[robotics-worldwide] AAAI 2008 Mobile Robot Exhibition and Workshop

Odest Chadwicke Jenkins cjenkins at cs.brown.edu
Fri Feb 29 13:39:03 PST 2008

The 17th Annual AAAI Robot Workshop and Exhibition

Chicago, IL, USA, July 13-17, 2008

Held In Conjunction with the AAAI 2008 - the 23rd Annual National Conference



The committee seeks proposals to exhibit work that demonstrate "Robotics
and Creativity" or "Mobility and Manipulation". Invited exhibitors will
receive travel, lodging and equipment transport support. Support levels
will depend on the number of applicants and availability of funds.
Technical Prizes and Blue Ribbons will be awarded in various categories.
The AAAI Conference Proceedings will include short papers submitted by
invited exhibitors.

A day of Workshops (PDF) precede the Exhibition. The Workshops host
panelists like NSF and DARPA Program Managers and leading scholars from
both academia and industry. This will give exhibitors strong exposure to
showcase cutting-edge work.

Category 1: Robotics and Creativity

Exhibits are sought that look at the roles creativity plays in robotics.
The first role looks at research where robots display creativity. Such
research often employs cognitive models and computation that explains or
simulates creativity. The second role examples cases where creativity is
combined with design and engineering to stimulate robotics research.
Collaborations that involve people from diverse backgrounds often
generate a creative synergy that stimulates breakthroughs.


- Robots involved in gaming, dancing, painting, and instrument playing. 
Such work demonstrate cognition for the strategy, interpretation and 
expression needed in creativity.

- Research that involves performance artists, therapists and linguists 
that discover new ways for human-robot interaction and socialization.

Category 2: Mobility and Manipulation

Exhibits are sought that demonstrate advanced perception and cognition
that significantly advances and/or speeds robot mobility and/or
manipulation. The underlying motivation is that current implementations
often are too slow to be useful. For example, autonomous urban driving
at real-world speeds and unprepared settings will demand systems that
can quickly recognize traffic patterns, forecast actions and formulate
reactions to update driving behavior. Another example is manipulation
where robot arms and grippers must quickly recognize part shapes, plan
motions in the robot’s workspace, and configure appropriate grasps.


- Applying new cognition and perception models in multi-robot 
coordination, human-robot interaction, path planning, or gait generation
- Live exhibit or 3-min research videos demonstrating "The Most 
Interesting Thing Your Robot Has Manipulated"


Application Process and Schedule

Those interested in exhibiting should prepare a 1-page proposal that
describe: (1) Names and affiliation of exhibiters; (2) the motivation,
objectives and goals of the underlying research; (3) the role
creativity, perception and/or cognition relate to this research; (4) the
intellectual merit and broader impacts of such research; and (5) what
the exhibit or "mobility and manipulation" video will show. The 1-page
proposal must be emailed to Paul Oh by March 23, 2008. The proposal can
sent as ASCII text or if photos are involved, as PDF or Word Doc files.


Important Dates

   02/24/08 Call for Participation Opens
   03/23/08 1-page Exhibition Proposal Due
   03/30/08 Acceptance Notifications
   04/06/08 2-page Abstract for Proceedings due
   07/13/08 AAAI 2008 (July 13-17th)


Planning Committee

Event co-Chairs: Paul Oh (Drexel), Chad Jenkins (Brown)
Workshop Chairs: Youngmoo Kim (Drexel), Monica Anderson (Univ of Alabama)

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