Recently I was appointed to the Editorial Board of the journal Cognitive Systems Research. We have just announced a call for submissions to a special issue that I am co-editing along with the other organisers of EUCognition2016. Although we expect some authors of papers for that meeting to submit their papers for inclusion in this special issue, this is an open call: one need not attend EUCognition2016 to submit something for inclusion in the special issue. The call, reproduced below, can also be found at:
Special Issue on Cognitive Robot Architectures
Research into cognitive systems is distinct from artificial intelligence in general in that it seeks to design complete artificial systems in ways that are informed by, or that attempt to explain, biological cognition. The emphasis is on systems that are autonomous, robust, flexible and self-improving in pursuing their goals in real environments. This special issue of Cognitive Systems Research will feature recent work in this area that is pitched at the level of the cognitive architecture of such designs and systems. Cognitive architectures are the underlying, relatively invariant structural and functional constraints that make possible cognitive processes such as perception, action, reasoning, learning and planning. In particular, this issue will focus on cognitive architectures for robots that are designed either using insights from natural cognition, or to help explain natural cognition, or both.
Papers included in this issue will address such questions/debates as:
- What makes an architecture a cognitive architecture? A good cognitive architecture?
- Implementation-independent architectures vs strongly embodied architectures
- Should/could there be a common framework for comparing cognitive architectures?
- What are the tradeoffs of various architectural features?
- What are the best examples of architecture-based designs of cognitive systems?
- What is the role of architecture in the design-implement-evaluate cycle?
Possible topics to be explored by the contributions to this special issue include:
- The role of cognitive architectures in robotic systems
- The role of neural networks in the design of cognitive architectures
- The role of cognitive science in the design of robotic architectures
- Embodiment and robotic architectures
- Architectures for robotic perception (esp. vision, audition, haptics, proprioception, kinaesthesia, interoception)
- Architectures for motor control and behavioural organisation
- Architectures for planning and mapping
- Architectures for HRI
- Machine learning and robotic architectures
- Architectures for developmental robotics
- Embodied deliberative architectures
- Embodied reflective architectures
Submissions to the special issue must include original research. Papers must be new and have not been published or submitted to other journals. Authors should prepare their manuscript according to the “Guide for Authors” available at the journal homepage: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/cognitive-systems-research/.
Submission should be made via the EVISE system:
Authors must select “VSI: Cognitive Robots” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process. All papers will be peer-reviewed following the reviewing procedures of the Cognitive Systems Research (CSR) journal.
All papers will undergo a preliminary screening to ensure relevance to the special issue prior to be the peer-review phase; research papers that do not sufficiently address the special issue call may not be selected for a full peer review (such a decision will be communicated rapidly).
Submission open: November 30th, 2016
Deadline for paper submission: January 31st, 2016
Notification of acceptance: July 31st, 2017
Publication date: October 31st, 2017