About this Research Topic
Computational models that explain the operation and development of the self are scarce and address only isolated subsystems at most. Humanoid robots possess morphologies – physical characteristics as well as sensory and motor apparatus – that are in some respects akin to human bodies. To this end, the type of information processed within the sensorimotor loops is genuine to one specific physical body (morphological computation) and to its current perceptual experience within the physical environment. By doing so, robots may expand the domain of computational modeling by anchoring information processing into one embodied and situated agent.
This Research Topic invites contributions from all the disciplines dealing with the self (in particular psychology, neuroscience, computational and robotic modeling work) and interdisciplinary approaches.
This special topic will build on the discussion and experience matured in the 2017 workshop on The Development of the Self: from self-perception to interaction under uncertainty held at the 7th Joint IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning and on Epigenetic Robotics in Lisbon, and the 2016 workshop on The development of body knowledge in humans and machines held at the The Sixth Joint IEEE International Conference Developmental Learning and Epigenetic Robotics in Cergy-Pontoise.
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