,

I held a Guest Lecture at the Affective Interaction & Robotics (TIG103) course hosted at the Division of Cognition and Communication, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, on the 10th of December 2018.

Membership: Task Force on Developmental Psychology

IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (CDSTC)

05 Nov 2018 | MEMBERSHIP, PEER ESTEEM INDICATORS, OUTREACH,

Joined the Task Force on Developmental Psychology of the IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (CDSTC) for the 2018 term. For more information on the Task Force activities, please visit this webpage.

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Continual Unsupervised Sensorimotor Learning

IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems

31 Aug 2018 | SPECIAL ISSUE, JOURNAL, CALL FOR PAPERS,

This special issue aims to report state-of-the-art approaches and recent advances on Continual Unsupervised Sensorimotor Learning with a cross-disciplinary perspective. For more information on the Special Issue, click here.

Call for Papers: Workshop on Continual Unsupervised Sensorimotor Learning

Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob)

17 Jul 2018 | ORGANIZATION, CALL FOR PAPERS, WORKSHOP, CONFERENCE,

In this workshop we will discuss the developmental processes involved in the emergence of representations of action and perception in humans and artificial agents in continual learning. These processes include action-perception cycle, active perception, continual sensory-motor learning, environmental-driven scaffolding, and intrinsic motivation. For more information on the Workshop, click here.

Program Committee: Workshop on Intelligent Assistive Computing

Bi-Annual IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (IEEE WCCI)

11 Jul 2018 | PROGRAM COMMITTEE, CALL FOR PAPERS, WORKSHOP, CONFERENCE,

Member of the program committee of the Workshop on Intelligent Assistive Computing, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 11th July 2018.

Talk: Akademiet for Talentfuld Unge (ATU)

Sommercamp 2018

04 Jul 2018 | OUTREACH, TALK,

On Wednesday 4th of July 2018, I will host two talks on Next Generation Social Robots at the Sommercamp 2018 of the ‘Akademiet for Talentfuld Unge’ (ATU) – Region of Central Jutland. Where high-school students will have the opportunity to learn about current research on the field. For more information about this event please visit this link.

Talk: Workshop on Social Robotics: Social Robotics: New Paths to Discovering What Matters in a Human Life

Matchpoints seminar: The Welfare State: New solutions to Old Problems?

26 May 2018 | WORKSHOP, OUTREACH, TALK,

The AU Social Robotics Lab and the Research Programme Human Futures offer a workshop that will bring the complex issues of social robotics into focus, by engaging our cultural and ethical imagination with illustrations, challenging questions, and performance art. The workshop will be held in Aarhus, Denmark, 26th May 2018. For more information on the seminar, click here.

Chair: Task Force on Action and Perception

IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (CDSTC)

11 May 2018 | ACADEMIC MANAGEMENT, LEADERSHIP, PEER ESTEEM INDICATORS, OUTREACH,

Together with Sao Mai Nguyen., I am charing the Task Force Action and Perception of the IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (CDSTC).

For more information on the Task Force activities, please visit this webpage.

Interview: Next Generation Social Robots

Featured at the AU Department of Engineering Profile 2018

11 Apr 2018 | PRESS, INTERVIEW, OUTREACH,

Social robots are designed to engage humans in social interactions by presenting themselves—in appearance or behaviour—as intelligent social agents. However, the goal of building robots to participate in the space of human interaction raises new technological, empirical and normative questions.

Read online here or download the brochure here.

Grant: Business-Oriented Activities

Faculty of Science and Technology at Aarhus University

10 Feb 2018 | GRANT, FUNDING,

Micro-grant from the University’s Strategic Funds (USM) and the Aarhus University Research Fund (AUFF) to support business-related events to be held in 2018. This grant will be used to facilitate the collaboration between the AU Social Robotics Lab at Aarhus University and the Glyptoteket in Copenhagen.

Membership: IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (CDSTC)

01 Feb 2018 | MEMBERSHIP, PEER ESTEEM INDICATORS, OUTREACH,

Joined the IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive and Developmental Systems (CDSTC) for the 2018 term. For more information about the mission and activities of the Technical Committee, please visit this link.

2017

Membership: Centro de Innovación y Robótica

NGO: Robotic and Technological Innovation in Chile

15 Dec 2017 | MEMBERSHIP, PEER ESTEEM INDICATORS, OUTREACH,

Became Honorary Member of the NGO Centro de Innovación y Robótica, Chile. For more information about the mission and activities of the Centro de Innovación y Robótica please visit this link.

Membership: AU Social Robotics Lab

31 Oct 2017 | MEMBERSHIP, OUTREACH,

Founding member and coordinator of the multidisciplinary AU Social Robotics Lab at Aarhus University. For more information about the mission and activities of the lab, please visit this link.

2016

Talk: 2nd Congress on Robotics and Neuroscience (CRoNe)

27 Oct 2016 | CONFERENCE, OUTREACH, TALK,

Invited speaker at the 2nd Congress on Robotics and Neuroscience (CRoNe). The Congress was held in Valparaiso, Chile between the 27th – 29th October 2016. For more information on the congress, visit this link.

Membership: IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive Robotics

01 Jun 2016 | MEMBERSHIP, PEER ESTEEM INDICATORS, OUTREACH,

Joined the IEEE Technical Committee on Cognitive Robotics. For more information about the mission and activities of the Technical Committee, please visit this link.

Participation: Lorentz Center Workshop on Emotions as Feedback Signals

18 Apr 2016 | WORKSHOP, OUTREACH, PARTICIPANT,

Participant on the Lorentz Center Workshop on Emotions as Feedback Signals held in Leiden, The Netherlands, 18th – 22nd April, 2016. For more information on the workshop, click here.

2014

Co-Organization: International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN)

15 Sep 2014 | CALL FOR PAPERS, CONFERENCE, ORGANIZATION,

Member of Organizing Committee of the International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN) held in Hamburg, Germany, 15th – 19th September, 2014. This conference is organized yearly by the European Neural Network Society (ENNS).

2013

Co-Organization: Special Session on Training in Robotics for Development of Cognition (RobotDoC)

Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob)

18 Aug 2013 | WORKSHOP, CONFERENCE, ORGANIZATION,

Co-organizer of the Special Session on Training in Robotics for Development of Cognition (RobotDoC) held in Osaka, Japan, 18th August, 2013. Co-located with the Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics (ICDL-EpiRob).

2012

Co-Organization: Postgraduate Conference on Robotics and Development of Cognition

International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN)

10 Sep 2012 | LOCAL CHAIR, CALL FOR PAPERS, WORKSHOP, CONFERENCE, ORGANIZATION,

Local Chair of the Postgraduate Conference on Robotics and Development of Cognition (RobotDoC-PhD) held in Lausanne, Switzerland, 10th – 12th September, 2012. Co-located with the International Conference on Artificial Neural Networks (ICANN).

2011

Membership: EUCognition – European Society for Cognitive Systems

01 Jun 2011 | MEMBERSHIP, OUTREACH,

Joined the EUCognition – European Society for Cognitive Systems. For more information about the mission and activities of EUCognition please visit this link.

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