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The IEEE International Conference on Development and Learning (ICDL), previously referred to as ICDL-EpiRob, is the premier gathering of professionals dedicated to the advancement of cognitive and developmental learning. As such, ICDL is a unique conference gathering researchers from computer science, robotics, psychology and developmental studies.

We invite submissions for the conference in 2021 to explore, extend, and consolidate the interdisciplinary boundaries of this exciting research field.


Honorary Chairs
Zhengyou Zhang (Tencent, China)
Minoru Asada (Osaka University, Japan)
Xihong Wu (Peking University, China)

Bridge Chairs
Jochen Triesch (FIAS, Germany)
Tetsuya Ogata (Waseda University, Japan)
Giulio Sandini (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)

Publicity Chairs
Yukie Nagai (University of Tokyo, Japan)
Daniela Corbetta (University of Tennessee, USA)
Jim Tørresen (University of Oslo, Norway)
Nicolás Navarro (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Zhiyong Liu (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
Hongliang Ren (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Huaping Liu (Tsinghua University, China)

General Chairs
Dingsheng Luo (Peking University, China)
Angelo Cangelosi (University of Manchester, UK)

Program Chairs
Alessandra Sciutti (Italian Institute of Technology, Italy)
Jing Chen (Peking University, China)

Publication Chair
Weiwei Wan (Osaka University, Japan)

Journal Track Chair
Lorenzo Jamone (Queen Mary University of London, UK)

Local Chairs
TianShu Qu (Peking University, China)
Yi Wang (Peking University, China)

Tutorial and Workshop Chair
Xu Yang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

Finance Chair
Yudi Zou (Peking University, China)

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Important date

Draft paper submission deadline
Draft paper acceptance notification
Final paper submission deadline

Authors are invited to submit original and unpublished papers of at most 6 pages in IEEE double column format. Submission will undergo peer-review impacting which papers that are selected for either oral presentation or poster presentation.

The authors of the best conference papers will be invited to extend their contributions for special issues of prestigious journals, such as IEEE Transaction on Cognitive and Developmental Systems and Advanced Robotics.

Submission Topics

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • general principles of development and learning;

  • development of skills in biological systems and robots;

  • nature VS nurture, critical periods and developmental stages;

  • architectures for cognitive development and life-long learning;

  • emergence of body knowledge and affordance perception;

  • models for prediction, planning and problem solving;

  • models of human-human and human-robot interaction;

  • emergence of verbal and non-verbal communication skills;

  • epistemological foundations and philosophical issues;

  • models of child development from experimental psychology.


Due to the influence of COVID-19, IEEE ICDL 2021 may be held virtually.

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Important Date
  • Conference Date

    Aug 23



    Aug 26


  • Feb 15 2021

    Draft paper submission deadline

  • Apr 15 2021

    Draft Paper Acceptance Notification

  • May 15 2021

    Final Paper Deadline

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