CogRob 2008
The 6th International
Cognitive Robotics Workshop
July 21-22, 2008
Patras, Greece
Held at
ECAI 2008

Revised Call for Papers - see extended deadlines

Important Dates

Submission Deadline - extended! May 1, 2008
Notification of Acceptance May 25, 2008
Submission of camera ready copies June 9, 2008

Workshop Description

Research in robotics has traditionally emphasized low-level sensing and control tasks including sensory processing, path planning, and manipulator design and control. In contrast, research in cognitive robotics is concerned with endowing robots and software agents with higher level cognitive functions that enable them to reason, act and perceive in changing, incompletely known, and unpredictable environments. Such robots must, for example, be able to reason about goals, actions, when to perceive and what to look for, the cognitive states of other agents, time, resources, collaborative task execution, etc. In short, cognitive robotics is concerned with integrating reasoning, perception, and action within a uniform theoretical and implementation framework (using methods drawn from logic, probability and decision theory, reinforcement learning, game theory, etc.).

The use of robots and softbots is becoming more and more widespread, with many commercial products on the market. Complex applications and the need for effective interaction with humans are increasing demand for robots that are capable of deliberation and other high-level cognitive functions. Models from cognitive science and techniques from machine learning are being used to enable robots to extend their knowledge and skills. Combining results from mainstream robotics and computer vision with those from knowledge representation and reasoning, machine learning, and cognitive science has and will continue to be central to research in cognitive robotics.

This workshop aims to bring together researchers involved in all aspects of the theory and implementation of cognitive robotics, to discuss current work and future directions. All aspects of cognitive robotics are of interest to the workshop; we especially welcome discussions and demonstrations of implemented systems.

Submission Information

Potential participants are invited to submit either:

  • a technical paper (extended abstract), or
  • a statement of interest and/or position paper.

We will review 5 pages extended abstract versions of the technical papers. For the sake of uniformity, all technical papers submissions should follow the ECAI 2008 style guide and should be no longer than 5 pages in camera ready format. Author names should be included. Please refer to the ECAI style guide for details. Please disregard the ECAI submission instructions on this page. Simply retrieve the style files from this page and send the final formatted version to The final camera-ready version of accepted technical papers may take up to 10 pages ECAI-style in the workshop proceedings. Papers accepted at the main ECAI conference (technical sessions) should not be submitted to the workshop unless they are substantially extended or revised; in that case the submission should state how the final version will differ from the ECAI paper.

Others wishing to attend should submit a 1-2 page description of their work or interest in this area (including a short list of related publications). This may include specific questions and issues that they feel should be addressed. Authors who would like to participate in systems demonstrations (either live, simulated, or video-taped) should indicate their audio-visual and/or computer needs at the time of submission.

If the quality of the submissions is sufficiently high, we may look into the possibility of publishing extended versions of selected articles in a journal special issue.

All submissions must arrive by May 1, 2008. Only electronic submissions will be accepted and all papers must be in PDF format. All submissions should be sent to

Organizing Committee

Yves Lespérance (Chair) York University, Toronto, Canada
Gerhard Lakemeyer Aachen University of Technology, Germany
Jan Peters Max Planck Institute, Tübingen, Germany
Fiora Pirri University of Rome "La Sapienza", Italy