Special Session


“From Biological Intelligence to Machine Intelligence: Abstraction, Evaluation, and Validation of Algorithm for Olfactory-Based Navigation


The Seventh International Conference on Machine Learning and Applications (ICMLA’ 08)


December 11-13, 2008 – San Diego, CA, USA


This special session of ICMLA is devoted to the design methodology of robot-based chemical plume tracers: from biological intelligence to machine intelligence. The workshop is focused not only on the algorithm abstraction, analysis, and evaluation, but on the implementation and validation via an intelligent system as well as the application in the real world. The topics of interest are (but not limited to):


o Biologically-Inspired Algorithms for Odor Source Localization

o Olfaction Based Searching Algorithms

o Multisensor Fusion and Integration Architecture for Chemical Plume Tracing


Potential participants to the special session are invited to submit a technical paper. Submissions should be sent electronically in PDF format at the regular paper submission website (http://www.icmla-conference.org/icmla08/) by June 15, 2008   July 15, 2008. Papers should not exceed a maximum of 6 pages (including abstract, body, tables, figures, and references), and should be submitted as a pdf in 2-column IEEE format. Detailed instructions for the authors can be found at the conference website. Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings, as a hardcopy. All accepted papers must be presented by one of the authors to be published in the conference proceedings. The presented papers will be also considered for a special issue in an international journal.


If you have any questions do not hesitate to direct your questions to the special session organizer Dr. Wei Li <wli@cs.csubak.edu>.


The important dates for this special session are:


Paper submission due:                                      June 15, 2008   July 15, 2008

Notification of acceptance:                               September 1, 2008

Camera-ready papers & Pre-registration:          October 1, 2008

The ICMLA Conference:                                  December 11-13, 2008


Special Session Chair:

       o Dr. Wei Li   (Email: wli@cs.csubak.edu)


Program Committee:

o    Professor Frank Grasso (Biomimetic and Cognitive Robotics Lab, Brooklyn College, USA)

o    Professor Hiroshi Ishida (Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan)

o    Professor Wei Li (Department of Computer Science, California State University, Bakersfield, USA)

o    Professor Lino Marques (Institute of Systems and Robotics, University of Coimbra, Portugal)

o    Professor Alcherio Martinoli (Swarm-Intelligent Systems Group (SWIS), EPFL IC ISC GR-MA, Switzerland)