Friday, August 30, 2013

ICDL 2013 Conference Digest

As I predicted, this year's ICDL-EpiRob conference was really an interesting event. Although the number of submissions (77 submitted, 54 accepted) was not as high as usual - maybe because coming to faraway Japan can still be difficult (e.g. to fund) for many researchers in U.S. and Europe.
The conference this time nevertheless attracted a very international set of authors: there has been a total number of 124 attendees, 51 from Asia, 60 from Europe, and 13 from the U.S., who gave some really nice talks, keynotes, and came up with some quite interesting discussions. Let me give a (very subjective) selection of highlights...

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

See you at ICDL in Osaka!

It has been lots of work this year as author, reviewer and publication co-chair, so it's time for the conference to finally begin. The IEEE ICDL-EpiRob conference will take place here in Osaka, starting on Sunday, Aug. 18, and ending on next Thursday, Aug. 22.
The conference will be held in Osaka's beautiful Central Public Hall:
Besides me giving my oral presentation on "Goal Babbling with Unknown Ranges: A Direction Sampling Approach", Felix will present our work on the integration of goal babbling and associative neural memories. I will also give a short talk at the co-located event here.
In general, the progam looks promising so I think this will be an interesting scientific event. Plus, it will certainly be a nice social event. Nice to see again so many familiar faces in my new home town.
Finally, I want to share a tip that Japanese people keep giving me to those who come to ICDL: Try not to melt! (see the latest weather here)