- Award List

- Best Paper Award:

We decided for two best papers, to highlight the diverse nature of ICDL souls.
Paper Number Autors Title
Paper 26 Sara Schroer*, Chen Yu Multimodal Attention Creates the Visual Input for Infant Word Learning.
Paper 4 Takumi Takada*, Yoshiyuki Ohmura, Yasuo Kuniyoshi Unsupervised Learning of Shape-Invariant Lie Group Transformer by Embedding Ordinary Differential Equation.

- Best Student Paper Award:

Paper Number Autors Title
Paper 24 Sarwar Hussain Paplu*, Mohammed Nazrul Islam Arif, Karsten Berns Utilizing Semantic and Contextual Information During Human-Robot Interaction.

- Links to ICDL2021 Proceedings:

- IEEE Xplore : https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/conhome/9515562/proceeding
- Cloud disk : https://disk.pku.edu.cn:443/link/E3011BF99DD4A2BAA70D6758D1A87237
(Valid Until: 2021-12-31 23:59, Password will be sent to your email.)

Important Notice about Openning Session and The First Keynote:

Dear all:

  The openning session and the first keynote session will be presented with zoom.
  The details of zoom connection can be found in your email.

Instructions for participants:

Dear all:

 Thank you very much for your participation to the conference!
 We are looking forward to having the opportunity to discuss with you all next week!
Ways to participate the conference:

  For the conference we will use Gather town and zoom . The former allows for a more interactive experience, where you can move around a virtual conference area and interact with the environment and other participants. We will use ZOOM in case we encounter issues with Gather (e.g., in case of a larger number of attendees than expected).
The details (including links and passwords of Gather town and zoom) of Instructions for participants have been sent to participants' email, please check.

Notice regarding the Best Student Papers application :

 If the first author of your accepted paper to ICDL 2021 is an undergraduate or PhD student, you can apply for the "Best Student Paper" award! To apply, send an email to 2021icdl@gmail.com by 16th August 2021 with the subject [Application for Best Student Paper Award] and listing:

 - paper number
 - paper title
 - first author name and affiliation
 - link to evidence of student status (e.g. to the university page).

Important!! New announcement :

[Requirements and submission entry for presentation preparation]
(click this link)


The IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL), previously referred to as ICDL-EpiRob, is the premier gathering of professionals dedicated to the advancement of cognitive and developmental learning. As such, ICDL is a unique conference gathering researchers from computer science, robotics, psychology and developmental studies.

We invite submissions for the conference in 2021 to explore, extend, and consolidate the interdisciplinary boundaries of this exciting research field.

Due to the influence of COVID-19, IEEE ICDL 2021 will be held in a hybrid style. The details will be updated a while later.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Principles and Theories of Development and Learning
  • Development of Skills in Biological Systems and Robots
  • Nature vs. Nurture, Developmental Stages
  • Models on the Contributions of Interaction to Learning
  • Models on Active Learning
  • Architectures for Lifelong Learning
  • Emergence of Body and Affordance Perception
  • Analysis and Modelling of Human Motion and States
  • Models for Prediction, Planning and Problem Solving
  • Models of Human-Human and Human-Robot Interaction
  • Emergence of Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
  • Epistemological Foundations and Philosophical Issues
  • Robot Prototyping of Human and Animal Skills
  • Ethics in Computational Intelligence and Robotics

Important Dates

Conference Dates August 23rd – 26th, 2021
Conference Paper
Submission Deadline March 17th, 2021 (24:00 PST) (closed)
Author Notification May 15th, 2021 May 20th, 2021(closed)
Camera Ready Due June 6th, 2021 June 25th, 2021(closed)
Tutorial or Workshops
Tutorial or Workshops Dates August 19th, 21st, 22nd, 27th, 30th, 31st, 2021. For details, see link
Submission Deadline March 17th, 2021 (24:00 PST) (closed)
Notification May 20th, 2021 (closed)
Journal Tracks
Submission Deadline May 28th, 2021 (24:00 PST) (closed)
Notification June 20th, 2021


Authors are invited to submit original and unpublished papers of at most 6 pages in IEEE double column format. Submission will undergo peer-review impacting which papers that are selected for either oral presentation or poster presentation.

The authors of the best conference papers will be invited to extend their contributions for special issues of prestigious journals, such as IEEE Transaction on Cognitive and Developmental Systems and Advanced Robotics.