The Third International Conference on Development and Learning
Developing Social Brains
The Salk Institute for
La Jolla, California, October 20-22 2004
ICDL 2004 Proceedings: PDF *Revised Edition*
ICDL 2004 Budget
Internet Connections: Wireless and cable ethernet will be available for free to registrants.
Poster Size: The total area available for your poster is 8 feet (~2.4 meters)
horizontally by 4 feet (~1.2 meters) vertically. This area is made of
up 2 adjacent 4 feet by 4 feet foam core boards, to which the poster
can be attached with regular thumbtacks.
The goal of the conference is to bring together leading researchers in
neuroscience, machine learning, robotics, and developmental
psychology, in order to gain new insights about learning and
development in natural organisms and robots. The scope of
developmental processes to be considered is broad, including
cognitive, social, emotional, and many other skills exhibited by
humans, and other animals. The theme of the conference this year will
be "Developing Social Brains", but other topics related to development
and learning are welcome.
Despite the strides being made in each discipline, further
interactions across disciplines will serve to accelerate progress.
For example, developmental psychologists can benefit from an
understanding of the computational problems underlying the creation of
machines that can perceive and interact with humans in the real
world. Researchers in robotics can learn from the way biological
systems balance learning and innate predispositions during
development. Machine learning and machine perception can provide a
framework to help neuroscientists understand neural dynamics and
neural mechanisms underlying learning and development.
ICDL-04 is the second regularly scheduled conference following the
celebrated at MIT June 12-15 2002. The origin of these conferences
traces back to the Workshop on Development and Learning (WDL), funded by NSF
DARPA, held April 5 - 7, 2000 at Michigan State University
Some discussion about this new direction is
available on the
final report page of WDL. A brief discussion of the subject
is available in an article appeared in Science available
The subjects of the conference include, but not limited to:
Architectures for autonomous development and learning.
Neural plasticity during development.
Development of visual, auditory and other sensory cortices.
Learning to Interact with Humans.
Neural Basis of Social Development.
Modulatory and value systems.
Development of Interaction Schema.
Coordination and integration of behaviors througout development.
Development of attention mechanisms.
Robots capable of autonomous mental development.
Social and philosophical issues.
Computational and Robotic models of developmental disorders.
Statistical Structure of Nonverbal Communication
Robots and Animated Agents for Clinical Intervention