EU Parliament workshop on European Robotics Research Leadership

Angelo Cangelosi and the MEP Ioannis Tsoukalas are organising this workshop at the Altiero Spinelli Building, home of the EU Parliament in Brussels. Speakers will include Libor Kral (Head of FP7 Cognitive Systems and Robotics unit), Alessandra Luchetti (Head of FP7 Marie Curie Unit), Rainer Bischoff (KUKA Robotics), Paolo Dario (Robotics Companion Flagship), Giorgio Metta (iCub's dad) and Yiannis Aloimonos and Katerina Pastra (Poeticon++). This is an invitation-only workshop with 30 participants from inddutry and academia, and 20 MEPs and European Commission staff. See programme.

Making Sense of Sounds: Workshop on Sounds and Sound Processing in Natural and Artificial Systems, 20-21 February 2012

This workshop will discuss many aspects of sound processing, including sound perception in natural systems (humans and animals), the use of sounds to probe the environment (bio-sonar), computational modelling of auditory processing, and the development of bio-inspired real-time sound processing systems. The workshop is organised by Sue Denham and Thomas Wennekers, as part of the SCANDLE project.

International Workshop: Emergence of communication. From artificial agents to human experiments

Davide Marocco organised a workshop on the Emergence of communication. From artificial agents to human experiments, on 17 February 2012. This included speakers from Japan Univerities (Takashi Ikegami, Ryoko Uno, Hiroyouki Iizuka) and from the Natioanal Research Council (Stefano Nolfi). The workshop was funded by a Plymouth University International Collaboration Grant.

IEEE ICDL-EpiRob 2011 Conference organised by CRNS Staff

Angelo Cangelosi is the Conferene co-Chair of IEEE ICDL-EpiRob 2011, the first Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics, to be held in Frankfurt, on 24-27 August 2011.

Interdisciplinary Workshop on Society, Culture and Langauge (SCL2010), 11-13 November 2010

The CRNS hosted the SCL2010 workshop, sponsored by EOARD, the European Office of Aerospace Research and Development. For more information, go to workshop website.

TAROS-2010 Conference in Plymouth

The CRNS hosted TAROS2010 on August 31 to Septemebr 2, 2010. This also included an Industrial Workshop on Service and Personal Robotics. See TAROS conference website and news coverage in the Herald newspaper.

STM-2010 Workshop in Plymouth

Last June, the CRNS organised the workshop on "Spike Train Measures and Their Applications to Neural Coding". We were able to recruit world-leading researchers as speakers and participants. For more information see

CRNS Inaugural Workshop, 2009

The CRNS Inaugural Workshop was held on 26 and 27 November 2009 at the University of Plymouth with keynote speakers Christian Goerick (Honda), Hans-Georg Stork (European Commission) and Steve Furber FRS (Manchester University). A copy of the Workshop Programme is available for download.



Current Seminar series 2011-2012

Venue and time: Babbage 200, 2pm - 3pm (unless specified below)

See also the Google Diary for our seminars here.


Date Speaker Title
16 Mar 2012
Tony Pipe
(BRL Bristol)
Advances in Human Robot Interaction: The Rise of the Machine?
2 Mar 2012
Ian Phillis
Out of Sight, is Out of Mind
24 Feb 2012
Liam McDaid
(University of Ulster)
Function significance of astrocytes
17 Feb 2012
Barbara Webb
(Edinburgh University)
Sensorimotor systems in insects and robots
10 Feb 2012
Nada Yousif
(Imperial College London)
Visualising the spatiotemporal neuronal effects of deep brain stimulation
24 Feb 2012
Liam McDaid
(University of Ulster)
Function significance of astrocytes
2 Dec 2011
Kate Twomey
(Sussex University)
Neural network models of cognitive development
18 Nov 2011
Serge Thill
(Skovde University, Sweden)
Modeling mirror neurons and human action recognition
4 Nov 2011
Rachel Wu & Thomas Hannagan
(Birkbeck and CRSN Marseille)
Cued multimodal learning during infancy:
A neurocomputational model
7 Oct 2011
Anil Ahir
(Tamar Foods)
Tamar Foods' major investment on robotic technology: change management to develop a competitive advantage


