[robotics-worldwide] CFP: Planning under uncertainty in robotics

Joelle Pineau jpineau at cs.mcgill.ca
Thu Aug 11 06:44:21 PDT 2005

***** CALL FOR PAPERS *****

A Special Issue Of Robotics and Autonomous Systems

The Reasoning with Uncertainty in Robotics (RUR-05) workshop held at
IJCAI'05 brought together researchers from the AI and the robotics
community. Like previous editions of the RUR workshop, this workshop
welcomed new ideas on ways to deal with uncertainty in standard robotic
problems, including mapping, sensing and localization.  In addition, this
year we proposed a special theme for the workshop: Planning under
Uncertainty in Robotics.

Many expressive models currently exist for dealing with single- and
multi-agent planning under uncertainty (MDPs, POMDPs, PSRs, POSGs,
factored representations, etc.) and several efficient techniques have been
proposed for solving them (approximate dynamic programming, compression
methods, policy search methods, etc.). Of particular interest are the
following questions: (1) Which of the existing methods for planning under
uncertainty are well suited for solving large-scale robotic planning
tasks? (2) How can existing planning methods from AI be integrated with
methods for solving traditional robot tasks like localization and map
building? (3) What new techniques are needed that can effectively deal
with the continuous and high-dimensional state, action, and observation
spaces typically involved in a robotic application?

We are now soliciting papers for a special issue of Robotics and
Autonomoous Systems on the topic of Planning under Uncertainty in
Robotics.  Workshop presenters are encouraged to submit a revised
(possibly expanded) version of their workshop paper.  Researchers who did
not attend the workshop are also welcome to submit relevant work.

Potential topics include:
Representations for dealing with uncertainty in robotics.
Handling continuous state/action/observation spaces.
Single- and multi-robot planning under motion and sensor noise.
Simultaneous planning, localization, and map building (SPLAM).
Dealing with dynamic environments.
Successful applications.

Prospective authors should follow standard formatting for Robotics and
Autonomous Systems. Submissions should be sent directly to
vlassis at scince.uva.nl according to the dates below.  Any questions can
also be directed to the same address.

Submission Deadline: October 15, 2005
Decisions to authors: December 15, 2006
Revised papers due: January 15, 2006

Nikos Vlassis, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Geoff Gordon, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, USA
Joelle Pineau, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

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