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.

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Manuscripts should be prepared according to the "Information for Authors" of the journal found at Submissions must be done through the IEEE TCDS Manuscript center: and please select the category "SI: ETDL".

Important Dates

25th January 202115st January 2021 Paper submission deadline
15th March 2021 Notification for authors
10th June 2021 Deadline revised papers submission
10th July 2021 Deadline for camera-ready versions

Guest Editors

María-José Escobar
Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Chile
Nicolás Navarro-Guerrero
Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Javier Ruiz-del-Solar
Universidad de Chile, Chile
Giulio Sandini
Italian Institute of Technology and University of Genoa, Italy