Seminar series 2010-2011

Date Speaker Title
1 April 2011
Tom Ziemke
(Skovde University, Sweden)
ICEA project results
31 Mar 2011
PSQ C2 11am
Honghai Liu
(Bournemouth University, UK)
Human Motion Skill Transfer into Robots: a Cognitive Challenge
24 Mar 2011
Slawomir Nasuto
(Reading University, UK)
Robot Animats: Closed loop embodiment of cultured neuronal networks
4 Mar 2011
Nick Hawes
(Birmigham University, UK)
Building blocks for cognitive robots
25 Feb 2011
Ian Phillips
(ARM Ltd)
Thanks to Science, life's cool?
18 Feb 2011 ROLLE-114
Jochen Steil
(Bielefeld University, Germany)
Neural associative dynamics for learning of motor primitives: towards Rich Motor Skills
11 Feb 2011
Mark Neal
(Aberyswith University)
Robotics in interesting environments: usefulness and longevity
28 Jan 2011
Marco Miroli
(ISTC CRN, Rome)
Intrinsically motivated cumulative learning systems (IMCLEVER project)
17 Dec 2010
Thomas Wennekers
Cell assemblies
3 Dec 2010
Marc Lee
(Aberyswith University)
Developmental Robotics:
why psychology really matters
19 Nov 2010
Haline Schendan
(Psychology, Univ. Plymouth)
Brain basis of human vision, memory & learning
29 Oct 2010
Inman Harvey
(Sussex University)
Evolutionary modelling
8 Oct 2010
Luca Zammataro
(University of Milan, Humanitas)
An hypothesis of emotional engine
1 Oct 2010
Giacomo Spampinato (Malardalen University, Sweden) Binocular vision in robotics. From autonomous navigation to human robot interaction


Seminar series 2009-2010

Date Speaker Title
23 Mar 2010
Hiroyuki Iizuka
(University of Osaka)
Evolution of communications in robots and people
5 Mar 2010
Santo di Nuovo
(University of Catania)
Embodied cognition and learning
4 Dec 2009
Torbjorn Dahl
(University of Wales Newport)
Robotics intelligence research and ROBOTSKIN project
20 Nov 2009
Jonathan Ginzburg
(King's College London)
Integrating Semantics with Interaction
13 Nov 2009
Bill Bigge
(University of Sussex)
May the force be with you - Torque control and mechanical emulators for cheap robots
30 Oct 2009 Jian Dai
(King's College London)
Novel Mechanisms and Intuitive Robotic Manipulation
23 Oct 2009
Manuel Lopes
(University of Plymouth)
Cognitive robotics
27 Oct 2009
Steven Greenberg
(Silicon Speech)
Time Perspective in Spoken Language

27 May 2009
Chyi-Yeu Jerry Lin
(National Taiwan University of Science and Technology)
Development of Autonomous Intelligent Robots: Multifunctional Entertaining Robots, Robot Theatre, and Next Generation Service Robots
6 May 2009
Dr Boris Vladimirskiy (University of Bern, Switzerland) Unsupervised learning of natural stimulus statistics and hierarchical novelty-familiarity representation in the visual cortex
20 mar 2009
Roger Moore
(University of Sheffield)
Spoken Language Processing: Where Do We Go From Here?
13 Mar 2009
Takashi Hashimoto
(Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology)
Grammaticalisation, language evolution and creativity
20 Feb 2009
Michael Meredith (University of Sheffield) Mathematical mechanics of motion
13 Feb 2009
Darren Cosker
(University of Bath)
Face animation modelling
6 Feb 2009
Sandor Veres
(University of Southampton)
Engineering the behaviour of autonomous vehicles.
30 Jan 2009
Martin Woolner
(University of Plymouth)
INNOVATE: 3D scanning, virtual object manipulation and rapid prototyping