[robotics-worldwide] AAAI-08 Workshop on Search in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Sven Koenig skoenig at usc.edu
Wed Feb 27 19:45:51 PST 2008


Below is the announcement of a AAAI-08 workshop that will bring together
researchers from artificial intelligence and robotics who work on search,
including motion planning, trajectory planning, path planning and task
planning. Our PC members from the robotics community (David Ferguson, Lydia
Kavraki, Sven Koenig, James Kuffner and Maxim Lihkachev) are very keen on
submissions from the robotics community. While AAAI is one of two premier
conferences on all topics of artificial intelligence, there is a special
emphasis on robotics this year. For example, AAAI-08 includes the 17th Annual
AAAI Robot Workshop and Exhibition (with an emphasis on "Mobility and
Manipulation" and "Robotics and Creativity"), a special paper track on
Physically Grounded Artificial Intelligence (that includes robotics and
vision), workshops on Human Implications of Human-Robot Interaction and Mobile
Robots and tutorials on Human-Robot Interaction, Path Planning and Visual
Recognition.

Cheers,
Sven Koenig (USC), idm-lab.org, skoenig(at)usc.edu
for the organizers David Furcy, Sven Koenig, Wheeler Ruml and Rong Zhou

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                               Call for Papers
      AAAI-08 Workshop on Search in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
            July 13-14, 2008 (directly before AAAI) in Chicago, IL

		      Submission Deadline: April 7, 2008
	   www.uwosh.edu/faculty_staff/furcyd/search_symposium_2008

Heuristic search is currently a very active areas of research, with results
published in different conferences such as IJCAI, AAAI, ICAPS, CP, NIPS, ICRA,
and IROS. This two-day workshop is meant to bring these researchers together
to exchange their ideas and stimulate thoughts on combining various techniques
that originated from different areas of search.

We intend to include work on both systematic and local search methods, both
tree search and graph search, and both real-time and complete search.  We
welcome work on using and deriving heuristics, anytime methods, reformulation
methods, problem-solving architectures, portfolio methods, learning-based
search methods, external memory and parallel search methods, state-space
search for continuous problems, search strategies for constraint satisfaction
and optimization problems, and multi-objective optimization methods.  We would
also like to include work on significant applications in all areas, with a
special invitation to researchers from robotics to submit their work on either
search algorithms or their applications. Our overall aim is to display the
diversity of research and applications where heuristic search techniques
apply. Submissions that connect multiple search topics (listed or not listed
above) will be given precedence.

We intend to foster a discussion regarding a recurring specialized venue for
heuristic search and related algorithms. Those interested in attending should
submit either a technical paper (AAAI style, 6 pages preferred, 8 pages
maximum) or statement of research interests (2 pages maximum) in PDF format
via the ConfMaster site linked from the workshop homepage. We accept papers
recently published at conferences if they are clearly marked as such. All
submitted papers will be carefully peer-reviewed by multiple reviewers and
low-quality or off-topic papers will not be accepted.

See 

	   www.uwosh.edu/faculty_staff/furcyd/search_symposium_2008

for additional information.

For robotics researchers: Our PC members from the robotics community (David
Ferguson, Lydia Kavraki, Sven Koenig, James Kuffner and Maxim Lihkachev) are
very keen on receiving all kinds of submissions from the robotics community on
search, including motion planning, trajectory planning, path planning and task
planning. AAAI-08 promises to be very interesting to robotics researchers in
general.  While AAAI is one of two premier conferences on all topics of
artificial intelligence, there is a special emphasis on robotics this
year. For example, AAAI-08 includes the 17th Annual AAAI Robot Workshop and
Exhibition (with an emphasis on "Mobility and Manipulation" and "Robotics and
Creativity"), a special paper track on Physically Grounded Artificial
Intelligence (that includes robotics and vision), workshops on Human
Implications of Human-Robot Interaction and Mobile Robots and tutorials on
Human-Robot Interaction, Path Planning and Visual Recognition.

Dates

Submission deadline:         April 7, 2008 at 5pm PST (Pacific standard time)
Notification of acceptance:  April 21, 2008
Camera-ready copy:           May 5, 2008
Symposium:                   July 13-14, 2008

Organizing Committee

David Furcy (University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, furcyd[at]uwosh.edu)
Sven Koenig (University of Southern California, skoenig[at]usc.edu)
Wheeler Ruml (University of New Hampshire, ruml[at]cs.unh.edu)
Rong Zhou (Palo Alto Research Center, rzhou[at]parc.com).

Program Committee

Chris Beck (University of Toronto, Canada)
Blai Bonet (Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela)
Stefan Edelkamp (Universitaet Dortmund, Germany)
Ariel Felner (Ben-Gurion University, Israel)
David Ferguson (Intel Research, USA)
Hector Geffner (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
Youssef Hamadi (Microsoft Research, UK)
Eric Hansen (Mississippi State University, USA)
Patrik Haslum (NICTA, Australia)
Robert Holte (University of Alberta, Canada)
Lydia Kavraki (Rice University, USA)
Richard Korf (University of California at Los Angeles, USA)
James Kuffner (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
Maxim Lihkachev (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Jonathan Schaeffer (University of Alberta, Canada)
Bart Selman (Cornell University, USA)
Shlomo Zilberstein (University of Massachussets at Amherst, USA)
Toby Walsh (University of New South Wales, Australia)
Weixiong Zhang (Washington University in St. Louis, USA)

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Sven Koenig
University of Southern California (USC)
Computer Science Department
Henry Salvatori Computer Center (SAL) 312
941 W 37th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0781, USA
Email: skoenig at usc.edu
WWW:   idm-lab.org


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