Call for Papers

The past decade has seen the emergence of a new scientific field in which computational techniques are employed to study how intelligent biological and artificial systems develop sensorimotor, cognitive and social abilities through dynamic interactions with their physical and social environments, with a twofold objective: to gain a better understanding of human and animal intelligence, and to enable artificial systems with more adaptive and flexible behaviors.

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.

Call for paper in PDF format can be downloaded in: Call for paper


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

  • general principles of development and learning;
  • development of skills in biological systems and robots;
  • nature VS nurture, critical periods and developmental stages;
  • architectures for cognitive development and life-long learning;
  • emergence of body knowledge and affordance perception;
  • models for prediction, planning and problem solving;
  • models of human-human and human-robot interaction;
  • emergence of verbal and non-verbal communication skills;
  • epistemological foundations and philosophical issues;
  • models of child development from experimental psychology.

Submission [detail]

Full six-page paper submissions: Accepted and presented full six-page paper submissions are planned to be included in the conference proceedings published by IEEE Xplore.

Call for Tutorials and Workshops

We invite experts in different areas to organize either a tutorial or a workshop to be held on the first or second day of the conference. Tutorials are meant to provide insights into specific topics through hand-on training and interactive experiences.

Submission [detail]

We will accept researchers to submit a one/two pages resume of their intended workshops with indication of the invited speakers, duration (half day or full day), open to paper/poster submission and website.

Call for Journal Tracks

The Journal Track is designed to provide a forum to discuss important results related to cognitive and developmental systems recently published as journal articles, but have not been previously presented as conference papers. Thus, the journal track offers an opportunity to present outstanding results that might otherwise not be submitted to a conference due to their length and complexity.

Submission [detail]

Submissions will go through an expedited selection process led by the conference chairs. Selection criteria include the significance of the results and relevance to the ICDL community.