European Workshop on Learning Robots 1998

The seventh European Workshop on Learning Robots will take place at the Department of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, on Monday, 20th of July 1998, immediately before the International Symposium on Intelligent Robotic Systems (SIRS-98).


Robot Learning is an area of interest to many different scientific fields such as Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Artificial Life, Neuroscience, and Cognitive Science. The main goal of EWLR-7 is to bring together researchers of different scientific fields working on or interested in Robot Learning. EWLR envisages to be an interdisciplinary workshop and aims to stimulate an exchange of ideas across the different fields. EWLR has good foundations to achieve this ambitious goal. The European Machine Learning and Robotics community has already organised a series of six successful workshops (Vienna (1993), Torino (1994), Heraklion (1995), Karlsruhe (1995), Bari (1996), Brighton (1997)) incorporating researchers from various fields over the years.

The program (draft)

Registration, Travel & Accomodation information

The workshop will take place in the D-Lecture Theatre of the Department of Artificial Intelligence. The address is 5 Forrest Hill, Edinburgh, EH1 2QL, Scotland, UK.

  • Registration information .
  • We have compiled a list of useful information to help you plan your trip and your accomodation.
  • Program Committee

  • Minoru Asada, Osaka University, Japan.
  • Luc Berthouze, Electrotechnical Laboratory, Japan.
  • Daniel Bullock, Cognitive and Neural Systems Department, Boston University, USA.
  • Thomas Christaller, GMD, Germany.
  • Kerstin Dautenhahn, Department of Cybernetics, University of Reading, UK.
  • Edwin De Jong, Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, VUB, Belgium.
  • Ruediger Dillmann, Universitaet Karlsruhe, Germany.
  • Marco Dorigo, IRIDIA, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
  • Philippe Gaussier, Neurocybernetics group, ETIS, ENSEA, France.
  • John Hallam, Department of Artificial Intelligence, University of Edinburgh, UK.
  • Gillian Hayes, Department of Artificial Intelligence, University of Edinburgh, UK.
  • Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Electrotechnical Laboratory, Japan.
  • Ramon Lopez de Mantaras, IIIA, CSIC, Spain.
  • Henrik Lund, Computer Science Department, Aarhus University, Denmark.
  • Stefan Schaal, University of Southern California and ERATO / Japan Science and Technology Corporation.
  • Patrick van der Smagt, Institute of Robotics and System Dynamics, German Aerospace Research.
  • Hendrik Van Brussel, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
  • Jun Tani, Sony Computer Science Lab, Tokyo, Japan.
  • Sebastian Thrun, Carnegie Mellon University, USA.
  • Carme Torras, Institut de Robotica i Informatica Industrial, UPC, Spain.
  • Jeremy Wyatt, School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, UK.
  • Important Dates

  • May 1, deadline for submission of papers (PASSED)
  • May 2, submission acknowledgment (PASSED - email notification of receipt have been sent to all people that submitted papers. If you have submitted a paper and did not receive notification, please contact the organisers *immediately*).
  • June 2, notification of acceptance/rejection. (PASSED - notification of all acceptances/rejections has been sent by email; if you submitted a paper and haven't received a notification, please contact the organisers *immediately*)
  • July 8th, deadline for submission of final manuscripts (PASSED - all papers have been received fine, proceedings production under way).
  • July 20, workshop in Edinburgh.
  • Instructions for accepted authors

    Note for presenters: if you have any special needs for your presentation, please email the organisers as soon as possible to prepare any equipment you might need. If you just need the overhead projector and the video player there is no need to contact the organisers.


    All accepted papers will be published in the Proceedings of the workshop, which will be available at the workshop. Similarly to last year, we aim to publish a selection of the best papers in a book (last year's publisher was Springer-Verlag, LNAI).

    Facilities available at the venue

    The audio-visual equipment available at the venue includes overhead projectors, slide projectors, and barco projector connected to video player (PAL/NTSC), to UNIX colour X-terminal (connected to the Internet for live demos if needed), and to PC machines running MS-Windows. The venue is next to the Mobile Robots Research Laboratory, where standard RWI and Khepera robots are available for live demonstrations if authors are interested. Sun and Intel-based workstations are also available, and all possible technical support will be given to people that would be interested in bringing along their own robots for demonstrations.

    EWLR-8 in 1999

    Proposals are invited for the organisation of EWLR-8. Please send submissions to the organisers, who will collect them and present them during EWLR-7 for selection from the attendees. Since this is the second time that the workshop is organised in the UK, proposals from other parts of Europe are particularly welcome.



    John Demiris

    Dept. of Artificial Intelligence
    University of Edinburgh
    Edinburgh, Scotland, UK


    Andreas Birk

    Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
    Vrije Universiteit Brussel
    Brussels, Belgium

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